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Palin's next move is TV documentary

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is trying her hand at television documentary making.

The bestselling author, political pundit and up-and-coming stand-up comic, is hoping to add yet another string to her bow by making a series based on her home state of Alaska and its people.

Fresh from an appearance earlier this week with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, where she opened with a comedic routine poking fun at Hollywood and Washington, Mrs Palin has stayed on in Los Angeles to pitch the television concept.

Sources close to Mrs Palin yesterday denied initial reports that the putative idea was a reality series featuring her and her family.

They said instead that it would be a documentary, which she would produce, about the people, wildlife and geography of the state of which she was governor until quitting abruptly in July last year.

Mrs Palin, who has not ruled out a run for the White House in 2012, is also planning a second book that will be a "celebration of American virtues and strengths", according to her publisher HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corporation.

The book, as yet untitled, will feature selections of readings that have inspired her and portraits of people she admires, the publisher said, adding: "She will also draw from her personal experience to amplify these timely (and timeless) themes."

Mrs Palin was John McCain's running mate on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008.