Episode 17: Open Book Bookstore

In today’s episode, we sit down with publishing industry veteran Lynn Rosen to talk her latest project, Open Book Bookstore in suburban Philadelphia. Later, we get a scene report from Ann Arbor, featuring writer Fred Arroyo.


About the Guests:

Lynn Rosen is the co-owner of Open Book Bookstore, located in Elkins Park, PA, just north of Philadelphia. She runs Open Book’s extensive program of classes, workshops, and events for readers and writers. Lynn is a long-time book publishing industry professional with many years of experience as an editor, literary agent, and author. Most recently, she was Editorial Director of Book Business magazine, and Director of Graduate Publishing Programs at Rosemont College. She has served as Editorial Director at Peter Pauper Press, as Senior Editor at Running Press and, earlier in her career, as an Editor in the Trade Division of Ballantine Books. In 1991, Lynn launched Leap First, an independent literary agency, which she ran until 1999. She is the author of Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests (Clarkson Potter). Lynn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an Honors degree in English, and holds a Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Fred Arroyo is the author of Western Avenue and Other Fictions, shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, as well as the novel The Region of Lost Names (both published by the University of Arizona Press). A recipient of an Individual Artist Program Grant from Indiana Arts Commission, Fred’s fiction writing is included in the Library of Congress series “Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers.” He is currently working on Second Country: Stories in Memory. Fred is also guest-editing a portfolio of brief ekphrastic prose write in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art,” which will appear inWestern Humanities Review. His brief nonfiction story “Blue Memory” will soon appear in Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders.


Music for today's show provided by:

Music For Commercial Use Volume 2 | Scott Holmes | CC BY 4.0

Charms | Sergey Cheremisinov | CC BY 4.0