The Metrograph Summer Book Fair Will Celebrate Legendary Editor Robert Gottlieb’s Private Collection

The private literary collection of late publishing tycoon and editor Robert Gottlieb will be showcased by Metrograph’s Summer Book Fair.

IndieWire can exclusively announce that the late former editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, who also served as the president of publishing powerhouse Knopf, will be posthumously celebrated by the Lower East Side theater. Gottlieb was also at the center of 2022 documentary “Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb,” directed by his daughter Lizzie Gottlieb.

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The upcoming Summer Book Fair was organized with the support of the Gottlieb family by Metrograph Editions, the specialty boutique arm of Metrograph, and will feature more than 500 film books from Gottlieb’s personal collection. The books will be for sale and include the seal “From the Library of Robert Gottlieb.” The event will take place on Saturday, July 20.

Gottlieb died in 2023 at the age of 92. He collaborated with Joseph Heller on “Catch-22,” as well as working with acclaimed authors such as Toni Morrison, John le Carré, Charles Portis, and Ray Bradbury. Gottlieb also famously edited biographies “The Power Broker” and series “The Years of Lyndon Johnson” alongside Robert Caro; their partnership was captured in documentary “Turn Every Page.”

He even contributed to film history by assisting in the written works of Lauren Bacall, Elia Kazan, Liv Ullman, Sidney Poitier, and more iconic filmmakers.

Gottlieb’s own autobiography “Avid Reader: A Life” was released in 2016.

“It’s been an honor handling the film books of such an esteemed New York presence,” Matthew Folden, head of Metrograph Editions, said. “We’re thrilled to give the public an opportunity to take home a small piece of this treasured collection.”

The Metrograph Summer Book Fair will take place July 20 in the Lobby and Book Store of the 7 Ludlow cinema. Alongside the Library of Robert Gottlieb, Metrograph Editions will also present merchandise and a presentation of posters and limited edition prints.

On the film distribution side, Metrograph Pictures has become an indie savior, picking up a slew of titles at festivals like Cannes debut “Gazer,” Sundance breakout “Good One,” and Berlinale premiere “Meanwhile on Earth.” Metrograph Pictures is led by former Oscilloscope executive David Laub, who has announced that Metrograph should target 10 film releases per year.

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