The New York Center for Independent Publishing will honor Jason Epstein with its Poor Richard Award on January 21. Epstein, who created Anchor Books in 1952, helping to establish the trade paperback format, cofounded the New York Review of Books, created the Library of America, and served as editorial director of Random House, most recently published Eating: A Memoir in October 2009. The Poor Richard Award honors a publisher for commitment to the independent publishing community. Award organizers said “Epstein embodies the award's true spirit, with his creativity and tireless devotion to the written word.”

A gala cocktail reception will be held on January 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the General Society Library at 20 West 44th Street, New York City. Tickets are available at NYCIP's Web site or by e-mailing contact@