Mary Mount and Peter Straus: Editing and publishing in the 21st century

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DF McKenzie Lecture 2024

Mary Mount and Peter Straus: Editing and publishing in the 21st century

A literary editor and a literary agent in conversation

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 Thursday 7 March 2024


  At the Weston Library

  Free, booking required

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About the event

Mary Mount, Publisher at Picador, and Peter Straus, Managing Director of literary agency RCW, will discuss the process of commissioning, editing and publishing contemporary works of literature. They will explore the relationship between art and commerce, and between the author, the text and their audience, through the publishing process.

Chaired by Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian.


Mary Mount has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. She was an editor and publisher at Viking Books for 20 years, and is now the Publisher at Picador, the literary imprint at Pan Macmillan.

Peter Straus has worked in publishing and agenting for over 30 years. He is the Managing Director of the literary agency RCW.

 Booking information

This event takes place in person in the Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre at the Weston Library. The event is free, and booking is required.

Once you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.


Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

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