An Independent Publisher Turns 100, featuring W. Drake McFeely (A Virtual FPUL event)
On February 13 at 3 p.m., the Friends of the Princeton University Library welcomed W. Drake McFeely, former chairman of W.W. Norton & Company, to its Small Talk series.
McFeely is currently working on a centennial history of Norton, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023. McFeely will speak with us about the extraordinary nature of the company – the oldest and largest independent publishing house in the United States wholly-owned by its employees.
The company’s distinguished literary contributions while under McFeely’s leadership are many—11 Pulitzer Prizes, nine National Book Awards, and many bestsellers including: “The Fifth Risk,” “The Undoing Project,” “Moneyball,” and “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger, and “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman.
Join us to hear about this storied publisher’s history and McFeely’s reflections on the changes in publishing and the issues facing editors, publishers and writers today. Landon Jones, a longtime member of the Friends, an author, and a former editor at People, Life, Time, and Money magazines, moderates the program.