July 23, 2015 at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn.
George Braziller presents Encounters: My Life in Publishing
In conversation with Joel Braziller
In 1955 George Braziller founded his eponymous publishing house, following two decades of experience in the book business. In 2015, at the age of 99, Braziller has authored a memoir of his publishing experiences, which offers a window into the golden age of independent publishing. In Encounters, Braziller recounts his Depression-era childhood in Brooklyn, his political awakening with the Spanish Civil War, starting his own book clubs, his active duty in the European Theatre of World War II, and building his independent publishing company, George Braziller, Inc. In a series of candid, humorous vignettes, Braziller relates his experiences as publisher of literary figures like Orhan Pamuk and Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as encounters with Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and friendships with Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, and many others who inspired him and enabled his publishing house to flourish. Braziller talks about his book and his life’s work with his son Joel Braziller, who now runs the publishing house along with his brother.