Judging a book by its editor is more productive than going by the famously unreliable cover. That’s why we’re pleased that HarperCollins has added a new feature to their Buzz section on EarlyWord, The Editor’s Buzz.

First up is David Highfill, who edited one of our favorites of the season, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

We are not the only fans of Crooked Letter; one of our favorite reviewers, Sarah Weinman, says this about it in the L.A. Times last week,

There is no greater joy than when an author whom you’ve long admired produces his or her best work to date…. I’ve sung the praises of Don Winslow for Savages, his literary approximation of a narcotic jolt, and of Emily St. John Mandel for training an astute eye on contemporary anxiety among emerging adults with The Singer’s Gun. Now I’m back in that state of wondrous reading pleasure thanks to a new, years-in-the-making novel by Tom Franklin.

Even if you’ve read Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, you will gain new insight from Highfill. Based on a shared love of that book, we’re willing to follow him to his next obsession, the bio he recently edited about Joan Crawford (clearly, he’s a man of range).

More interviews with editors will be coming up throughout the fall, so keep your eyes on the HarperCollins Editor’s Buzz page.

Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford
Donald Spoto
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2010-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061856002 / 9780061856006


Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2010-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0060594667 / 9780060594664

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