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01/16/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/16/2018 10:23

HARPER VOYAGER ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF NON-FICTION MEMOIR BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

NEW YORK, NY (January 16, 2018) -- Harper Voyager US, the voice of science fiction and fantasy at HarperCollins Publishers, is excited to announce the acquisition of the imprint's first memoir, written by J. Michael Straczynski.

Straczynski is one of the most successful writers of comics, TV, graphic novels, and movies in modern pop culture, and has emerged as one of the most respected voices in science fiction today, selling millions of comics, winning dozens of awards and working with such luminaries as Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie and Kenneth Branagh. He is famed for his work on the recent Netflix hit Sense8, his work on Babylon 5, Changeling, World War Z,Thor, and a seven-year stint on The Amazing Spider-Man. But despite forty years of twelve-hour writing days, there's one story Straczynski could never tell: his own. This memoir chronicles the author's struggle growing up surrounded by poverty, violence, alcoholism and domestic abuse. The result is an inspiring account of how he wrote his way out of some of the most harrowing conditions.

Voyager's editorial director, David Pomerico, long an enthusiast of Straczynski's many projects, notes, 'What surprised me about this memoir was how much I know about the animated shows Joe worked on, which shaped my childhood.' But, beyond fandom, it was the shocking strength of Joe's personal story that convinced the Voyager team to acquire this nonfiction work. 'His childhood was so absolutely beyond anything I could think someone could survive,' Pomerico shares. 'He didn't just come through-he thrived. And it is that story which is going to be an inspiration to artists and loners. It is simply captivating in its own right.'

The memoir, which will include a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, will be published in 2019. J. Michael Straczynski is represented by Emma Parry of New York's Janklow & Nesbit Associates, the Paradigm Talent Agency in Beverly Hills and Kevin Kelly at Gendler-Kelly.

About Harper Voyager:

Harper Voyager is a thriving global imprint dedicated to science fiction and fantasy. The imprint was originally founded as Eos Books in 1999 and relaunched in 2011 as a global brand, in conjunction with HarperCollins Australia and HarperCollins UK. Harper Voyager publishes some of the most notable names in science fiction, epic fantasy, and urban fantasy, including worldwide bestselling authors Raymond E. Feist, Richard Kadrey, and Brom. Harper Voyager also publishes the SFF field's fastest-growing talent, including C. Robert Cargill, S.A. Chakraborty, Becky Chambers, Ian Douglas, and Sarah Beth Durst. The imprint's successful digital-first platform, Harper Voyager Impulse, has launched a wide variety of new and exciting speculative fiction talent, including Laura Bickle, Lexie Dunne, T. Frohock, and Emily B. Martin.

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