Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Boris Johnson chats with Freakanomics about The Churchill Factor, cheese boxes, and the best investment he's ever made

"Boris Johnson drops by to chat about being: Mayor of London; a writer; a great admirer of — and now biographer of — Prime Minister Winston Churchill; a potential future prime minister himself; and, most singularly, he chats about just being Boris Johnson.

JOHNSON: I love… I love… old wooden tennis rackets.

There are other old things he loves.

JOHNSON: I collect… old cheese boxes.

At one point in the conversation, the need arose to remove his shoes:

JOHNSON: No, yeah, hang on… I’m going to take them off… I’m just going to see if I can see what’s in the…. these are so worn…. that you can’t… hang on… uh… oh God."

Listen to the full interview here.




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The Associated Press on Anne Lamott's SMALL VICTORIES: "Her words heal us all."

“Beautifully written essays, filled with nuggets of wisdom gathered over years of mindful living… Her tone is intimate and the pace slow, allowing readers to linger over each essay, like a great meal with friends you never want to end. She boils complicated matters down to basics, and stretches the limits of emotional depth in simple stories with larger lessons… By sharing her journey from drunk to sober, broken to mended, hungry to spiritually fulfilled, her words heal us all.” Read more...

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Four Riverhead titles on New York Times Book Review's Notable Books of the Year!

Four books published by Riverhead in 2014 are New York Times Book Review Notable Books, including Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, Panic in a Suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya, and The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. 


You can see the full list here


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One Gram Short by Etgar Keret in The New Yorker

"One Gram Short" is a new short story by the brilliant Etgar Keret, featured in The New Yorker. Read the story here.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Courtney Young, Executive Editor at Riverhead

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Riverhead Books is thrilled to announce that Courtney Young is joining the editorial staff of Riverhead Books with the role of Executive Editor.


Young says of her move to Riverhead “I’ve always admired Riverhead's distinctive books and the enthusiasm and intelligence with which they publish them. I’m looking forward to joining this amazing team and building a list of scientists, journalists, and thinkers whose writing changes the way we understand the world.” She has edited and acquired books by many bestselling authors, including Randall Munroe (#1 New York Times bestseller What If?), Mark Miodownik (Stuff Matters), Adam Rogers (Proof), Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean (All the Devils Are Here), Seth Godin (Linchpin, Tribes), Ian Bremmer (The End of the Free Market), James Rickards (Currency Wars), and Pete Carroll (Win Forever), among others.


Prior to coming to Riverhead, Young was senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and also worked at Penguin's Portfolio, Current, and Sentinel imprints. Before working in publishing, she was a technical writer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Riverhead Publisher Geoff Kloske said “It’s a pleasure to welcome Courtney back to the Penguin family, and her exceptional taste and instinct for smart, unexpected and thought-provoking nonfiction is a perfect fit for the Riverhead list.” Young will begin her new role in December.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The New York Times calls A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James a "monumental new novel"

"It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come” but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent." Read the full review here.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The New York Times profiles Jess Row and his book, Your Face in Mine

"In the weak light of a February afternoon, Kelly Thorndike has a strange chance encounter in a Baltimore parking lot with Martin Lipkin, an old friend from high school. But time has brought a big change. The Martin that Kelly knew was white. The man standing before him is black.

Their meeting sets the stage for Your Face in Mine, Jess Row's debut novel... joining a long tradition of fiction about racial guises." Read more.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sarah Waters and her novel The Paying Guests featured in the New York Times

"It’s that shift, that moment of modernity,” Ms. Waters said. “The impact of the First World War was to shake things up enormously, loosening up old mores, fashions and behaviors. The early ’20s were like the waist of an hourglass. Lots of things were hurtling toward it and squeezing through it and then hurtling out the other side.” Check out the full piece here.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Emma Straub's THE VACATIONERS in the Washington Post

"In these pages — so funny, so wise and, yes, even so sweet — she’s created the best feel-good story of the summer.” Read more.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Washington Post raves about Yelena Akhtiorskaya's "genius" PANIC IN A SUITCASE

Ron Charles writes: "This 28-year-old writer from Odessa subordinates the violence of nations for a moment and offers the balm of laughter… Equal parts borscht stew and Borscht belt … this is the great immigrant story drained of its inspirational hype. … One wonders if Akhtiorskaya hasn’t descended from some unacknowledged Russian branch of Kingsley Amis’s family...Genius." Read the full review here.

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