Akron: The Height of Literature?

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David Evanier
Akron isn't usually synonymous with high brow literati types. But that hasn't stopped Chris White. He launched Rager Media this fall with a star-powered roster of nationally-acclaimed authors, including NY Times bestseller David Evanier, whose The Great Kisser, a coming-of-age tale of teenage infatuation set in Queens, is based on Evanier's life experiences. Evanier is a former Times critic who was also picked by George Plimpton to be fiction editor of the famed literary magazine, The Paris Review. Evanier's latest release on Rager Media has pushed Akron into the intelligensia spotlight, from a New York Post Page Six item to a feature in the November issue of the uber-intellectual Commentary. White says part of Rager's success in drafting such venerable writers is the book world's general shift to smaller presses. "The fact is that quite a few authors are now opting to publish with small presses like Rager," White says. "Stephen King's latest book is perhaps the most conspicuous example." — Denise Grollmus

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