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BBFhomepagelogo-2014Make sure to mark your calendars, because the Brooklyn Book Festival is coming to town this Sunday!

Many serious readers, if asked, would tell you that there are few ways to better spend a day than to be surrounded by books in a cozy environment, enveloped in a world they can hold in their hands. There is also the kind of reader who forays into the realm of nature with just a book, no library or comfy couch needed.

Books unite us, despite our genre, reading device, and environmental preferences. And what better way is there to celebrate the book than by checking out the Brooklyn Book Festival? As the largest free literary event in New York City, the Festival promises events for every kind of reader and book professional, and even the causal passerby. From author readings and Q&A’s, trivia night and scavenger hunts, workshops, talks from top professionals and panel discussions, with music, art and food thrown in, attendees have a wide range of events to choose from. Click here to see the full list of events.

Events will be organized around the Brooklyn Borough Hall, but be sure to check out confirmed locations for any events you’re particularly interested in.

Events run from Sept. 15th until Sept. 22nd; main event is Sunday, Sept. 21st from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

logo_wnbaThe WNBA is coming!
Take some time to check out the WNBA’s booth at the Festival on Sunday, the 21st. They’re currently looking for interns, so drop by their booth (#703) and meet some new people from this fabulous organization! Read about this event.


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Job Opportunity

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Pace University

Position: Graphic Designer/Communications Specialist

Description: Working as a key member of the communications team under the direction of the Assistant Director of Online Communications within the Dyson Dean’s Office of Communications (DOC), the Graphic Design/Communications Specialist will design and produce graphic elements and marketing collateral, including top banners, event fliers, brochures, invitations, fact sheets, advertisements, PowerPoint presentations, and other graphic communication efforts. The successful candidate will bring passion for design, social media, and a consistent desire to innovate. In addition to impressive graphic design skills, the incumbent is expected to have basic writing, grammar and proofreading skills. S/he should also possess project management skills and the ability to manage concurrent assignments successfully and with grace.

This successful candidate will be an active participant in social media activities, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, etc. S/he will moderate fan conversations on official social media pages and grow a community of fans across social networks.

For more information, click here and input position #197468 under the “search postings” tab.

 


Quote of the Week

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“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 


Jobs of the Week

11-3Publishers Weekly

Type: Full-time

Position: Copy editor

Location: NYC

Publishers Weekly is looking for a full-time copy editor who is highly organized, dedicated to detail, and passionate about grammar, punctuation, and fact-checking.
Candidates must have at least two years of copyediting experience. The ideal candidate will have five or more years of experience copyediting, preferably at a weekly or daily publication (deadlines are crucial); knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe InCopy, and K4; experience working with digital media; and familiarity with the book publishing business.
We’re seeking to fill this position as soon as possible.

To Apply: Please send your résumé with a covering letter to hr@publishersweekly.com. Please include your annual salary requirements in the letter (note that we will only consider applicants who provide this information).

 

 

W.W. NortonW. W. Norton & Company

 Type: Full-time

Position: Trade Editorial Assistant

Location: New York, NY

Description: W.W. Norton & Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support two trade editors. This is a full-time, entry level position.

Essential job responsibilities include:
• Management of manuscripts in all stages of production; preparing manuscripts for copyediting and production.
• Professionally interacting with authors, production, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages, follow-up on requests/information and in general, anticipating when to proactively act on messages.
• Administrative management: organizing and maintaining files; tracking manuscripts and reviews; faxing, copying, printing, and emailing.
• Generating promotional copy for catalogs, book jackets, and sales-related materials.
• Creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities.

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Employment eligibility to work with W.W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
• Must be able to work full business hours.
• Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communications skills.
• Strong interest in cooking and non-fiction books.
• Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions.
• Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
• Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a “can-do” attitude.
• Must be self-directed and independent.
• Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects.
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy, with minimal mistakes.

Technical Skills:
• Mastery of email and calendar management tools, specifically Outlook.
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

To Apply: Qualified candidates should apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com. Please be sure to indicate the job you are applying to in the subject line. Please note that this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee. W.W. Norton & Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.


Around Town

around-town2September 11, 2014
7:00pm-8:00pm at The Strand’s 3rd Floor on 828 Broadway at 12th Street

Emily St. John Mandel will be joined by Buzzfeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald at the Strand to chat about her new book Station Eleven, ”an ambitious work that is already being hailed as a breakout work. Station Eleven is the story of a near future, where civilization is collapsing and a troupe of actors–witnesses to the entire process–travel through the Great Lakes region, trying to preserve their art. Beautifully written and with a sweeping chronology, Station Eleven will delight Emily’s existing fans, and is sure to create new ones.”

Attendance requires the purchase of either a copy of Mandel’s novel, or a $15 Strand bookstore gift certificate.

 

September 15, 2014
7:00pm at BookCourt 163 Court St. Brooklyn, NY
Happiness: Ten Years of n+1

“A history of happiness is a funny thing since, for a long time, happiness was viewed as merely the absence of history,” write the editors of n+1. “Then came modernity.” Staying true to this observation, which was made almost 10 years ago in their 2005 issue, the editors of n+1 stop by fellow Brooklyn literary institution BookCourt to launch their new anthology, Happiness: Ten Years of n+1. Editors Keith Gessen, Carla Blumenkranz, and Marco Roth, among others, read from the collection and talk about how the fledgling publication that used to pay its writers in beer became what Malcolm Gladwell praises as “the rightful heir to the Partisan Review and The New York Review of Books.” Since n+1 reintroduced us to the intellectually fired spirit of a Viennese coffee house, via thought-provoking articles with titles like “Bed-Stuy: Do or Die?” and “Against Exercise,” a happy celebration is only fair.

Admission is free.

 

September 15, 2014
7:00pm, Location on ticket. 
Books to Movies: This is Where I Leave You
Special advance screening of This is Where I Leave You, based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways. In theaters Friday, September 19. This film has been rated R. Seating is limited to first-come, first serve availability. Please arrive early. Download up to two free passes while supplies last: http://l.gofobo.us/2fJ4kjDd

 

September 17, 2014
6:30-8:30pm, 375 Hudson Street, Room 5172
YPG Special Edition Book Club: Orange is the New Black
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already binge-watched both seasons of Netflix’s smash hit series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by now. This riveting dramedy stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, a thirtysomething woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend. OITNB was recently nominated for a whopping 12 Emmy Awards! But did you know it was based on a (mostly) true story? Join us as we dissect Piper Kerman’s gritty, humorous, and moving memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” (Spiegel & Grau, 2010) and watch clips from the critically-acclaimed series.

Click here to RSVP!

 


Meghan Stevenson 4Professor Meghan Stevenson has spent over a decade in publishing, beginning at Simon & Schuster and Penguin as a nonfiction book editor before launching her own freelance business in 2012 and joining the Pace faculty in 2014.

As an editor, Meghan came up with the idea for, developed, and published The Bro Code by Barney Stinson and Matt Kuhn, a New York Times bestselling book based on the TV sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” Meghan also edited two bestsellers from actress Danica McKellar (known best for her role as “Winnie Cooper” on The Wonder Years) and The First 20 Minutes, a New York Times bestselling book on fitness by New York Times Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds, in addition to other bestselling nonfiction books.

In her freelance career, Meghan has helped nearly thirty authors develop, write, or revise their book projects, including two full collaborations (Glamorous by George by George Kotsiopoulous, Abrams and The Cheat System Diet by Jackie Wicks, St. Martin’s Press.) She teaches Editorial Principles and Practices (PUB 624). For more information on Meghan, visit her online at meghanstevenson.com


Kristen Flanagan

 

Kristen Flanagan is an editorial professional with more than seven years of print and digital magazine experience. She has worked for top media brands in New York and London, including Martha Stewart Living, Forbes, Glamour, Shape, and SHE. Kristen is currently the Digital Editor at Architectural Digest.


September 10, 2014

Dear Students and Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the David Pecker lecture presented by Paul Levitz, David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Publishing for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The title of his lecture is “The Era of Constant Connection.”  Mr. Levitz will explore how we as publishers define our mission in an era when our own audiences are constantly connected: to each other and to the flow of raw data, old and new.

paullevitzMr. Levitz is a comic fan, editor, writer, and executive.  He formerly was president and publisher of DC Comics and presently teaches Publishing Comics and Graphic Novels and Publishing Transmedia at Pace University.  He is currently working on a book on Will Eisner and the birth of the graphic novel for Abrams Comic Arts.  It is an honor to have Mr. Levitz serving as the David Pecker Distinguished Professor for the 2014-2015 academic year.

His first lecture will take place on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Pace University, 163 Williams St, 18th floor, from 6-8p.m.  We would appreciate your response as early as possible to assure you a place at this important event.  Please RSVP to puboffice@pace.edu no later than Monday, October 13, 2014.

 

David Pecker Lecture

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6 to 8 pm

163 William St, 18th floor

RSVP puboffice@pace.edu by October 13, 2014

 

I look forward to seeing you on October 30, 2014.

 

Sincerely,

Sherman Raskin, Director MS in Publishing


lownerdfighterWhat happens when a successful content creation company releases a new, digital-only imprint?

Well, with the release of a site like Full Fathom Five (FFF) Digital, we’ll have a chance to find out. Digital is where it’s at, and James Frey, founder of the FFF, has recognized this and has taken steps to engage a new generation of readers.

“We are looking forward to discovering unconventional projects that have the potential to connect with a wider community of readers that haven’t been available to them before,” Frey said in an article on  Mashable. Check out the full article.

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Click the image to visit FFF’s site!

This new digital imprint’s goal is to publish “quality fiction e-books for modern readers.”  Every Wednesday, a new ebook is scheduled for release, beginning with Amanda Black’s The Apartment on October 1st. E-books will be released in every leading e-book retailer, as well as in a number of niche outlets.

Find out more about Full Fathom Five Digital

With titles like I Am Number Four and Dorothy Must Die already on the New York Times bestseller list, it will be interesting to see how this new imprint fares in the digital market.

 


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