Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE!

In case you missed my earlier announcement ...

My new book--the prequel to Farewell, Dorothy Parker--will be published by Putnam on February 19!
Here's the promo copy from my publisher's website:

The acid-tongued Dorothy Parker is back and haunting the halls of the Algonquin with her piercing wit, audacious voice, and unexpectedly tender wisdom. 

Heavenly peace? No, thank you. Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, drink in hand, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity. 


After forty years she thinks she’s found the perfect candidate in Ted Shriver, a brilliant literary voice of the 1970s, silenced early in a promising career by a devastating plagiarism scandal. Now a prickly recluse, he hides away in the old hotel slowly dying of cancer, which he refuses to treat. If she can just convince him to sign the infamous guestbook of Percy Coates, Dorothy Parker might be able to persuade the jaded writer to spurn the white light with her. Ted, however, might be the only person living or dead who’s more stubborn than Parker, and he rejects her proposal outright.  


When a young, ambitious TV producer, Norah Wolfe, enters the hotel in search of Ted Shriver, Parker sees another opportunity to get what she wants. Instead, she and Norah manage to uncover such startling secrets about Ted’s past that the future changes for all of them.

If you haven't yet read the previous book, Farewell, Dorothy Parker, I hope you'll want to remedy that soon. If you buy the trade paperback edition, you're guaranteed to get a signed copy, no matter where you order from. It's also available in ebook and audio versions. Here are some links:

Paperback: Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Books-A-Million • IndieBound • Walmart

Ebook: Kindle • Nook • Kobo • iTunes 

Audio: Amazon • Audible B&N   BAM  iTunes

Thanks!

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"I loved it ... Meister has caught the nuance and language of what I imagine to be the consummate Dorothy Parker."
                    —BookReporter.com 

"Delicious entertainment." 
                    —Cleveland Plain Dealer

 "In this funny yet tender homage to Dorothy Parker, [Meister] resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend."
                    —Library Journal

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."
                    —Publishers Weekly

Friday, June 13, 2014

My Special "Thank You" to Dorothy Parker Fans

I just announced a special program on my Dorothy Parker Facebook page. To show my appreciation for the all wonderful followers, I'm offering an opportunity to be thanked BY NAME in the acknowledgments section of my forthcoming book, DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE.

Click here for details.

Thanks!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Big News for Dorothy Parker Fans

Next week, Penguin Classics is releasing two new especials on Dorothy Parker, and they are must reads for every Dorothy Parker fan.

THE LAST DAYS OF DOROTHY PARKER: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendship
 Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade shares insight into the last days in the life of Dorothy Parker—the horrible and the hilarious—including her colorful friendship with Lillian Hellman, and the bizarre afterlife of Parker’s remains from a file cabinet on Wall Street to a small burial site by the NAACP office in Baltimore.
 Only $2.99 on Kindle, NookKobo and iTunes

ALPINE GIGGLE WEEK: How Dorothy Parker Set Out to Write the Great American Novel and Ended Up in a TB Colony Atop an Alpine Peak 
A little known, rediscovered letter: an SOS from a woman trapped on a Swiss mountaintop in a TB colony with no idea how to escape—that woman being Dorothy Parker.
Only $1.99 on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iTunes

No ereader? No problem.
You can download a free Kindle app on any device, including your computer. Click here.

MORE GREAT NEWS
I'll be moderating an online Q&A with Marion Meade on my Facebook page. It's your chance to find out everything you ever wanted to know about Dorothy Parker.
Date:  Tuesday, May 27, 8:00 pm ET
Place: facebook.com/DorothyParkerQuotes

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Announcing DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE!

It's official. My new book--the prequel to Farewell, Dorothy Parker--will be published by Putnam on February 19! (I've been working on this a while, but it's exciting to know I'm in the queue. This is when it starts to feel real.)

I can't reveal too much about the story at this point, except to say that the ghost of Dorothy Parker is once again the main character, and that most of the action takes place at the Algonquin Hotel. Dorothy Parker Drank Here will be my fifth published novel.

If you haven't yet read Farewell, Dorothy Parker, I hope you'll want to remedy that soon. If you buy the trade paperback edition, you're guaranteed to get a signed copy, no matter where you order from. It's also available in ebook and audio versions. Here are some links:

Paperback: Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Books-A-Million • IndieBound • Walmart

Ebook: Kindle • Nook • Kobo • iTunes 

Audio: Amazon • Audible B&N   BAM  iTunes

Thanks!

_________________________________________
"I loved it ... Meister has caught the nuance and language of what I imagine to be the consummate Dorothy Parker."
                    —BookReporter.com 

"Delicious entertainment." 
                    —Cleveland Plain Dealer

 "In this funny yet tender homage to Dorothy Parker, [Meister] resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend."
                    —Library Journal

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."
                    —Publishers Weekly

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Does your mom like books?

"Delicious entertainment." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

In my humble opinion, autographed books make great Mother's Day gifts. And if your mom is a Dorothy Parker fan--or just likes a past-paced story with "pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement" (Publishers Weekly)--I hope you'll consider buying her a copy of the trade paperback edition of FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER.

"A fun, spunky, tension-ridden but endearing tale ... absolutely delightful!"  —The Best Reviews

Since every printed copy of this edition has my signature, you are guaranteed to get an autographed copy, with a gold sticker on the cover, no matter where you order from. (Note that your order won't indicate that it's a signed book, but as long as you buy it in trade paperback, I promise it will arrive with my signature. Click here for deets.)

Mother's Day is just around the corner, but if you order now you'll definitely get it in time. Here are some links:

Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Books-A-Million • IndieBound • Penguin Walmart


For more information, visit my website at ellenmeister.com. Thanks!

"Magical fun." —Booklist

“[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just ‘scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories’ but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle.” —Washington Post

"The plot was so swift and the prose so clean and clear, I had the book done in the space of an afternoon. I'd highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy stories of the Algonquin Round Table and Dorothy Parker's legendary wit ... Solid A." —Butterfly Books 

"You don't have to know who Dorothy Parker was to truly appreciate this wonderful novel ... an enjoyable fun read with depth to the characters and a lovely portrayal of the wit of Dorothy Parker herself." —Luxury Reading

Friday, April 04, 2014

Still time to grab a signed copy of FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."—Publishers Weekly


Readers of this blog know that I spent several weeks signing the entire first printing of FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER in trade paperback. My publisher tells me there are still signed books left, but supplies are getting low. So if you'd like one, please order asap.

If you order it this month, I promise that you will receive one these signed, first printing collectibles with a gold sticker. (Your online order won't indicate that it's signed, but as long as you buy it in paperback, you're good.)

FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER is also in stores, so you can call your local bookstore to see if they have it in stock.

And if you want to read it right away on your e-reader, you can do that, too.


“I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true.” - Dorothy Parker

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx

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 "Hooray for Ellen Meister! In a miracle of fine writing with Farewell, Dorothy Parker, a novel of infinite charm, she has brought the inimitable, witty and acerbic Dorothy Parker back to gin swilling life." —BookTrib

"Meister honors Dorothy Parker, her still-fresh political convictions, and her body of witty, insightful work in this very nice literary romp ... I loved it ... Meister has caught the nuance and language of what I imagine to be the consummate Dorothy Parker."BookReporter.com 

 "In this funny yet tender homage to Dorothy Parker, [Meister] resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend." —Library Journal 

“[Meister] reveals the pathos behind the pith, and she instructs readers about the enduring legacy of a writer who produced not just ‘scathing reviews, clever jokes, quotable poetry, and insightful short stories’ but also championed social causes. Classic Parker zingers sprinkled throughout the novel add sparkle.” —Washington Post 

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."Publishers Weekly