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5 January, 2017

What we’re reading now: Susan Gilbert-Collins

Novelist Susan Gilbert-Collins, author of the delightful novel, Starting from Scratch, shared with us what she’s reading now.

What I’m reading now


10 November, 2016

LOVE AND…Assholes, The One & Other Fun Ways to Sabotage Your Relationship, Jen Kim

From the popular thirty-something Psychology Today blogger–Valley Girl with a Brain–comes a self-help book that doesn’t want you to change. Kim draws on personal experience as well as the latest scientific findings to shed light on why we do the things we do when it comes to relationships. (Skyhorse Publishing, World Rights, 2018)


18 October, 2016

WITNESS: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, Ariel Burger

Tuesdays with Morrie meets The Last Lecture when a devoted student, friend and protege of Elie Wiesel–one of the world’s greatest thinkers, author of more than 40 books,  and teacher for four decades–takes us into the sacred space of the classroom, and shares the remarkable interactions and lessons he witnesses there about what it means to be human, how to live with the past and in the present. Ariel Burger is a rabbi, , teacher, veteran of the world of Jewish philanthropy and education, and a visual artist. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, North American Rights, September 2018)


10 October, 2016

Where I Write: Helaina Hovitz

I carry a small notebook in my purse literally everywhere I go (I can’t sit still for long without jotting something down, and if I don’t have my notebook on me, I use my phone’s notepad) but there is one place my laptop stays parked, ironically, and that is in my home office. In a recent, previous life, this was the room where my grandma and I used to escape into our own little world.

Photo: Justin McCallum

Photo: Justin McCallum

My grandmother was the light of my life and every single moment we spent together during my childhood was euphoric in its joy and happiness, always blanketed in unconditional love. The room itself looks quite different now,  but as I sit here writing, I can still “see” the giant bin of books in the corner, the ones we’d read over and over, the recliner chair we’d cuddle in as we read them, and my drawings taped up all over the walls around us.
The one thing that remains from the original room is the framed photo of me smiling in my Kindergarten school picture, which I keep propped up on the windowsill, because that’s where we used to sit as 5:30 drew near and we waited for my mom to come home from work. Grandma would stand behind me with her hand supporting my back, and when I saw my mother, I’d yell “Mommmayyy!” and grandma would laugh because of the way it startled other passers-by.
This is the room where she would coo over everything I presented to her, drawings, stories, plays, and told me, “You’re going to be something special one day.” I hope I’m proving her right.
–Helaina Hovitz, Author of AFTER 9/11: One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning

8 July, 2016

THE PRISONER, Ben H. Winters

From the author of UNDERGROUND AIRLINES and THE LAST POLICEMAN, a genre-bending thriller. (Mulholland Books/Little Brown, division of Hachette, World Rights, 2018) Also included in the deal is a second, untitled novel.


1 July, 2016

AFTER ANATEVKA, Alexandra Silber

An evocative sequel to the beloved Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof that imagines the plight of Hodel as she searches for her fiance in a Siberian labor camp, by the actor who has played Tzeitel and Hodel respectively on the stage in New York and London. The publisher has also bought White Hot Grief Parade, a remarkable memoir about Silber’s loss of her father to cancer at age eighteen. (World Rights/Pegasus/Spring 2017 for Anatevka and 2018 for the memoir).


20 June, 2016

Three More Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter (Paperback edition)

In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with the family she’s created, and her efforts to make peaceARC-400x604 with her past.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent a harrowing nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. Her memoir, Three Little Words (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster), captivated audiences everywhere and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Now, in Three More Words (Atheneum/S&S, 2015, paperback June, 2016),  Ashley reveals the nuances of life after foster care: College and its assorted hijinks, including meeting “the one.” Marriage, which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked (literally) by some biological family members. Having kids—from fostering children and the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments, to the miraculous joy of blending biological and adopted offspring.

Whether she’s overcoming self-image issues, responding to calls asking for her to run for Senate, or dealing with continuing drama from her biological family, Ashley Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message of hope.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been featured in Teen People, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and Glamour, as well as on Good Morning America. Her first memoir, Three Little Words, began as an essay, which won a writing contest for high school students, and was published in The New York Times Magazine. She is also the author of Three More Words. A graduate of Eckerd College and a champion for the reformation of the foster care system, Ashley speaks internationally on foster care and adoption. She holds an M.S.W. and is the founder of the Foundation for Sustainable Families. Visit her at Rhodes-Courter.com.


6 June, 2016

UNSELFIE: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed, Dr. Michele Borba

Is the Selfie Syndrome Undermining Our Kids’ Future?

In her new book, UNSELFIE (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, June 2016), bestselling author Michele Borba offers a 9-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood—and explainsrevised2 why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future.

Teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy—which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic Dr. Michele Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome—so dangerous? First, it hurts kids’ academic performance and leads to bullying behaviors. Also, it correlates with more cheating and less resilience. And once children grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve—all must-have skills for the global economy.

In UnSelfie Dr. Borba pinpoints the forces causing the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, researched-based, 9-step plan for reversing it. Readers will learn:

-Why discipline approaches like spanking, yelling, and even time-out can squelch empathy

-How lavish praise inflates kids’ egos and keeps them locked in “selfie” mode

-Why reading makes kids smarter and kinder

-How to help kids be Upstanders—not bystandersin the face of bullying

-Why self-control is a better predictor of wealth, health, and happiness than grades or IQ

-Why the right mix of structured extracurricular activities and free play is key for teaching collaboration

-How to ignite a Kindness Revolution in your kids and community

The good news? Empathy is a trait that can be taught and nurtured. Dr. Borba offers a framework for parenting that yields the results we all want: successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient. UnSelfie is a blueprint for parents and educators who want to kids shift their focus from I, me, and mine…to we, us, and ours.

Praise for Dr. Borba and UNSELFIE:

“[The] go-to parent expert.” (CNN)

“The most trusted parenting expert in America.” (Dr. Drew)

“The Mommy Whisperer.” (Natalie Morales, TODAY show)

“UnSelfie is the most important parenting book you will read this year.” (Jean M. Twenge, author of Generation Me and co-author of The Narcissism Epidemic)

UnSelfie contains everything parents and educators need how to know to give children the ‘empathy advantage’ and raise a new generation of caring, happy, successful kids. Nobody on the planet is better than Michele Borba at showing you how to put empathy into action. Read this book. It will change your kids’ lives!” (Jack Canfield, Coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul and The Success Principles™)

“Once again Dr. Michele Borba has written a book that is not only ‘good’ but essential. By writing about empathy in the context of our children’s increased technology use, Dr. Borba penetrates the often hidden world of electronics. She does so with a science-based perspective that mirrors our own common sense. UnSelfie is a must-read for parents, teachers, and policy-makers.” (Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls)


2 June, 2016

Attention Writers: Publishing and Creativity Conference June 3, 2016

A wonderful imprint at PenguinRandom House,Tarcher Perigee, God bless them, is sponsoring a conference for writers tomorrow, Friday June 3. I’ll be participating in a number of panels, including ones on pitching, Joelle portraits0105_001sales and marketing (including building a platform) and the lifespan of a book from acquisition to publication. It should be informative and a lot of fun. So please check out The New York City Publishing & Creativity Conference for Writers, 345 Hudson St., New York, NY.
Here’s the link for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-york-city-publishing-c…


5 April, 2016

SECRET LETTERS, Juliet Madison

Going one step beyond journaling, SECRET LETTERS encourages letter-writing for self-empowerment, insight, to express gratitude and inspire us.  Juliet Madison is an artist (author of COLOR YOUR DREAMS), life coach and novelist.  She provides templates for letters (Dear Younger Self, Dear Soul Mate, Dear God) and inspires us to create our own. (Sourcebooks/Spring 2017/World Rights)