Stormzy introduces new publishing house, #Merky Books

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In recent years, Stormzy has gone from underground UK grime rapper to being one of the leading figureheads in the emerging rap sub-genre, and the poster boy for grime’s growing international appeal. Now, the London-native emcee can add publisher to his rap sheet, with the launch of his newly announced partnership with Penguin Random House to expand into the world of book publishing with his new imprint, #Merky Books.

Stormzy took to social media to announce the news to fans. The “Scary” rhymer is looking to give opportunities and inspiration to young writers and help create the next generation of authors of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. #Merky Books will be hosting an open writing submission competition and a paid internship program in 2019, hoping to get young people into the world of book writing and publishing. The first release from #Merky Books is by Stormzy himself, titled Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far. More than just another extension of his #Merky brand, Stormzy’s dive into literature highlights his multidimensional capabilities as a creator as well as his desire to help groom an up and coming generation of fellow creatives.

Super proud to announce our new venture #Merky Books, a publishing imprint in collaboration with Penguin Random House @penguinukbooks We will be using this as a platform for young writers to become published authors, I know too many talented writers that don’t always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen and hopefully #Merky Books can now be a reference point for them to say “I can be an author” and for that to be a realistic and achievable goal. Reading and writing as a kid was integral to where I am today and I from the bottom of my heart can not wait to hear your stories, your poems, your novels, your sci-fis and then getting them out into the big wide world. Proper proud of this! We’ll be doing school competitions, taking entries and submissions and looking for writers as well but I’ll keep you posted! #Merky Books will also be offering a paid internship in 2019! The first book to be released under the imprint will be “Rise Up: The #Merky Journey So Far” out November 1st and available for pre order now (The link is in my bio!) 🙏🏿❤

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Jenny Hval to release new novel Paradise Rot (because even print media is more lucrative than music these days)

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Today’s fun fact: people still read books in Norway! Do you know how I know this? Because lifelong Norwegian (and globally-acclaimed singer-songwriter) Jenny Hval has announced a new novel! It’s called Paradise Rot and it’s hitting store shelves October 2 via the good graces of Penguin Random House and the heartwarming radicals over at Verso. Congrats on that multi-hyphenate status, Jenny!

Billed as “a lyrical and uncompromising debut novel,” the book “presents a heady and hyper-sensual portrayal of sexual awakening and queer desire,” which is easily my favorite genre of prose. SPOILER WARNING!! Here’s a plot synopsis to tide you over until you have to brace yourself against that biting autumn breeze:

Jo is in a strange new country for university, and having a more peculiar time than most. A house with no walls, a roommate with no boundaries, and a home that seems ever more alive. Jo’s sensitivity, and all her senses, become increasingly heightened and fraught, as the lines between bodies and plants, and dreaming and wakefulness, blur and mesh.


I know, I know; you’re just dying to know the page length, ISBN, and physical dimensions of the paperback. Well, I have good news and better news: the good news is that you can find all that information over at the Penguin Random House site; the better news is that you can pre-order Paradise Rot over there, too! Finally, Paradise Lost gets the gritty modern reboot we all know it deserves!