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Jun 1, 2010

This week we have a short chat with Alison Callahan, Doubleday Executive Editor, who describes the editor's role in the publishing process, and gives us a peek at some of her current and upcoming projects.


While I was in New York City for Book Expo America (BEA), I had the opportunity to sit down with Alison Callahan, Executive Editor at Doubleday. I've mentioned Alison previously -- she is the editor of my much-beloved Waiting For Columbus. She also edited The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw, which you heard about when I interviewed Holly in episode 72.

I spoke with Alison about the day-t0-day work of an editor at a major publishing house, and Alison shared some of her current projects with us: The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst, The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart. You will be hearing more about these books from me in upcoming shows.

Alison also gave us a privileged sneak-peek at a project that she is currently editing. Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies is an epic book that Alison calls "an unbelievable novel." There's no publication date for it yet, so we'll just have to wait for that one -- I can't wait to read it.

Michael and I will be back next week with tales of BEA and other fun things.

Thanks again for all of your enthusiasm about the Books on the Nightstand Weekend Retreat (April 8-10, 2011). We can't believe the response! It's still early, but if you are interested in learning more, or talking with others who are thinking about going, please check out the retreat thread at Goodreads.