Career

Book Magazine

Book Magazine

Managing Editor, 2002–2003

Book was an attempt to fuse the high-mindedness of the publishing world with the gossipy, personality-driven ethos of magazines like Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone. Imagine People’s books section tarted up with Toni Morrison, Jhumpa Lahiri, and T.C. Boyle and extrapolated out as an entire magazine, and you’ll have a sense of how Book positioned itself. Launched out of Chicago in 1998, Book scored a multi-million-dollar investment from Barnes & Noble in 2000, enabling the magazine’s founders to shift operations to New York, upgrade the paper quality, improve the art direction, and increase the magazine’s overall visibility. But the magazine wasn’t able to sustain an audience. A year after my arrival as managing editor, Barnes & Noble pulled its funding and Book was forced to close. (For more background, see the magazine’s Wikipedia entry.)

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