Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was launched in January 2011 and publishes an eclectic mix of hardcover fiction and nonfiction titles, reflecting President and Publisher David Rosenthal’s wide range of interests, including suspense fiction, popular biography, literary novels, humor, music, and contemporary politics.
The Blue Rider, or in German, Der Blaue Reiter, was an iconoclastic 20th Century movement in music and painting now seen as a driving force of modern art. Established in Munich, Germany in 1911, The Blue Rider was a loose association of painters determined to promote individual expression and break free of any conventional artistic restraints.
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David Rosenthal has been president and publisher of Blue Rider Press since starting the imprint in 2011. He served as publisher and executive vice-president of the Simon & Schuster imprint from 1997 until June 2010 and prior to that was publisher of Villard Books and an executive editor of the Random House imprint.
At Blue Rider Press, Rosenthal has published a broad range of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including those by Neil Young, James Carville, Mike Tyson, Bill Maher, Elvis Costello, Mark Leibovich, George McGovern, Robert Baer, Jeff Bridges, R.A. Dickey, Stuart Scott, Patrick J. Kennedy, Lesley Stahl, Delia Ephron, Michael Hastings and Leanne Shapton. During his tenure at Simon & Schuster, he published books by numerous award-winning, New York Times bestselling authors, including David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bob Greene, Sandra Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, Chris Cleave, Richard Paul Evans, Bob Woodward, Ron Suskind, Jimmy Carter and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Amongst the many distinguished and bestselling authors personally acquired and/or edited by Mr. Rosenthal are Robert Harris, Martin Cruz Smith, Bob Dylan, Richard Ben Cramer, David Carr, James J. Cramer, Jeffery Deaver, Stephen Hunter, Ed McBain, Jon Krakauer, Richard Russo, Hunter S. Thompson, Bruce Wagner, James Lee Burke, Twyla Tharp, Bill McKibben, Carrie Fisher, Henry Beard, Nicholson Baker, Don Rickles, Bill Maher and Mary Matalin, Before entering book publishing, Mr. Rosenthal wrote for a variety of national magazines and worked as the managing editor of Rolling Stone and executive editor of New York magazine. He was also editorial consultant for WNET/13, developing cultural and political programming. Mr. Rosenthal began his career in media as a reporter and editor for the old New York Post. He is also proud of being the only trade publisher to both play the viola and to have worked in the morgue at New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Aileen Boyle has worked in a variety of book marketing, publicity and publishing positions for twenty years, including stints in the publicity departments of The Berkley Publishing Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. She joined Blue Rider Press in 2011 and prior to that was vice president, associate publisher at Simon & Schuster, She has executed publicity, marketing and sales strategy for over 200 New York Times bestsellers, most notably for bestselling authors such as Jimmy Carter, Mary Higgins Clark, Hillary Clinton, Elvis Costello, Jim Cramer, Billy Graham, Arianna Huffington, Walter Isaacson, Patrick J. Kennedy, Wally Lamb, Mark Leibovich, David McCullough, Stuart Scott, Howard Stern, James B. Stewart, Bob Woodward and Neil Young.
Sarah Hochman joined Blue Rider Press at its inception. She acquires and edits a broad range of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, humor, and lifestyle books. Some of the authors she has acquired and/or edited include Bruce Wagner, Nicholson Baker, Bill Maher, Lesley Stahl, Delia Ephron, Stephanie Madoff Mack, Damien Echols, David Milgrim (aka Ann Droyd), Jeff Bridges, Jean Thompson, Marisa Silver, Jewel, Chris Elliott, Adam Resnick, Simon Doonan, Amanda Brooks, A.A. Gill, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Bruce McCall and David Letterman, Annabelle Gurwitch, Ric Ocasek, Ben Schott, and Leanne Shapton. Previously, she was a senior editor at Simon & Schuster where she acquired such New York Times bestselling titles as I.O.U. by John Lanchester, Savages by Don Winslow, and Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker, as well as books by Jeffery Deaver, Howard Jacobson, Eric Bogosian, David Rabe, Robert Littell, Jed Mercurio, Mike Birbiglia, Lee Israel, Julie Hecht, and Penn Jillette. Prior to S&S, Hochman worked at W magazine, The New York Observer, and Esquire.
Brant Rumble has acquired and edited a variety of narrative nonfiction, memoir, and literary fiction, with a particular interest in pop culture, music, and sports. His early acquisitions included Chuck Klosterman’s generational classics, Fargo Rock City and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, and Rumble has since published numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Klosterman’s most recent, But What If We’re Wrong? Rumble has worked with icons like Mike Love, Steve Spurrier, Patton Oswalt, Bill James, Elvis Costello, and Stephen King; critically acclaimed writers like John Parker, Owen King, James Hirsch, and Jonathan Ames; unique figures like Andrew Matheson, Ken Jennings, Megan Amram, Mike Mullane, and Gustavo Arellano; respected critics like Amanda Petrusich, Greg Kot, and Nathan Rabin; and veteran sportswriters like Michael Weinreb, Sean Assael, and Rob Neyer; as well as The Onion, The A.V. Club, and the Ernest Hemingway Estate. He joined Blue Rider Press in 2015.
When our beloved author and actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, passed away on December 27, 2016, her family, friends and fans worldwide mourned. Carrie’s publisher Blue Rider Press shared these words: “We are heartbroken by the untimely passing of our friend Carrie Fisher. She will, however, remain […]Read more >
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 […]Read more >
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 […]Read more >