This interview with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
A. No. I was pretty shy as a kid. I grew up in a very middle-class home. My dad was a really hard-working guy. He got up at 5 every morning and worked seven days a week as a conductor on the railroad. My mom was a really gutsy lady. She was born in Marseille, France; she came here in her early 20s and didn’t speak English. She taught herself by reading, and improved her vocabulary by doing crossword puzzles. Reading was always a big deal for us — “If you want to do well, read.”
What about your career plans in college?
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