Monday, October 04, 2010

Steve Martin's new novel An Object of Beauty will be released November 23, 2010.

Click here to read an interview with Steve Martin about the new novel.

ObjectOfBeauty_lg A captivating presence who naturally draws in everyone around her, Lacey Yeager appears on the New York art scene as a clever and funny young intern at Sotheby's. With her charm, ambition, and questionable and sometimes illegal tactics, she climbs the cultural ladder, step by step, and moves from cataloging paintings to success in the labyrinthine and mysterious art world. Her knowledge of art and art collectors quickly grows, and the list of men she enchants and inevitably destroys grows right alongside it. Her rise to the highest tiers of the city's social life parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the early 1990s through today. Will be released November 23, 2010.

Pre-Order An Object Of Beauty at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders.

An Object Of Beauty will be released in the UK on November 25. You can pre-order the UK version from Amazon UK.

Monday, September 13, 2010
Steve is now on Twitter. Follow him at @stevemartintogo.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Steve Martin appeared on Good Morning America this morning, Wednesday, September 8, where he discussed his new children's book Late For School and performed the song "Late For School" with the Steep Canyon Rangers.


VIDEO ARCHIVE from Good Morning America:
- Interview
- Performance of "Late For School"


PHOTOS from the appearance:

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I am pleased to announce the winner of the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, the incredible Noam Pikelny. Noam is the extraordinary banjoist for the Punch Brothers, playing not only traditional bluegrass, but classical, rock and jazz oriented music.  He is a player of unlimited range and astonishing precision.  We congratulate him on this honor. 

This award has been created to bring recognition to an individual or group for outstanding accomplishment in the field of five-string banjo or bluegrass music.  It is hoped that by highlighting the extraordinary musicianship of these artists, that bluegrass, and bluegrass-related music will enjoy an increased appreciation world-wide.

The recipients should be a person or group who has given us a fresh appreciation of this music, either through artistry, composition, innovation or preservation.  They should be professional or semi-professional, should be currently active in their careers and deserving of a wider audience.

The honoree will receive an unrestricted cash prize of fifty-thousand dollars, as well as a bronze sculpture created expressly for the prize by noted artist Eric Fischl.

The award is determined through a private process by a board consisting of  Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka, Anne Stringfield, Alison Brown, Neil V. Rosenberg, Béla Fleck and Steve Martin.   The award is funded personally by the Steve Martin Charitable Foundation.

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Friday, August 27, 2010
Steve Martin will be appearing at Barnes & Noble in New York City and the 92nd Street Y on behalf of his novel AN OBJECT OF BEAUTY, which will be released on November 23. Details are as follows.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010 @ 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

Monday, November 29, 2010

92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets for this event are available through 92y.org.
Steve Martin's children's book Late for School will be released September 8, 2010.

LateForSchool_lg Getting to school has never been quite this difficult — or hilarious.

Celebrated writer and performer Steve Martin and dynamic artist C. F. Payne have teamed up to tell the story of the adventure, danger, and laughs of one youngster's journey to school. With an enclosed bluegrass CD of Grammy-winner Steve Martin playing the banjo and singing the book's story, LATE FOR SCHOOL will be the perfect gift to be read—and listened to - again and again.

Pre-Order Late For School from Amazon.

Read some early reviews here:

Publishers Weekly review of Late for School:
Comedian Martin's (The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!) album of banjo songs won a Grammy last year; "Late for School," one of the songs, is included here on a CD. In printed form, without Martin's inimitable delivery, the lyrics read a little raggedly ("Woke up this morning/ Clock said I was late for school/ Teacher told me that's not cool/ Gotta put my shirt and pants on"), but in Payne's (Turkey Bowl) hands, Martin's goofy verse achieves its comic impact on a cinematic scale. The boy's eyebrows shoot up and his lips purse with wild exaggeration as he jams his legs into his shorts; sporting a baseball jersey and a brush cut, he races downstairs, dashes across a neighbor's swimming pool, his feet and legs a blur as he logrolls a pool toy, then grabs a kite and lands on the football field with minutes to spare. (It's Saturday, of course.) Kids will relish Martin's subversive madness--especially the image of the boy elbowing his grandmother facedown into her pie as he rockets out of the house. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

Kirkus Reviews review of Late for School: “Woke up this morning / Clock said I was late for school / Teacher told me that's not cool / Gotta put my shirt and pants on / Flew down the front stair / Wet my fingers and slicked my hair / Elbowed grandma passing by / Her face went into a pie.” This little guy with great big ears doesn't want to disappoint Mom and Dad or end up in the grammar slammer, so he puts on some wild speed. He log rolls across a neighbor's pool and uses the diving board to grab a kite tail. He floats to the football field and makes a mad dash through the school building…you know where this is heading: It's Saturday! Rats! Thank goodness he gets home in time to go fishing with Dad. Martin turns one of the songs from his 2009 Grammy-winning bluegrass recording into what functions best as a read-along (or sing-along) with the enclosed CD; only he can make his wild word rhythms shine. Payne's painted illustrations are a good-enough match, but they are hardly as frenetic as the song. Definitely worth a place in your picture-book collection nevertheless. (Picture book. 4-8)

USA Today's children's book round-up featured on August 19:
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Steve Martin's new novel An Object of Beauty will be released November 23, 2010.

ObjectOfBeauty_lg A captivating presence who naturally draws in everyone around her, Lacey Yeager appears on the New York art scene as a clever and funny young intern at Sotheby's. With her charm, ambition, and questionable and sometimes illegal tactics, she climbs the cultural ladder, step by step, and moves from cataloging paintings to success in the labyrinthine and mysterious art world. Her knowledge of art and art collectors quickly grows, and the list of men she enchants and inevitably destroys grows right alongside it. Her rise to the highest tiers of the city's social life parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the early 1990s through today. Will be released November 23, 2010.

Pre-Order An Object Of Beauty at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders.

An Object Of Beauty will be released in the UK on November 25. You can pre-order the UK version from Amazon UK.

Read an early review here:

Kirkus Reviews:

The NYC art world, seen through the eyes of its most impartial constituents.

In his latest novel, Martin (Born Standing Up, 2007, etc.) unveils an ambitious and heartfelt analysis of both the complexity and absurdity of the Manhattan art market. It begins, appropriately enough, with a confession. "I am tired, so very tired of thinking about Lacey Yeager, yet I worry that unless I write her story down, and see the manuscript bound and tidy on my bookshelf, I will be unable to ever write about anything else." This declaration spills from arts writer David Franks, who finds a small universe encapsulated in the life of his subject, ex-lover Lacey. From this humble beginning, David chronicles the rise and fall of the fine-art market from the late '90s through the present day, complete with record-breaking prices, art thefts and the premature globalization of a complex system. After college, Lacey and David enter the burgeoning artistic world, Lacey as a grunt at Sotheby's, David as a struggling writer. David habitually profiles Lacey, an insanely determined dealer with a passion for creativity and wealth. Martin offers fascinating literary capers, mixing in real-life elements like a fictional run-in with novelist John Updike and the spectacular $500 million dollar theft at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. As Lacey graduates to art speculation and gallery ownership, Martin populates her world with a host of compelling characters, among them a desperately infatuated Parisian broker, a manipulative and powerful mentor, and Pilot Mouse, a minor boyfriend who reinvents himself as a Banksy-like artistic guerrilla. To add to the reader's experience, Martin includes reproductions of artwork referenced in the text, lending another layer of sophistication to an already absorbing story. An artfully told tale of trade, caste and the obsessive mindset of collectors.

Friday, July 30, 2010
Steve Martin performed at Overture Center of the Arts in Madison, WI on July 27.

Steve Martin's banjo skills are no joke
The Capital Times
by Rob Thomas, July 22, 2010
- read article -

Steve Martin proves a banjo powerhouse at Overture Hall
Isthmus | The Daily Page
by Andy Moore, July 28, 2010
- read review -
Monday, July 26, 2010
Springfield News-Leader writes about Steve Martin's upcoming show in Lampe, MO on July 28.

Steve Martin not kidding around on banjo
Springfield News-Leader
by Gail Reynolds, July 23, 2010
- read article -
Friday, July 02, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle interviews Steve Martin...

Steve Martin
San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com
by Aidin Vaziri, June 20, 2010
- read interview -