Jen Doll, a senior writer at The Atlantic Wire, signed a deal with Riverhead for a memoir about being a frequent wedding guest.
Ms. Doll’s agent, Ryan Fischer-Harbage, sent out the proposal during the Hurricane and sold it to Alexandra Cardia at the Penguin literary imprint just before Thanksgiving, Ms. Doll told us.
The streets of Williamsburg saw an unusual uptick in sensible high heels last Tuesday evening, when a couple hundred journalists, writers and editors dressed in summer office casual filed out of the Bedford Avenue station and into the muggy front room of Public Assembly, forming a line out the door. They were there to attend a story-pitching clinic for female journalists, titled, somewhat preciously, “Throw Like a Girl.”
Once inside, they stood shoulder-to-shoulder, sipping beers, while New York Times reporter Amy O’Leary asked a panel of editors and writers to talk about moxie.
Why was it, Ms. O’Leary wondered, that as a young freelancer she had spent months refining every pitch while her male peers tossed off story proposals from every statistic or idea they encountered?
Crime & Punishment
Robert K. Futterman & Associates’ eponymously named founder Robert K. Futterman pled guilty Friday to a felony charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated and a misdemeanor charge for DWI, a spokesman for The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to The Commercial Observer.
As part of his punishment, Mr. Futterman must complete 1000 hours Read More
We usually don’t watch book trailers but this one is kind of like an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm and also stars Riverhead publisher Geoff Kloske! It also has the actor Timothy Hutton and the author Julie Klam, who has written a book about a dog called Love at First Bark. We didn’t know that until the end of the trailer though.
Booze & Books
Sloane Crosley celebrated her second book–How Did You Get This Number, from Riverhead–with a party last night at the Spotted Pig.
She wore a fetching strapless dress, carried a flashdrive of music from a friend (which she threatened to use as a switchblade, or maybe a Taser), and urged guests to try the deviled eggs Read More
A statement just went out from the Riverhead imprint of Penguin Group USA that Becky Saletan is joining the team as as Editorial Director, a position from which she will acquire and edit "a broad range of narrative nonfiction, in such areas as science, travel, natural history, current affairs, the environment and food, as well Read More
Two weeks after their homegrown debut author Salvatore Scibona was nominated for the National Book Award in fiction, Minnesota-based Graywolf Press, which Ben Westhoff of The Minneapolis City Pages recently praised as "one of the best" presses in America, has sold the paperback rights to his recently published novel, The Read More
Prolific crime novelist Walter Mosley, author of the bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, has left his longtime publisher, Little, Brown, and signed a three-book contract with Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, it was announced today.
According to a press release, Mr. Mosley’s first book for Riverhead, where he will be edited by Read More
Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Group, has acquired a biography of Walter O’Malley—the man who in 1957 infamously moved the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles—written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D’Antonio.
News of the deal comes just days after O’Malley was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to Read More
Dana Vachon, the 28-year-old banker turned blogger turned novelist about town, was not wearing socks. Just loafers. A buttery brown leather pair that may or may not have been Gucci and cocooned his feet to reveal just the manliest hint of hair-sprinkled skin. Set against an outfit of cobalt blue jeans, gold-coin cufflinks, and a Read More