RIVERDALE AVENUE BOOKS WILL PUBLISH BIOGRAPHY OF JENNI RIVERA IN JANUARY
NEW YORK CITY – (December xx, 2012) - Riverdale Avenue Books (RAB), a new publisher specializing in e-books and audio books, will publish a biography of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, who was killed this week in a plane crash. The book will be written by New York Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro and journalist Charles Vazquez.
RAB will publish English and Spanish versions of the 65,000 word book simultaneously (in both e-book and paperback). RAB publisher Lori Perkins said she already has strong interest in foreign and subsidiary rights with international publishers.
The California-born Rivera was an iconic performer and Latina role-model, selling over 15 million albums worldwide. She was nominated for Latin Grammys in 2003, 2008 and 2010. The Shapiro-Vazquez biography will take readers through her early life as one of five children in a tight-knit musical household, her teen-age pregnancy and the launch of her professional career.
The book will also tell the story of her early successes as a regional Mexican Banda artist and her skill as an entrepreneur who started enterprises that ranged from realty and cosmetics companies to The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation.
It will also include the background story of the December 9th flight of a U.S. registered private Learjet that crashed near Iturbide in Nuevo León, Mexico, killing Rivera and six others.
With more than twenty-five years, covering film, television and music for national and international newspapers and magazines, Marc Shapiro is the author of J.K. Rowling: The Wizard behind Harry Potter, Justin Bieber: The Fever! and other bestselling celebrity biographies.
Charlie Vázquez is a Bronx-born journalist, novelist, poet and cultural producer. The author of two novels and a collection of bilingual poetry, he has edited two anthologies of new Latino literature. He has lectured at universities and cultural institutions in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico and is the New York City coordinator for Puerto Rico’s “The Word/Festival de la Palabra.”