LeVar Burton will publish two new books with Pantheon, People magazine reports.

The actor, television host, and advocate for reading is at work on “an inspirational memoir on how to be your authentic self,” to be released in 2026, with a book about reading to follow two years after that.

Burton first rose to fame as the star of Roots, the phenomenally popular 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley’s book, and later became a children’s television fixture as host of the PBS series Reading Rainbow. He also starred as Geordi La Forge on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

He has been outspoken in his love for literature, twice serving as host of the National Book Awards and speaking out against book bans. He is the author of three previous books: the science fiction novel Aftermath and the children’s books A Kids Book About Imagination and The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, the latter co-written with Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher.

“This is my opportunity to go on record, to weigh in, as it were,” Burton told the magazine.” I have earned the respect of this nation and I’ve earned the right to speak my piece, not simply because of what I’ve done, but simply because I am here. But I do know that which I have accomplished in this life causes people to pay attention when I speak. So it’s time for me to speak.”

Michael Schaub is a contributing writer.