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‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway is launching a book imprint with Amazon Publishing

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Jill Soloway, creator of the hit show “Transparent,” is launching a book imprint with Amazon Publishing that will feature the voices of women of color and LGBTQ writers.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Jill Soloway, the creator of the hit show “Transparent,” is launching a new book imprint with Amazon Publishing, the company announced Tuesday.

Called Topple Books after Soloway’s production company, the imprint “will spotlight the voices of women of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer writers,” Amazon said in a news release.

The launch of the imprint continues Soloway’s years-long association with Amazon. Soloway created the groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning “Transparent,” about a transgender woman who comes out to her family after her retirement. She also co-created “I Love Dick,” based on Chris Kraus’ book; the show starring Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon ran for one season on Amazon before being canceled in January.

“Transparent” is set to return for a fifth season, but without its star, Jeffrey Tambor, who was fired from the show after being accused of sexual harassment by a cast member and crew member. Tambor denies the allegations.

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Soloway will serve as editor at large for Topple Books, which will publish fiction and nonfiction.

“We live in a complicated, messy world where every day we have to proactively re-center our own experiences by challenging privilege,” Soloway said in a statement. “With Topple Books we’re looking for those undeniably compelling essential voices so often not heard. I can’t think of a more perfect collaborator than Amazon Publishing to make our dream of a revolutionary publishing imprint come true.”

Soloway is the author of one book, “Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants,” a 2005 collection of autobiographical essays.

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There’s no word yet on which authors will be published by Topple Books. Mikyla Bruder, the publisher of Amazon Publishing, said in a statement, “Amazon Publishing and Little A are committed to publishing books from a diverse array of writers that inspire, connect and entertain. We look forward to sharing the voices and stories that Jill discovers with readers.”

agatha.french@latimes.com

@agathafrenchy


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