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Marisa Dobson

Marisa Dobson - Publicist

East Coast, USA

Communications/PR powerhouse specializing in lifestyle, cookbooks, memoir, and other top-shelf nonfiction.

Overview

Marisa Dobson is a storyteller, bibliophile, and voracious collector of new experiences. She’s the founder and principal of Scintillate, LLC, a communications consultancy with clients in Nashville, Baltimore, New York City, and Boston. Visit marisadobson.com to view her current portfolio and client testimonials.

Scintillate is about that spark: the idea you can’t stop talking about, the breakthrough moment that reinvigorates, the well-timed push that keeps your passion burning bright.

For the past ten years, Dobson has worked with professional creatives — journalists, authors, interior designers, chefs, photographers, musicians, visual artists, entrepreneurs, academics, and more — to turn their passions into passion projects. Whether it’s a book idea, an event series, or business launch, Scintillate can help you realize your vision and make it a reality.

With deep connections in the digital media, publishing, lifestyle, and culinary worlds, Scintillate can help you reach (and win over!) a savvy, discriminating audience. Working together, we will craft a compelling message, identify influencers, ramp up visibility for you, your brand, or your business.

Services
Fiction
Literature
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Home & Garden LGBTQ (non fiction) Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Travel

Work experience

Founder & Principal

Scintillate, LLC

August, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

Senior Publicist

Abrams Books

January, 2011 – August, 2014 (over 3 years)

Marketing & Publicity Associate

W. W. Norton & Company

July, 2008 – December, 2010 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Home Made

Yvette Van Boven

Winner of the Dutch Cookbook of the Year award in 2010, "Home Made" is a unique and captivating cookbook, with over 200 recipes and ideas for sumptuous homemade food. Author Yvette van Boven uses clear step-by-step instructions to show the reader how to make ingredients, as well as recipes, at home. "Home Made" begins with breakfast and works its way through the day. Learn how to make cheese f... read more

Winner of the Dutch Cookbook of the Year award in 2010, "Home Made" is a unique and captivating cookbook, with over 200 recipes and ideas for sumptuous homemade food. Author Yvette van Boven uses clear step-by-step instructions to show the reader how to make ingredients, as well as recipes, at home. "Home Made" begins with breakfast and works its way through the day. Learn how to make cheese f... read more

The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey

David Haskell

A new generation of urban bootleggers is distilling whiskey at home, and cocktail enthusiasts have embraced the nuances of brown liquors. Written by the founders of Kings County Distillery, New York City’s first distillery since Prohibition, this spirited illustrated book explores America’s age-old love affair with whiskey. It begins with chapters on whiskey’s history and culture from 1640 to ... read more

A new generation of urban bootleggers is distilling whiskey at home, and cocktail enthusiasts have embraced the nuances of brown liquors. Written by the founders of Kings County Distillery, New York City’s first distillery since Prohibition, this spirited illustrated book explores America’s age-old love affair with whiskey. It begins with chapters on whiskey’s history and culture from 1640 to ... read more

Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime

Suzanne McGrath, Lauren McGrath, LLC Suzanne McGrath Design

Making a home is a lifelong pursuit and it starts with your very first place. Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, a mother–daughter team, operate the popular blog Good Bones, Great Pieces. At the core of their philosophy is the belief that every home should have seven essential pieces that can live in almost any room and will always be stylish. The authors explain how to place iconic items of furnitur... read more

Making a home is a lifelong pursuit and it starts with your very first place. Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, a mother–daughter team, operate the popular blog Good Bones, Great Pieces. At the core of their philosophy is the belief that every home should have seven essential pieces that can live in almost any room and will always be stylish. The authors explain how to place iconic items of furnitur... read more

X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story

Eve Epstein, Leonora Epstein

Seen through the eyes of siblings 14 years apart in age, X vs. Y is a smart, funny, stylish, and visually driven anthology that com­piles and compares their two generational cul­tures. It’s a story told through lists, infographics, essays, anecdotes, and images, with chapters devoted to fashion, TV, music, technology, dating, books, and movies. Through musings on topics such as leg warmers, Cl... read more

Seen through the eyes of siblings 14 years apart in age, X vs. Y is a smart, funny, stylish, and visually driven anthology that com­piles and compares their two generational cul­tures. It’s a story told through lists, infographics, essays, anecdotes, and images, with chapters devoted to fashion, TV, music, technology, dating, books, and movies. Through musings on topics such as leg warmers, Cl... read more

The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City (Revised and Updated)

Patrick Blanc

Patrick Blanc, botanist and artist, is world famous as the inventor of the Vertical Garden. This new, updated edition of his book, The Vertical Garden, includes his latest achievements and projects, which are bolder than ever. Nobody is more familiar than Blanc with the secrets of the plants, from all over the world, that live on almost nothing, in the most unlikely situations, carpeting the f... read more

Patrick Blanc, botanist and artist, is world famous as the inventor of the Vertical Garden. This new, updated edition of his book, The Vertical Garden, includes his latest achievements and projects, which are bolder than ever. Nobody is more familiar than Blanc with the secrets of the plants, from all over the world, that live on almost nothing, in the most unlikely situations, carpeting the f... read more

Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage

Cathryn Griffith

This beautifully illustrated book documents the history, preservation, and present uses of Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces. Interpreting the present in light of the past, eleven renowned architects, historians, scholars, preservationists, and urban planners in Cuba and the United States provide a rigorous examination of Havana old and new that provokes exploration of the way... read more

This beautifully illustrated book documents the history, preservation, and present uses of Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces. Interpreting the present in light of the past, eleven renowned architects, historians, scholars, preservationists, and urban planners in Cuba and the United States provide a rigorous examination of Havana old and new that provokes exploration of the way... read more

The Joy of Decorating: Southern Style with Mrs. Howard

Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard, known affectionately as Mrs. Howard to her clients, has a penchant for creating stylish spaces, which has evolved into her own critically acclaimed brand of interior design. Mrs. Howard’s first book features several of her largest design projects and addresses the most common decorating issues and questions her clients and customers ask. The book’s design projects are organized ... read more

Phoebe Howard, known affectionately as Mrs. Howard to her clients, has a penchant for creating stylish spaces, which has evolved into her own critically acclaimed brand of interior design. Mrs. Howard’s first book features several of her largest design projects and addresses the most common decorating issues and questions her clients and customers ask. The book’s design projects are organized ... read more

Food Gift Love: More than 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap, and Share

Maggie Battista

An exciting, inspiring, and beautiful food-gift guide for crafty cooks and food-DIY fans In Food Gift Love, Maggie Battista, a food-gift guru and rising star of the blog world, celebrates her expertise in and enthusiasm for small-batch, hand-crafted foods. She features 100 memorable, edible gifts for any occasion with simple, delicious recipes, detailed wrapping instructions, and stunning phot... read more

An exciting, inspiring, and beautiful food-gift guide for crafty cooks and food-DIY fans In Food Gift Love, Maggie Battista, a food-gift guru and rising star of the blog world, celebrates her expertise in and enthusiasm for small-batch, hand-crafted foods. She features 100 memorable, edible gifts for any occasion with simple, delicious recipes, detailed wrapping instructions, and stunning phot... read more

The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commerical Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients

Mary Helen Leonard

You’ve stocked your kitchen with whole foods, and cleansed your cabinets of processed snacks, microwave meals, and sugary desserts. After putting all of that effort into your natural, healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to slather your body in chemical-laden commercially produced beauty products. You are what you eat, and your skin can absorb chemicals and additives just as easil... read more

You’ve stocked your kitchen with whole foods, and cleansed your cabinets of processed snacks, microwave meals, and sugary desserts. After putting all of that effort into your natural, healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to slather your body in chemical-laden commercially produced beauty products. You are what you eat, and your skin can absorb chemicals and additives just as easil... read more

The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference

Erin McHugh

There have been few cultural touchstones to open people’s eyes to everyday lesbian life—until now. Through fascinating interviews and stunning portrait photography, The L Life introduces us to the women who are changing our view of the world. This candid collection is a celebration of real women, alongside headline-makers such as breast cancer researcher and bestselling author Dr. Susan Love; ... read more

There have been few cultural touchstones to open people’s eyes to everyday lesbian life—until now. Through fascinating interviews and stunning portrait photography, The L Life introduces us to the women who are changing our view of the world. This candid collection is a celebration of real women, alongside headline-makers such as breast cancer researcher and bestselling author Dr. Susan Love; ... read more

Why Knot?: How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots!

Philippe Petit

On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center’s twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable components—the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky. After years of hands-on research, Philippe pre... read more

On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center’s twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable components—the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky. After years of hands-on research, Philippe pre... read more

The Innocence of Objects

Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence in Istanbul is the culmination of decades of omnivorous collecting that seeks to capture the city of Pamuk's youth through everyday objects: The ephemera, bric-a-brac, and clutter that adheres to every life. These particular objects are intimately tied to The Museum of Innocence, Pamuk's novel of lost love, which lends its narrative structure to their arrangem... read more

Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence in Istanbul is the culmination of decades of omnivorous collecting that seeks to capture the city of Pamuk's youth through everyday objects: The ephemera, bric-a-brac, and clutter that adheres to every life. These particular objects are intimately tied to The Museum of Innocence, Pamuk's novel of lost love, which lends its narrative structure to their arrangem... read more

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