Please Give These People Their Own Imprints

Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

Congrats to Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, creators of Girls and Lenny Letter, who now also have their own imprint at Random House. A quick peek into the Riot backchannels–which have brought you amazing posts like Book Titles that Double as Terrible Sex Advice–would reveal:

Two Rioters simultaneously post the news about Lenny imprint at the same time.

Ditto and jinx are called.

Rioters immediately start naming imprints they’d also love to see happen. Think Oprah yelling “You get a car” but instead “You get an imprint… You get an imprint… And you get an imprint!”


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama reads to children at the ODU Child Study Center.

Michelle Obama reads to children at the ODU Child Study Center.

Yes, I’m going to be that person that wants our future former First Lady to give me more books to read. Not only does Michelle have the chops to support an imprint, but her favorability polling means she’d be an easy sell. I’m picturing a full lifestyle imprint here: parenting, fitness, career, feminism, racism, children’s books, and even fiction. If she’s publishing, I’m reading. — Rachel Manwill

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay Reading

She’s already the founder of Tiny Hardcore Press, but what would I not give to own books published under an imprint called “Bad Feminist.” Imagine the possibilities: kickass memoirs by other bad feminists, self-help books for MRAs and mansplainers, and a book that I’m taking the liberty of calling Sue Me for My Misandry. —Deepali Agarwal


Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones Netroots_Nation_2014_Detroit-27

(A side note: I second Deepali’s nomination of Roxane Gay.) I’m a HUGE fan of Feminista Jones. She’s funny, intelligent, and she’s hugely sex-positive in her writing (her book Push the Button is an awesome alternative to 50 Shades of Abuse, written by someone who actually is active in the BDSM community). I would imagine that Feminista’s imprint would include a lot of sex-positive erotica, tales of female friendship, compilations of feminist essays and whatever the hell she finds interesting, which I usually find interesting too. —Nicole Froio



Beyonce at the 50th Grammy Awards Show on February 10, 2008

Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation. And publish a slew of books worthy of a queen. I don’t even care what the imprint publishes, to be honest. Collections of essays on feminism and racism, obviously. Beyond that? It’ll all be gold, I’m sure. —Ashley Holstrom


Emma Watson Shonda Rhimes Sandra Cisnero reading

And a few of my picks: Emma Watson (who studied English Literature at Brown and created a Goodreads book club which currently has 100,000+ members); Shonda Rhimes (because I want the binge watching she brings out in me in book form: more Shondaland for the win!); Sandra Cisneros (with two foundations for writers under her belt and a very strong voice I believe she’d publish fiction and non-fiction by unique voices that just thinking about makes me want to pre-order all the books).

Who would you love to see get their own imprint?