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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 Stone.com.  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 Wired.com.

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Sinéad O’Connor, the award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, will write her memoirs, it was announced this week. The book, which is not yet titled, will be published in North America by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.   Penguin Ireland will publish the memoir in Ireland, UK and Commonwealth.  A March 2016 publication date is planned. World print, eBook and audio rights were acquired by David Rosenthal, Blue  Rider’s president and publisher, from  Simon Watson of Sidewinder Management. Mr. Rosenthal will also edit. “I’ve never stopped expressing myself in my music, and now, with a book.  And I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with,” said O’Connor. “Sinéad has led a singular life – both personally and professionally,” said Rosenthal. “She is a fearlessly honest and incredibly talented artist.” The book will cover the singer’s turbulent upbringing in Ireland; her breakout as an artist with 1987’s The Lion and the Cobra and her nine subsequent albums; her controversial opinions and actions, as well as her personal and musical struggles and triumphs, through the present day.
I Said Yes to Everything author and Academy Award-winning actress and director Lee Grant was featured on CBS “Sunday Morning” on August 3. Lee gives a tour of her apartment and Upper West Side neighborhood, reflects on the fours years she spent writing her memoir (by hand!), and her remarkable life and career. Watch the interview here.    
This Tuesday, July 15th, it was announced that Moyers & Company was nominated for an Emmy in the “Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis” category for their hour-long interview with Blue Rider Press author Mark Leibovich. In the episode, called “Mark Leibovich on Glitz and Greed in Washington,” host Bill Moyers spoke with Leibovich about his New York Times bestseller, This Town, and politics in the nation’s capital. Moyers instructed: “Whatever you’re doing these last days of summer. Stop. Take some time, and read this book. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and by the last page I think you’ll be ready for the revolution.” The episode originally aired August 23-25, 2013.  The trade paperback of This Town went on-sale May 29, 2014 and, once again, caught the attention of major media. “You should buy his new paperback edition, which is out this week with a new afterword…It’s as brilliantly reported and sharply written and fun as everyone says it is,” said Time.com.  Watch “Mark Leibovich on Glitz and Greed in Washington” here.  The 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards honors programming distributed during the calendar year 2013. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. More information can be found here.
Actress, director and Blue Rider Press author Lee Grant’s memoir I Said Yes to Everything went on sale last week and continues to draw significant media attention. Grant did a terrific segment on Huffington Post Live, and an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, while the Daily  Mail ran photos and items from the book. Bustle named I Said Yes to Everything one of its best summer beach reads,WNYC’s “Leonard Lopate” interviewed Grant to promoteher 92Y event, and WNYC also aired a wonderful interviewas part of their “Fishko Files” segment. Still upcoming for Lee Grant: CBS’ Inside Edition, an interview in The Atlantic, a Wall Street Journal “House Call” feature, and a CBS Sunday Morning profile on August 3. Read an Excerpt from I Said Yes to Everything
Academy Award-winning actress  and director Lee Grant published her memoir I Said Yes to Everything on Tuesday amid terrific media attention. The New York Times Styles featured “A Night Out with Lee Grant;” NPR “Weekend All Things Considered” interviewed Grant about her life and career; and the Washington Post raved about her memoir, calling it “magnificently titled, admirably candid.” Additional coverage has included an exclusive excerpt on New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, a USA Today New & Noteworthy picka Q&A in the Jewish Daily Forward, a New York Post review, and a piece in the New York Daily News. Still upcoming are interviews with The Hollywood Reporter, with the Daily Beast, on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, on WNYC’s Fishkin Files, with The Wall Street Journal for their “House Call” feature, along with much more coverage in the coming weeks. Lee Grant will be at the 92nd Street Y tonight in conversation with Patricia Bosworth. Tickets are available here. She will be at Barnes & Noble The Grove next Wednesday (7/16), the Aero Theatre with American Cinematheque on 7/17, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington NY on 7/21, Barnes & Noble UWS on 7/22, and will be an honorary co-chair of the East Hampton Library Author’s Night on 8/9.
Michael Hastings’ debut, posthumous novel, The Last Magazine, has continued to impress readers on a national scale. David Carr discussed the book in his New York Times column, writing, “Even from the grave Mr. Hastings has demonstrated anew an ability to reframe the debate…[The novel] reads as vivid archaeology that reveals much about the present moment…I have no idea why his car ended up smashed into a palm tree in Los Angeles in the early morning hours of June 18 a year ago. I just know he left something remarkable behind.” Rolling Stone called it a “frenetic and darkly funny roman à clef” in a feature story about the book (online now; July 3 print issue).  Entertainment Weekly’s rated it a B+ and said “certainly readers can enjoy the result as an out-and-out satire. But those familiar with the magazine biz will recognize the authentic whiff of life between the covers.” Gawker published their take on characters from the book, and the June 20th edition of Shelf Awareness included a review: “A terrifyingly funny look at the weekly print-magazine world…Hastings manages to create enough intrigue to make an entrancing, compelling narrative.…For a society obsessed with its ‘right to know,’ The Last Magazine offers the news deliciously unfiltered.”  Plus, Bette Midler shared with The Wall Street Journal that The Last Magazine is on her reading list, and The Barnes and Noble Review included the novel on its Long List, calling it “scathing, funny, rollicking.” Harper’s Magazine ran a review and Infowars.com posted a feature on Michael Hastings’ reporting. Elise Jordan, Michael’s wife, discussed The Last Magazine on MSNBC’s “Weekends with Alex Witt” last Saturday. She is scheduled to appear on Fox News Channel’s Hannity tonight. C-SPAN’s Book TV coverage of last week’s Barnes & Noble tribute event will air on July 5-6.