Leslie Odom Jr. will publish his first book in 2018.
Leslie Odom Jr. will publish his first book in 2018.
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Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. will publish his first book, Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning. The book will be released March 27, 2018, on the Macmillan imprint Feiwel & Friends.

Along with a Tony Award for originating the role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, Odom won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as a principal soloist in that show's original cast recording. He previously appeared on Broadway in Rent and Leap of Faith. He also had a regular role on the NBC series Smash and will be seen in the upcoming film Murder on the Orient Express.

Written in the style of a commencement speech, Failing Up brings together what Odom has learned in life so far, tapping into universal themes of starting something new, following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people.