Authors & Editors: Julie Otsuka and Jordan Pavlin
Thursday December 8, 2011
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 his or her editor. Tonight, Julie Otsuka (The Buddha in the Attic) sits down with her editor, Jordan Pavlin of Knopf.
Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. She is the author of the novel, When the Emperor was Divine, and a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She lives in New York City. Her most recent novel, The Buddha in the Attic, was shortlisted for the 2011 National Book Award.
Jordan Pavlin is a graduate of Vassar College, and has served on the board of Story Magazine and Zoetrope and taught workshops in fiction and non-fiction at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. She has served on the faculty at Breadloaf and the Radcliffe Publishing Course, from which she graduated in 1990, and the Columbia Publishing Course. Prior to Knopf she was an editor at Little, Brown, where she worked with Nelson Mandela, Katie Roiphe and Thom Jones. For the last 15 years she has been Vice President, Senior Editor at Alfred A. Knopf, where her authors include Anthony Lane, Pauline Chen, Carolyn Coooke, Sue Miller, Susan Minot, Ethan Hawke, Allison Pearson, Ann Packer, Karen Russell, Nathan Englander, Julie Orringer, and Jennifer Egan.