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John Legend embarks on book publishing with a social justice imprint

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Singer-songwriter John Legend and two entertainment industry associates have established a book publishing brand with publisher Zando with its first release slated for spring 2023.


Legend, along with manager Ty Stiklorius and film producer Mike Jackson, has teamed up with Zando, launched by former Crown editor Molly Stern in 2020, to create Get Lifted Books.

Zando has announced that he is acquiring books with Get Lifted, including works on race and culture, memoir, original fiction that “challenge assumptions” and “transformative and community-driven works of social justice. ideas ”.

The first book published under the Get Lifted imprint will be Rose water, the first novel by gal-dem founder of Liv Little magazine.

Get Lifted Books plans to acquire and publish four to six titles over the next three years, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Zando also teamed up with actress and producer Lena Waithe and with Missing girl author Gillian Flynn to create edit imprints.

Key context

Get Lifted Books is an extension of the Get Lifted Film company of Legend, Stiklorius and Jackson, which has produced films and series including Jingle Jangle: a Christmas journey, Sherman’s showcase and laureate of the International Documentary Association Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: Lost Children. In a statement, Legend, Stiklorius and Jackson described the production company as a way to highlight “diverse voices that deserve to be heard.”


Jackson was executive producer for La La Land, the 2016 Oscar-winning musical starring Legend in a supporting role.

Further reading

“John Legend and his animation team will publish books at Zando” (Los Angeles Times)

“John Legend embarks on book publishing” (Bloomberg)

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