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'Good books sell and make money'

23 February 2004

'People have realized good books sell and make money. And the pressure on the corporations is to make money. They understand that there are audiences for books other than the John Grishams and the Dr. Phils and the Atkins Diet.

I think it's easier now to sell good literary fiction in greater numbers than it ever has been. At one moment, Arthur Golden's first novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, and Frazier's Cold Mountain, all were on the New York Times bestseller list. In my 25 years of being in the business, I cannot recall a moment when three literary first novels were all on the bestseller list at the same time.'

Morgan Entrekin, publisher of Grove-Atlantic, New York in the Christian Science Monitor