After word spread throughout the industry that a book proposal from newly elected Massachusetts senator Scott Brown was circulating, HarperCollins announced today Jonathan Burnham acquired a currently untitled memoir by the junior politician. Burnham, senior v-p and publisher at Harper, bought world rights to the book from Bob Barnett and HC is planning to publish the title in 2011.

Brown, who has to run the publishing contract by the Senate Ethics Committee for approval, is going to discuss his upbringing, early political career and the recent race in Massachusetts, where, as the Republican longshot, he unexpectedly defeated Democrat Martha Coakley to take the seat long held by Ted Kennedy. Brown will also be discussing the issues and policies he cares about in the book, which Burnham said will ultimately be a story of "extraordinary courage, persistence, and hope" that is "full of surprises."