Fiona McCrae, Graywolf Press
Welcome to Late Night Conversation! This week Paul talks to Fiona McCrae, publisher of Graywolf Press. Graywolf is considered one of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary publishers. Paul and Fiona discuss the benefits of the nonprofit publishing model, the importance of taking risks for talented new writers, and how Graywolf grew to be such a revered figure in the independent publishing industry.
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About our guest:
Fiona McCrae has been publisher of Graywolf Press since 1994, following four years at Faber and Faber USA in Boston, where she was a director and executive editor. From 1982 until her move to Boston in 1991, she was at Faber and Faber, Ltd., in London, where she worked with such authors as Kazuo Ishiguro, Caryl Phillips, and Howard Norman. McCrae has taught publishing courses at Harvard University and Emerson College. Authors that McCrae has published at Graywolf include Elizabeth Alexander, Charles Baxter, Per Petterson, Salvatore Scibona, and Percival Everett. She currently serves on the board of Books for Africa and is an advisor for Open Letter Press. She became an American citizen in 2003 and is married to the writer John Coy. Fiona travels frequently to New York City, where Graywolf keeps an office, to meet with agents, authors, and other publishing colleagues.
About Graywolf Press:
Graywolf was founded in 1974 by Scott Walker. Their first publications were hand-set and hand-printed on treadle-operated machines. A decade later they incorporated as a a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and shortly thereafter relocated from Port Townsend to Saint Paul, Minnesota. A commitment to quality, and a willingness to embrace or invent new models, has kept Graywolf at the forefront of the small press movement.