Take the leap.

A longtime editor on what makes for great books

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“After 40 years in this business, I have come to the conclusion that what I want is to be engaged by books, to be drawn in at their beginnings and held to the very ends.


“Prevailing topics and styles aren’t of much interest to me. Real writers write from what strikes them as pressing and important and nobody should try to influence them away from that.” —Shannon Ravenel, former editor at Algonquin in Chapel Hill.

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