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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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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  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 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.
Celebrated journalist Michael Hastings’ debut novel, The Last Magazine, went on sale this week and Hastings’ writing continues to spark conversation one year after his death. The Washington Post said, “The Last Magazine is tender and brutal, worldly and inbred, high-minded and gross, smartly rendered and rough around the edges — and quite often hilarious…The Last Magazine is the funniest, most savage takedown of the American news media since Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72, by his hero Hunter S. Thompson.” The New York Times called the novel “fast and funny and humane. When I put it down, it called to be picked up again.” Christopher Dickey’s review for The Daily Beast raves: “What makes this novel work—really, I can’t think of a better little tome to take to the beach—is that it’s just so much fun, so wicked, so amusing, and so brilliantly observed. The caricatures of people living and dead (career-wise) are only part of its charm. I haven’t read a better send-up of hackery since the last time I dove into Evelyn Waugh’s 1938 classic Scoop.” The Last Magazine has also garnered additional praise in Kirkus ReviewsBooklistNew York Magazine’s Frank Rich columnSlate.comThe Daily Beast, Mashable, the Chicago Tribune/Printers RowSan Francisco ChronicleNew York Daily News, and the New York Post. Additional reviews are set to run in Harper’s MagazineColumbia Journalism ReviewEntertainment WeeklyShelf Awareness,’s “All Things Considered,” Associated Press, and The Rumpus. Rolling Stone,, and have also all confirmed features, and The Last Magazine will be included as a Vanity Fair Hot Type.  “A Tribute to Michael Hastings” event featuring a panel of top journalists at Barnes & Noble, Union Square took place on Wednesday (6/18). Rachel Maddow called The Last Magazine  “a laugh-out-loud, totally uncompromising, screamer of a novel” on her show Monday night (watch the 12+ minute segment about Hastings’ career and the book, including an interview with Hastings’ widow, Elise Jordan,here). Elise wrote a powerful article for Time about The Last Magazine and her husband’s frustration with the media. She was also interviewed for a New York Times Arts feature, as well as by NPR’s “Weekend Edition with Rachel Martin” and PBS/Pacifica’s “Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman.” And there is still more major media to come including MSNBC’s The Cycle (6/18), MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews (6/18) and Al Jazeera’sConsider This (6/19).
Rick Reilly’s new collection of his ESPN columns Tiger, Meet My Sister… and Other Things I Probably Should’t Have Said is on sale now – the perfect gift for Father’s Day! Watch Rick talk about the book on TBS/ CONAN, discuss his 35+ year sportswriting career on MSNBC/ Morning Joe, and talk sports news on ESPN/ SportsCenter. Curious about the title of the book? Rick explains all on ESPN’s Front Row.
Dee Williams’ The Big Tiny has been generating a lot of attention. Williams was featured on the Yahoo homepage in a feature that has garnered over 3,000 comments, the Portland Oregonian ran a feature on Williams and her tiny 84-square-foot house, and AdWeek also covered this book.   Still to come: a segment on CBS This Morning; a feature in the Los tumblr_inline_n4wrz2LTpi1rip57tAngeles Times Home section (5/3); and upcoming coverage on The Weather Channel as well as in The Hairpin. Williams’ West Coast tour begins today in Seattle at Third Place Books  and over the next week continues on to Powell’s in Portland, Book Passage in Corte Madera, The Bookshop in Santa Cruz, and Vroman’s in Pasadena.   This illustration by artist Rebecca Green was inspired by Williams’ The Big Tiny. Read an excerpt from The Big Tiny