Blue Rider Press

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 first list of titles from the imprint debuts in Fall 2011.

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.

Blue Rider Press Authors
  • James I. Baker
  • Nicholson Baker
  • Jeff Bridges
  • James Carville
  • Richard M. Cohen
  • Wayne Coffey
  • Stephen Dau
  • Carlos Dews
  • R.A Dickey
  • Stephen Dobyns
  • Simon Doonan
  • Damien Echols
  • Chris Elliott
  • Delia Ephron
  • ESPN (publishing partner)
  • Elia Ezra
  • Miriam Ezra
  • Hampton Fancher
  • Bernie Glassman
  • Gary Greenberg
  • Stan Greenberg
  • Michael Hastings
  • Martin Hickman
  • Penn Jillette
  • Bettye LaVette
  • M.A. Lawson
  • Mark Leibovich
  • Terry Lenzner
  • David Letterman
  • Gigi Levangie
  • Sarah Lovett
  • Stephanie Mack
  • Bill Maher
  • David Mark
  • Mary Matalin
  • Bruce McCall
  • George McGovern
  • David Milgrim
  • Ric Ocasek
  • Rob Patronite
  • Valerie Plame
  • Robin Raisfeld
  • Peter Richmond
  • David Ritz
  • Eileen Rockefeller
  • Carne Ross
  • S.J. Rozan
  • Ben Schott
  • Leanne Shapton
  • Dave Sheinin
  • David Shields
  • Marisa Silver
  • Slinkachu
  • Jon Steele
  • Brian D. Sweany
  • Jean Thompson
  • Mike Tyson
  • Bruce Wagner
  • Tom Watson
  • Mary Williams
  • Gene Wojciechowski
  • Neil Young

Meet Blue Rider Press

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

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.

Brian Ulicky

Assistant 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 assists publisher David Rosenthal and senior editor Sarah Hochman on a variety of projects, as well as acquires titles in both fiction and nonfiction. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Little, Brown and Company, where she was the editor of Benjamin Buchholz’s One Hundred and One Nights, Michel Schneider’s Marilyn’s Last Sessions, and a collection of John Lennon’s letters. She also assisted publisher Michael Pietsch on a variety of bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles.

Eliza Rosenberry


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

April 10, 2014

The macabre but endearing subjects of Dr. Pat Morris and Joanna Ebenstein’s Water Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy are already attracting the attention of discerning critics. In the New York Times Magazine Gary Shteyngart calls it “one of the most important books I’ve read on Victorian taxidermy in months. It’s like Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, but with squirrels.”  […]

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April 3, 2014

Doug Coupland is back with his first full-length work of fiction in four years, and Worst. Person. Ever. has already left an impression on media outlets everywhere. A review of Worst. Person. Ever. written by BJ Novak ran in the New York Times Book Review on March 30 and the NYT “T” Magazine featured Coupland in their Writer’s Room Feature (2/14).  Publishers Weekly gave the “vile, […]

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New Releases

The Big Tiny
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Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy
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Worst. Person. Ever.
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Love & War
James Carville
Mary Matalin

Coming Soon

Will Not Attend
Adam Resnick
Susan Scarf Merrell

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