I was driving in my car when I first heard the song Royals and it just blew me away. It was so different and powerful and strong. I wanted to know who wrote it immediately.
So I went home and googled and was shocked to learn that the singer/songwriter was a young girl in New Zealand who was still in high school. I was intrigued.
And then she had the feminist dust-up with Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez and I was really proud of her. I defined myself as a young feminist years ago, but I think its much harder to stand that ground today, and in an international stage, kudos to her!
Every time I would read about her, I would be even more impressed. She's an avid reader, her mother is a prominent feminist New Zealand poet, she cut her first EP at 13! I wanted to read about her, so I commissioned a book.
New York Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro, who has chronicled the lives of George Harrison, Santana, and Adele (to name just a few) has risen to the task and is loving his assignment. He sends me updates almost every day and I can't wait until we publish LORDE: YOUR HEROINE.
We are moving as fast as we can so that the book will be on sale in time for her first US tour in March.
I LOVE this new way of publishing in the 21st century. Here's the announcement from Publisher's Lunch
NYT bestselling author Marc Shapiro's LORDE: Your Heroine, How This Young Feminist Broke All the Rules and Succeeded, examining the career of this 17 year-old New Zealand musician who just won her first Grammy for her song "Royals," and defines herself as a young feminist, to Lori Perkins at Riverdale Avenue Books, Pop, for publication in March 2014 (World).