*Publisher Atria is expected to announce today its upcoming collection of photos and essays in honor of the late Whitney Houston, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
“Whitney: Tribute to an Icon,” due Nov. 27 with a retail price of $39.99, will be the only officially sanctioned tribute book to the singer, who died on Feb. 11 at age 48 in the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Legendary music producer and mentor Clive Davis is contributing an essay for the book. Houston was preparing to perform at his annual pre-Grammy Awards party when she drowned in a hotel bathtub.
“Whitney” will feature about 130 photographs from twenty-two different photographers, including never-published images and outtakes from iconic shoots. Among the photographers represented are David LaChapelle, Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier.
Acclaimed music photographer Randee St. Nicholas selected the pictures and former Jive Records Creative Director Jackie Murphy designed the book.
In addition to Davis’ essay, Nicholas and Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and the head of her estate, penned memorials.
The book gives fans a chance to share the “amazing memories that reflect very special moments in the life of the extraordinary Whitney Houston, “Nippy” to her family and also to me,” writes Pat Houston in her essay.
“The photographs serve as a visual timeline of Whitney’s personal style and fashion as well as highlighting her musical milestones,” said Atria Publisher Judith Curr.