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Jay-Z's Roc Nation Launches Publishing Imprint 'Roc Lit 101' With Books From Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert, and More

Jay-Z’s entertainment umbrella Roc Nation is exploring the literary world by way of its latest book publishing partnership. Billboard reports that Roc Nation and Random House — a division of Penguin Random House — have both announced a joint venture to launch a new publishing imprint called “Roc Lit 101.” According to an announcement, the imprint will commit to publishing “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.” Billboard shares that the new imprint will be lead by Chris Jackson, publisher and editor-in-chief of Random House imprint One World Books, and Jana Fleishman, EVP of Roc Nation. “The goal of RocLit 101 is to provide a creative outlet for acclaimed wordsmiths and artists to share their visions with new audiences,” Fleishman shared in a...

Njera Perkins

Dec 15, 2020

Dana Canedy Becomes First Black Publisher to Head This Major Publishing Imprint

There have been a lot of firsts for Black leaders in high places this year, and former New York Times journalist Dana Canedy is joining the bunch making her own history in the publishing world. Major publishing company Simon & Schuster has named the Pulitzer Prize-winning author as their new senior vice president and publisher, making her the first Black publisher at the imprint, Deadline reports . “I am confident that as our new publisher, Dana can deepen our strengths while expanding our field of vision, combining broad editorial expertise with hands-on management skill and the proven ability to effect strategic change,” said Simon & Schuster president and CEO Jonathan Karp in a statement. Canedy expressed her excitement for her new position stating: “I look forward to leading the storied Simon & Schuster flagship imprint, a publishing powerhouse that has long produced some of the most important and impactful books in our culture. We have an incredible legacy on which to build,...

Njera Perkins

Jul 9, 2020