(Nashville, Tenn.) June 22, 2021—HarperCollins Focus today announced Sara Kendrick as the new associate publisher for the HarperCollins Leadership imprint.
Kendrick has served as a senior acquisitions editor for HarperCollins Leadership since the imprint launched in 2018. In this role she acquired bestsellers including Business Made Simple by Donald Miller, We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers, and Quantum Marketing by Raja Rajamannar. As associate publisher, Kendrick will lead editorial planning, brand initiatives, and continue to acquire authors and content for HarperCollins Leadership.
“Sara brings intelligence, instinct, and tenacity to all her work,” remarked Jamie Lockard, v-p and publisher for HarperCollins Leadership. “We are grateful for Sara’s tireless energy working alongside the inaugural team in helping build the HarperCollins Leadership business in its start-up years, and I look forward to harnessing her acute strategic vision to guide our future.”
Contact: Chelsea Taff
Manager, Corporate Communications
web: [email protected]
Series of bonus bookstore events to provide in-depth look at Willie Nelson’s Letters to America with co-writer Turk Pipkin
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 2021 – Book lovers and Willie Nelson fans alike will be eager to take part in a slate of multiple events from Harper Horizon in anticipation of Willie’s forthcoming book, Willie Nelson’s Letters to America (Harper Horizon, June 29, 2021, ISBN 9780785241546).
To coincide with the book’s launch, the 92nd Street Y, known for curating world-class cultural events and conversations, will host Willie Nelson in an exclusive interview with Apple Music Country radio host and journalist Hunter Kelly. The in-depth conversation, part of the “From Nashville” series, will offer an intimate and exclusive look into the stories and letters found in Willie’s newest book. Tickets for the event are priced at $40, which includes a copy of the book.
Harper Horizon, in partnership with Texas Monthly and fan-favorite bookstores, will also host five additional opportunities for readers to engage with the book.
First, Turk Pipkin will take part in a Facebook Live hosted by Texas Monthly on June 15. Joined by Texas Monthly editor, John Spong, the event is free and will be shared on Willie Nelson’s Facebook page. Turk will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the book came together as well as details on what it was like working with the American legend.
Then Turk will be featured in a limited number of virtual events at bookstores to share stories from the book and take questions from readers. Each store is running a sweepstakes in conjunction with the event offering a limited number of Willie Nelson signed copies. Dates of the free events are listed below. Pre-order your copy today.
- June 28 – Bookends Bookstore (Ridgewood, NJ)
- June 29 – Book People (Austin, TX)
- June 30 – Parnassus (Nashville, TN)
- July 1 – Waterloo Records (Austin, TX)
For tickets to Willie’s event at the 92nd Street Y, click here.
To register and reserve your spot for Turk’s Facebook Live with Texas Monthly, visit Facebook.com/Texas.Monthly.Magazine.
For the June and July events with bookstores, click here to preorder and learn more.
Willie Nelson’s Letters to America is a collection of intimate letters from Willie delivered with the same humor and poetic phrasing millions have come to love. In the letters, Willie shares his thoughts on America’s past, present, and future, his closest family members, and his personal heroes. The book also features Willie’s reflections on many of the classic lyrics that made him famous and loved by fans worldwide.
Willie Nelson’s Letters to America everywhere books are sold. More details on the book can be found at WilliesLetters.com.
For reviews, excerpts, and media interviews, contact:
Nicole Ballengee at [email protected]
ABOUT WILLIE NELSON:
With a seven-decade career, Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In recent years, he has delivered more than a dozen new albums, released a Top 10 New York Times‘ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, been honored by the Library of Congress with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the annual Luck Reunion food and music festival during SXSW, launched his cannabis companies Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy, and graced the covers of Rolling Stone and AARP The Magazine. In July 2020, Willie released his album First Rose of Spring – an atmospheric soulful showcase of beautifully written songs and poignant performances. September 2020 brought a memoir with his sister and pianist Bobbie Nelson titled, Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of The Family Band. For 2021, he released a new studio album in February —That’s Life, Willie’s second album of standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra (his first, 2018’s My Way, earned Willie the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album). The two legends were friends, musical colleagues, and mutual admirers of each other’s work. This June, a collection of his thoughts on America, family, faith and music will hit shelves as a new book titled Willie Nelson’s Letters to America. These creative endeavors as well as new songs and performances that add to his classic catalog, find Willie Nelson rolling at an artistic peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road.
ABOUT TURK PIPKIN:
A longtime friend and golfing buddy of Willie’s, writer, director and actor Turk Pipkin has appeared in numerous feature films and played a recurring character on The Sopranos. A contributing editor to Texas Monthly, he has also written for television and is the author of eight previous books.
ABOUT HARPER HORIZON:
Harper Horizon is a Nashville-based imprint within HarperCollins Focus, publishing nonfiction literature across a number of categories including self-help, memoir, health and wellness, cooking, and other inspirational topics that reflect the values and cultural diversity of America’s Heartland. Harper Horizon exists to empower the minds of readers to all things possible, whether that is learning a new skill, building community, improving the environment, or having the courage to embody their beliefs. Learn more at www.harperhorizon.com.