“We live in an age of some really great blow-job artists,” begins the fiction piece in the latest issue of the literary journal n+1. “Every era has its art form. The nineteenth century, I know, was tops for the novel.”
The narrator is a female playwright obsessed with becoming a world-renowned genius. It’s still a Read More
Farrar, Straus and Giroux just introduced Work in Progress, a “monthly missive from the front lines of literature,” i.e. a website and email newsletter.
At the moment, the site offers interviews (Jeffrey Eugenides declines to share the name of his next book; sorry, Jonathan Galassi), videos, and a bunch of archived Read More
The New Yorker ran their much-anticipated “20 Under 40″ list in this week’s issue–and now Farrar, Straus and Giroux has announced that they’ll be publishing a paperback anthology of the chosen ones. 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker is due out in December, and will collect the previously unpublished Read More
The galleys for Jonathan Franzen’s much anticipated new novel, Freedom, are finally out.
Jeff Seroy of FSG confirmed that they were sent last week, but are only just now getting into people’s hands–it seems the mail can be “awfully slow.”
But! The feedback thus far has been “awesome,” he said.
Let the scramble Read More
FSG isn’t the first publisher you’d associate with celebrity books. But when they do go the movie-star route, they do it in the most old-school way possible.
Promising to reveal “a very different side to a great star,” FSG announced today in a press release that they’ll be publishing a collection of Marilyn Monroe’s writing Read More
Sean McDonald is leaving Riverhead Books for Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reports The Awl.
Here’s how The Observer described him back in 2003, when he was but an emergent “Power Punk”:
Big, quiet, slightly rough-hewn Sean McDonald, the senior editor and online creative director of Riverhead Books, has become Read More
Grove editor Jofie Ferrari-Adler’s Poets & Writers interviews with editors and agents are pretty much always essential reading, but this month’s sit-down with Farrar, Straus and Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi might be a cut above. There’s not a word that’s not worth reading, but here are some highlights:
On learning how to edit: Read More
Denise Oswald didn’t expect to find a steady publishing job for a good long while when layoffs at Macmillan in December forced her to leave her longtime home at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Like many of the editors who found themselves unemployed this winter as a result of industrywide cutbacks, Ms. Oswald considered her options Read More
“Being a human being isn’t just all misery and despair. There’s a lot of available joy out there, even if we don’t often find it. I think that fiction should find opportunities for joy.”
Sitting in his sunny apartment in Greenpoint about six weeks ago, the short story writer Wells Tower was explaining why he’s Read More
ICM agent Binky Urban does not believe it would be possible to write much of a novel about modern book publishing. “What is there to say?” she said by phone Monday. “It’s such an internal, sort of cerebral job. ‘And then I edited …’? I don’t quite get how that would work, to tell the Read More