Eric Obenauf, Two Dollar Radio
Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week Paul’s guest is Eric Obenauf, publisher and editor of Two Dollar Radio, a boutique publisher with a no-wasted bullets policy. Their primary interest lies with what they characterize as bold literary fiction: subversive, original, and highly creative. Authors published by Two Dollar Radio include Joshua Mohr, Grace Krilanovich, Scott McClanahan, Rudolph Wurlitzer, and Francis Levy.
At issue in tonight’s episode: Will mergers and consolidation among corporate publishers have a positive effect on independent publishing?
Paul and Eric discuss the history of Two Dollar Radio, the advantages of publishing from Columbus, Ohio, the Random Penguin merger and the good news for the future of independent publishing, current and forthcoming Two Dollar Radio titles, and the possibility of a Two Dollar Radio church!
“As a brand, Random House is like the dumbest f*cking thing ever. You’re going to publish books at Random? Like, what does that mean?”
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About our guest:
Eric Obenauf is the publisher and editor of Two Dollar Radio, a press he founded with his wife and his brother. Two Dollar Radio titles have been honored by the National Book Foundation, selected as ‘Editors’ Choice’ picks by the New York Times Book Review, and placed on year-end best-of lists at Salon, Oprah Magazine, NPR, The Believer, and elsewhere. They’ve received praise from The Brooklyn Rail for publishing “some of the finest works of contemporary fiction in the past few years,” and The Los Angeles Times for providing the industry with “an air of possibility, the belief that the future was very much in play.”