Category Archives: Out and About

He makes our heart sing

We had a very fun night celebrating the publication of Josh Bazell’s Wild Thing. Here he is at The Strand, in conversation with Malcolm Jones of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, where, among other things, he discussed his childhood love of 75-cent paperbacks, why he found a serial killer’s x-ray a hopeful sign for humanity, and the […]

On the Road with Eowyn Ivey

Last weekend I went to Denver for a fantastic event that Tattered Cover hosts once a year: Writers Respond to Readers.  The program brings four writers together for a day of readings, book discussions, and general merriment, with an audience of seriously dedicated book fans.  This audience!  I could talk about them for days.  They […]

Out and About: Ian Rankin and Kate Atkinson

Rave reviews have been pouring in for the new books from Ian Rankin and Kate Atkinson, including a Wall Street Journal piece from Tom Nolan that reviews both.  Marilyn Stasio, in the New York Times Book Review, calls Ian’s new series and detective, Malcolm Fox, “well positioned to take the pulse of [Edinburgh] in 2009, […]

The Glamorous Life

Hot on the heels of Kathleen Kent’s perspective on reading for an audience, I wanted to add my two cents about touring. I spent the last week on the road with an author, let’s call him Ted, who was out promoting his latest title—we hit Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas before returning to New […]

Green Room

As part of my ongoing campaign to convince the world that a book publicity job is fabulous all the time and never ever about spitting out half-masticated food so that you can answer the phone before it goes to voicemail—let’s talk about green rooms. Oh, how I love a green room! Never is food more […]


Hi there! I’m Marlena, the publicist for Reagan Arthur Books.  I’ll be writing here with some regularity going forward, so I’m sure you’ll be tired of me soon enough. When you have a job that people outside of the industry quite literally don’t know even exists (“Authors have publicists?? Huh. Who knew?”), you spend a […]

Out and About: All Smiles

The talented (and adorable) Emma Rathbone signing copies of her book at BookCourt.

Out and About

Joshua Ferris launches his tour for the paperback edition of “The Unnamed” at the Strand. Future dates as follows: 09/23/2010 Philadelphia, PA Borders, 1 S. Broad Street, 6pm 09/25/2010 Milwaukee, WI Boswell Book Company, 2559 North Downer Avenue, 2pm 09/26/2010 Minneapolis, MN Magers and Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, 4pm 09/27/2010 Tulsa, OK McBirney Mansion, […]