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How does a book make the journey from author’s mind to your shelf? Bookrageous is going to find out.

In the first of a number of episodes talking with folks in the publishing industry, we spoke with Knopf Doubleday’s Steve Shodin and Picador’s Gabrielle Gantz. Steve and Gabrielle work in production and publicity, and we chatted a bit about their roles in a book’s life.

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Show notes (including all books discussed) and an embedded player are below. You can also download the show as an mp3 file.


Bookrageous Episode 43; How a Book is Made

Intro Music; BELLS≥ — Behold

What We’re Reading


[1:15] Every Day, David Levithan

[2:45] The Apothecary, Maile Meloy

[3:35] Safe as Houses, Marie-Helene Bertino, October 1 2012 (Recommended Reading)


[4:15] Mortality, Christopher Hitchens

[5:30] Penguin Civic Classics series


[7:45] I Married You For Happiness, Lily Tuck

[9:00] Dare Me, Megan Abbott

[10:35] Kushiel’s Dart, Jacqueline Carey

[11:10] This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz

[11:45] More Baths Less Talking, Nick Hornby

[12:15] Why Have Kids, Jessica Valenti


[12:45] More Baths Less Talking, Nick Hornby

[13:10] Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie (The Child Thief, Brom)

[14:00] He Died With His Eyes Open, Derek Raymond

[15:15] A Breath of Life, Clarice Lispector


[16:20] Drift, Rachel Maddow

[17:40] Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson

Intermission; BELLS≥ — On the Arc

How a Book is Made

[36:45] Steve has worked on: Glen Duncan; Chuck Palahniuk; The Night Circus

[39:45] Gabrielle has worked on: Jonathan Franzen; Jeffrey Eugenides; Siri Hustvedt’s Living, Thinking, Looking; BIG IDEAS//small books; Garret Keizer’s Privacy; The Paris Review’s Object Lessons (October 2 2012); Alain de Botton’s How to Think More About Sex (December 24 2012); Philippa Perry’s How to Stay Sane (December 24 2012)

[48:00] Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner

[48:20] Office Girl, Joe Meno

[49:15] First Second Books

[50:55] Angry Robot

[51:15] When She Woke, Hillary Jordan

[57:15] Publishing job listings: Mediabistro/Galleycat; Publishers Lunch; Publishers Weekly

Outro; BELLS≥ — Behold

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