Articles by Emily St. John Mandel

June 25, 2010

20 Writers to Watch 7

Another response to The New Yorker‘s 20 under 40 list, this time from Dzanc Books. Dzanc polled “nearly 100 independent publishers, agents, editors, bloggers and reviewers” and went through two rounds of voting to come up with 20 Writers to Watch: An Alternate List.

June 23, 2010

Typesetting in the Digital Age 1

From Abu Dhabi’s The National, an interesting piece on the challenges of typesetting and book design on digital platforms: “With the coming of ebooks, this invisible craft must be reinvented if it is not to disappear.”

June 23, 2010

When Good Things Happen to Bad People 0

When Good Things Happen to Bad People: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. On one of our favorite industry blogs, The Rejectionist weighs in on one of publishing’s perennial problems: what to do when someone really foul ends up being way more successful than you are.

June 23, 2010

Laura Miller on Self-Publishing 0

In Salon, Laura Miller discusses the brave new world of self-publishing: “You’ve either experienced slush or you haven’t, and the difference is not trivial.”

June 23, 2010

The City & The City & The City 13

I read China Miéville’s The City & The City recently. I’ve been thinking lately about the ways in which our cities are layered, the way different versions of a given city exist as shadows of one another, and coming across a story wherein the layering was so explicit delighted me.

June 4, 2010

A digressive and beautifully written announcement. 0

“Maybe everything is an organized mess at high speed”: in one of the more deeply buried leads in history, Brad Listi announces The Nervous Breakdown‘s new publishing imprint. And yes, I could just send you to the official press release, but I loved this piece.

June 3, 2010

Book ownership and education 0

In Salon, Laura Miller discusses two new studies showing a correlation between the number of books in a child’s household and the level of education that child’s likely to attain: “Children with as few as 25 books in the family household completed on average two more years of schooling than children raised in homes without […]

May 31, 2010

Melissa Klug and the Permanence Matters Initiative 14

“I truly believe that we are at a critical crossroads in publishing. As the attention, bandwidth and energy of publishing turns to e-books, we are concerned that what is currently a trend toward lesser quality print versions of books will then become a landslide.”

May 19, 2010

J.E. Fishman on The New York Times 1

On The Nervous Breakdown this week, J.E. Fishman considers the book review practices of The New York Times: “My view is very much eastern, very much old school, where a book review from the Times was the only sure sign that an author had arrived.  But maybe it’s time to rethink that, and this rethinking […]

May 19, 2010

Staff Pick: Emma Straub’s Fly-Over state 3

I have a well-documented weakness for indie publishers, and Fly-Over State was published by one of the indiest entities I’ve ever come across.