Current Books was a literary magazine published in the U.S. from 1992 to 1995.
|Editor||Edwin S. Grosvenor|
|Circulation||24,000 copies shipped|
|Company||Capital Communications Group, LLC|
|Based in||Bethesda, Maryland|
Current Books Magazine was a literary magazine published from 1992 to 1995 that featured excerpts from current fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books. It was founded and edited by Edwin S. Grosvenor and its cover designed by the noted art director J.C. Suarez. The assistant editors were Joshua Dinman and Nathalie op de Beeck.
Over the next three years, Current Books was published quarterly and provided 20-25 excerpts of books per issue with an eclectic mix of writing by such authors as Margaret Atwood, Harold Bloom, Daniel Boorstin, E.L. Doctorow, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Jane Goodall, Nadine Gordimer, Sue Grafton, Stephen Hawking, Richard Leakey, Naguib Mahfouz, John McPhee, Bill Moyers, Joyce Carol Oates, George Plimpton, Anna Quindlen, Salman Rushdie, Jane Smiley, Wallace Stegner, and John Updike.
In July 1995, Dan Webster wrote in the (Spokane) Spokesman-Review that Current Books helped "to eliminate the guesswork associated with choosing" new books. "The newest edition, billed as the 'Third Anniversary Issue,' includes excerpts from such notable books as Anne Tyler’s 'The Ladder of Years,' Martin Amis’ 'The Information,' Norman Mailer’s 'Oswald’s Tale' and Sherman Alexie’s 'Reservation Blues'."
However, Charles Trueheart's earlier observation about Current Books in The Washington Post -- "great idea, straightforward execution, tough market" -- proved to be prescient. The magazine was unable to sustain publication beyond three years and forced to suspend publication after the Fall 1995 issue.
- "Current Books house ad: "Now the Best-Selling Book Publication"". Current Books. II, No. 3 (Spring 1995): 9.
- "New Magazine Makes Debut". USA Today (June 12, 1992).
- Webster, Dan (July 30, 1995). "Current Books Opens Window Into Literature". Spokane Spokesman-Review: Features section.
- Webster, Dan (July 30, 1995). "Current Books Opens Window Into Literature". The Spokesman-Review.
- Trueheart, Charles (June 9, 1992). "Rolling Stone & the Spirit Of the Sages". The Washington Post: E 07.