Tom Friend's The Chicken Runs at Midnight, the story of how five random words, played out on a World Series stage, helped heal a family, to David Morris at Zondervan, for publication in October 2018, by Andrew Blauner at Blauner Books Literary Agency (World). —Publisher's Lunch
Grove Press is pleased to announce the fall publication of Rickie Lee, a tender and intimate memoir by one of the most remarkable, trailblazing, and tenacious women in music, Rickie Lee Jones.
Grove Atlantic’s Editorial Director Elisabeth Schmitz and Publisher Morgan Entrekin acquired the book from agent Andrew Blauner. Publication is scheduled for November 14, 2017.
“I am a life-long admirer of Rickie Lee Jones and her distinct musical and storytelling gifts,” says Schmitz “Her prose is every bit as fresh and surprising as the poetry of her song lyrics. It’s been a thrill to work with Rickie Lee on her extraordinary life story.”
Rickie Lee Jones skyrocketed to fame in 1979, when as a yet unknown artist she appeared on Saturday Night Live, performing “Chuck E’s in Love,” in her trademark red beret. Time Magazine instantly dubbed her “the Duchess of Coolsville.” Since then she has gone on to win two Grammy Awards, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and was elected one of VH1’s “100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.”
Rickie Lee is the first ever no-holds-barred account of the life of one of rock’s hardest-working women in her own words. With candor and wit, Jones takes us on the journey of her exceptional life: from her nomadic childhood as the granddaughter of vaudevillian performers to her father’s abandonment of the family and her years as a teenage runaway, from her beginnings at LA’s Troubadour club to her affair with Tom Waits, her collaborations with Steely Dan, Dr. John and punk icon Mike Watt. She also writes about motherhood as a touring artist, and longevity as a woman in rock and roll.
Including never-before-told stories and accounts of the music business as Jones lived it, and illustrated with stunning personal photos, Rickie Lee is an indispensable chronicle of one of rock’s most innovative music icons.
Keith Olbermann, the award-winning commentator, reporter, writer, and news and sports anchor, will release a book of commentaries about President Donald Trump and the Trump Administration, it was announced today. Based on Olbermann’s hugely successful GQ web series, The Resistance, the book is entitled, TRUMP IS F*CKING CRAZY: (This Is Not a Joke) and is to be published in October 2017 by Blue Rider Press.
Bucky F*cking Dent by David Duchovny (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
"Everything changes for Ted—and Ivy League graduate who sells peanuts at Yankee Stadium by day and works on the Great American Novel by night—when he discovers his estranged father is dying. Ted moves back into his childhood home to care for the cantankerous widower, and plenty of melodrama ensues as the two reconnect. Though it sounds grim, actor-author Duchovny's novel is full-on hilarious, finding joy in even the smallest moments between father and son." —Time Out New York
Gallery (Simon & Schuster) Books assistant editor Elana Cohen took world rights to a currently untitled debut novel by Leslie Cohen. The book follows, Gallery said, "a millennial music writer prone to whimsy, and a level-headed, practical engineer." Andrew Blauner at the Blauner Books Literary Agency handled the sale for Cohen, whose proposal came with a plug from actor David Duchovny, who is also represented by Blauner; Gallery said that Duchovny declared the author to be a "young Nora Ephron." The novel is planned for a 2018 publication. —Publisher's Weekly
Randi Zuckerberg, the entrepreneur, investor, author of Dot., and sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has self-published Missy President, a children's book about a fourth-grade girl whose homework assignment about the 2016 presidential election goes viral. —Publisher's Weekly