Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of Sex and the City. She went on to write five other novels - Four Blondes, Trading Up, Lipstick Jungle, and One Fifth Avenue. In 2010, Bushnell published the first in her young adult series, The Carrie Diaries which was followed by Summer and the City in 2011. Her next adult novel, Killing Monica, follows a famous writer who must resort to faking her own death to get her life back from her most infamous creation - Monica. It will be published in June, 2015. Bushnell's works have been published in over twenty eight languages.   

Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC and the first season of The Carrie Diaries premiered on the CW in January 2013. One Fifth Avenue has been optioned by the Mark Gordon Company and ABC for yet another television show.

She began writing for the New York Observer in 1993; in November of 1994 she created the column Sex and the City, which ran in the New York Observer for two years. The column was bought as a book in 1995, and sold to HBO as a series in 1996. Bushnell hosted a radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, called Sex, Success, and Sensibility, which aired from October 2006 to October 2008. She wrote and created a web series, The Broadroom, starring Jennie Garth, which launched in September 2009. 

Through her books and television series, Bushnell’s work has influenced and defined two generations of women. She is the winner of the 2006 Matrix Award for books (other winners include Joan Didion and Amy Tan), and a recipient of the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award. She divides her time between New York City and Connecticut.

 
 
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FORTHCOMING FROM GROVE/ATLANTIC AUGUST 2019

Cover reveal on People Magazine

“How I Get It Done” interview with Candace in The Cut


Set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village, Is There Still Sex in the City? gathers Bushnell’s signature short, sharp, satirical commentaries on the love and dating habits of middle aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships. Throughout, Bushnell documents 21st century dating phenomenon, such as the “Unintended Cub Situation” in which a sensible older woman suddenly becomes the love interest of a much younger man, the “Mona Lisa” Treatment—a vaginal restorative surgery often recommended to middle aged women, and what it’s really like to go on Tinder dates as a fifty something divorcee. Bushnell also updates one of her most celebrated stories from Sex and the City, “The Bicycle Boys,” a breed of New York man who was always trying to bring his bike up to women’s apartments. Once an anomaly, Bushnell charts their new ubiquitousness, in addition to where, and how to do your own man stalking via bicycle (and whether or not it’s worth it).

In Is There Still Sex in The City? Bushnell looks at love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is a pull-no-punches social commentary and an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century.

FORTHCOMING FROM BALZER & BRAY (2020)

PRAISE FOR THE CARRIE DIARIES

“Carrie’s sharp observations of her peers and human relationships give the book smart, sassy intellectual power.” – Kirkus (starred review)

“With wit and insight, Carrie chronicles her emotionally charged senior year at a small Connecticut high school.” – Publishers Weekly

“An addictive, ingenious origin story.” – Los Angeles Times

“Fans will love this.” – Booklist

“It would have been easy to write a coming-of-age story about Carrie Bradshaw that ham-fistedly foreshadows everything fans of the franchise know will come to pass. But Bushnell nails something harder: telling another chapter in the story of a cherished character that stands on its own.” – Meeta Agrawal, Entertainment Weekly

 

PRAISE FOR ONE FIFTH AVENUE

One Fifth Avenue… is all about passion—for prime real estate. A fable of glitter and greed.” – Cathleen Medwick, O Magazine

"Sex in the City goes middle-aged, mordant and slapstick in Bushnell's chronicle of writers, actors and Wall Street whizzes clashing at One Fifth Avenue, a Greenwich Village art deco jewel crammed with regal rich, tarty upstarts and misguided lovers... Here are bloggers and bullies, misfits and misanthropes, dear hearts and black-hearts, dogfights and catty squalls spun into a darkly humorous chick-lit saga."  – Publishers Weekly

 

PRAISE FOR LIPSTICK JUNGLE

“What Bushnell does so well is get just the slightest bit ahead of the curve. Just as her Sex and the City girls are more common now than they were in the days of her New York Observer columns, so the coarse, energetic woman tycoons of Lipstick Jungle might be signposts for the years ahead.” – Ann Marlowe, Powell’s

“At once sharp and sweet.” – New York Magazine

“Classic Bushnell.” – New York Observer

 
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PRAISE FOR TRADING UP

“A platinum read.” – People

“An au courant novel of manners – and Manolos." – Entertainment Weekly

“As entrancing and dead-on as ‘Bonfires’… [Bushnell] also evokes the memories of Edith Wharton… Original and wholly believable.” – Seattle Times

 “Peering inside summer homes and bedrooms provides a sharp, satirical look at Hampton-dwellers.” – Boston Herald

 “This tale of Janey Wilcox, underwear model and bred in the bone New York girl, is vintage Bushnell.” – Harper’s Bazaar

 

PRAISE FOR FOUR BLONDES

“Bushnell writes with the same acerbic ruthlessness that has made Sex and the City such a touchstone of our times.” – The New York Times

“Bushnell has her milieu down cold, and writers with the peculiarly New York cynicism of a woman who has attended one too many fragrance launches.” – The New York Times Book Review

“Bushnell’s keen eye for detail is a treat, and her knack for identifying New York-specific idiosyncrasies is a riot.” – Chicago Tribune

A collection of short stories about Manhattanites whose escapades will make your own life seem tame… Pour yourself a cocktail and dig in.” – Playboy

 
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PRAISE FOR SEX AND THE CITY

“[Bushnell’s] essays are brain candy that will appeal equally to urban romantics and anti-romantics." – Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating and haunting insights into the love lives of the rich and randy in New York... Often funny and occasionally bleak, this is a captivating look at the 'Age of Un-Innocence,' in a city in which the glittering diversions don't quite make up for the fact that 'Cupid has flown the coop.'"  – Kirkus