TableThink Podcast

002: At The Table With Roy Carlisle

February 1, 2019

The TableThink Podcast show introduces you to amazing people serving others with their gifts and abilities.

TableThink believes in the power of reading.  We think that despite all the binge-worthy shows on Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix nothing can compare with a good book to read.


We invited one of our favorites, Roy Carlisle, to be featured in our TableThink podcast.

Roy Carlisle has been the editor for top authors, changing the way the world thinks by fine-tuning words and crafting the story.  In this episode of TableThink’s podcast,  Roy gives insight to the creative work of writing, explaining key elements of the relationship between author and writer.

We asked, “If, you would put some of your authors together at a table—who may not agree with one another—who would they be and why would you invite them?”

His list is thought-provoking, giving us reason to pause and think about what would happen at a table filled with these kind of unique and powerful individuals.

We loved the question he would ask the authors seated at the table:  What was the book that changed your life?”

As Roy says,  Nothing we have invented replaces the book.”

Thank you, Roy, for working hard to make sure we have plenty of books to read.  There’s no substitute for what the book brings to our world.

Roy Carlisle’s bio:

Roy is Executive Editor for Books for the Independent Institute, working with Independent’s Research Director, Center Directors, Fellows and Scholars to identify academic authors for potential book publishing projects. He is also liaisons with its print and eBook distributor, Independent Publishers Group in Chicago, and with publishing industry associations, including the Independent Book Publishers Association (where he has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors) and the American Association of Publishers.

Roy has been Senior Editor at HarperOne (formerly HarperSanFrancisco), West Coast Senior Editor at The Crossroad Publishing Company, Co-Owner and Editorial Director at Circulus Publishing Group (Wildcat Canyon Press and PageMill Press), and General Manager of the Fuller Theological Seminary Bookstore.

Roy has also been a Founding Board Member and former Chairman of the Board at New College Berkeley, and Founder and former Executive Director of the Academy of Christian Editors. He maintains an active membership in S.H.A.R.P., the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. He also belongs to the Roxburghe Club and the Book Club of California, both in San Francisco, and the Colophon Club in Berkeley. Currently he also works as a freelance editorial consultant for individual writers and independent publishing houses.

Roy holds a B.A. in philosophy from Whitman College, and M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, has studied counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and studied Library Science at Diablo Valley College, and taught publishing courses at the UC Berkeley and at the IBPA University.

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