Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has acquired social activist Jodie Patterson’s THE BOLD WORLD: A Memoir of Family and Identity. Patterson is the mother of five, including her 8-year-old transgender son Penelope, who becomes the catalyst for a fundamental reexamination of identity within Patterson’s dynamic and deeply appealing household — and the wider world. This inspiring and highly personal debut narrative will be an exploration of transformation, and the first book to make clear the seamless continuation within civil rights from race to gender, all within the context of the author’s remarkable matriarchal lineage. Patterson, a successful beauty entrepreneur and former public relations executive (Zac Posen, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Lincoln Center’s African Film Festival) speaks regularly about identity to a broad range of audiences including fashion/beauty, technology, educators, and parents. Her activism work has been recognized and praised by Hillary Clinton, Nike, GLAAD, and Cosmopolitan magazine, among others. Executive Editor Pamela Cannon acquired North American Rights from Emma Parry of Janklow & Nesbit.
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Everyone knows that Penelope loves skateboarding and karate. And they know that Penelope is a great ninja—strong and powerful and a champion secret keeper. But Penelope has one secret that feels too big to keep in. Mama has her own superpower—she’s great at loving Penelope, ALWAYS! So Penelope trusts Mama with the secret that he’s a boy and always has been. Together they join forces to show the world that no matter who you are or how you look on the outside, it’s your time to shine. You are born ready!This true story of change and acceptance will open your heart to all the different ways a family can love.