Johnny Depp may already be a superstar actor and guitarist, but now he’s adding publishing executive to his resume. Depp has just announced his literary imprint with top publisher HarperCollins, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The imprint shares its name with Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, which means “nothing is forever.”

“We will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples’ time, of peoples’ concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet,” Depp said of the imprint in a statement.

First up on Depp’s agenda is a novel from folk great Woody Guthrie, to released January 2013. The fiction work, titled House of Earth, tells the story of Texan farmers battling a company that owns the property their home sits on. The novel was only recently discovered but apparently completed in 1947, 20 years before Guthrie died.

Depp is co-editing the Guthrie novel alongside top historian Douglas Brinkley (author of Cronkite, Wheels for the World), who will also pen Infinitum Nihi’s second book. Brinkley will use his 2009 Rolling Stone cover story on Dylan as a jumping off point for a non-fiction book titled The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan, slated for a 2015 release. The book “aims to set the record straight” regarding the music legend and will feature interviews with the notoriously press-shy Dylan.

“Bob has been very warm and forthcoming with us,” Brinkley said in a statement. “His music has inspired us [Depp and himself] both deeply since we were teenagers.”

– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local


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