John Legend embarks on book publishing with a social justice imprint



Top line

Singer-songwriter John Legend and two entertainment industry associates have established a publishing house to print with publisher Zando with its first release scheduled 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 announcement he acquires books with Get Lifted, including works on race and culture, memoirs, original fictions that “challenge assumptions” and “transformative works focused on ideas of social justice”.

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 too associates 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 company of Legend, Stiklorius and Jackson Get the movie raised, 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 launches into book publishing” (Bloomberg)



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