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The Make Books Travel Podcast

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The Make Books Travel podcast offers a behind-the-scenes look at the international publishing scene. Literary agent Marleen Seegers interviews the industry's key players, who all have one thing in common: they make books travel, for instance from one language to another, from manuscript to published… read more


S2 E10: Gunnar Cynybulk Discusses Founding His Independent Publishing House (during a Pandemic)

Today’s guest is Gunnar Cynybulk, who recently founded his own independent publishing house in Germany called Kanon Verlag.

Gunnar’s publishing career spans 25 years. Previously he was publisher of Aufbau, and most recently publisher of Ullstein.

Founding an indie publishing house in the midst of a pandemic may sound like a crazy idea. I wanted to better understand Gunnar’s motivations and decision-making process, and decided to invite him as a guest on this podcast.

You’ll find out during the interview that it can be summarized as Eat, Pray, Publish! Jokes aside, I was moved to hear that one book in particular played a key role in the birth of Kanon Verlag.


Show Notes

Gunnar's book recommendations:

Everything from Annie Ernaux and Hannah Arendt (including Eichmann in Jerusalem. A Report on the Banality of Evil; Penguin Classics, 1st edition, 2006)

About Gunnar:

Gunnar Cynybulk (50) grew up in Leipzig and Bavaria. He was publisher of Aufbau Verlag from 2014 to 2017, and, most recently, publisher of Ullstein Buchverlage (2017 to 2019). In a publishing career that spans 25 years since learning his trade at publishers such as Rowohlt Verlag and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York, he has championed authors such as Louise Erdrich, Bov Bjerg and Han Kang. His own novel Das halbe Haus (DuMont 2014) was awarded the Debut Prize of the Cologne book festival.

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