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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 the author of The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba (Seal, 2014).

Kevin Young is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and poetry editor of the New Yorker, where he also hosts the poetry podcast.