BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR!

 

Champagne corks are popping here at sylviesimmons.com this New Year’s eve: NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ has named I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen the best biography of 2012! The book reviewer, Michael Schaub – whose top five included biographies of Barack Obama, Julia Child, Lillian Hellman and the Count of Monte Cristo  [http://www.npr.org/2012/12/28/166899101/true-originals-biographies-that-defy-expectations] – described it as “a startlingly effective biography. Simmons seems to understand her subject almost instinctively, and she shares his somber outlook tempered with a wry, but playful sense of humor.”

It’s been a wild three and a half months since the first English-language edition appeared in the US in September, followed by Canada in October, the UK in November, and New Zealand and Australia in December. The book has made it into the Independent Bookstore and NPR Books charts and the New York Times bestseller list, going on to top the non-fiction chart in Canada. Over the holiday season it also featured among the Best Of and Picks of the Year in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, New York Times, Salon.com and Spin in the US, and, in the UK in the Sunday Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Sun and Independent on Sunday.

So we’ll say goodbye to this year, raising a glass to every one of you – readers, writers, reviewers, radio hosts, publicists, musicians, Leonard Cohen fans, friends. Thank you. And see you next year, when the German, Spanish and Dutch editions of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen will be joined by editions in Chinese, Polish, Danish, Norwegian, Hebrew…. and more.

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