Rick Simonson has worked at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company, one of the US’s leading independent bookstores, since 1976. He is senior buyer and also founded, and co-direct’s Elliott Bay’s internationally renowned author reading program, which annually presents over 400 authors from the US and other countries, including many from South Asia. He serves on the governing boards of Copper Canyon Press and the University of Washington Press, is an adviser with the Gardner Center for Asian Art & Ideas, which stages an Eye on India literary program, among other offerings. In addition to have served as a DSC Prize juror, he has been a juror for the U.S. National Book Awards, and panelist for the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts.
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