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President, Susannah Greenberg Public Relations.  A book publicity firm which integrates traditional and new media tactics to get great book publicity in major media outlets such as NPR, The New York Times and USA Today. Best selling authors represented include Alan Dershowitz, Spencer Johnson, Monty Roberts, Victor Navasky, Robert Coles, Joan Wester Anderson, and Stuart Hample. Greenberg launched the campaign for April is National Poetry Month for the Academy of American Poets. Recently she helped launch a new line of teen fiction for Albert Whitman & Co. and publicized the memoir of humorous folk-singer songwriter Christine Lavin, Cold Pizza for Breakfast. Greenberg speaks at book industry events such as the Women's National Book Association and Bookexpoamerica. She is a Publicity Advisor to the Women's National Book Association of New York City, and its past president and publicity chair.  She also served as Judge for the Audies helping to select the Audio Book of The Year for 2012.

With the social media revolution, the firm's tactics now include book promotion, publicity and marketing  in new media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest and more.

Prior to founding her own firm, Greenberg was employed at Simon & Schuster, M. Evans & Co., Cambridge University Press, and Pantheon Books.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Black Sail by Rich Zahradnik - New Mystery Thriller Book to Be Published in October

Camel Press Announces the October Release of A BLACK SAIL, by Rich Zahradnik: A Corpse Surfaces as Boats Fill the Harbor for NYC’s Bicentennial

Seattle, WA—On October 1, 2016, Camel Press will release A Black Sail ($15.95, 264 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-211-5), by Rich Zahradnik, book three of a mystery/thriller series featuring newsman Coleridge Taylor and set on the mean streets of Manhattan and surrounding boroughs in the ’70s. While covering Operation Sail in 1976, Taylor witnesses a heroin-laden corpse being fished out of the New York Harbor and concludes the woman was a pawn in a drug war.
"Taylor, who lives for the big story, makes an appealingly single-minded hero," Publishers Weekly
Book 1, Last Words, won Honorable Mention in the mystery category of ForeWord Reviews’ 2014 Book of the Year Contest, was a Bronze Medal Winner in the mystery/thriller eBook division of the 2015 IPPY Awards, and a finalist in the mystery division of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. RT Book Reviews gave it 4 stars: “Hours of engrossing entertainment…. A thoroughly satisfying read.”
Book 2, Drop Dead Punk, was a finalist in ForeWord Reviews’ 2015 Book of the Year Contest, a Gold Medal winner in the mystery/thriller Ebook division of the 2016 IPPY Awards, and a finalist in the mystery division of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. ForeWord Reviews called it “fast-paced, deeply entertaining and engrossing.”
On the eve of the U.S. Bicentennial, newsman Coleridge Taylor is covering Operation Sail. New York Harbor is teeming with tall ships from all over the world. While enjoying the spectacle, Taylor is still a police reporter. He wants to cover real stories, not fluff, and gritty New York City still has plenty of those in July of 1976. One surfaces right in front of him when a housewife is fished out of the harbor wearing bricks of heroin, inferior stuff users have been rejecting for China White, peddled by the Chinatown gangs.
Convinced he’s stumbled upon a drug war between the Italian Mafia and a Chinese tong, Taylor is on fire once more. But as he blazes forward, flanked by his new girlfriend, ex-cop Samantha Callahan, his precious story grows ever more twisted and deadly. In his reckless search for the truth, he rattles New York’s major drug cartels. If he solves the mystery, he may end up like his victim—in a watery grave.
Says Zahradnik, “I love Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels about the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and have read all but one. When I looked ahead after Drop Dead Punk left off in November 1975, I realized I had the chance to put ships of sail in the next Taylor mystery. I lived near New York during the Bicentennial and remember the tall ship parade in New York Harbor—flickering images on TV up in Dutchess County. I needed to do a great deal of research on those craft, using newspaper coverage and books published at the time. Unlike Mr. O’Brian, I knew little or nothing about jibs, staysails, and ratlines. Lucky for me, there were only 16 ships—not an entire navy—and I’d be writing through the eyes of Taylor, who knows as much as I and cares a whole lot less. This was one of those times when I could bring in one of my oddball interests to dress the set, while still telling a story of heroin dealers and murder in the NYC of 1976. Taylor’s frustration at having to cover the Operation Sail events is typical of reporters who don’t think of features as serious journalism. His bad attitude helped propel the story.”
Rich Zahradnik has been a journalist for 30-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine, and wire services. He lives with his wife, Sheri, and son, Patrick, in Pelham, New York, where he teaches kids how to publish online and print newspapers. For more information, go to www.richzahradnik.com.
A Black Sail is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com. After October 1st, it will also be for sale in both eBook and 5×8 trade paperback editions on BN.com, the European Amazons, Amazon Japan and select independent bookstores. Bookstores and libraries will be able to order wholesale through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, or by contacting info@camelpress.com. Libraries can also order from Brodart Company. Other electronic versions will be available on BN.com, Kobo, and iBooks.
ABOUT Camel Press—Based in Seattle Washington, Camel Press is an imprint of Coffeetown Enterprises, Inc., publishes genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.


MEDIA CONTACT: Susannah Greenberg Public Relations, 646-801-7477, publicity@bookbuzz.com

Friday, July 8, 2016

Art and Culture Critic Eunice Lipton Pens a Riveting Personal and Historical Memoir About Her Family and the Spanish Civil War

CONTACT: To request a review copy, interview or for further information, contact Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, 646-801-7477, publicity@bookbuzz.com

Attention: Book Reviewer / Editor / Journalist / Producer

Potential Feature / Interview/ Review:
Eunice Lipton, author of A Distant Heartbeat, a family memoir of the Spanish Civil War

Subjects:  History, Memoir, Activism, New York, Bronx, Jewish, Spanish Civil War, Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Personal History, Books, Authors

  • A riveting memoir of family conflict, secrets, anger and sorrow, from one generation to the next
  • Activism in 1930s NY and Activism Today - Bernie Sanders, Trump, Black Lives Matter
  • July 18, 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the military uprising that led to the start of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)

A War, a Disappearance, and a  Family’s Secrets
By Eunice Lipton
University of New Mexico Press

Photos © Ed Alcock / M.Y.O.P.
Eunice Lipton has written the story of a double voyage of exploration: into the mind of her uncle, who died for his beliefs before she was born, and the mind of her father, who kept a shameful secret for decades afterwards. The result is a heartfelt, eloquent book, a most unusual addition to the literature on the Spanish Civil War.
Adam Hochschild, author of Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939

In this personal and historical memoir, art and culture critic Eunice Lipton, carefully reconstructs, untangles and exhumes her family’s history, specifically focused on the mysterious silence surrounding the story of her uncle who went to fight and died in the Spanish Civil War. In so doing, she sheds light on the history of the all those Americans who served in a war that could be described as the first battle of World War II and the first foray against Hitler.  

Eunice Lipton’s search begins in humble places, a conversation with her father, a shoe box hidden away in a drawer, snatches of conversation overheard at family gatherings, and moves on to scholarly digging into the archives and collections housed in major libraries as well as tracking down and interviewing survivors.  Through her well documented search paired with personal soul searching about relationships in the family, Lipton is able to recreate the heat and the passion and the sorrow and anger that marked this episode in American history, the story of the young activists of 1930s New York who joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Eunice Lipton is the author of Alias Olympia: A Woman’s Search for Manet’s Notorious Model and Her Own Desire and, more recently, French Seduction: An American’s Encounter with France, Her Father, and the Holocaust. She lives in New York and Paris.

A DISTANT HEARTBEAT recently in the news:


The protagonist of A Distant Heartbeat is a man Eunice Lipton never met who died in a war being fought before she was born. Yet both the man and the war have haunted her throughout her life. Out of that dream-like experience Lipton has fashioned an unusual and compelling memoir in which the actual and the imagined are vividly braided together.
Vivian Gornick, author of The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir

A deeply moving, impeccably written homage to an uncle who fought and died in the Spanish Civil War.   But in addition to an intimate portrait of an idealistic young man and the Jewish immigrant world that created him, Lipton also asks a question as pertinent today as it was when her uncle, Dave, joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.  Why is one brother willing to die for an idea, while another brother thinks it is a wasted life?
Jill Ciment, author of Act of God

A true pleasure.
Jewish Currents

Anyone interested in the barbed landscape of families and the awkward, painful, jerry-rigged nature of family relationships will find A Distant Heartbeat a rich and weighty book. There are mysteries here, and a deep, dark betrayal. But A Distant Heartbeat is less about surprises than about unwieldy sorrows and joys at the heart of what we call family life.

A precise, elegiac journey through history, family tensions, and human drama.
Shelf Awareness

An art historian’s account of the research she undertook to understand the life of a mysterious uncle. . . . Well-researched and . . . stirring.
Kirkus Reviews

Eunice Lipton’s A Distant Heartbeat is an intriguing memoir about an uncle she never met, set within the much broader context of the international brigades who fought against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War. A well-told tale of idealism, diaspora, and both personal and political heartbreak, it draws the reader into the author’s lively (and dysfunctional) immigrant family until Uncle Dave’s fate resonates with us too.
Lucy R. Lippard, author of Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West

Eunice Lipton goes beyond memoir to explore the subliminal legacies of a traumatic event, showing how history survives almost invisibly to affect future generations. Like a jeweler turning a stone, she reveals various facets of a family story that illuminates both past and present.
Peter N. Carroll, author of From Guernica to Human Rights: Essays on the Spanish Civil War

A beautifully conceived quest-driven family memoir subtly intertwined with a cultural and political history of Jewish-immigrant New York City in the decades preceding World War II. Given its stylistic clarity, vivid approach, and its ‘detective story’ qualities, readers will be unable to put it down.

Leo Spitzer, Vernon Professor of History Emeritus, Dartmouth College, author of Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism

Friday, May 20, 2016

Vietnam Veteran Jerry Hall's Memoir - Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full!

Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full!:
Flying, Friendship,and Trying to Make Sense of a Senseless War 
by Jerry Hall 
A riveting account of a soldier who served in the Vietnam war, Yes, Sir, Yes, Sir, Three Bags Full! chronicles Jerry Hall's experience as a pilot in training in the Air Force, his experience of prison-camp survival training, and ultimately his arrival into "the Nam." With candor and brutal honesty, Hall places the reader not only in that time and place, but in his very shoes. He doesn't hold back on his fear, his insecurity, or how he turned to alcohol for comfort. Yes Sir Yes Sir Three Bags Full ! is a biting look at history: how Vietnam hurt so many, and how Americans turned their backs on the men who got sucked into "the Vortex."
TWITTER: @VietnamBook
Media Contact: Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, 646-801-7477, publicity@bookbuzz.com

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Midwest Book Review  -  Wisconsin Bookwatch's OUTSTANDING Review of

To Look On Death No More by Leta Serafim 

“An impressively crafted read from beginning to end and clearly establishes author Leta Serafim as an exceptionally gifted novelist. Very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections.” 

In autumn of 1943, a lone allied soldier parachutes into Greece. His stated goal: to build an airstrip for the British. Brendon O'Malley is an Irishman, and he soon discovers that fighting the Nazis is not the same as embracing the British, who have seriously misled him about his mission. Wounded during the drop, he's set upon and robbed by a seventeen-year-old girl, Danae, and her little brother, Stefanos, who hold him captive for over six weeks, first in a cave and later in the cellar of their home in Kalavryta. A wary friendship develops between the three. Over time O'Malley's relationship with the girl gradually deepens into love. Slowly O'Malley earns Danae's trust, and he stays on with her family in their house in the village. After his wounds heal, he heads up into the mountains to join the Greek soldiers, the antartes, who are suspicious of the British and slow to accept him into their ranks. O'Malley is no ordinary man, and his honesty, strength, and courage impress them and finally win the day. But disaster lies just ahead, and the Nazis, already a palpable presence in their lives, stage a savage attack on Kalavryta. Through it all, the love of this Irishman for his indomitable Greek muse cannot be extinguished. "To Look on Death No More" is an impressively crafted read from beginning to end and clearly establishes author Leta Serafim as an exceptionally gifted novelist. Very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "To Look on Death No More" is also available in a Kindle edition ($6.95).


To Look on Death No More
Leta Serafim
Coffeetown Press
c/o Camel Press
PO Box 70515, Seattle, WA 98127
9781603811927, $13.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Monday, April 18, 2016

Author Pat Mora Delivers Talk
Celebrating Children and Reading:
Marks 20th Anniversary of Children’s Day / Book Day /  Día

The American Library Association’s 2016 Arbuthnot Committee Chair Julie Corsaro;  Author and Literacy Advocate Pat Mora;  and Andrew Medlar - President, Association for Library Service to Children , at the 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture. At the Garvin Theater in Santa Barbara, CA. Photo credit: Aimee Strittmatter

(April 18, 2016 - Santa Barbara, CA) Pat Mora gave the 47th annual May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture entitled “Book Joy! ¡Alegria en los libros!” on Friday evening, April 15, in the Garvin Theatre at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, CA. Mora is an award-winning author of children’s books, a passionate literacy advocate, and the founder of Children’s Day / Book Day /  Día which marks it 20th anniversary this April.
“In the spirit of Día, we need an exciting and excited reading movement in the United States today…” she said. “A bookjoy movement or initiative with compelling vision and action.” The lecture emphasized the “importance of children… bundles of promise who all deserve and need to become readers for their sake and ours,” as Mora put it.

Author and Literacy Advocate, Founder of Children’s Day / Book Day /  Día “framed.” Photo credit: Hap Freund

Mora was preceded by Andrew Medlar, the President of the Association for Library Service to Children, who related the history of the Arbuthnot Lecture, and 2016 Arbuthnot Committee Chair Julie Corsaro, who introduced Mora, calling her a “brilliant poet, tireless literacy advocate and inspirational educator” and her books, “a celebration of Spanish and English language.”

April 30, 2016 will be the 20th anniversary of Children’s Day / Book Day. It can be celebrated by reading to a child in your life. Founded by writer and educator Pat Mora, Children’s Day, Book Day, in Spanish, El día de los niños, El día de los libros, often known as Día, (day in Spanish) is a year-long commitment to linking children and families to books. A collaboration of national library and literacy organizations, educators, presses and readers, Día creatively celebrates all our children and the importance of bookjoy in their daily lives.

“I was enthusiastically assisted to start this family literacy initiative by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has also been an active partner. A new, enthusiastic national partner is First Book,” Pat Mora said.

Among other partners are ¡Colorín Colorado! (WETA), United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Texas Library Association (TLA), Texas State Library and Archives Commission, State Library of Iowa, New Mexico State Library, Arte Público Press, HarperCollins, and Pomelo Books.

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AVAILABILITY: Pat Mora is available by telephone, email, and travel by arrangement. She has upcoming appearances Houston and Washington, D.C. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.

CONTACT: For further information or to arrange an interview with Pat Mora, contact Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, 646-801-7477, publicity@bookbuzz.com

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book Review DIYA - A Megawatt Approach to Change by Aruna Gurmurthy

A Review from Feathered Quill

Spotlight Reviews

DIYA: A Megawatt Approach to Change

By: Aruna Gurumurthy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: September 2015
ISBN: 978-1-5170-5977-4
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: March 15, 2016

With all the dark, depressing and, let’s face it, all the news in regards to politics, finances (and the list goes on), it is quite easy for people not only to lose hope, but also lose their way entirely. Some look to faith to continue – belief and allegiance to a Divine entity that is watching over us all. There are others who struggle each and every day to find what is within them that they can use to power past the hard days and not succumb to the negatives of life.

This book does a spectacular job of showing all people how to do just that. Written in a format that is much like a blog or someone’s personal diary, DIYA offers entries that highlight many of the questions people in all countries of the world ask. The answers are not all given here, of course, but what is given are the paths that can be taken when times seem more than a little rough. Paths that can not only be learned, but also be shared and discussed with others out there. In other words, a learning experience that could bring positive changes to us all.

The author speaks about a “Bible of Life,” at the beginning of this book – a set of tenets that would be great to have when it comes to dealing with everyday experiences. DIYA,if read well and taken the time to study and enjoy, becomes this Bible: everyone can learn what it means to keep an open mind, or find a way to alter thinking patterns that could even lead to world peace. From talking about Mother’s Day to better understanding senior illnesses to a stunning look into the world of music and why it sparks so much joy and fire in people, the author covers it all. She speaks eloquently about self-doubt, and not having fear when it comes to a personal dream changing over the years.

Humor, in-depth conversation, real life struggles – DIYA is exactly what it claims to be; an approach to the world of change that everyone can understand and feel grateful for while making those changes count. To place this book in some sort of self-help “niche” in the world of non-fiction would be (to this reviewer) belittling the message. In other words, this is not self-help, this is a book filled with wisdom that will open doors (by opening the mind) to hope, prosperity and success.

Quill says: A giving, highly generous book that will speak to people in all walks of life.
For more information on DIYA: A Megawatt Approach to Change, please visit the book's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/diyabyaruna/

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Reforma de Nuevo Mexico: NM State Library and "DIA"

Reforma de Nuevo Mexico: NM State Library and "DIA":

This April the NM State Library is encouraging all libraries to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Día de los libros, a celebration of reading created by children’s author Pat Mora. 

It can be as simple as encouraging your patrons to spend some time on April 30th reading to someone special: a parent, a friend, a family member, a beloved pet, their favorite librarian! Or if you’re feeling more ambitious ALSC is encouraging librarians to apply for a mini-grant to help with the costs of a program. Good luck and please send me any photos of any Día celebrations happening around the state! 

There have also been 3 Día PSA’s created (all filmed in NM!) and you are free to share them or use them as you wish! I know that there are plans to film at least one more this year and the filmmakers hope to add more every year! Those links are: 

·         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-63TclLyiY&feature=youtu.be...