Kal Penn signs book deal for 2019 essay collection

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Audible jointly announced Wednesday that Kal Penn will tell his American success story in a new essay collection. This will be Kate Napolitano’s first official deal since joining the publishing company last month.

Best known for Harold & Kumar film series currently stars on ABC’s Designated Survivor. In his essays he will cover a range of topics from his ambition as an actor and the challenges of navigating Hollywood to his unusual sabbatical from actor to White House staffer. Penn served under the Obama administration as Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement.

The still untitled essay collection is described by HMH as alternately witty, humorous, and inspiring as he draws from his own life and eclectic experiences.

An audio version will be released jointly by Audible with Penn narrating.