Friday, September 30, 2011

MY CELEBRITY, MY NEW YORK featured on Pix 11 News

Journalist Jeryl Brunner's MY CELEBRITY, MY NEW YORK: Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places comes out next week, and the book and author have just been featured on Pix 11 News!  Brunner has written for InStyle Magazine, O Magazine, People, and Us Weekly.  Her interviews with celebrities inspired her book, which features the secret hot-spots celebrities love to visit in New York City.  Brunner calls the book "a love letter to New York." 

Be sure to check out the Pix 11 video below!  In a neat twist, Brunner's interviewer also happens to be a JVNLA author: Karen Schaler, author of TRAVEL THERAPY (   

MY CELEBRITY, MY NEW YORK comes out from Globe Pequot Press in October 2011.  Learn more about Jeryl Brunner and MY CELEBRITY, MY NEW YORK at!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Italian trailer for A SEA IN FLAMES

Carl Safina's A SEA IN FLAMES (Crown, April 2011) has just been released in Italy, and the publisher, VerdeNero, has created a fabulous trailer for the book!  Now, it may be a little difficult to understand the entire trailer if you don't speak Italian, but we thought this was just too cool not to share!

US reviews for this incredible book: 

"[A SEA IN FLAMES] offers a revealing, thoughtful history of a moment when human manipulation of nature malfunctioned spectacularly...Written in a clear, conversational style...Readers will find the book accessible and agreeable...An insightful work." --The New York Times Book Review

"Not since Rachel Carson wrote her sea trilogy has a conservationist written about marine ecosystems with the factual elegance of Carl Safina." --The Washington Post

Friday, September 16, 2011


Mary McGarry Morris's LIGHT FROM A DISTANT STAR has just received a stunning rave review from The Associated Press, and it has been reprinted and re-posted by newspapers across the US!  You can read the full review by clicking here.  An excerpt is below.

Including this new rave, several reviews have now compared Morris's novel to Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.  Lee's widely beloved classic has been popular in the media lately, with UK readers having just voted it as the #1 book they want to receive on the next World Book Night (see link here).  For anyone who's ever read and enjoyed TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, be sure to pick up what's sure to become a new classic: LIGHT FROM A DISTANT STAR!

LIGHT FROM A DISTANT STAR was released into bookstores this week.  Learn more about the author here:
From The Associated Press:

Morris laces new novel with growing sense of dread
By Monica Rhor
Morris's finely crafted prose--simple and lyrical--captures perfectly that sliver of pre-adolescence when the very world around us seems to shudder and shift, when the adults we admire suddenly reveal their flaws, and everything we treasure seems to be slipping away...The journey of Nellie, smart, independent, and unwilling to bend, into being a traditional girl, recalls the central thread of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD where violence and tragedy also propel Scout Finch into a deeper understanding of human nature.  
But unlike that book, in which Atticus Finch forms an unassailable center of honor and integrity, LIGHT FROM A DISTANT STAR portrays a muddled adult world, where honor can often hide weakness, success can mask cruelty, and even heroes can harbor dark impulses.  
Morris...nimbly laces her latest novel with a growing sense of dread, hinting at the awfulness that is about to enter the lives of Nellie and her fragile family.  But it is that awfulness the violence itself, the aftermath, or simply the terrible knowledge that comes when all veneers are stripped away?
The lessons of LIGHT FROM A DISTANT STAR may not be as uplifting as the clearly drawn morality of Harper Lee's classic, but Nellie Peck's stubborn belief in the goodness of a fellow human being offers a much-needed counterpoint to our culture of cynicism and moral muddiness.
Crown, September 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

POPE JOAN author on the Oprah Winfrey Network

On Wednesday, September 21, at 10 pm, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) will be airing a Primetime special on the fascinating and controversial history of Pope Joan, featuring author Donna Woolfolk Cross!

Cross's historical novel POPE JOAN (Crown 2009 reprint) has been a smashing success since its initial release in 1996. The international bestseller has sold in 33 countries and has been described as "a fascinating and moving account" by Library Journal. The Los Angeles Times Book Review said it had "all the elements one wants in a historical drama--love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets."

The Primetime special originally aired on ABC in 2005. According to the OWN website, the special takes "a look at the mystery and lore behind the medieval legend of Pope Joan, believed by many to be the only female pointiff of the Roman Catholic Church."

Be sure to tune in! Plus, learn more about the author of POPE JOAN and her novel at!

Crown, 2009

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sneak peek of THE LAST NUDE!

Check out the beautiful cover for Ellis Avery's newest, THE LAST NUDE, a sweeping historical set in 1920s Paris! The novel chronicles the affair between artist Tamara de Lempicka and the young woman who posed for her most iconic Jazz Age images, Rafaela. Fittingly, the cover portrays one of de Lempicka's most famous paintings of Rafaela, The Dream (1927).

Riverhead Books, January 2012

This book won't be out until January, but it has already received some fabulous reviews, as well as an incredible interview with Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of ROOM. You can read the interview online, here. THE LAST NUDE is also a Library Journal pick and has been featured in Go Magazine. It is also already available for online pre-order!

"As erotica and powerful as the paintings that inspired it, Ellis Avery's artist-muse love story is as much about money, class, and betrayal." --Emma Donoghue

"A remarkable novel: at once a seductive evocation of Lost Generation Paris, a faithful literary rendering of Tamara de Lempicka's idiosyncratic and groundbreaking art, and a vibrant, intelligent, moving story in its own right. It's also smoking hot." --Emily Barton, author of BROOKLAND

"A sly, sleekly written stereograph of art, desire, and desperation in Paris in the '20s, THE LAST NUDE brings Rafaela to electric life, much as Tamara de Lempicka did when she painted her." --Alexander Chee, author of EDINBURGH

"THE LAST NUDE carries us through one of the most fascinating and turbulent periods in modern art, and into the minds and bodies of two of art history's most riveting heroines. With prose and imagery that are both lyrical and unabashedly sensual, Avery breathes life and depth into famed artist's muse Rafaela, tracing her rocky but thrilling path from lost girl to Lost Generation icon, and laying bare acts of love, desire, and betrayal with all the assuredness of a master artist herself." --Jennifer Epstein, author of THE PAINTER FROM SHANGHAI

"Avery transports the reader on a fast-paced magic carpet ride to Paris between the World Wars, a time when artists, patrons, and models fused the business of sex and art, with deeply painful results." --Aaron Hamburger, author of FAITH FOR BEGINNERS