Johnny Depp Launches His Own Book Imprint
Actor, producer, musician, winemaker, restaurateur—Johnny Depp is a busy man... but apparently not busy enough, because he has just added "publisher" to his lengthy resume. Depp partnered with HarperCollins to create the new book imprint, Infinitum Nihil ("nothing is forever"), which shares its name with his eight-year-old production company.
It's not the most unexpected move for Depp. His brother, Daniel, is a novelist. Gonzo journalist and writer Hunter S. Thompson was among his closest friends (thus his roles in both Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas and The Rum Diaries). And Depp has played, according to the list on the Los Angeles Times, roles in eighteen literary films including Sleepy Hollow, The Ninth Gate (in which he played a rare book dealer), Finding Neverland (in which he played Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie), Before Night Falls (based on the memoir of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas), Secret Window (in which he plays a novelist), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Alice In Wonderland, The Libertine, and many others.
First up for the imprint is House Of The Earth, a novel finished by late folk icon Woody Guthrie in 1947 but only recently discovered in Guthrie's archives. It will be published in 2013. Infinitum Nihil's second book announced is The Unraveled Tales Of Bob Dylan by Doug Brinkley, but Depp does not intend to focus solely on music-related titles or biographies. The imprint is expected to publish four to six books a year across a variety of genres, including new fiction by young writers. "I pledge," said Depp, "on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples' time, of peoples' concern."
While there will be eBook versions of Infinitum Nihil's titles, Depp will put extra focus on the design and appearance of the books. A HarperCollins representative noted that the actor "believes that in this digital age, physical books should be enhanced as far as possible so that they stand out as valuable and attractive objects."
Are you a Depp fan? More importantly, are you interested in reading books that he publishes?
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