"It is personal. That’s what an education does. It makes the world personal."
— National Book Award Winner Cormac McCarthy, from his novel The Sunset Limited. Find more wisdom from McCarthy at ShortList.
"Your ability to imagine that there is a market has to do with your ability to imagine that those people exist. And if [you] can’t imagine that people of color actually exist and can buy books, then you can’t imagine selling books to them. That’s not just about a company corporate diversity policy; it’s about actually knowing what’s going on in communities of color."
— Ken Chen at NPR, discussing the need for diversity in literature and at publishing houses.
"When I read Flannery O’Connor, she really took the lid off my skull."
— Karen Russell, a 5 Under 35 Honoree, interviewed at Guernica