“The Journey of a Book: From Writer to Reader” with Lin Enger | A C-SPAN Recording

On Friday, May 30, at BookExpo America, United for Libraries brought something different to the trudge and drudge through the convention aisles. “The Journey of a Book: From Writer to engerReader” featured Lin Enger’s The High Divide (Algonquin, Sept.), the affecting story of a man who vanishes into the late 1800s Montana Badlands with a strong moral purpose. Enger opened by discussing the book’s background, explaining that he drew on actual events (e.g., the Hornaday expedition, a Smithsonian-sponsored buffalo hunt) and personal context (in the acknowledgments, he thanks his parents and grandparents for granting him “a look at the old times “). Comments followed from agent PJ Mark, Algonquin senior editor Kathy Pories, associate editor Ina Stern (offering insight on the publicity), and moderator Barbara Hoffert (offering the reviewer’s perspective). C-SPAN’s recording of the event let you take the journey, too.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.