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Blue Rider Press

Blue Rider Press

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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 first list of titles from the imprint debuts in Fall 2011.

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 Press Authors

James I. Baker
Nicholson Baker
Jeff Bridges
James Carville
Richard M. Cohen
Wayne Coffey
Stephen Dau
Carlos Dews
R.A Dickey
Stephen Dobyns
Simon Doonan
Damien Echols
Chris Elliott
Delia Ephron
ESPN (publishing partner)
Elia Ezra
Miriam Ezra
Hampton Fancher
Bernie Glassman
Gary Greenberg
Stan Greenberg
Michael Hastings
Martin Hickman
Penn Jillette
Bettye LaVette
M.A. Lawson
Mark Leibovich
Terry Lenzner
David Letterman
Gigi Levangie
Sarah Lovett
Stephanie Mack
Bill Maher
David Mark
Mary Matalin
Bruce McCall
George McGovern
David Milgrim
Ric Ocasek
Rob Patronite
Valerie Plame
Robin Raisfeld
Peter Richmond
David Ritz
Eileen Rockefeller
Carne Ross
S.J. Rozan
Ben Schott
Leanne Shapton
Dave Sheinin
David Shields
Marisa Silver
Jon Steele
Brian D. Sweany
Jean Thompson
Mike Tyson
Bruce Wagner
Tom Watson
Mary Williams
Gene Wojciechowski
Neil Young


David Rosenthal
President and Publisher

David Rosenthal served as publisher and executive vice-president of the Simon & Schuster imprint from 1997 until June 2010. Prior to that he was the publisher of Villard Books and an executive editor of the Random House imprint. During his tenure at Simon & Schuster, he published books by some of the most prestigious, 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, Paula Deen, 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 at Simon & Schuster or Random House are Robert Harris, Martin Cruz Smith, Bob Dylan, Richard Ben Cramer, James J. Cramer, Jeffery Deaver, James Carville, 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, Mary Matalin, Marianne Wiggins and Paul Simon. 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 New York Post.

Aileen Boyle
Associate Publisher

Aileen Boyle has worked in a variety of marketing, publicity and publishing positions in books for twenty years, including stints in the publicity departments of The Berkley Publishing Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. She was most recently vice president, associate publisher at Simon & Schuster, where she worked on publicity, marketing and sales strategy for nearly 200 New York Times bestsellers.

Sarah Hochman
Executive Editor

Sarah Hochman joined Blue Rider Press at its inception, acquiring and editing a broad range of literary fiction, thriller and suspense novels, serious narrative nonfiction, humor, and memoir. Some of the authors she has acquired and/or edited include Bruce Wagner, Nicholson Baker, Stephen Dau, Bill Maher, Stephanie Madoff Mack, Damien Echols, David Milgrim, Jean Thompson, J.I. Baker, Marisa Silver, Chris Elliott, Adam Resnick, Simon Doonan, Bruce McCall, 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, AA Gill, Lee Israel, Julie Hecht, Penn Jillette, Teller, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Prior to her tenure at S&S, Hochman worked at W magazine, The New York Observer, and Esquire.

Brian Ulicky
Publicity Manager

Brian Ulicky has been a book publicist for seven years, most recently at Simon & Schuster. Bestselling author campaigns include Paula Deen, Don Winslow, Peter Biskind, Molly Wizenberg, Deirdre Imus and Hoda Kotb.

Vanessa Kehren

Vanessa Kehren joined Blue Rider Press in 2012 and assists publisher David Rosenthal and senior editor Sarah Hochman on a variety of projects, as well as acquires titles in both fiction and nonfiction. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Little, Brown and Company, where she was the editor of Benjamin Buchholz's One Hundred and One Nights, Michel Schneider's Marilyn's Last Sessions, and a collection of John Lennon's letters. She also assisted publisher Michael Pietsch on a variety of bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles.