Sarah Jessica Parker’s new HBO show Divorce isn’t the only SJP project that's about to launch.
The actress, 51, is joining the world of book publishing and putting on an editor's hat. She will oversee SJP for Hogarth, her own fiction imprint, the publisher Hogarth announced Friday.
As editorial director, Parker's first list of books is expected in 2018. Hogarth is an imprint of publishing giant Penguin Random House.
In a press release, Hogarth said SJP for Hogarth will “selectively publish high-quality works of fiction by both established writers and distinctive emerging voices with critical and commercial promise.”
In a statement, Parker, best known for starring as the columnist Carrie on Sex and the City, said, “As a lifelong book lover, as someone who treasures and admires the skill and talent of original and powerful story tellers, it is my great privilege to be invited into the world and business of books. Especially thrilling to join those who serve the rich history that is Hogarth. I so look forward to offering to readers the sort of books that have inspired my lifelong devotion to the written word.”
Hogarth said Parker will work closely with Molly Stern, senior vice president and publisher of Crown, Hogarth, Broadway, Crown Archetype, and Three Rivers Press.
Parker and Stern met at a media lunch in New York in 2012 and decided to form a book club. Parker recently posted on Instagram about her club’s choices, Oprah pick The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
In a statement, Stern said, “From the moment we met, I was drawn to Sarah Jessica’s extraordinary passion for books and her natural instinct for what makes for great writing. The Hogarth editorial team and I cannot wait to partner with her as she brings her excellent taste and infectious enthusiasm to bear in support of both writers and reading.”
The publisher also released an image of the imprint's logo, which features the actress's initials.
Other publishers have teamed with actors for literary imprints. Lena Dunham, who wrote her own best seller, Not That Kind of Girl, has the Lenny imprint with Random House. Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Depp also have their own imprints.