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Authors & Editors: Dana Spiotta and Nan Graham

Tuesday October 11, 2011
07:00 pm

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The creation of a book isn't always a clear and easy path. In this series, we look at the intimate relationship between an author and their editor. In this installment, Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia) sat down with Editor-in-Chief of Scribner and our 2011 Perkins Award winner, Nan Graham.


Dana Spiotta is the author of Eat the Document, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her first novel, Lightning Field, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the West and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and both the Rome Prize and the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Spiotta teaches in the MFA program at Syracuse University and lives in New York with her husband and daughter. Stone Arabia is her  most recent book.


Nan Graham received her B.A. in English from Yale University in 1977 and an honorary doctorate from Marymount Manhattan College in 1997. She has worked in publishing since 1980—for five years at Pantheon Books and for ten years at Viking Penguin where she was the Executive Editor. Since 1994, she has been the Editor-in-Chief of Scribner. Nan has edited writers of fiction, memoir, sociology, history and psychology – and many of their books have won National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and other major awards. She has worked on many memoirs, including Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Father, and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Living History. Other non-fiction includes Andrew Solomon’s National Book Award winner, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer.