Keith Urbahn on conservatives and publishing

This week’s edition of Coffee and Markets, has Pejman Yousefzadeh and I talking with Keith Urbahn, former chief of staff to Donald Rumsfeld, to discuss his new PR firm Javelin, which is involved in book publishing from a right-of-center perspective. We discussed the relationship between traditional publishers and the conservative movement, the future of publishing and how he sees his firm playing a role in that future. Listen here.

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Penguin Radio: The Literary Life

In this episode of the Penguin’s The Literary Life Sigrid Nunez, author of Salvation City, discusses where she finds inspiration when she’s writing; musician Joe Pernice performs and speaks about his new novel It Feels So Good When I Stop; Amy Einhorn, publisher and editor of The Help, discusses how an editor finds and works with prominent authors and Virginia Ironside, author of You’re Old, I’m Old, Get Used To It, rants about why you shouldn’t write in the present tense.

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The Literary Life Podcast & Book Giveaway

Today, Penguin Group launched a new monthly radio series called The Literary Life. Completely written, produced, and hosted by Penguin employees featuring literary fiction and nonfiction from bestselling, critically acclaimed authors and fast-rising newcomers. It’s hosted by Jake Morrissey, Executive Editor at Riverhead Books. Each episode will debut on the last Tuesday of the month. The podcast is after the jump. As part of the rollout they also have a book giveaway for one of the 4 new...

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Is the Book the Body or the Soul?

J. Mark Betrand ruminates on the End of the Book debate.  I particularly liked this passage: Book is a shifty word, denoting both the physical object and the content within. As an author, I think of myself as having “written books,” when in fact I’ve typed hundreds of pages of fiction and nonfiction into various word processing files, e-mailed them to my editors, and only much later seen them take physical form. To say all that, however, seems pedantic. To describe...

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Kindle and concentration camps

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Hearing that the Amazon Kindle had been compared to an eight-track player Alan Kaufman decided he needed a real attention grabber analogy if he was to gather the eyeballs necessary to get Huntington Post readers to click away from pictures of the latest porn actress claiming to be Tiger Wood’s mistress. Not content for hyperbole he went straight for ridiculous and offensive. That’s right, Kaufman decided to use the Holocaust to make his...

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