Viola Davis’ memoir ‘Finding Me’ planned for next April | lifestyle

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NEW YORK – Oscar winner Viola Davis is working on memoirs that she says will be “straight, not a pursuer.”

HarperOne will release Davis’ Finding Me on April 19, 2022. Davis traces her rise from growing up in poverty and domestic violence in Rhode Island to become one of the most famous actors in the world. She won an Oscar for her leading role in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s 2016 drama “Fences”, an Emmy for “How to Get Away with Murder” and Tonys for “Fences” and “King Hedley II”.

“I believe our stories and the courage to share them are the most powerful empathic tools we have,” she said in a statement. “That’s my story … not a hunter right now.”

Davis’ other credits include last year’s films “The Help”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and the upcoming “The Suicide Squad”. She also plans to portray Michelle Obama for the Showtime series “First Ladies,” which she will co-produce.

Finding Me is published in collaboration with Ebony Magazine Publishing.

“Viola Davis is a powerful truth-teller – through her work on stage, on screen, and in her life,” said Judith Curr, President and Editor of HarperOne. “I am looking forward to working with her on a book that impressively shows the risk and danger for a Black woman who lives in the abundance of her talents and gifts – and the associated rewards and freedom.”