Heliotrope Books

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Heliotrope Books is an independent publisher based in Lower Manhattan. Founded and operated by Naomi Rosenblatt, Heliotrope specializes in cross-genre books with mixed sales categories, memoirs by journalists (including the "memoir-noir", a category coined by Heliotrope), and fiction set in New York City. Heliotrope also publishes a line of children's books under the imprint HelioTot.[1] Notable authors include humorist entrepreneur Richard A. Moran;[2] award-winning professor and bestselling memoirist Susan Shapiro;[3] Catherine Hiller, novelist, filmmaker, and author of the notable marijuana memoir Just Say Yes;[4] novelist, poet, and playwright Sonia Pilcer[5]; and Leda Meredith.[6]

As a New York City press, Heliotrope works closely with neighborhood bookshops and local entertainment venues including The Strand Bookstore,[7] St. Mark's Bookshop,[8] Dixon Place,[9] The Red Room at KGB Bar,[10] and Theatre 80 St. Marks.[citation needed]



  • Neesha Arter, Controlled: The Worst Night of My Life and Its Aftermath. (2015)[11][12][13]
  • Cindy Brown Austin, Cinders: Stories of an Inner-City Survivor. (2016)
  • Bob Brody, Playing Catch with Strangers: A Family Guy (Reluctantly) Comes of Age. (2017)[14][15]
  • Whit Hill, Not About Madonna: My Little Pre-Icon Roommate and Other Memoirs. (2011)[16]
  • Catherine Hiller, Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir. (2015)[17][18]
  • Tom Huth, Forty Years Stoned: A Journalist's Romance. (2016)[19]
  • Janet Lombardi, Bankruptcy: A Love Story. (2017)[20]
  • Leda Meredith, Botany, Ballet, and Dinner From Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes. (2008; reissued in 2016)[6]
  • Richard A. Moran, Sins and CEOs: Lessons from Leaders and Losers That Will Change Your Life (2011) and Navigating Tweets, Feats, and Deletes: Lessons for the New Workplace. (2014)
  • Digger O'Brien, Pointing Is Rude: One Father's Story of Autism, Adoption and Acceptance. (2017)[21][22]
  • Lianne Stokes, Below Average: A Life Way Under the Bar. (2016)[23]
  • Steve Villano, Tightrope: Balancing a Life Between Mario Cuomo and My Brother. (2017)[24][25][26]
  • Kate Walter, Looking for a Kiss: A Chronicle of Downtown Heartbreak and Healing. (2015)[27][28]
  • Leah Wells, On Another Note: Making Music at Head Start, A Memoir with Classroom Exercises. (2016)
  • Royal Young, Fame Shark: Tales of a Lower East Side Hustler. (2013)[29][30][31]


  • Elizabeth Dembrowsky, My Monk: A Typographic Novel. (2009)
  • Seth Kanor, Indian Leap. (2015)
  • Dara Lebrun, The Bunny Hop (2014), Sub Rosa (2016), and Half Crazy. (2017)[32]
  • M.J. Moore, For Paris~With Love and Squalor. (2017)[33]
  • Sonia Pilcer, The Last Hotel. (2014)[34][35]
  • Nader Salehi, Trade Off. (2017)[36][37]
  • Susan Shapiro, What's Never Said. (2015)[38][39][40][41][42][43]

HelioTot (Children's)[edit]

  • D. Yael Bernhard, The Life of an Olive. (2016)[44]
  • R. A. Herman; illustrated by Steve Haskamp, Gomer and Little Gomer (original printing 2005; Heliotot edition 2015)
  • Leah Wells; illustrated by Amy Look, Thank You Very Much! (2015)
  • Leah Wells; illustrated by Naomi Rosenblatt, A Song for the Birds (2014), The Rainbow Remembers the Music (2015), and Furry Foot Notes. (2016)


  • Family Choice Award, 2015 - The Rainbow Remembers The Music[45]
  • Guernica Magazine Pick of 2013 - Fame Shark[46]


  1. ^ Kirch, Claire: "HelioTot: Books to Sing About," Publishers Weekly, September 11, 2014. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/63971-heliotot-books-to-sing-about.html
  2. ^ "Navigating Tweets, Feats, and Deletes: Lessons for the New Workplace Kindle Edition". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  3. ^ Herrington, Sarah (July 30, 2015). "Making the Jump from Big House to Small Press: Susan Shapiro on the Satisfactions of Going Indie". Literary Hub. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  4. ^ Gonzalez, David. “Smoking Marijuana for 50 Years, and Turning Out Just Fine.” New York Times. April 12, 2015: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/nyregion/after-50-years-of-smoking-marijuana-her-life-turned-out-nicely.html
  5. ^ Therrien, Jim. "Every suite tells a story in Pilcer's 'The Last Hotel.'" Berkshire Eagle. July 23, 2015. http://www.berkshireeagle.com/berkshirelifestyles/ci_28527884/every-suite-tells-story-pilcers-last-hotel
  6. ^ a b "Botany, Ballet and Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes Paperback". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  7. ^ "The Secrets of Book Publishing with Sue Shapiro". Strand Bookstore official site. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  8. ^ "Lit Crawl NYC presents: Susan Shapiro's From Essay to Book Deal". St. Mark's Bookshop official site. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  9. ^ "Be Our Valentine: An evening of bittersweet love songs and readings Hosted by Heliotrope Books". Dixon Place official site. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  10. ^ "Deanna Kirk Sings Heliotrope." Post from Heliotrope Books' official Twitter account, May 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-01. https://twitter.com/heliotropebooks/status/600804364454907905
  11. ^ Mejia, Paula. "Q&A: Author Neesha Arter on Her Memoir, Survival, and Self-Love," Newsweek, August 11, 2015: http://www.newsweek.com/neesha-arter-speaks-out-controlled-memoir-361940.
  12. ^ Excerpted in Teen Vogue, August 11, 2015: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/an-exclusive-excerpt-from-the-new-memoir-controlled-by-neesha-arter
  13. ^ Phariss, Kelsey. "The Power of a Story: Controlled," The Huffington Post, August 12, 2015: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelsey-phariss/the-power-of-a-story-cont_b_7969442.html
  14. ^ Excerpted on The New York Times Well Blog, July 1, 2016: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/playing-catch-with-strangers/
  15. ^ Brody, Bob. "The Child Is Father to the Man," Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2017: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-child-is-father-to-the-man-1500501693
  16. ^ A short synopsis of this book can be found on Wikipedia under List of books about Madonna
  17. ^ Excerpted in The New York Times under the title "How I Buy Weed," March 19, 2015. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/how-i-buy-weed/?_r=0
  18. ^ Thapoung, Kenny. “What It’s Like to Smoke Pot Every Day for 50 Years.” Marie Claire. April 29, 2015: http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/a14266/catherine-hiller-marijuana-interview/
  19. ^ Excerpted in The New York Times under the title "How Getting High Made Me a Better Caregiver," April 16, 2016: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/opinion/sunday/how-getting-high-made-me-a-better-caregiver.html
  20. ^ Bahney, Anna. "How to Put Your Financial (and Emotional) Life Together After a Money Catastrophe," CNN.com, August 22, 2017: http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/02/pf/financial-deception/index.html
  21. ^ Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2017: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/digger-obrien/pointing-is-rude/
  22. ^ Reviewed by Ron Suskind, Willie Geist, and Troy Aikman: https://www.diggerobrien.com/reviews/
  23. ^ Michallon, Clemence. "Meet the New York City woman who waited until her 30th birthday to lose her virginity," The Daily Mail, September 10, 2016: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3783320/Lianne-Stokes-wrote-Average-didn-t-lost-virginity-turning-30.html
  24. ^ Excerpted in The National Memo under the title "Donald Trump And the Mob: A Patsy Among Punks," December 17, 2017: https://www.nationalmemo.com/donald-trump-mob-patsy-among-punks/
  25. ^ "Heliotrope Author, Steve Villano, Selected to Read at National Conference," Medium.com: https://medium.com/@stevevillano/heliotrope-author-steve-villano-selected-to-read-at-national-conference-241faf08e800
  26. ^ Klems, Brian A. "A 30-Year Writing Journey Finds Publishing Partner at Writers Digest Conference," WritersDigest.com, June 2, 2017: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/30-year-writing-journey-finds-publishing-partner-writers-digest-conference
  27. ^ Excerpted in Honeysuckle Magazine, June 16, 2015: http://honeysucklemag.com/excerpt-from-looking-for-kiss-a-chronicle-of-downtown-heartbreak-and-healing/
  28. ^ Myers, Lori M. "Interview: Kate Walter, author of Looking for a Kiss," Hippocampus Magazine, February 1, 2016: http://www.hippocampusmagazine.com/2016/02/interview-kate-walter-author-of-looking-for-a-kiss/
  29. ^ Symonds, Alexandria. "The Royal Road," Interview Magazine, June 19, 2013: https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/royal-young-fame-shark
  30. ^ Lubin, Jaime. "Greatest Love of All: Royal Young's Fame Shark," The Huffington Post, June 17, 2013: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaime-lubin/fame-shark-royal-young_b_3445381.html
  31. ^ Book review by Brandon Fizer in Honeysuckle Magazine, July 14, 2014: http://honeysucklemag.com/fame-shark/
  32. ^ Book review of Sub Rosa by M.J. Moore in Neworld Review, Vol. 10, No.68:http://www.neworldreview.com/vol_10No_68/sub-rosa.php
  33. ^ Excerpted in Honeysuckle Magazine under the title "Surrealism 101: A Night in August 1944," September 4, 2017: https://honeysucklemag.com/retro-surrealism-101-night-august-1944-fictionexcerpt/
  34. ^ Serialized in The Berkshire Edge from October 24, 2014 to June 19, 2015. https://theberkshireedge.com/last-hotel/
  35. ^ Segalla, Johnny. "An Interview with Sonia Pilcer, Author of The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites." WSBS Radio. https://soundcloud.com/johnnysegalla/an-interview-with-sonia-pilcer-author-of-the-last-hotel-a-novel-in-suites
  36. ^ Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2017: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/nader-hossain-salehi/trade-off-salehi/
  37. ^ Reviewed by Library Journal, January 19, 2017: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2017/01/books/fiction/fiction-from-debuter-salehi-and-yokoyama-xpress-reviews/
  38. ^ Reviewed by Publishers Weekly, August 2015: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-942762-16-4
  39. ^ Rafter, Catherine. "How To Turn Your Most Humiliating Secrets Into Novels," Observer, August 5, 2015: http://observer.com/2015/08/how-to-turn-your-most-humiliating-secrets-into-novels/
  40. ^ Chahinian, Haig. "Never Be Afraid to Suck," Los Angeles Review of Books, October 29, 2015: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/never-be-afraid-to-suck#!
  41. ^ Shapiro, Susan. "The Line Between Professor and Predator Isn't Always So Clear," New York Magazine/The Cut, April 26, 2016: https://www.thecut.com/2016/04/professor-predator-line-isnt-always-clear.html
  42. ^ Excerpted in USA Today, August 2, 2015: http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2015/08/02/whats-never-said-excerpt-susan-shapiro/
  43. ^ "Poets Behaving Badly," Honeysuckle Magazine, September 6, 2015: http://honeysucklemag.com/poets-behaving-badly/
  44. ^ Goldreich, Gloria. "Books for Your Kids and Grandkids," Hadassah Magazine, December 2016: http://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2016/12/22/read-to-kids/
  45. ^ Family Choice Awards/Family Magazine, The Rainbow Remembers The Music, 2015. http://www.familychoiceawards.com/family-choice-awards-winners/the-rainbow-remembers-the-music/
  46. ^ "Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Books from 2013," Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics, December 12, 2013. https://www.guernicamag.com/daily/editors-picks-best-of-2013/

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