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Book Keeping with Ben Schrank


What’s one book you return to over and over again?

Sabbath’s Theater.

What book would you consider an ‘ancestor’ of your own most recent FSG book and why?

Michael Frayn’s Towards the End of the Morning. It’s a book about a British newspaper and the desperately unhappy people who work there.

What’s one book you’ve tried to finish but couldn’t?

Eat, Pray, Love.

What’s the last book that made you cry?

Collision Low Crossers. Rex Ryan’s horrible decision making and Nicky Dawidoff’s sweet depiction of the hearts Ryan breaks tore me apart.

Can you send a photo of your bookshelf?

Ben Schrank_bookshelf

What’s your favorite indie bookstore?

BookCourt and Community Bookstore.

What are you reading now?

Bruce Wagner’s The Empty Chair.

What is the first book you ever remember reading (or having read to you)?

The Wanderers by Richard Price.

What’s one book that ended up different from what you expected, whether for better or for worse?

The Pale King. I loved that book. I wish Michael Pietsch would let me see the whole manuscript so I could read all the parts he cut out. I thought boredom would be boring but I was wrong. I’m getting up the courage to read it again.

BEN SCHRANK is president and publisher of Razorbill, a Penguin imprint that is home to many award-winning and New York Times–bestselling books for children and young adults. Ben is the author of the Sarah Crichton Books novel Love Is a Canoe as well as the novels Consent and Miracle Man. He wrote “Ben’s Life,” a monthly column for Seventeen magazine, in the 1990s. He grew up in Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife and son.

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