Wednesday, March 4, 2009

David Godine at Publishers Weekly

A selection from David's most recent interview, this time with Publisher's Weekly:

Asked about the timing for both the Le Clézio and Thompson, Godine responds, “Luck,” and warns this writer not to make him sound too smart. “We bought Lark Rise to Candleford [by arrangement with Penguin Books, London] a year ago and had no idea it was going to be a miniseries,” he says. “There's no ulterior motive or external knowledge. I love these books. I had them in an old Oxford University Press edition. We've bought a lot of great British books lately: Gerald Durrell's Fillets of Plaice and Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie.” Quoting English novelist and critic Frank Swinnerton, he adds, “We publish what we love and do our crying in private.”

1 comment:

  1. This last reminds me of a book I gave my younger son when he went on from a music AB at Harvard to a more professionally oriented program at Berklee College of Music: "Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow." It has, and he is now an assistant department head at Berklee, producer, songwriter and author.