Actress, writer, producer, and director Lena Dunham will have her own book publishing imprint — called Lenny — at Random House.
The Lenny imprint is a natural extension of Random House's relationship with Lena Dunham, the bestselling author of NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL.
Lenny will publish new voices in fiction and nonfiction selected by Lena and Jenni Konner, co-creators of the feminist newsletter Lenny Letter.
The imprint will be a home for the kinds of exciting, emerging voices — in fiction and non-fiction — that Lena and Jenni Konner are already attracting and publishing so successfully in their newsletter and on their site. Working with Lena, Jenni and the editors of Lenny, we plan to publish a select number of titles each year to build a varied, compelling, and voice-driven list. Drawing on their eye for talent and love of books, we see this as a perfect opportunity to broaden what we do at Random House, while staying true to our mission: to work with writers we love and to publish them well.
Lena spoke exclusively to BuzzFeed about her vision for the imprint:
While we love our home on the internet, Jenni and I are both voracious readers (of books and book reviews) who are constantly trading titles and allowing them to stir us creatively. Our friendship often doubles as a book club. We feel like the Lenny voice lends itself to a diverse list of authors and we are so excited to work with Random House — they get our mission completely. Lenny books will aspire to push the ball forward on the issues that matter to our audience, with wit and style. We hope to see them sticking out of purses and riding public transportation everywhere.