Blue Rider Press


Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was launched in January 2011 and publishes an eclectic mix of hardcover fiction and nonfiction titles, reflecting President and Publisher David Rosenthal’s wide range of interests, including suspense fiction, popular biography, literary novels, humor, music, and contemporary politics.

The Blue Rider, or in German, Der Blaue Reiter, was an iconoclastic 20th Century movement in music and painting now seen as a driving force of modern art. Established in Munich, Germany in 1911, The Blue Rider was a loose association of painters determined to promote individual expression and break free of any conventional artistic restraints.

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David Rosenthal

President and Publisher

David Rosenthal served as publisher and executive vice-president of the Simon & Schuster imprint from 1997 until June 2010. Prior to that he was the publisher of Villard Books and an executive editor of the Random House imprint. During his tenure at Simon & Schuster, he published books by some of the most prestigious, award-winning New York Times bestselling authors, including David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bob Greene, Sandra Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, Chris Cleave, Richard Paul Evans, Paula Deen, Bob Woodward, Ron Suskind, Jimmy Carter and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Amongst the many distinguished and bestselling authors personally acquired and/or edited by Mr. Rosenthal at Simon & Schuster or Random House are Robert Harris, Martin Cruz Smith, Bob Dylan, Richard Ben Cramer, James J. Cramer, Jeffery Deaver, James Carville, Stephen Hunter, Ed McBain, Jon Krakauer, Richard Russo, Hunter S. Thompson, Bruce Wagner, James Lee Burke, Twyla Tharp, Bill McKibben, Carrie Fisher, Henry Beard, Nicholson Baker, Don Rickles, Bill Maher, Mary Matalin, Marianne Wiggins and Paul Simon. Before entering book publishing, Mr. Rosenthal wrote for a variety of national magazines and worked as the managing editor of Rolling Stone and executive editor of New York magazine. He was also editorial consultant for WNET/13, developing cultural and political programming. Mr. Rosenthal began his career in media as a reporter and editor for the New York Post.

Aileen Boyle

Vice President, Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing and Publicity

Aileen Boyle has worked in a variety of marketing, publicity and publishing positions in books for twenty years, including stints in the publicity departments of The Berkley Publishing Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. She was most recently vice president, associate publisher at Simon & Schuster, where she worked on publicity, marketing and sales strategy for nearly 200 New York Times bestsellers.

Sarah Hochman

Executive Editor

Sarah Hochman joined Blue Rider Press at its inception, acquiring and editing a broad range of literary fiction, thriller and suspense novels, serious narrative nonfiction, humor, and memoir. Some of the authors she has acquired and/or edited include Bruce Wagner, Nicholson Baker, Stephen Dau, Bill Maher, Stephanie Madoff Mack, Damien Echols, David Milgrim, Jean Thompson, J.I. Baker, Marisa Silver, Chris Elliott, Adam Resnick, Simon Doonan, Bruce McCall, Ric Ocasek, Ben Schott, and Leanne Shapton. Previously, she was a senior editor at Simon & Schuster where she acquired such New York Times bestselling titles as I.O.U. by John Lanchester, Savages by Don Winslow, and Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker, as well as books by Jeffery Deaver, Howard Jacobson, Eric Bogosian, David Rabe, Robert Littell, Jed Mercurio, Mike Birbiglia, AA Gill, Lee Israel, Julie Hecht, Penn Jillette, Teller, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Prior to her tenure at S&S, Hochman worked at W magazine, The New York Observer, and Esquire.

Brant Rumble

Senior Editor

Brant Rumble has acquired and edited a variety of narrative nonfiction, memoir, and literary fiction bestsellers, with a particular interest in pop culture, music, and sports. His early acquisitions included Chuck Klosterman’s generational classics, Fargo Rock City and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. Rumble has published seventeen New York Times bestsellers and he has worked with icons like Stephen King, Patton Oswalt, Bill James, Peter Criss, and John Waters; critically acclaimed writers like John Parker, Owen King, James Hirsch, and Jonathan Ames; unique figures like Ken Jennings, Megan Amram, Mike Mullane, and Gustavo Arellano; respected critics like Amanda Petrusich, Greg Kot, and Nathan Rabin; and veteran sportswriters like Rob Neyer, Michael Weinreb, and Filip Bondy; as well as The Onion, The A.V. Club, and the Ernest Hemingway Estate. He joined Blue Rider Press in February 2015.

Brian Ulicky

Associate Director of Publicity

Brian Ulicky has been a book publicist for ten years, most recently at Simon & Schuster. Bestselling author campaigns include Mike Tyson, James Carville & Mary Matalin, Paula Deen, Deirdre Imus, and Hoda Kotb.

Vanessa Kehren


Vanessa Kehren joined Blue Rider Press in 2012 and acquires a variety of fiction and nonfiction. She has worked with Amy Butcher, Richard M. Cohen, Carlos Dews, Samuel Gailey, Bettye LaVette, Sarah Lovett, Anna North, Daniel Price, David Ritz, S.J. Rozan, Larry Sloman, Brian Sweany, Mike Tyson, Valerie Plame Wilson, and Neil Young. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Little, Brown and Company where she worked on a number of bestsellers.

Eliza Rosenberry

Senior Publicist

Eliza Rosenberry joined Blue Rider Press in January 2012, assisting on bestselling publicity and marketing campaigns for a variety of authors including Neil Young, Mark Leibovich and Valerie Plame, among others. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2011 with a BA in English.

Blue Rider Press Newsroom

September 23, 2015

First-time Blue Rider Press author Jewel has been hitting the road to promote her recently-released memoir Never Broken, which traces the singer-songwriter’s life and growth from her childhood in Alaska to her rapid rise to stardom. With media coverage in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and People, Jewel launched her tour at Barnes & Noble Union […]

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March 10, 2015

Millions mourned when ESPN Sports Center anchor Stuart Scott lost his unrelenting fight against cancer and passed away on January 4, 2015.  Blue Rider Press President and Publisher David Rosenthal told The New York Times, “If he had gone into remission, it would have been a wonderful miracle.”  Sadly, that miracle did not happen but readers […]

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January 9, 2015

Jewel, the multi-platinum singer-songwriter, bestselling poet, actor and philanthropist, will write a full-length memoir about her life for Blue Rider Press. The book deal announcement was released Monday night with an Associated Press story  that was picked up by more than 100 outlets across the country, and sparked a wave of Penguin Random House-related chatter across […]

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