State of Publishing

What’s going on in the literary/publishing world these days? No Pulitzer award in 2012 for Fiction? The voting board was not able to reach a majority decision between the three contenders: David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King”, Karen Russell’s “Swamplandia” and Denis Johnson’s “Train Dreams.”

An FYI to all readers, at least those who are also interested in non-fiction: “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”, Stephen Greenblatt was awarded the General Nonfiction Prize




But what else is going on… Thankfully, this morning, Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield, hosts of the Peabody Award winning public radio program On The Media, gave their annual report checking-in-on the state of the publishing industry, including: the “…Pulitzer snub for fiction, the problem of knock-off books, and fears of Amazon becoming a monopoly and the little publishing house standing up to it…” Listen to the story here via On The Media’s main site.

Read/Here more from On The Media: “How Publishing and Reading is Changing”

“Are Publishers Stuck in the Past?”

“…Life after Publishers?”


<–Ed. Note: One of my favorite books (non-fiction) by On The Media’s Brooke Gladstone – an insightful read and an entertaining study in the history of communication.

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