First release due May 18.

Country Music Television (CMT) is launching a book imprint, CMT Books, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster's Pocket Books. The first release is "Cash: An American Man," due May 18.

The book about Johnny Cash was written by his friend and fan, Bill Miller, and was authorized by the Cash estate. It includes Miller's memories and memorabilia about Cash including correspondence Cash wrote to his family, contracts, hand-written lyrics and photographs.

Pocket Books and CMT are divisions of Viacom. CMT Books plans to release additional titles focusing on country music topics and personalities.

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