Writer John Colapinto: Move the publishing business to Detroit

Jul 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

An interesting item came in at MT today. It's an interview with New Yorker and Rolling Stone scribe John Colapinto. He's an award-winning feature writer and novelist based in New York. The interview was conducted by Detroit's own Karl Wenclas, a literary rabble-rouser who's long had the New York literary establishment in his crosshairs. (I know from personal experience, having rabble-roused with him for some time more than a decade ago.)

The interview is mostly about the hassles Colapinto faced trying to find a publisher for his new novel Undone. Colapinto's manuscript was praised — and then rejected — by more than 40 American publishers. Clearly, something is amiss in the U.S. publishing world when a talented writer has to finally resort to a Canadian imprint to reach readers. And Wenclas is on that subject like white on rice.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the interview is the kicker: Colapinto is asked if it's time to move Big Publishing out of New York. Colapinto answers: "Yes. Move it to Detroit."