Executives at two publishing houses say they plan to meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this month to discuss book projects, including a memoir of her service in the Bush administration.

Rice confirms that she is pursuing book proposals. The publishers and a senior aide to Rice say potential book deals would also include a memoir about Rice's family and a multimedia project about international affairs for preteens and adolescents.

All asked not to be identified, saying that talks are still in preliminary stages.

Although the 54-year-old Rice has been criticized for her loyalty to an unpopular president, publishers believe there is strong interest in her story.

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