Publishing used to be a labor of love, for literate gentlemen. Now books are produced by multi- national congomerates, whose CEO's like to read the bottom line. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the new face of publishing. Also, a veteran editor reflects on the literary marketplace.
Karin Taylor is executive director of the Small Press Center, a non-profit organization that connects readers and writers with small, independent book publishers. She tells Jim Fleming that a handful of conglomerates dominate one end of the publishing business, while thousands of small presses flourish at the other.SEGMENT 2:
Daniel Menaker is an editor at Random House and a fiction writer. His first novel is "The Treatment." For over twenty years he edited fiction and non-fiction at the New Yorker. He tells Steve Paulson how Tina Brown changed the magazine and that William Shawn was not the saint his reputation would leave us to believe. Also, Carol Houck Smith, senior editor at W.W. Norton tells Judith Strasser how she works with writers.SEGMENT 3:
Sigrid Nunez is the author of "The Bloomsbury Marmoset," a biography of the small pet monkey of Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Nunez tells Judith Strasser how the Woolfs acquired Mitz, how their friends reacted to her, and why the Woolfs' literary work at the Hogarth Press is so admirable.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 98-09-27-C.
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