Thursday, October 4, 2018

Book Beginning: Stet: An Editor's Life by Diana Athill




Some years ago Tom Powers, an American publisher who is also a writer and historian, kindly told me I ought to write a book about my fifty years in publishing.

Stet: An Editor's Life by Diana Athill. This is my book club's pick for November. Acclaimed editor Diana Athill, who turned 100 last December, offers a behind the scenes look at literary life.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds good! Thanks for sharing.

Anne Bennett said...

I've not heard of this author. Why did your book cub pick the book, I wonder? My Friday Quotes

Bev Bouwer said...

I love the title of this book, and I'd be fascinated to read it. Thanks for sharing.

BooksPlease said...

I thought this was an excellent book - I hope you enjoy it too!

Margaret @ BooksPlease

The Candid Cover: YA Book Blogger said...

This sounds like a wonderful book for a book club. I hope that you continue to enjoy it. :)

Yvonne said...

Good choice. Sounds like a good book.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing.

You always have interesting books.

Roberta said...

I admire people who can be both editors and authors because those two things require different kinds of thinking. Sounds like she is quite a lively lady.

Nicki J Markus said...

As an editor, this one is probably right up my street!

Tea said...

For some reason, this doesn't hit any emotional bone in my body. I know;it's too early. I hope you really have fun with it along with your book club.

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