Articles by Emily St. John Mandel

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.

May 18, 2010

Just because you can self-publish doesn’t mean you should. 0

Will the new technologies ruin talented writers? Jason Pinter examines the perils of straight-to-ebook self-publishing.

May 16, 2010

Spiegel & Grau turns to indies for help 1

Shaken by scathing reviews from The New York Times and The Washington Post, Yann Martel‘s publisher turns to independent bookstores for help.

May 16, 2010

Martin Amis in The Globe and Mail 0

Martin Amis is interviewed in The Globe and Mail: “All my novels are feminist from about 1980 on.”

May 16, 2010

Robert McCrum on books 0

Would you rather have a long literary career, or write a brilliant, successful one-off? Robert McCrum considers the literary career arc.

April 19, 2010

Emilie 20

My magnificent agent died a few days ago. Her name was Emilie Jacobson, but her colleagues called her Emmy. She found me in a slush pile.