Last week on a rainy Wednesday night, wire walker, street-juggler and author Philippe Petite held a “forbidden party” in the catacombs of Brooklyn’s landmark Green-Wood Cemetery. Reporters were treated to a presentation on his new book, Creativity: The Perfect Crime. The New York Observer featured the party, and The Wall Street Journal interviewed him at the cemetery, “where his French lilt reverberated in the hollow crypt.”
Petit is now on tour promoting Creativity
to sold-out crowds across the country and continues to be featured and interviewed on national outlets including: The New Yorker Page Turner
, Fast Company, New York Times Magazine, Weekend All Things Considered
, The Diane Rehm Show
, The Takeaway
, and Dinner Party Download
Fashion designer John Varvatos and legendary rock journalist Lisa Robinson took the stage at Varvatos’s Bowery boutique to discuss Robinson’s memoir There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll
in front of a standing room only audience last Thursday (5/15). Spotted in the crowd were icons Fran Lebowitz, David Johansen, Mick Rock and Bob Gruen. Robinson talked about growing up in New York’s downtown rock scene, her favorite interviews, as well as her many experiences touring with such music superstars as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jay Z. Toward the end of the evening, Varvatos summed things up best: “You think you’ve met a bunch of interesting people and you’ve done a lot of cool stuff, but then you meet Lisa Robinson and you realize you haven’t done s***.” There Goes Gravity
has been prominently featured in USA Today, People, The Chicago Tribune, NPR,
and many other media outlets.
Last Thursday, fashion designer John Varvatos and legendary rock journalist Lisa Robinson took the stage at Varvatos’s Bowery boutique to discuss Robinson’s memoir There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll
in front of a standing room only audience. Spotted in the crowd were art icons Fran Lebowitz, David Johansen, Mick Rock, Bob Gruen, and others. Robinson talked about growing up in New York’s downtown rock scene, her favorite interviews, as well as her many experiences touring with music superstars Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jay Z. Toward the end of the evening Varvatos said it best, “You think you’ve met a bunch of interesting people and you’ve done a lot of cool stuff, but then you meet Lisa Robinson and you realize you haven’t done s***.” There Goes Gravity
is on sale now and has been prominently featured in USA Today, People, The Chicago Tribune, NPR,
and many more.
is holding a fantastic sweepstakes for Mambo in Chinatown
, the second novel from New York Times
bestselling author Jean Kwok to be published by Riverhead Books on June 24.
One grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a pair of Latin ballroom dance shoes. Enter here
for your chance to win.
calls MAMBO IN CHINATOWN “intriguing,” and Kirkus Reviews
says, “Charlie’s Cinderella story, not to mention Charlie herself, is charming.” The media buzz surrounding the book’s release continues to grow, with additional reviews and features confirmed to run in Real Simple
, The Writer Magazine
Little Onion is headed for the big screen! Deadline.com
announced last week that Riverhead author James McBride will produce the screen adaptation of his National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird
with actors Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, The Manchurian Candidate
) and Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid
remake) set to star. The film will tell the story of young slave Henry “Onion” Shackleford’s (Smith) travels with infamous radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber). Schreiber will produce the film alongside McBride and Brian Taylor, with whom McBride is producing an FX miniseries based on another McBride novel, Song Yet Sung
. USA Today
, Vulture, New York Daily News
, and many other print and online outlets also reported the film news.
The 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships, given on the basis of “impressive achievements in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment,” have been announced and 8 of the grants were awarded to Penguin Group (USA) authors:
- David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Viking, 3/12; Penguin, 3/13)
- Hari Kunzru, Transmission (Dutton, 5/04; Plume, 1/05)
- Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 5/13)
- D.T. Max, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Viking, 9/12; Penguin, 8/13).
- Meghan O’Rourke, The Long Goodbye (Riverhead, 4/11)
- Victoria Sweet, God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (Riverhead, 4/12)
- Claire Vaye Watkins, Battleborn: Stories (Riverhead, 8/12)
- Randall Fuller, author and professor of English at the University of Tulsa, received a Guggenheim for his work in American Literature. He will be writing a book for Viking tentatively called Apes and Abolitionists: How a Single Copy of Darwin’s Book Remade America, expected to be published in 2017.
View the complete list of 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships here
Established in 1925 by former United States Senator John Simon Guggenheim and his wife, the Guggenheim Foundation has sought from its inception to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also provide for the cause of better international understanding.” Often characterized as “mid-career awards,” Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
The 2014 ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design announced its award winners this week in Miami Beach, Florida, and Riverhead art director Helen Yentus was the 2014 ADC Art + Craft Design Award winner for her 3-D book design of On Such a Full Sea
by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead, 1/7).
North America’s only beachside festival for the commercial creative industries, the event was created to align with ADC’s nearly century-long mission to celebrate artistry and craftsmanship in the fields of advertising, design, photography, illustration, interactive and motion graphics.
Learn more about the ADC Festival here.