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Teju Cole and David Ebershoff

Thursday February 10, 2011
07:00 pm

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Authors & Editors

Put in a comma, delete that paragraph, move that sentence...the relationship between a writer and editor is more than a series of suggestions, it’s a complex web of trust that relies on give and take and mutual respect. In this new series, we’ve asked three writers to sit down with their editors to give us a sneak peak into that relationship and the elements it takes to make a stack of pages into a fully formed book.


Teju Cole’s novel Open City, edited by the writer and Random House editor David Ebershoff (The 19th Wife), was one of the most anticipated debuts of 2011.

Teju Cole was raised in Nigeria and came to the United States in 1992. He is a writer, photographer, and professional historian of Early Netherlandish Art. Open City is his first novel. He lives in New York City.


David Ebershoff is a writer, teacher, and editor. He has written three novels and a collection of short stories, including the bestsellers The 19th Wife and The Danish Girl, which is being adapted as a feature film later this year.  His fiction has been translated into 18 languages to critical acclaim. For several years David has taught in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. He is also an editor-at-large at Random House where he edits a wide-range of writers including novelists David Mitchell, Gary Shteyngart, and Charles Bock; former United States Poet Laureate, Billy Collins; Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi; actor Diane Keaton; and debut novelist Teju Cole.