Authors & Editors: Peter Orner and Pat Strachan
Tuesday November 15, 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. Peter Orner (Love and Shame and Love) sits down with his editor Little, Brown's Pat Strachan.
Peter Orner was born in Chicago is the author of two widely praised books, Esther Stories and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. He is also the editor of a two books of nonfiction, Underground America and Hope Deferred: Narrative of Zimbabwean Lives. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Granta, Best American Stories, and been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, Orner has taught at the University of Montana and the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. Orner now lives in San Francisco and is a faculty member at San Francisco State University.
Pat Strachan has been a Senior Editor at Little, Brown since 2002. She began her career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she worked as an editor for seventeen years, rising to vice president and associate publisher, and received the PEN/Roger Klein Award for Editing. After four years as a fiction editor at The New Yorker, she returned to book publishing. Among the writers whose books she has edited are Lydia Davis, Ian Frazier, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Larry Heinemann, Jamaica Kincaid, Galway Kinnell, John McPhee, Czeslaw Milosz, Grace Paley, Padgett Powell, Marilynne Robinson, Jim Shepard, and Derek Walcott. Her Little, Brown books include fiction by Uwem Akpan, Kathryn Davis, Michelle de Kretser, Clyde Edgerton, Zachary Lazar, Rick Moody, Edna O'Brien, Peter Orner, Tom Wolfe, and Daniel Woodrell; and nonfiction by Frederick Brown, Bill Clegg, Gail Collins, Dwight Garner, Brad Gooch, Rosemary Mahoney, and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. In 2010, she received the annual Editor's Award from Poets & Writers, "recognizing a book editor who has made an outstanding contribution to the publication of poetry or literary prose over a sustained period of time."