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Acclaimed and off-beat magazine The Believer has new owner

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/30/2017 By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A highly praised and proudly off-beat literary magazine, where contributors have ranged from Nick Hornby and Anne Carson to Daniel Handler and Leslie Jamison, is changing ownership.

The Believer, a San Francisco-based publication founded in 2003, has been purchased by the Black Mountain Institute at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Believer was started by authors Vendela Vida, Ed Park and Heidi Julavits, and had been published by McSweeney's, the independent company run by Vida's husband, author Dave Eggers.

Vida told The Associated Press that The Believer needs "resources and an ambitious agenda" and thought the Black Mountain Institute would be a perfect fit. The Believer will be edited by the institute's executive director, Joshua Shenk. Financial terms for the acquisition weren't disclosed.

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