Ruth Ozeki + Carole DeSanti


Carole DeSanti appeared on stage with Karen Joy Fowler at Winter Words 2014 to discuss her first novel, The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R. She returned to Aspen during the 2015 Winter Words season to interview longtime friend Ruth Ozeki and moderated a New York Book Series panel in April 2016 featuring Hannah Tinti, Mark Tompkins, and Lev Grossman. She serves on Aspen Words’ Creative Council.


Carole DeSanti is Vice President and Executive Editor at Viking Penguin, A Division of Penguin Random House. She is known for championing high-quality literary and commercial fiction, breaking out new voices, and seeking out forward-looking and innovative topics and writers. Carole’s fiction list includes Dorothy Allison’s contemporary classic Bastard out of Carolina, Melissa Bank’s The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, the novels of Terry McMillan, Booker-Prize Finalist Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics, the #1 bestselling novels of Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, and debut novelist Rebecca Scherm’s Unbecoming. Her nonfiction includes titles in the memoir, health and psychology area, including David Servan-Schreiber’s acclaimed Anticancer, A New Way of Life, Jungian analyst Marion Woodman’s Bone, and George Hodgman’s New York Times bestselling memoir Bettyville. Carole has written for The New York Times, the Guardian, Huffington Post and The Women’s Review of Books. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., was published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Aspen 82 interviewed Carole while she was in Aspen. She discussed what it’s like for a book editor to write a novel, and the research process for The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R. Watch the video.

“Everything that I’ve learned as a writer has made me into a better editor. And everything that I know as an editor does not help as a writer, because it is very easy to become critical and perfectionistic.”


Novelists Discuss the Magic in the Creative Process
Aspen Idea Blog, Catherine Lutz, March 6, 2014

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