Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has partnered with Random House to create a new publishing imprint called Roc Lit 101.
According to the announcement, the focus of the imprint will be “books at the intersection of entertainment and genre-defying literature, including exhilarating, innovative work from some of the biggest artists and most imaginative and incisive writers of our time on a wide range of subjects such as music, sports, pop culture, activism, and art.”
The first releases from Roc Lit 101 will come in Summer 2021, and they will include Till the End, a memoir from Major League Baseball pitcher CC Sabathia, and veteran music journalist Danyel Smith’s Shine Bright, a memoir, criticism, and biography hybrid telling the story of Black women in music.
Future releases will include a book by Meek Mill compiling personal narratives about “criminal justice and survival,” memoirs by rappers Yo Gotti and Fat Joe, fantasy fiction from rapper Lil Uzi Vert, and genre-defying cookbooks and children’s stories.
Chris Jackson, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Random House imprint One World, and EVP of Roc Nation Jana Fleishman will oversee the new imprint.
“The goal of Roc Lit 101 is to provide a creative outlet for acclaimed wordsmiths and artists to share their visions with new audiences,” said Fleishman. “There are so many untold stories and we consider it a true privilege to be able to amplify diverse voices while exploring the uncharted worlds that are about to open to us.”
Jackson added, “Our aspiration for the imprint is to create books that draw from the best of pop culture—its most imaginative and talented storytellers, innovators, and literary chroniclers—to create beautifully written and produced works that will entertain and enthrall readers, but also illuminate critical issues. But the partnership isn’t just about the books – it’s also about audiences: we want to find new voices and new stories, but also new readers.”
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