LESLIE ODOM, JR. SIGNS BOOK DEAL WITH MACMILLAN Inspirational book FAILING UP to Go On-Sale March 27, 2018

Tony Award Winning actor Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) will publish his first book with Macmillan imprint Feiwel & Friends. FAILING UP: HOW TO RISE ABOVE, DO BETTER, AND NEVER STOP LEARNING is an inspirational book offering guidance and encouragement for readers of all ages on the cusp of something big. FAILING UP will be on sale March 27, 2018.

Leslie Odom, Jr. burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

But before he landed the role of a lifetime, Odom, Jr. put in years of hard work as a singer and actor, from debuting on Broadway in Rent at the age of seventeen to attending Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. Along the way, Odom, Jr. faced rejection and learned how to use those negative experiences to become a stronger and more confident performer.

“I’m excited to share the lessons that’ve helped me most along the way” says Odom, Jr. “Feiwel & Friends has offered me the golden opportunity to fall on my face once again and I happily accept.”

With personal stories from his life, Odom asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. What work did you put in today that will help you improve tomorrow? How do you surround yourself with people who will care about your dreams as much as you do? How do you know when to play it safe and when to risk it all for something bigger and better?

“Of course we are huge fans,” says Jean Feiwel, Senior VP and Publisher at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. “But more to the point, Leslie is sincerely and passionately dedicated to work that inspires, entertains and does good in the world. We are proud to publish FAILING UP!”

These stories will inspire, motivate, and empower readers, whether they are graduating from college, starting a new job, or just looking to live each day to the fullest.

Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel & Friends acquired the book and CAA represented Odom, Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr will be appearing in Philadelphia tomorrow night for a book signing!  Check out details: http://www.childrensbookworld.net/

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