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This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Carrie Fisher’s THE PRINCESS DIARIST, published by Blue Rider Press on Tuesday (11/22).  David Rosenthal, President & Publisher of Blue Rider Press, edited the book, and says, “If it weren’t for her fame in the Star Wars movies, Carrie Fisher might be best known as a writer.  With novels like Postcards from the Edge and The Best Awful, and memoirs like Wishful Drinking, Carrie has established herself as a singular comedic voice, tinged with the sadness of modern living. While some of the early press on THE PRINCESS DIARIST has focused on Carrie’s revelations about her relationship with Harrison Ford four decades ago, her book brilliantly dissects the questions of fame, aging and longing for connections in Hollywood (and in our families).”   Carrie Fisher With her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, Fisher became one of the world’s most famous pop-culture icons.  As she prepared to return to the Star Wars series in 2015, Fisher made a most interesting discovery—three long-forgotten journals she had kept during the making of the first Star Wars film in 1976. Filled with the musings, insights, and witticisms of her nineteen-year-old self, they also document an affair with one of her co-stars that has never been revealed until now, with the publication of THE PRINCESS DIARIST. “I’ve rarely talked about being Leia at length—not deliberately in any event,” Fisher writes. She definitely corrects that state of affairs with her new memoir, reflecting on how she got to be Leia, what it was like to actually play her, and how Leia has changed her life. “I’m asked about her all the time,” she writes. “How she is.  What her plans are for episodes VIII and IX.  How things are going with Harrison.” As it turns out, Harrison Ford plays a significant role in Fisher’s new book. “I’ve spent so many years not telling the story of Harrison and me having an affair on the first Star Wars movie that it’s difficult to know exactly how to tell it now,” she writes. “I suppose I’m writing this because it’s forty years later and whoever we there then—superficially at least—we no longer are now. Whoever I might have infuriated then wouldn’t have the energy to be infuriated now. And even if they did, I wouldn’t have the energy to feel as guilty as I would have thirty or twenty or—well, there’s no way I could’ve written it even ten years ago.” Harrison Ford, Carrie Fishe Lest she be accused of kissing and telling without warning or scruple, Fisher notes that, before disclosing anything that is possibly someone else’s secret to tell, she first lets that person know about her intention. “I don’t want to make anyone else look stupid,” she writes. “That’s a privilege I reserve for myself.” Besides, she says, if she hadn’t written about it, someone else would have. Someone without 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 Square, featuring a Q&A, performance by the Beach Boys, and signing. Media highlights include The O’Reilly Factor, CBS This Morning, The View, USA Today, Rolling Stone,Wall Street Journal’s “Anatomy of a Song,” Vanity Fair, and The New York Times, and much more.  GOOD VIBRATIONS is a half a century’s work of insider info on one of the most famous bands in rock—not to be missed.
Excitement is building at Blue Rider Press for the release of critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Marisa Silver’s LITTLE NOTHING, launching this Tuesday, September 13. Hauntingly beautiful and achingly hopeful, LITTLE NOTHING is the story of Pavla, a child scorned for her physical deformity, whose passion and salvation lie in her otherworldly ability to transform herself and the world around her. With an eight-city book tour, Silver will hit the ground running, joining in eagerly awaited conversations with authors such as Mark Sarvas, Sarah Bynum, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and Jennifer Gilmore, just to name a few. Featured in Elle’s “Best of September,” The Huffington Post’s “Fall must-reads”, Lit Hub’s “18 Books to read in September”, and The Millions’ “Most Anticipated of Fall”, LITTLE NOTHING is already gaining national attention. Look for reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the LA Review of Books, The Millions, Barnes & Noble Review, and original essays with Powell’s and other outlets to come.
Brant Rumble, Senior Editor, Blue Rider Press, opens a fascinating window into this week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, Mike Love’s GOOD VIBRATIONS, published by Blue Rider Press today:  “The story of the Beach Boys is as rich as that of any band in music history, and Mike Love has lived every moment of it. To sit with him and his collaborator Jim Hirsch and hear the stories firsthand was awe-inspiring—from the early breakthrough success to the artistic achievements of Pet Sounds and ‘Good Vibrations’ to the darker and more challenging times. “Mike is an optimist and a workhorse, two qualities that have carried him through more than five decades of writing, recording, and performing; and also two qualities that are essential when it comes to working on a book. The result is a memoir that is quite revealing and an important document that I believe readers and fans will devour.” Mike Love has this to say about his book: “I’ve had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences. There are a lot of things I haven’t shared before, and I’m looking forward to opening up about my life and my work in this book. It’s a story about family, music, a country in transition, and audiences all over the world coming together in harmony.”  Love kicks off the GOOD VIBRATIONS publicity tour in NYC at Barnes & Noble Union Square tonight, featuring a Q&A and signing, as well as a performance by the Beach Boys. Media highlights include The O’Reilly Factor, CBS This Morning, The View, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal’s “Anatomy of a Song,” Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and much more to come.
Blue Rider Press published HEAD BALL COACH: My Life in Football, Doing It Differently and Winning by Steve Spurrier, with Buddy Martin, on Tuesday, August 30.  This launch has been accompanied by a strong rush of media coverage for Spurrier and his book, in which college football’s most colorful, endearing, and successful pioneer shares his story of a life in football — from growing up in Tennessee to winning the Heisman Trophy to playing and coaching in the pros to leading the Florida Gators to six SEC Championships and a National Championship to elevating the South Carolina program to new heights — and coaching like nobody else.  Here are key media highlights: ESPN.com ran an excerpt on August 25.   The New York Times featured an interview with Spurrier in the Sports section on 8/28.  The book was mentioned in the “Scorecard” section of the August 14 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.  Spurrier was interviewed on ESPN “Car Wash,” on 8/30, with segments on top ESPN shows, including SportsCenter, Mike & Mike, First Take and College Football Live.  We also interviewed on FOX & Friends, FOX News Radio and FOX Business Network’s Varney & Co. on 8/31.  A Satellite Radio Tour with top national and regional sports radio shows scheduled is for the morning of September 1. Upcoming:  NPR’s The Takeaway (interview is rescheduled for 9/6) and a feature in The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy section (run-date TK). Coach Spurrier will receive special recognition at Florida Gators home football game for the 50th Anniversary of his receiving the Heisman Trophy and University of Florida recently announced the renaming of the field to  Steve Spurrier-Florida Field. He will be signing at the following venues, with hundreds of fans expected: Barnes & Noble in Ocala, FL @ 6:00 pm (9/1); Follett / University of Florida Bookstore @ 2;00 pm – September 3 (This signing is prior to Florida Gators’ first college football game where Spurrier is being honored); College Football Hall of Fame @ Noon (9/7); Atlanta JCC @ 6:30 pm (9/7); Books-a-Million in Columbia, SC @ 6pm (9/8).
James Carville’s WE’RE STILL RIGHT, THEY’RE STILL WRONG: The Democrats’ Case for 2016 went on sale this Tuesday (8/23) from Blue Rider Press. Some unforgettable media highlights include this panel on Morning Joe, a Facebook livestream interview with Business Insider, and a debate with Ann Coulter on Nightline. He also made appearances on The Today Show, Imus in the Morning, Yahoo News, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate, AC360, All In with Chris Hayes, and Bloomberg’s All Due Respect. Expect plenty more from the Ragin’ Cajun!
The New York Public Library this week announced its 2015 Library Lion honorees, including Penguin Press author and artist Maira Kalman.  Her new book, Beloved Dog, went on sale last week and continues to garner widespread attention and praise.  Last weekend, The Wall Street Journal published an insightful feature,  A Week in the Life of Maira Kalman.  Penguin Random House author Gloria Steinem was also honored as a Library Lion this year.
The Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award for the Best Foreign Novel of the 21st Century has been awarded to Viking/Penguin author Ruth Ozeki for A Tale for the Time Being .  The award ceremony for the 13th annual Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, which was founded by the Leo Tolstoy Museum & Estate and Samsung Electronics, took place on Saturday (10/31) at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia.  For the first time, the award included a category for Foreign Literature, making Yasnaya Polyana Russia’s first international literary award, and Ozeki the first international recipient. Ozeki and the novel’s Russian translator, Yekaterina Ilyina, will be awarded 1,000,000 and 200,000 rubles, respectively. A Tale for the Time Being, published in hardcover by Viking and in paperback by Penguin Books in the US,  is published in Russia by AST. During the award ceremony, Vladimir Tolstoy, great-great-grandson of author Leo Tolstoy and chairman of the Yasnaya Polyana prize committee, introduced Ozeki and compared A Tale for the Time Being to the novels by his great-great-grandfather: A Tale for the Time Being fascinated me with its humanity, very calm confidential tone and profound significance. The book is a dialogue between two continents, between two different civilizations, and everything in this book naturally merges into one story filled with compassion, personal involvement in others’ lives/destinies, the very humane attitude which connects Ruth Ozeki to Leo Tolstoy. Unconditional humanism is characteristic both of A Tale for the Time Being and of Leo Tolstoy’s works.” In her acceptance speech, Ozeki said,  “To receive this award, given by the Tolstoy estate, is an unimaginable honor, and I am deeply grateful. We writers like to take credit for connecting people with our stories, but actually human beings are already deeply and fundamentally connected, and our stories are simply an expression of this.  Literature affirms our connection with each other. Literature works because people enjoy this sense of basic human interconnectedness and find it inspiring.”
Avery’s New York Times bestseller Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity  by Steve Silberman won the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction,  and he was presented with the UK’s premier prize for nonfiction books at a ceremony in London on Monday evening.NeuroTribes is the first work of science to win the prestigious British award in its 17-year history, and comes at a time of growing public awareness of the neurodevelopmental “disorder” that affects millions of people around the world.  The coverage has been incredible, both in the US and across the world.  The New York Times credits Silberman for writing “a book that challenges readers to think differently about autism” and The Independent reports that Silberman’s book will change the way we understand what Steve, in The Guardian, eloquently insists is not a condition but “a human community.”  Other media reporting on the win includes Financial Times, BBC News , Reuters, and Toronto Samual JohnsonStar. Meanwhile, the Associated Press article (which was tweeted out to their 5.99 million followers!) has so far been picked up by Miami Herald, Washington Post, Arizona Daily Star, Sacramento Bee, Houston Chronicle, Austin American Statesman, Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, ABC News, Yahoo News, SFGate, and so many more.
 
Critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling authors Ally Condie, Jandy Nelson and Meg Wolitzer join forces next week for an all-star “Penguin Teen On Tour” national book tour to promote their newly-published Penguin Young Readers paperbacks,  Atlantia (Condie),  I’ll Give You The Sun (Nelson) and Belzhar (Wolitzer). The trio will visit schools and stores in Miami, Dallas, Wichita, Chicago, San Diego, and Seattle. Ally Condie is the author of the internationally bestselling Matched trilogy, which Entertainment Weekly called “the hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger PenguinTeenTour_bannerGames,”  and the acclaimed stand-alone novel Atlantia. Jandy Nelson is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of  The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun, which won the 2015 Printz Award and garnered widespread critical acclaim. Meg Wolitzer is a novelist who has written many books for adults, including the widely praised New York Times bestseller The Interestings Her debut YA novel, Belzhar, was named the “Best YA of 2014” by Entertainment Weekly.