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  • Changing the World One Book at a Time

    My greatest grace is that I can steady my publishing course and keep my heart where it has really always been: making books that make a difference.

  • Booksellers Take on Amazon in Washington

    Amazon’s hegemonic control of all things bookselling has meant that few—even those in positions to know better—realize that its message is just propaganda.

  • What Ever Happened to Book Editors?

    I blame my parents for my love of reading, but I blame Scott Berg’s biography of Maxwell Perkins (Max Perkins: Editor of Genius) for my desire to become an editor.

  • Humanities For Science Majors

    It was the fall of my freshman year at McGill University.

  • Poetry as Fiction

    Did Robert Frost really stop by the woods on a snowy evening?

  • Take a Design Cue from Mother Nature

    Joann and Arielle Eckstut are authors of The Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Violet, coming in October from Black Dog & Leventhal.

  • Henry Knox: Founding Father (and Bookseller)

    Despite two decades of unusual challenges, independent booksellers seem to be holding their own and keeping true to their mission.

  • What’s in a Name?

    Here I am, having spent four years writing my 10th novel, staring at the finished manuscript.

  • The Seduction of Libraries

    Laura Florand is the author of the Amour et Chocolat series (The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss). Her newest novel, The Chocolate Touch, was just published by Kensington.

  • One Book, One Editor, Two Publications—20 Years Apart

    Every editor dreams of working on a book with the power to rewrite history. In my four decades in publishing, I’ve been lucky enough to have had that experience twice—with the same book.

  • Are Boomer Authors Becoming Irrelevant?

    Closing in on three decades as an author writing nonfiction books for, from, and about the boomer generation, I thought my career was over.

  • The Delicate Art of Book Covers

    I wanted to have as much input as possible on my book cover, because, after all, and I knew it better than anyone, right? Wrong.

  • When Books Get Noisy

    This past October my family and I moved to a small coastal town in Maine, not far from E.B. White’s home in North Brooklin.

  • Book Publicity -- It's Personal

    As our digital presence expands, the relationship between writers and readers is only going to intensify. Where do you draw the line?

  • Let’s Make Some Noise

    Recently, my company’s bookkeeper, who occupies the office adjoining mine, cautiously stuck her head into my room and gazed at me with a look of grave concern. “Are you all right?”

  • Much Ado About Nothing?

    I’ve been going nuts lately reading about the government’s prosecution—or is it persecution?—of Apple and five major e-book publishers (who account for the majority of trade book sales), and I feel impelled to get some things off my chest and clarify my mind about this confusing issue.

  • How Investment Banking Prepares You To Be a Writer

    When I decided to walk away from a 14-year career in investment banking to write a novel, I figured I knew what to expect: a devastating pay cut and the possibility that I would fail to write a good book.

  • A Call for Publishers, Libraries to Work Together

    The way people read is changing.

  • Summer Is for Readers

    As soon as San Francisco delivers its first stretch of warm spring days (as it’s doing, gloriously, right now), I start itching for Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff of summer—or, as I think of it, Reading Season.

  • Getting to Why

    Writing a book is an act of self-revelation, whether or not you mean it to be, and then once the thing is published you face a second act: self-explanation.

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