NEW YORK, July 14—Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced today that it has acquired an untitled book on Latinx history from multifaceted performer John Leguizamo. Known for his boundless and visceral creativity that defies categorization, Leguizamo’s work in film, theatre, television, and literature spans a variety of genres, consistently pushing the boundaries of each medium. He’s recently starred in The Power; Waco: The Aftermath; and Encanto. And MSNBC just announced that his series, Leguizamo Does America, was picked up for a second season.
Set for release in Spring 2025, the book promises a hilarious and accessible pop history of the mighty Latinx cultures. Through his trademark humor and wit, Leguizamo portrays the highlights and heroes of Latinx culture, from ancient indigenous civilizations to rebuilding and defining America in present day, incorporating stories of slavery and genocide to the revolutionary influences on music, writing, and other aspects of American society. Leguizamo will write the book with longtime collaborator Rob Tannenbaum, author of the acclaimed book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution.
A multifaceted performer, Leguizamo has earned a Tony and Emmy award for his work in theatre. In this new endeavor, he celebrates the contributions of Latinx individuals, demonstrating how the Latinx community has been instrumental in shaping America’s identity.
“Being a Latinx in America comes with its share of struggles and triumphs,” Leguizamo stated. “With this book, my hope is to shine a light on our rich heritage in an accessible and entertaining way, illustrating how Latinx individuals have played pivotal roles throughout history. I want every Latinx child to feel seen, recognized, and inspired by our shared past.”
“John Leguizamo’s incredible scholarship on Latinx history not only educates but also inspires and entertains. We’re confident this book will spark urgent conversations about identity and our unforgettable legacy,” Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Executive Editor, Atria Books
John Leguizamo’s untitled book is more than just a collection of pages – it’s an invitation to a broader conversation about culture, identity, and the importance of historical awareness. It promises to be a vital and vibrant addition to the literature of the Latinx experience in America.
John Leguizamo is a multifaceted performer who has established a career that defies categorization. With a boundless and visceral creativity that spans across film, theatre, television, and literature, he often creates new genres of his own. He has earned both a Tony and an Emmy award for his outstanding work in theatre, which includes the hit 2016 Broadway run of Latin History for Morons. He is well recognized for his passionate advocacy for Latinx rights and representation.
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