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Spring 2013

Spring 2013

The Business of Literature

Volume 89, Number 2

  • Richard Nash on the publishing industry, technology, and future of the book
  • A VQR roundtable with industry innovators on how writers can flourish in the digital age
  • Kevin Young on the damaging impact of fake memoirs
  • Julia Cooke on the fine line between friendship and journalism in Havana
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Spring 2013, The Business of Literature

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Illustration by John Ritter

What Is the Business of Literature?

Most other accounts of the contemporary business of literature are autobiographical, hagiographic, or histories of literature, avoiding the business and economics of it all. So why study a business that is sui generis, that isn’t even really a business—that, like America, is exceptional? 

Editor’s Desk







Author Profiles

Richard Nash (@r_nash) is an independent publishing entrepreneur—VP of Community and Content of Small Demons, founder of Cursor, and Publisher of Red Lemonade.

Julia Cooke is a frequent contributor to Guernica and Condé Nast Traveller (UK) and has written for the Village Voice, the Atlantic, Metropolis, Monocle, and the Wall Street Journal.

Kevin Young is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), which won an American Book Award, and Jelly Roll (Knopf, 2003), a finalist for the National Book Award a