Transgender actress Laverne Cox, best known for her role as Sophia on the Netflix show “Orange Is the New Black,” has announced plans to publish a memoir. Harlequin, the Toronto-based publisher of romance fiction, will release the book in 2015.
Cox said in a statement, “By sharing my full, unvarnished story, including details of my life and family history I have never before revealed, I hope to provide a voice and safe place for those who have suffered because of their race, class, gender, abuse, violence and trauma.”
The publisher said that Cox’s story will begin with her difficult childhood in Alabama, where she was raised as a boy with her twin brother by a single mother.
Publicity Director Shara Alexander said, “The editors at Harlequin Nonfiction aggressively pursued Cox to write a book. They met with her and were awed by her story, her writing and her devotion to the LGBT community. Editor Rebecca Hunt won the book in a heated auction from agent Kent Wolf at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin for a six-figure deal.”
In addition to being an actress, Cox has become an advocate for the LGBT community. She’s currently working on a documentary called “Free CeCe” about CeCe McDonald, a transgender African-American woman who was sentenced to prison for 41 months after a violent confrontation in Minnesota in 2011 that left one man dead. (McDonald was released from prison earlier this week.)
Last week on Katie Couric’s talk show, “Katie,” Cox spoke about the challenges and violence that transgender people face.
Harlequin has been publishing its own line of nonfiction for more than five years. Its notable bestsellers include “The Virgin Diet,” by JJ Virgin, and “The Beauty Detox Foods,” by Kimberly Snyder.