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.

Blue Rider’s authors: 

Christophe Andre
Jesse Armstrong
Shaun Assael
Robert B. Baer
J.I. Baker
Nicholson Baker
Henry Beard
Jeff Bridges
Amanda Brooks
Amy Butcher
Sam Cabot
James Carville
Johnny Cash
Richard M. Cohen
Cyrus Copeland
Elvis Costello
Douglas Coupland
James J. Cramer
Stephen Dau
Wendy Davis
R.A. Dickey
Stephen Dobyns
Simon Doonan
Lynn Dowling
Tim Dowling
Paul Downs
 Ann Droyd
Roberto Duran
Damien Echols
Miriam Elia
Chris Elliott
Delia Ephron
Hampton Fancher
Deborah Feldman
Carrie Fisher
Tom Foreman
Samuel W. Gailey
A.A. Gill
Bernie Glassman
Lee Grant
Gary Greenberg
Richard Greenberg
Annabelle Gurwitch
Gary Hart
Michael Hastings
Sheila Heti
Dave Hill
Ken Ilgunas
Tracey Jackson
Penn Jillette
Glyn Johns
Sir Tom Jones
Bruce Eric Kaplan
Patrick J. Kennedy
Asia Kepka
Chuck Klosterman
Bettye Lavette
M.A. Lawson
Mark Leibovich
Terry Lenzner
Gigi Levangie
Mike Love
Jon Macks
Stephanie Mack Madoff
Bill Maher
David Mark
Matthew Martin
Andrew Matheson
Bruce McCall
George McGovern
Susan Scarf Merrell
David Milgrim
The Mincing Mockingbird
Pat Morris
Willie Nelson
Anna North
Ric Ocasek
Rob Patronite
Valerie Plame
Daniel Price
Daniel Pyne
Archie Rand
Rick Reilly
Adam Resnick
Peter Richmond
Ross Ritchell
Eileen Rockefeller
Carne Ross
Cecilia Ruiz
Ben Schott
Stuart Scott
Walter Shapiro
Leanne Shapton
Dave Sheinin
David Shields
Tom Shroder
Marisa Silver
Steve Spurrier
Lesley Stahl
Jon Steele
Donald Sturrock
Barry Svrluga
Jean Thompson
Mike Tyson
Bruce Wagner
Tom Watson
Dee Williams
Mary Williams
Paul Williams
Gene Wojciechowski
Neil Young
Dan Zak

Meet Blue Rider Press

David Rosenthal

President and Publisher

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.

Brant Rumble

Senior Editor

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 OnionThe A.V. Club, and the Ernest Hemingway Estate. He joined Blue Rider Press in 2015.

Kayleigh George

Associate Director of Marketing

Kayleigh George joined Blue Rider in 2016 after 3 years at Crown and 5 at HarperCollins. Bestselling campaigns include Delia Ephron, Anthony Marra, Chris Pavone, Rebecca Mead, Kate Bolick, Herman Koch, Michael Faber, and Gillian Flynn.

Blue Rider Press Newsroom

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January 4, 2017

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 […]

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November 28, 2016

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 […]

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September 14, 2016

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 […]

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