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Scott Simon, the award-winning journalist and NPR host, will write a book about the Chicago Cubs for Blue Rider Press, it was announced this week. Part club history, part personal history, part reflection on what it means to be a Cubs fan, the untitled book will be published in April 2017.  World rights were acquired by Blue Rider Press president and publisher David Rosenthal from Wayne Kabak of WSK Management, LLC. scott-simon “I am excited to be able to write this book about what is, after all, the longest-running love of my life.  Cubs fans have shared a special joy with the country this year.” said Simon. “But the secret we’ve carried for more than a century is that even through all the fiascos, farces, and screw-ups, Cubs fans usually manage to find a way to have a good time anyway. The key to a happy life may be somewhere in there.” On July 31, 2016, Simon threw out the first pitch at a Cubs vs. Mariners game, which the Cubs won in twelve innings and then began a thirteen-game win streak that solidified their hold on first place.   It’s reported that Aroldis Chapman’s reaction to Simon’s pitch from the bullpen was: “Asi es como se hace!” (“So that’s how it’s done!”) Simon is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters, having reported from all over the world and many wars. He is the award-winning host of Weekend Edition Saturday. With over 4 million listeners it is the most-listened to news program on NPR. Simon has written seven books including the recently published, Just Getting Started, with Tony Bennett, and has one of the largest personal media followings on Twitter. He also hosts public television specials and does stories for CBS Sunday Morning.  Scott received the Order of Lincoln from the State of Illinois in 2016, the state’s highest honor.
This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Carrie Fisher’s THE PRINCESS DIARIST, published by Blue Rider Press on Tuesday (11/22).  David Rosenthal, President & Publisher of Blue Rider Press, edited the book, and says, “If it weren’t for her fame in the Star Wars movies, Carrie Fisher might be best known as a writer.  With novels like Postcards from the Edge and The Best Awful, and memoirs like Wishful Drinking, Carrie has established herself as a singular comedic voice, tinged with the sadness of modern living. While some of the early press on THE PRINCESS DIARIST has focused on Carrie’s revelations about her relationship with Harrison Ford four decades ago, her book brilliantly dissects the questions of fame, aging and longing for connections in Hollywood (and in our families).”   Carrie Fisher With her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, Fisher became one of the world’s most famous pop-culture icons.  As she prepared to return to the Star Wars series in 2015, Fisher made a most interesting discovery—three long-forgotten journals she had kept during the making of the first Star Wars film in 1976. Filled with the musings, insights, and witticisms of her nineteen-year-old self, they also document an affair with one of her co-stars that has never been revealed until now, with the publication of THE PRINCESS DIARIST. “I’ve rarely talked about being Leia at length—not deliberately in any event,” Fisher writes. She definitely corrects that state of affairs with her new memoir, reflecting on how she got to be Leia, what it was like to actually play her, and how Leia has changed her life. “I’m asked about her all the time,” she writes. “How she is.  What her plans are for episodes VIII and IX.  How things are going with Harrison.” As it turns out, Harrison Ford plays a significant role in Fisher’s new book. “I’ve spent so many years not telling the story of Harrison and me having an affair on the first Star Wars movie that it’s difficult to know exactly how to tell it now,” she writes. “I suppose I’m writing this because it’s forty years later and whoever we there then—superficially at least—we no longer are now. Whoever I might have infuriated then wouldn’t have the energy to be infuriated now. And even if they did, I wouldn’t have the energy to feel as guilty as I would have thirty or twenty or—well, there’s no way I could’ve written it even ten years ago.” Harrison Ford, Carrie Fishe Lest she be accused of kissing and telling without warning or scruple, Fisher notes that, before disclosing anything that is possibly someone else’s secret to tell, she first lets that person know about her intention. “I don’t want to make anyone else look stupid,” she writes. “That’s a privilege I reserve for myself.” Besides, she says, if she hadn’t written about it, someone else would have. Someone without Read more...
THE SWOLY BIBLE: The Bro Science Way of Life by Dom Mazzetti (Plume) launched this week with a Reddit AMA on November 1 kicking things into gear. There were over 3 thousand comments on Dom’s AMA and buzz around the book continued to grow thanks to incredible fan postings about the book with the hashtag #SwolyBible. See all the social media action on Storify. More media coverage is slated to appear in Men’s Fitness (11/16) andPublishers Weekly–Fitness Forecast Feature (11/7).  Dom will also head to Barnes & Noble at UC/Irvine for a book signing on 11/16.
Rap superstar Lil Wayne’s GONE ‘TIL NOVEMBER, published by Plume on Tuesday (10/11), has exploded on social media this week.  Check out all of the #GoneTilNovember activity collected on Storify.  Take a look at the incredible support from Lil Wayne’s own accounts, with Weezy tweeting to his 28 million followers, 50 million Facebook fans, and  4.5 million Instagram followers. There’s tons more activity on Twitter, with key support fromYoung Money (250K followers), Jae Millz (490K followers), The Fader (431K followers), and Lil Wayne HQ (428K followers).  lilwaynethestrand-002 Fans posted shots of Weezy signing at The Strand in NYC on Tuesday afternoon, with screenshots of their receipts and inspirational quotes  on Instagram.   Major print media outlets are also covering. There is a big feature in The New York Times‘ Thursday (10/13) edition. And USA Todayjust ran this high profile piece, 7 Things We Learned from GONE TIL NOVEMBER. More media on tap includes interviews on ABC Nightline, E!, and Entertainment Tonight as well as Associated Press and Sunday Times of London stories. GONE ’TIL NOVEMBER is Lil Wayne’s deeply personal and revealing account of his time spent incarcerated on Rikers Island for eight months in 2010.
Phoebe Robinson and her new book, YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR, which went on sale from Plume on Tuesday (10/4), are generating an incredible amount of publicity and celebrity social media attention.  Check out the #YouCantTouchMyHair tweets and Instagram posts from Kevin Bacon, Danielle Brooks,Natasha Lyonne, Jill Soloway, John Hodgman,Carrie Brownstein and musician St. Vincent. On Sunday (10/9), Phoebe will be on Huffington Post’s Facebook page, commenting live during the 2nd Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  Major media hits include appearances by Phoebe on Conan, Weekend Edition and Leonard Lopate (on which Leonard was quoted as saying, “Your hair isn’t all that”).  People magazine (10/17 issue) called the book “hilarious and sobering.” O Magazine (November issue) “The gut – and patriarchy – busting essay collection marks the literary grand entrance of comedian Phoebe Robinson…Robinson shows us that life teems with casual racism, and the best way to root it out is with a razor-sharp wit.”   There has also been coverage in New York magazine,Elle and Cosmo and such outlets as Refinery29, AV Club (featuring a blooper reel of her audio book), InStyle and Dinner Party Download. Phoebe’s video with Jessica Williams, who wrote the Foreword to YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR,, is featured on the Funny or Die homepage.  Her video with Broad City ladies made “Trailer of the Day” on Wednesday (10/5) in  Shelf Awareness Upcoming: Phoebe will be on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday, October 19. In YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR, using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Phoebe explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is “Queen. Bae. Jesus,” to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Phoebe Robinson as a writer on the rise.
Publicity for GOOD VIBRATIONS by Mike Love kicked off last week with an exclusive feature in People, including an excerpt, cover line, five-page spread, photos, and online book trailer reveal—on stands 9/2-9/9 or read it here. The book goes on sale next Tuesday (9/13), Love will kick off the publicity tour at Barnes & Noble Union Square, featuring a Q&A, performance by the Beach Boys, and signing. Media highlights include The O’Reilly Factor, CBS This Morning, The View, USA Today, Rolling Stone,Wall Street Journal’s “Anatomy of a Song,” Vanity Fair, and The New York Times, and much more.  GOOD VIBRATIONS is a half a century’s work of insider info on one of the most famous bands in rock—not to be missed.
Excitement is building at Blue Rider Press for the release of critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Marisa Silver’s LITTLE NOTHING, launching this Tuesday, September 13. Hauntingly beautiful and achingly hopeful, LITTLE NOTHING is the story of Pavla, a child scorned for her physical deformity, whose passion and salvation lie in her otherworldly ability to transform herself and the world around her. With an eight-city book tour, Silver will hit the ground running, joining in eagerly awaited conversations with authors such as Mark Sarvas, Sarah Bynum, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and Jennifer Gilmore, just to name a few. Featured in Elle’s “Best of September,” The Huffington Post’s “Fall must-reads”, Lit Hub’s “18 Books to read in September”, and The Millions’ “Most Anticipated of Fall”, LITTLE NOTHING is already gaining national attention. Look for reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the LA Review of Books, The Millions, Barnes & Noble Review, and original essays with Powell’s and other outlets to come.
Brant Rumble, Senior Editor, Blue Rider Press, opens a fascinating window into this week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, Mike Love’s GOOD VIBRATIONS, published by Blue Rider Press today:  “The story of the Beach Boys is as rich as that of any band in music history, and Mike Love has lived every moment of it. To sit with him and his collaborator Jim Hirsch and hear the stories firsthand was awe-inspiring—from the early breakthrough success to the artistic achievements of Pet Sounds and ‘Good Vibrations’ to the darker and more challenging times. “Mike is an optimist and a workhorse, two qualities that have carried him through more than five decades of writing, recording, and performing; and also two qualities that are essential when it comes to working on a book. The result is a memoir that is quite revealing and an important document that I believe readers and fans will devour.” Mike Love has this to say about his book: “I’ve had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences. There are a lot of things I haven’t shared before, and I’m looking forward to opening up about my life and my work in this book. It’s a story about family, music, a country in transition, and audiences all over the world coming together in harmony.”  Love kicks off the GOOD VIBRATIONS publicity tour in NYC at Barnes & Noble Union Square tonight, featuring a Q&A and signing, as well as a performance by the Beach Boys. Media highlights include The O’Reilly Factor, CBS This Morning, The View, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal’s “Anatomy of a Song,” Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and much more to come.
Blue Rider Press published HEAD BALL COACH: My Life in Football, Doing It Differently and Winning by Steve Spurrier, with Buddy Martin, on Tuesday, August 30.  This launch has been accompanied by a strong rush of media coverage for Spurrier and his book, in which college football’s most colorful, endearing, and successful pioneer shares his story of a life in football — from growing up in Tennessee to winning the Heisman Trophy to playing and coaching in the pros to leading the Florida Gators to six SEC Championships and a National Championship to elevating the South Carolina program to new heights — and coaching like nobody else.  Here are key media highlights: ESPN.com ran an excerpt on August 25.   The New York Times featured an interview with Spurrier in the Sports section on 8/28.  The book was mentioned in the “Scorecard” section of the August 14 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.  Spurrier was interviewed on ESPN “Car Wash,” on 8/30, with segments on top ESPN shows, including SportsCenter, Mike & Mike, First Take and College Football Live.  We also interviewed on FOX & Friends, FOX News Radio and FOX Business Network’s Varney & Co. on 8/31.  A Satellite Radio Tour with top national and regional sports radio shows scheduled is for the morning of September 1. Upcoming:  NPR’s The Takeaway (interview is rescheduled for 9/6) and a feature in The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy section (run-date TK). Coach Spurrier will receive special recognition at Florida Gators home football game for the 50th Anniversary of his receiving the Heisman Trophy and University of Florida recently announced the renaming of the field to  Steve Spurrier-Florida Field. He will be signing at the following venues, with hundreds of fans expected: Barnes & Noble in Ocala, FL @ 6:00 pm (9/1); Follett / University of Florida Bookstore @ 2;00 pm – September 3 (This signing is prior to Florida Gators’ first college football game where Spurrier is being honored); College Football Hall of Fame @ Noon (9/7); Atlanta JCC @ 6:30 pm (9/7); Books-a-Million in Columbia, SC @ 6pm (9/8).
James Carville’s WE’RE STILL RIGHT, THEY’RE STILL WRONG: The Democrats’ Case for 2016 went on sale this Tuesday (8/23) from Blue Rider Press. Some unforgettable media highlights include this panel on Morning Joe, a Facebook livestream interview with Business Insider, and a debate with Ann Coulter on Nightline. He also made appearances on The Today Show, Imus in the Morning, Yahoo News, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate, AC360, All In with Chris Hayes, and Bloomberg’s All Due Respect. Expect plenty more from the Ragin’ Cajun!