Michael Ausiello: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Michael Ausiello

Award-Winning TV Reporter and Host

For the past 15 years, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon Michael Ausiello's insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at Soaps in Depth to his influential stints at TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly -- where he pioneered the now-legendary "Ask Ausiello" spoiler column -- to his current role as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the wildly popular website TVLine.com, Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment.

What many of his fans don't know, however, is that while his professional life was in full swing, Michael had to endure the greatest of personal tragedies: His husband, Kit Cowan, with whom he had been together for 13 years, found himself diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendrocrine cancer. Over the course of 11 months, Kit and Michael did their best to combat this deadly disease, but nevertheless, Kit succumbed to his illness.

In this at once heartbreaking and irreverently hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with Kit while revisiting the 13 years that preceded it, and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of trials -- always with laughter front and center in their relationship. Instead of a tale of sadness and loss, what emerges is a beautiful testament to the resilience and strength of Michael and Kit's everlasting love.

Like a combination of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, Rob Sheffield's Love Is a Mixtape, and Will Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is an unforgettable and inspiring book that will make every reader see how life itself really can be its own wondrous kind of TV show.

Michael Ausiello is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TVLine.com, a television entertainment website owned by Penske Media that launched in 2010. Ausiello began his publishing career in 1997 as a senior news editor at Soaps in Depth magazine before moving over to TV Guide in 2000. During his eight-year tenure there, he wrote for both the magazine and its website. Ausiello's columns at TV Guide included "The Ausiello Report" -- a weekly print column that expanded into a regularly updated blog online -- and "Ask Ausiello," an exclusively online weekly Q&A that he also conducted after moving over to Entertainment Weekly in 2008.

Ausiello has also contributed commentary to media outlets such as Today, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, and Access Hollywood.

Ausiello lives in New York City.

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