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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.

A VQR Contributing Editor, Julia Cooke’s essays and reporting have appeared in A Public Space, Salon, Tin House, Smithsonian, The Best American Travel Writing 2014, and elsewhere.

Kevin Young is the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He previously served as director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.