A Common Struggle by Patrick J. Kennedy (Blue Rider Press) is continuing to garner rave reviews and accolades. Patrick is being thanked for his courage in speaking out about his own struggle, battling stigmas that challenge millions, shedding light on issues that badly need it, and offering real solutions. In the coming weeks he will be on Dr. Oz, Charlie Rose, and C-SPAN Afterwords, with more press coming in every day.
Media is going mad for Elvis Costello’s new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, which went on sale from Blue Rider Press on Tuesday (10/13).  Here are excerpts from a selection of the rave reviews that continue to roll in: NPR Books: “Writers like Costello because he’s always taken writing seriously. That’s obvious to anyone who pays attention to his lyrics, and it’s even more apparent to anyone who reads Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, his charming new autobiography. The book is refreshingly free of salacious gossip and needless name-dropping; it’s an intelligent self-assessment from a musician who went from angry young man to elder statesman of pop.”– Michael Schaub   The New York Times:  “It’s streaked with some of the best writing – funny, strange, spiteful, anguished – we’ve ever had from an important musician.” – Dwight Garner New York Magazine: “…one of music’s wittiest, smartest, and most perceptive lyricists, Costello has done his legacy proud with his new book…” Rolling Stone: “[Unfaithful Music] is truly remarkable in the way it presents a riveting, honest portrait of the author and the many A-listers he’s tread the boards with, while ricocheting through the years at an almost breathless pace.” – Jeff Slate  
On Monday (10/5), Blue Rider Press released A Common Struggle by Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried. The book has received an enormous outpouring of support and Patrick’s goal to end stigmas surrounding mental illness and addiction.  Pub week kicked off with a 60 Minutes interview, and some phenomenal discussions on Yahoo News, CBS This Morning, MSNBC Morning Joe, and NBC Nightly News. Stay tuned for much more from Mr. Kennedy, including Real Time with Bill Maher and an excerpt and interview in People magazine.
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 Square with a fantastic performance and book signing for some of her most faithful NYC-based devotees.  After charming everyone on ABC’s The View the following morning, Jewel continued her tour in Nashville, Lexington, Birmingham, Detroit, Boston, San Diego, and Phoenix, chatting with both Howard Stern and Tom Ashbrook for NPR: On Point along the way, delivering breathtaking performances and memorable conversation at each stop. She’ll continue her tour in Los Angeles and IMG_2062Chicago, with plans to chat with (and serenade) NPR’sWait Wait Don’t Tell Me, The Tavis Smiley Show,NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, The Steve Harvey Show and last – but certainly not least –Jimmy Kimmel. The book as well as the author herself have both been receiving fantastically across the board, and there’s certainly more to come.  
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 everywhere are comforted and gaining inspiration from Scott’s memoir, written with Larry Platt, Every Day I Fight, which went on sale from Blue Rider Press on Tuesday. The book has been selling at a hot pace, propelled by a phenomenal national media campaign, including prominent print pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today, which noted, “Scott’s candor and combative energy are what drives his story…Being a conscientious journalist, Scott diligently, unsparingly reports on what was going on inside his head and in his personal life through treatment, remission and the return of the disease. In recounting every mood swing, every surge of hope and dread, he is imparting a lesson to his daughters, Taelor and Sydni — and to us: ‘I want them to take every note of every moment and to make them count.’” National TV has included segments on ABC’s Good Morning America and ESPN’s Sports Center as well as a first serial except on, and spots on ESPN Radio and The Tom Joyner Show. Many of Stuart’s friends have also offered personal praise, including basketball legend Michael Jordan: “I’ve known Stuart Scott since we were undergrads at UNC and I watched him become a groundbreaking sportscaster. But Every Day I Fight shows his greatest accomplishment: as a dad, who fights for his daughters every day. As a journalist, a dad and a cancer fighter, there’s no quit in Stuart.”
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 social media. The book will explore Jewel’s unconventional upbringing and the circumstances in which she became a world famous singer and songwriter, as well as a far more complicated life than has previously been revealed. It will include inspirational advice and lessons learned from her experiences and explore how writing songs, poetry and prose, as well as becoming a mother, brought her insights and courage that anyone can apply to their lives.  Publication is planned in North America for Fall 2015. “My life has been about constantly challenging myself to discover who I am, and to become responsible for my own happiness rather than being a victim of whatever fate has thrown my way, “ said Jewel. “I hope that the personal experiences I write about will help others to understand that, no matter how bleak or how gilded, we are not prisoners of our circumstance unless we believe ourselves to be.”
New York Times-bestselling author Mark Leibovich and his new Blue Rider Press book, Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion, have generated a big wave of major media, including author appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNN’sThe Lead with Jake Tapper and Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends. This national attention has also been sparked by Leibovich’s  New York Times magazine cover story on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, which runs this Sunday (11/23), when Mark is scheduled to appear on CBS’s Face the Nation.  Kirkus Reviews praised Citizens of the Green Room: “Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington, D.C.…These essays and profiles are uniformly witty… Leibovich delivers full-dimensional portraits of these eccentric D.C. denizens…Humorous, incisive and very droll.”  Leibovich had a very successful launch event at Book Court in Brooklyn (11/13), which was taped by Book TV (air date TBD) and this week appeared at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC (11/17) and the National Press Club Book Fair in DC (11/18).
Mike Love, the legendary singer, lyricist, and co-founding member of the Beach Boys, will write a book about his life, it was announced by Blue Rider Press on Wednesday. The book, tentatively titled GOOD VIBRATIONS: My Life as a Beach Boy, will be published by Blue Rider Press in the Summer of 2016. The book will describe Love’s early childhood and family story, and that of his cousins Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, all founding members of the band, along with Al Jardine.  Love will describe a remarkable personal journey that includes five decades of recording and touring – he has performed 5,600 concerts in more than twenty-five countries as a Beach Boy – while he has also had a front-row seat to some of the most important and convulsive events in American pop culture. Love will talk about his own spiritual journey through transcendental meditation, his complex relationship with Brian Wilson, and the enduring appeal of the Beach Boy sound. Blue Rider Press President and Publisher David Rosenthal said, “Mike Love’s story—and the story of the Beach Boys—is one of the most compelling sagas in American music and popular culture. We’re thrilled that fifty years after the band’s creation, Mike will finally tell his tale.”
Eddie Izzard, the award-winning and critically acclaimed comedian and actor has today announced he will write a book about his life. The book, which is not yet titled, will be published by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA). Publication is planned for the winter of 2015-16. World print, eBook and audio rights were acquired by Sarah Hochman, Blue Rider’s executive editor, from Steve Fisher at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA). The book will be published simultaneously in the United Kingdom by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin. The book will cover Izzard’s childhood and will go on to document his rise from London street performer through to his record-breaking comedy world tours and his acclaimed work as an actor on stage and screen. Izzard commented, “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to expand on the questions raised in my biopic  Believe. There’s so much that can only be said in a written form and I am very happy that Blue Rider are giving me the chance to do that.” Hochman commented, “Eddie Izzard’s brilliant, and brilliantly funny, narrative style lends itself perfectly to the printed page, a must-read for the many thousands who have watched his performances—in several languages and counting—around the world.”
Neil Young, internationally acclaimed musician, New York Times-bestselling author, passionate car enthusiast and devoted environmental activist, launched his new Blue Rider Press book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars, on Tuesday with an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, which sparked a tremendous wave of online chatter and coverage, including Andy Greene’s “12 Things We Learned from Howard Stern’s Interview with Neil Young” on Rolling  Beginning at noon, Young made a rare bookstore appearance, signing copies of Special Deluxe at Barnes & Noble on Fifth Ave. for scores of fans who lined up inside the packed store.  Later in the day, Young was a guest on The Colbert Report, talking and also performing one of his new songs, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” with Stephen Colbert as “Neil Young and Crazy Host.” Upcoming media includes a Wall Street Journal “Weekend Confidential” interview as well as reviews in the WSJ, New York Times andSan Francisco Chronicle.

Neil Young Party with ExecsAn exhibit of Young’s original watercolor vintage car paintings featured throughout Special Deluxe was installed this week at the James Goodman Gallery in New York City.  Pictured at a Monday night reception at the Goodman: (left to right) Caroline Riordan, Director, Digital and Online Business Development, Penguin Random House; David Rosenthal, President & Publisher, Blue Rider Press; Linda Cowen, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Penguin Publishing Group; Neil Young; and Jacqueline Updike, President, Sales, Penguin Random House. CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose and Ric Ocasek, founding member of The Cars and a Blue Rider Press author, were also among the guests. For insights into Young’s painting style and car illustrations, read the informative feature on

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