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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Is Getting Into Publishing

Roc Lit 101 is a partnership with Random House.

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is getting into the book publishing game.

Variety reports that Roc Nation has formed a partnership with Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, to create Roc Lit 101.

This new venture is devoted 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.”

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Per Variety, Roc Lit 101 will launch next summer with the following: “Till the End,” a memoir about MLB pitcher CC Sabathia by Chris Smith and music journalist Danyel Smith’s “Shine Bright,” a memoir/criticism of black women in music.

Other releases set to follow include “fantastical illustrated fiction” from Lil Uzi Vert, “personal narratives” from artists like Meek Mill, and “coming-of-age memoirs” from Fat Joe and Yo Gotti. The imprint will also publish illustrated books, cookbooks, kid’s books, and more.

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Jana Fleishman, EVP of Roc Nation, revealed the reason for the creation of Roc Lit 101 in a statement to Variety.

“The goal of Roc Lit 101 is to provide a creative outlet for acclaimed wordsmiths and artists to share their visions with new audiences,” she said. “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.”

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