Johnny Depp Starts New Publishing Imprint At HarperCollins
Johnny Depp is a publisher now. Johnny Depp is a very literary guy. He even played a writer once in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And now HarperCollins is more than happy to entrust him with his very own imprint.
Johnny Depp and publisher HarperCollins said Monday that the actor will help run a new imprint called Infinitum Nihil or “Nothing is forever.” The first books will focus on two music icons, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.
“I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples’ time, of peoples’ concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet,” the Lone Ranger star said in a statement, reports The AP. “For this dream realized, we would like to salute HarperCollins for their faith in us and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship together.”
HarperCollins said that Depp will focus on publishing “authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices.”
Infinitum Nihil’s first big release will by The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan, a collection of interviews with the iconic songwriter by historian Douglas Brinkley. “Johnny and I thought the Dylan book was the ideal way to inaugurate the Infinitum Nihil series,” Brinkley said. “Bob has been very warm and forthcoming with us. His music has inspired us both deeply since we were teenagers.”
That book will be released in 2015, reports USA Today. Depp and Brinkley previously worked on the liner notes for the Hunter S. Thompson documentary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Brinkley also wrote Rolling Stone magazine’s recent cover story on Dylan.
The other release announced will be from one of Dylan’s idols, Guthrie. Infinitum Nihil will publish Guthrie’s 1947 novel House of Earth, which was never previously published. The novel, complete with notes by Brinkley and Depp, will be published in January 2013.