Ira Silverberg, the influential literary agent and editor, is currently working as the Strategic Advisor at Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publishing and multi-media content company. Ira tells us that he spends his days finding "out-of-print literary fiction and non-fiction and [brings] them back to life through digital publishing." We could sense Ira's literary genius the moment he walked on set, telling us about all the best writers in the industry and all his work reviving lost literature. Prior to his role at Open Road, Ira served as Editor in Chief of Grove Press and Publisher and Founding Co-Editor of High Risk Books, as well as a longtime literary agent and Foreign Rights Director at Donadio & Olson and Sterling Lord Literistic. Ira also founded the marketing and public relations firm, Ira Silverberg Communications, who's clients included names like William S. Burroughs and Dennis cooper. His passion for the industry is overwhelmingly apparent through his career, and in 2013 he received the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award. Read on for more about Ira Silverberg!
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Occupation: Strategic Adviser, Open Open Road Integrated Media Twitter: @silverbergira
"As long as you don't hurt yourself or anyone else, it's been a good day."
What do you actually do all day? Find out-of-print literary fiction and non-fiction and bring them back to life through digital publishing.
Favorite song growing up? Band of Gold - Freda Payne
My biggest secret is... I never pay retail.
Why do you live in NYC? As a native, I can only answer by saying because I'm a native.
Uber, Taxi, Subway, or Citi Bike? Subway.
My motto is... As long as you don't hurt yourself or anyone else, it's been a good day.
My alter ego is... Not James Franco.
The last drink I had was... Diet Coke.
My secret crush is... It's so secret I can't tell you.
What was your first job? Salesman at Charivari Sport
Coming from? Going to? Work, work.
What is your favorite work of art? The Rothko Chapel
Who should we know? My husband Bob Morris, Roselee Goldberg PERFORMA, Ruby Lerner, runs creative Capital, David Hershkovits, PAPER, Adam Haslett, writer, Ishmael Beah, writer, Angela Westwater, gallerist, Nadine Johnson, Brand Consultant and PR, Emily Gould, writer, Zoloft Morris-Silverberg, our miniature long-haired dachshund