By Edward Nawotka
On a hot and balmy night in NYC last Wednesday, venerable US publishing house Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hosted a party at the Lower East Side’s Lolita Bar to mark the unveiling of “Work in Progress,” the company’s new literary site. It is something that is “more than a newsletter and less than a magazine,” says FSG’s online marketing manager Ryan Chapman, who is curating the site.
The inaugural issue offers a conversation between editor Jonathan Galassi and author Jeffrey Eugenides, a look at the current state of book jacket design with Susan Mitchell and Charlotte Strick of FSG and Henry Sene Yee of Picador, a video of David Means giving reading, a contest giveaway and more.
Beyond being merely a vehicle for promoting the company’s titles, Chapman (pictured above right) promises to troll FSG’s archives for choice ephemera. Case in point: Already featured on the site is this Susan Sontag interview at the 2000 Prague Writer’s Festival with Robert Stone and William Styron, which is offered along with other sundries from Sontag’s nearly 50 year career with FSG.
Check it out: FSG’s Work in Progress