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Can you believe it? The summer has come and gone faster than I can drink my iced coffee (and that is pretty fast). Soon, the fall semester will begin again with new classes and new faces. We will welcome a new graduate assistant and a new student aide. Over the summer, the lab has transformed, and now shiny new Macs adorn the desks. The transition between seasons is a time to reflect on both the past and the future, and I hope that all of our futures will be productive and bright.

The lab will be closing today, August 15th, and will reopen on the first day of classes, September 3rd. The blog will also be back up and running on September 3rd!

With that, I bid you adieu. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

– Professor Jane Denning, Blog Editor, Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach

August 16, 2014

Charles Bukowski Birthday Read-a-Thon

Self-proclaimed “dirty old man” Charles Bukowksi would have been 94 today, and Ecco Books hosts this free celebration at Williamsburg’s Post Office bar in his honor. They’ll distribute, aptly enough, free copies of his novel Post Office to anyone who takes part in this public reading. In addition, come to hear excerpts from Ham on Rye and Women, for what’s sure to be a colorful listening experience: Bukowski drew upon a childhood marred by abuse and bullying, and an adulthood of dead-end, low-wage jobs, alcoholism, and failed relationships. The three novels chronicle the journey of his alter ego, Henry Chinaski, through drinking, working as a mail carrier, and ultimately transforming into a literary sensation. Come for a dose of the ultimate high-brow/low-brow blend—exquisite writing about being down and out. @ Post Office Bar, 188 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY, 2:30 p.m.

Natalia Sylvester

Natalia Sylvester celebrates the release of her new novel Chasing the Sun. Set in Lima, Peru, in a time of civil and political unrest, this evocative page-turner is a perfect marriage of domestic drama and suspense. @ BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00 p.m.

August 18, 2014

Nicholas Rinaldi

Acclaimed novelist Nicholas Rinaldi (Bridge Fall Down, The Jukebox Queen of Malta, Between Two Rivers) presents his new novel The Remarkable Courtship of General Tom Thumb. An irresistible novel set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and based on the real life of Tom Thumb, a young man only twenty-five inches tall, who became America’s first internationally recognized entertainer. @ BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00 p.m.

August 19, 2014

Punderdome 3000

PUNDERDOME 3000 is a pun competition for weirdos and pun-lovers alike! All are welcome to attend this wild-n-crazy round robin event, but only the first 12 individuals/duos to sign-up at the door will have a chance to compete. Pun-masters are determined through a “human clap-o-meter” system voted on by the audience. Great big kitchen appliance prizes and celebrity judges guaranteed. @ Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, 7:00 p.m.

Justin Taylor

Brookyn author Justin Taylor (Gospel of Anarchy) celebrates the anticipated release of his new collection of short stories Flings. From an East Village rooftop to a cabin in Tennessee, from the Florida suburbs to Hong Kong, Justin Taylor covers a vast emotional and geographic landscape while ushering us into an abiding intimacy with his characters. Flings is a commanding work of fiction that captures the contemporary search for identity, connection, and a place to call home. @ BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00 p.m.

August 20, 2014

A Girl and her Pig

The Spotted Pig-founder, renowned chef, and cookbook author discusses her book A Girl and her Pig: Recipes and Stories. @ Bryant Park Reading Room, 5 6th Avenue, 12:30 p.m.

latinaLatina Media Ventures: Editorial Intern and Beauty & Fashion intern

Job/internship type: Unpaid for college credit only

Company name: Latina Media Ventures

Location: New York, NY


Latina magazine is looking for smart, enthusiastic interns for the fall semester. We are a small staff full of creative energy looking to mentor interns to help them grow and learn. Our ideal candidate will have a passion for Latina culture and a love of magazines. The internship is for school credit only.

Our fall editorial intern will work closely with the magazine’s editors by assisting with research, researching story ideas, reaching out to readers, fact-checking, transcribing interviews, attending editorial meetings and other editorial tasks.

To apply: Send a short cover letter, resume and 2 clips by August 14 to Helene Cruz at hcruz@pace.edu.

Our Beauty & Fashion intern will work with our Beauty and Fashion editors by researching trends and stories, fact-checking, attending events, getting images from beauty and fashion companies, attend and pitch stories in meetings and general organizing of amazing beauty products.

To apply: Send a short cover letter, resume and 2 clips by August 14 to Helene Cruz at hcruz@pace.edu.

With the summer semester coming to a close on August 15th, you have about three weeks to read that one great last summer series before the fall semester begins on September 3rd. If you are a very fast reader, you may be able to squeeze in a couple series.

Here are a few of my favorite series that will get you ready for the creeping chill of fall:

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

This series is perfect for the summer to fall transition. The story follows a group of werewolves whose transformation is triggered by the dropping temperatures of the Midwest. Of course, what would a summer read be without a romance? The protagonists of the series must figure out how to keep the cold from changing them, and ultimately how to be together as humans. The longer the summer, the longer the time is to be human. Being a werewolf in New York wouldn’t quite work out any better for these characters.

Across the Universe series by Beth Revis

Indeed, this series takes place in outer space. However, reading the series is a great reminder for how wonderful the planet we live on really is. The story occurs in the very distant future when Earth has begun to run out of resources. In the hopes of finding a similar planet, several hundred people volunteer to be frozen for 300 years while the ship Godspeed makes its journey to the other planet. Of course, there have to be people on board the ship who are awake in order to keep it functional. When the protagonist of the story wakes up from her slumber 50 years too early, she must uncover the ship’s hidden secrets in order to survive.

Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

This series takes place in a future where, when you turn sixteen, you get to become “pretty.” It doesn’t simply end there, unfortunately. Those who become “pretty” also appear to become something else, different somehow. Tally cannot wait to turn sixteen. However, Tally’s friend, Shay, would rather run away then allow any plastic surgery to change her. The entire series is a wonderful depiction of how the desire to become society’s picture of beautiful can lead to devastating outcomes. The characters must learn to accept their “ugliness,” when in fact, they aren’t truly ugly at all. Going back to school can be hard when you don’t feel your most confident. This series is about finding strength in qualities other than other appearance, and that is one of the most important factors we struggle with today.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go read!

quote of the weekk“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit




nortonMusic Editorial Internship, W. W. Norton & Company.

500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.



The music department is currently seeking an intern to assist the editorial team from September to December. Starting and ending dates are negotiable.

The intern will assist in the publication of a substantial list of text and trade books; assist in the development of a social media platform; provide information to professors and college bookstores regarding Norton’s music publications; procure music, photo, and text permissions; assist in market research; assist in the writing and proofing of copy; research online databases; and perform various clerical tasks as required.

The ideal candidate is extremely detail-oriented with strong organizational skills, excellent command of spoken and written English, and the ability to balance multiple projects at one time. The ability to read music and experience with music notation software are preferred but not required. Please note that this is a part-time internship for someone who is interested in a publishing career.

If interested in applying, contact Professor Denning at  jdenning@pace.edu for more information.

The dispute between Hachette and Amazon is nothing new. The fact that it continues today is not surprising either. However, as of late, Amazon has directly targeted Hachette’s authors with the hope that Hachette will agree to its terms. Authors have not sat idly and let this dispute quietly slip by. Authors United, a group of over 900 authors who have come together to formally ask Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette, have signed an open letter, requesting that Amazon does just that. Douglas Preston, bestselling author, and also published by Hachette, is the founder of Authors United.

The full text of the letter is below. The entire letter and the signatures are available to read on the Authors United website.

“Authors United
P.O. Box 4790
Santa Fe, NM 87502
For information, email Douglas Preston
at doug@authorsunited.net

A Letter to Our Readers:

Amazon is involved in a commercial dispute with the book publisher Hachette , which owns Little, Brown, Grand Central Publishing, and other familiar imprints. These sorts of disputes happen all the time between companies and they are usually resolved in a corporate back room.

But in this case, Amazon has done something unusual. It has directly targeted Hachette’s authors in an effort to force their publisher to agree to its terms.

For the past several months, Amazon has been:

– Boycotting Hachette authors, by refusing to accept pre-orders on Hachette authors’ books and eBooks, claiming they are “unavailable.”

– Refusing to discount the prices of many of Hachette authors’ books.

– Slowing the delivery of thousands of Hachette authors’ books to Amazon customers, indicating that delivery will take as long as several weeks on most titles.

– Suggesting on some Hachette authors’ pages that readers might prefer a book from a non-Hachette author instead.

As writers-most of us not published by Hachette-we feel strongly that no bookseller should block the sale of books or otherwise prevent or discourage customers from ordering or receiving the books they want. It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation. Moreover, by inconveniencing and misleading its own customers with unfair pricing and delayed delivery, Amazon is contradicting its own written promise to be “Earth’s most customer-centric company.

Many of us have supported Amazon since it was a struggling start-up. Our books launched Amazon on the road to selling everything and becoming one of the world’s largest corporations. We have made Amazon many millions of dollars and over the years have contributed so much, free of charge, to the company by way of cooperation, joint promotions, reviews and blogs. This is no way to treat a business partner. Nor is it the right way to treat your friends. Without taking sides on the contractual dispute between Hachette and Amazon, we encourage Amazon in the strongest possible terms to stop harming the livelihood of the authors on whom it has built its business. None of us, neither readers nor authors, benefit when books are taken hostage. (We’re not alone in our plea: the opinion pages of both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, which rarely agree on anything, have roundly condemned Amazon’s corporate behavior.)

We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers.

We respectfully ask you, our loyal readers, to email Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, at jeff@amazon.com, and tell him what you think. He says he genuinely welcomes hearing from his customers and claims to read all emails at that account. We hope that, writers and readers together, we will be able to change his mind.”

August 11, 2014

Edward Strauss

Translator Edward Strauss brings Corporal Louis Bartha’s wartime writing to English-speaking readers for the first time in this harrowing first-person account of a French foot soldier who survived four years in the trenches of World War I, Poilu: The World War I Notebooks or Corporal Louis Barthas. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

August 12, 2013

First Prize Pies

Greenlight’s new Cookbook Club, led by neighbor and educated foodie Grant Bremer, meets on the second Tuesday of every third month to share dishes and discussion of featured cookbooks, with a focus on locally available ingredients and accessible yet adventurous recipes. First-time attendees can attend without cooking; for every subsequent meeting attendees are asked to contribute a recipe for the group. For August, the group will be tasting recipes from First Prize Pies by Brooklyn pie maker Allison Kave, who made pies as a hobby, until one day her boyfriend convinced her to enter a Brooklyn pie-making contest and she won. Organized by month, the book includes pies for every sweet tooth, from inventive pies like Chocolate Lavender Teatime to old-school comfort pies like Candy Apple. @ Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.

Sheppard Lee

In the strangest 19th-century American novel you’ve never been assigned – Robert Montgomery Bird’s Sheppard Lee, from 1836 – a ne’er-do-well digs for ghostly treasure at midnight while saying the Lord’s prayer backwards. Such unholy doings anger up the universe, and Sheppard Lee gains what might be American lit’s first blessing/curse superpower: the ability to hop into and possess dead bodies. Sheppard Lee becomes a miser, a dandy, even a slave who dispiritingly prefers captivity to freedom. The book’s funny, dark, infuriating, and unforgettable; the current edition is blurbed by no less than Edgar Allen Poe. Tonight Tiffany DeRewal, a PhD candidate at Temple University, discusses Bird’s curious novel, the gothic imagination in early America, and the grim business of grave robbing corpses for the benefit of med students and doctors – a class that included author/physician Robert Montgomery Bird.  @ The Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 8:00 p.m.

Josh Weil and John Freeman

Join Josh Weil and John Freeman for a discussion of Weil’s debut novel The Great Glass Sea, about two brothers divided by ideological warfare in a dystopia dominated by a huge and ever-growing greenhouse (one presumably not as hot in New York in August). Weaving Russian history and language into an eerie alternate present, Weil’s fantastically ambitious story of the bond between brothers amounts to a condensed exploration of the limits of loyalty in conflict. @ McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, 7:00 p.m.

August 13, 2014

Batman’s 75th Birthday Celebration

John Cunningham, VP of Marketing for DC Entertainment, will host Batman’s 75th Birthday Celebration at the Bryant Park Reading Room with Scott Snyder, author of works of Batman, American Vampire, and Superman Unchained. @ Bryant Park Reading Room, 12:30 p.m.

Vampires Are Us

Longtime NPR correspondent Margot Adler explores issues like power, politics, morality and identity and how they show up in vampire novels today in her latest book, Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Zora Neale Hurston

Novelist Bridgett Davis leads a discussion of short stories by four of the most influential writers of the 20th century. The final discussion session will focus Hurston’s rich use of language and imagery in Zora Neale Hurston: The Complete Stories. @ Brooklyn Public Library, Trustees’ Room, 2:00 p.m.

Jobs of the Week

Hachette Book Group

Type: Full Time

Position: Subsidiary Rights Assistant

Location: New York, NY

Hachette Book Group’s Subsidiary Rights department is looking for a Subrights Assistant. The Subrights Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative support to the Subrights department, and will report to the Director of Subsidiary Rights Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist in preparing and mailing foreign submissions
  • Monitor contracts database, chase contracts, chase advance & royalty payments, and maintain financial spreadsheets, reversion spreadsheets
  • Fulfill file and production requests for foreign publishers
  • Prepare seasonal rights guides
  • Assist in creating PowerPoint and other sales materials for seasonal book fair presentations and domestic sales presentations to Scholastic Book Fair and Book Clubs
  • Send materials and updates to scouts and co-agents
  • Assist in preparing for London and Frankfurt book fairs
  • Provide overall administrative support to Subsidiary Rights Dept


  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) with the aptitude to communicate effectively in both individual and group settings regardless of audience
  • Must be results driven, and take appropriate steps to achieve goals while taking ownership of situations as needed
  • Proven ability to deliver timely, accurate work product and demonstrate good follow up and follow through
  • Drives change and innovation by improving work product or process, and challenges established norms where appropriate
  • Proven ability to build supportive and constructive relationships within and outside of the organization; takes the lead in inspiring others to work together for mutual benefit
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail
  • Operates ethically: admits mistakes, treats others with respect, trust, and dignity, demonstrates honest and ethical behavior, and follows through on commitments and agreements
  • Meticulous attention to detail and a person who can work well with others
  • An interest in selling a plus
  • Knowledge of MS Office required. Ideal candidate would also have working knowledge of InDesign.
  • Bachelor’s degree and some office experience required
  • 1-2 years of experience (internships ok) in Subrights and/or Book Publishing a huge plus

View the original job posting here.

Time Out New York

Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant Blog Editor

Location: New York, NY


  • Produce traffic-driving blog posts on a daily basis.
  • Develop regular content ideas and formats for the Time Out New York blog and magazine.
  • Research, write and produce assigned weekly features for both the website and print magazine.
  • Generate regular posts for Facebook, Twitter and Time Out’s other social channels that promote the latest and most relevant content.
  • Engage in and start conversations with our community every day, acting as a super user and moderator across Time Out platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest.
  • Contribute digital content ideas in response to commercial briefs and work on their development and production as needed.
  • Develop contacts through social channels to build a pipeline of guest contributors, both written and photography-based.


  • Increase traffic to the Time Out blog and www.timeout.com/newyork.
  • Increase traffic, audience, and engagement from Time Out New York’s Facebook page and Twitter account
  • Create and develop content that fulfils the overall commercial and business requirements of Time Out Group.
  • Maintain and develop strong internal and external working relationships, dealing professionally with colleagues across the Time Out group.
  • Be internally and externally recognised as an ambassador for Time Out values.
  • Be an authority on the Time Out brand and competitors.


  • Experience in creating engaging, shareable content.
  • Experience of both promoting and generating content via social media.
  • Experience in a digital production environment.
  • Proven ability to work with the various tools of the trade e.g. content management systems, photo, video and audio editing software and a basic knowledge of HTML.
  • Ability to shoot and edit video for digital platforms desirable.
  • Ability to commission content for multiple platforms – not just copy, but images and audiovisual content.
  • Awareness of key New York events throughout the calendar year.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with editorial, marketing, commercial, design and technical teams.
  • A track record in delivering content on time and to brief.
  • Full of innovative, cross-platform content ideas.
  • A strong presence on Twitter, Facebook and other social channels.
  • Enthusiastic about emerging technologies.
  • Able to juggle long and short-term deadlines in a dynamic working environment and have exceptional time and project management skills.
  • Aware of commercial imperatives, in particular driving transactional revenue.
  • Able to communicate well with others verbally and in writing.
  • Thorough and analytical with exemplary attention to detail.
  • Able to think laterally and visually about editorial ideas.
  • Confident and ambitious with a can-do attitude.
  • Good planning and time management skills.
  • Passionate advocate of Time Out products.
  • Passionate about New York and the arts.

View the original job posting here.

quote of the weekk“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”
― Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting




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