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Algonquin Books Founder Looks Back On It All

By Laurin Penland


Wilmington, NC – Luis Rubin, author and retired professor at the University of North Carolina, founded Algonquin books back in the early eighties. What's unusual about Algonquin is that it got started in the South, away from the hubbub of the Northeast. Algonquin went on to publish writers such as Clyde Edgerton, Jill McCorkle, Kaye Gibbons, and Lee Smith. Financial difficulty eventually led to the sale of Algonquin to Workman Books out of New York, but it still has offices in Chapel Hill. Louis Rubin, amongst piles of paintings he has been working on in his home in a retirement community, says the publishing world has changed tremendously in his lifetime.