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Transferable Skills: Using What You Know to Develop Your Career

by Breana Swinehart and Kevin Mercado

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-12-46-24-pmLisa Sharkey, the Senior Vice President and Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins Publishers, shared her unconventional path to becoming a book publishing professional with her presentation, “Transferable Skills: Making the Change from TV to Publishing,” which she posted on Facebook Live here. Sharkey is the 2016-2017 David Pecker Visiting Professor, and this was the first of the two talks she’ll be giving at Pace University.

Sharkey defined transferable skills as “skills you pick up early in life and work to improve [that] will be useful to you as you climb the career ladder—or even if, like me, you jump off of one ladder and onto another.” Her talk focused on the transferable skills she utilized from different points in her career and life and how others can develop and harness these for their own careers.

p27aRevealing personal anecdotes and advice accrued through years of professional working experience, Sharkey explained how she went from being a major player in TV news and handling TV production and development for programs such as ABC’s “Good Morning, America” to becoming a SVP and Director for a major book publisher.

From being a teen that was looking for a way out of a rough social crowd by seeking early-admission into college, Sharkey sought to make every struggle into a lesson learned to help pivot her to success later. Some of the main transferable skills she shared—such as “thinking outside the box… the ability to start fresh… listening to your customers”—are lessons that most people who have work experience should already be familiar with to some capacity.

Sharkey’s later lessons offer more insight for people looking for professional and personal growth. “Concise writing… knowing how to take a step backwards in order to get ahead… writing in someone else’s voice… knowing how to ask for a career shift or change to make it work for your life” were some of the key transferable skills she mentioned.

imgresAdditional skills she told the audience to make applicable in their lives ranged from lighthearted “have a sense of humor” tips to managing up/down/across. She also encouraged us to “plu[g] into the zeitgeist” by keeping connected to those around us while still managing to stand out.

In Sharkey’s position at HarperCollins she oversees the acquisitions of over 40 New York Times Bestsellers, including Tim Tebow’s Through My Eyes, Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar’s Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock, and books by celebrities such as Lauren Conrad, Pat Benatar, and Toni Braxton.

Sharkey leads Book Studio 16, which seeks to connect authors in relaxed, personal, and accessible platforms.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-12-40-24-pmSharkey used her charisma, sincerity, and candidness to engage the audience and share creative ways to approach the workplace and how to interpret and manage life lessons learned through negative experiences and new opportunities.

We are honored to have Sharkey as one of the well-respected David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professors. We thank her for sharing her valuable insights and knowledge!

Searching for John Hughes: Jason Diamond & Dana Schwartz

diamond_sliderbFriday, December 9 at 7:00 pm

McNally Jackson
52 Prince St.,
New York, NY

Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching 80s Movies, is the first book by Jason Diamond, the founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Pitchfork, Vice, Bookforum, McSweeney’s, and many other publications. Searching for John Hughes is Diamond’s hilarious and poignant memoir of how a Jewish kid from a broken home in a Chicago suburb—sometimes homeless, always restless—found comfort and connection in the likewise broken lives in the suburban Chicago of John Hughes’ oeuvre. “With geniality, humor and charm, Diamond explores the ways in which cinematic fantasy can influence, overshadow, and help us to escape reality. This book is for anyone playing out an eternal adolescence,” says Melissa Broder. He will be joined by Dana Schwartz, an Arts & Entertainment writer at The Observer.

Admission is free.

What the Dickens? Seventh Annual ‘A Christmas Carol’ Marathon, sponsored by Penguin Classics

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-12-19-20-pmSaturday, December 10,  from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY

Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” sponsored by Penguin Classics.

Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole, spirited tale. All books and 15107461_10155411155134386_6144932288096472674_nmerchandise are 10% off, and the cafe will be stocked with seasonal specials. Finish your Christmas shopping with unique literary finds, have some festive treats from our cafe with a hot cocoa or a glass of wine and enjoy!

Festivities will kick off at noon with Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading of “A Christmas Carol” will begin at 1 PM inside the bookstore and end approximately 4:30PM. Note: Special holiday hours for Saturday, December 10: 10AM – 6PM.

Admission is free. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP on Facebook.

The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods

gefilte-3d2Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY

This illustrated lecture explores the authors’ mission to revitalize Ashkenazi cuisine with recipes that draw inspiration from Jewish bakeries, neighborhood delis, old-fashioned pickle shops, and their own childhood kitchens.

With Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern, cofounders of The Gefilteria.

Admission is free and on a first come, first served basis.

soho pressNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Publisher’s Assistant or Associate

Soho Press is an independent book publisher based in Manhattan’s Union Square. Founded in 1986, Soho publishes 90 books a year across its Soho Press, Soho Crime and Soho Teen lists, and is known for introducing bold new literary voices, award-winning international crime fiction, and compelling young adult mystery and thrillers.

Minimum Requirements:

• 0-2 years publishing experience (title is flexible based on candidate’s experience and skills)
• Extremely organized and with excellent attention to detail
• Must be able to juggle multiple deadlines and prioritize tasks
• Excellent copy writing skills
• Excellent professional business correspondence skills (letter and email writing, professional phone manner)
• Graphic design ability, including knowledge of InDesign and/or other design software, is a plus
• Willingness to learn new skills
• A passion for fiction in all its literary and genre forms and for working closely with authors
• Enthusiasm for working on a small, dynamic, creative team

Responsibilities Include:

• Providing administrative support for the Publisher and for the business
• Providing book publishing support, including writing copy, creating title information sheets, and working closely with our creative editorial and marketing teams
• Maintaining professional correspondence on behalf of the company, including with our distributor and sales teams

If you are interested in applying, please contact Soho press at opportunities@sohopress.com

hachette_book_logoBoston, MA

Seeking Full-Time Publicity and Marketing Manager, International Business Books

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading US trade publisher and a division of the third largest trade and educational book publisher in the world, Hachette Livre. A global publishing company based in France, Hachette Livre is a subsidiary of the French media company, Lagardère. HBG is headquartered in New York, with offices in Boston, MA; Lebanon, IN; Nashville, TN; Boulder, CO; Philadelphia, PA; and Berkeley, CA. HBG also owns Hachette Book Group Canada, Inc., a marketing and publicity company based in Toronto, ON.

In one year, HBG publishes approximately 900+ adult books (including 50-100 digital-only titles), 250+ books for young readers, and 400 audio book titles (including both physical and downloadable-only titles). In 2015, the company had 183 works on the New York Times bestseller list, 34 of which reached #1.

Minimum Requirements:

• Book publishing experience with a strong background in publicity/media relations
• Strong communication skills (verbal and written) with the aptitude to communicate effectively in both individual and group settings
• Proficiency in Word, Excel, Photoshop, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat, fluent in video editing technology and social media
• Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team
• Proven ability to build supportive and constructive relationships within and outside of the organization
• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail
• Demonstrated commercial awareness

Responsibilities Include:

PUBLICITY
• Prepare and distribute press releases, media kits, review mailings, follow up on all leads
• Write pitch letters, ad copy, cover stories, articles, news briefs, prepare excerpts and interviews
• Maintain/update press contact database and client files
• Assist with planning, production and execution of local, national events and campaigns
• Administer daily telephone, email contact with local and national press and vendors
• Administer event support – event preparation and on-site execution
• Provide media with quotes for story development, generate ideas for author placement
• Plan all press engagements, schedule author interviews with local and national media
• Determine logistics involved when scheduling multiple interviews
• Provide tracking and reporting on campaigns, outreach and execution

MARKETING
• Provide service to authors to maximize their reach, including creating email, print, and online templates to help drive sales
• Produce topical catalogs and marketing materials, including video
• Drive online strategies for NB website, social media, blogs and other consumer-facing activities
• Liaise with New York and London teams and ensure regular communication between the groups
• Maintain/update mailing lists and critical systems
• Provide data-driven market analysis and recommendations

If you interested in applying, please click here.

hsgNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Literary Agent

HSG is a full-service literary agency that through collaborative and client-focused representation manages all aspects of an author’s career, from manuscript shaping, to sale and publication, subsidiary rights management, marketing and publicity strategy, and beyond. Our diverse and skilled team represents all types of fiction and non-fiction, for both adults and children, and has strong relationships with every major publisher as well as familiarity with independent and start-up publishers offering a different approach to publishing. We have a lovely office in the NoMad district of Manhattan and our team includes in-house lawyers and contracts professionals, foreign rights managers, and royalty and accounting specialists.

Minimum Requirements:

• Highly motivated agent
• Experienced agent with an active client list looking to grow his or her women’s fiction, nonfiction or children’s/YA list,
• Or an experienced editor with strong author relationships looking to make the leap to agenting and begin building a client list.

Responsibilities Include:

• Build and manage your own client list by signing authors and developing their projects for submission.
• Negotiate, in conjunction with our contracts manager, your authors’ deals and publishing and rights agreements.
• Grow and maintain positive publishing industry relationships, particularly with editors.
• Work with our foreign rights manager, and our film & television co-agents, to sell clients’ subsidiary rights.
• Work with the agency’s partners in identifying other growth sources for the agency.

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and brief cover letter by e-mail to jsalky@hsgagency.com

hachette_book_logoNew York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Marketing Assistant- Basic Books

Hachette Book Group was created when Hachette Livre, a global publishing company based in France, acquired Time Warner Book Group from Time Warner in 2006. Hachette Livre is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lagardère, a company that is active worldwide in the areas of communications and media (books, press, audiovisual and distribution/retailing of cultural products).

Minimum Requirements:

• The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and as part of a team
• College degree required
• Strong interest in the marketing and sales side of book publishing
• Prior book publishing experience preferred but not required
• Excellent written and oral communication and customer service skills
• Familiarity with Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel required, basic HTML and/or website design and Photoshop/InDesign an enormous plus
• Familiarity with social media platforms a plus
• 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
• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively while also ensuring accuracy of work through attention to detail.

Responsibilities Include:

• Prepare and track materials for all major meetings with the Hachette sales team as well as the catalog
• Create focus and sales conference presentations through PowerPoint
• Coordinate and prepare materials for weekly marketing meeting
• Update Facebook and coordinate GoodReads giveaways
• Update Basic Website
• Monitor e-retailer account sites to ensure book and author data are up
• Maintain NetGalley
• Admin duties include: code invoices and maintain budget grid, coordinate mailings, schedule meetings, create and distribute weekly reports

If you are interested in applying, please click here.

Internship: Writers House

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The Writers House Intern Program is searching for applicants for Spring 2016. Please take note of the following to see if this internship is the right opportunity for you:

  • Applicants who advance to the interview rounds are required to review at least one manuscript and compose a reader’s report. It isn’t unusual for applicants to compose 2 or 3 different reader’s reports.
  • Each term is 16 weeks. (No more, no less)
  • Interns are accepted with the mutual understanding they are committing at least 8 weeks to the program and won’t actively seek employment (in or out of publishing) during those weeks. Interns may put Writers House on their resume and begin seeking work in publishing after the successful completion of Week 8.
  • All interns are required to work 24 hours a week (No more, no less).
  • All interns work between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • All interns rotate into shifts in Accounting/ Contracts, the Front Desk, and serve on a Digital Team.
  • All interns participate in the weekly Intern Meetings where they learn both the editorial process (from the purview of an agency) and how to effectively search-out and apply for publishing jobs. The Intern Meetings are on Wednesday, from 4-6pm; so, Wednesday is a mandatory day for all interns.
  • Interns also receive Tutorials on a variety of publishing-specific skill sets and subjects. These Tutorials are facilitated over by senior agents, junior agents, assistants, and senior staff.
  • In the Evening Seminars, former interns return to discuss their careers in editorial, production, publicity, marketing, sales, scouting, and agenting.
  • One-on-One sessions are regularly scheduled to make certain the intern is progressing.

Students interested in the position should send their materials as soon as possible to:
Michael Mejias
Director, Writers House Intern Program
mmejias@WritersHouse.com

Link of the Week: Latinos in Publishing

Latinos in Publishing is a recently formed group of literary professionals dedicated to “supporting and increasing the number of Latino/a/x in the publishing industry, as well as promoting literature by, for, and about Latino/a/x people.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-10-12-57-amLaunched during 2016’s Hispanic Heritage Month in the US,  the Latinos in Publishing group have established an online presence hoping to build a community for Latinx writers and publishers to enhance their professional networking and connections. The site they hoses offers resources (such as scholarships and references to agents) and job offers as well as books worked on by Latinx authors and publishers. The group also hosts and/or alerts readers to events on and offline to further gain attention and spread awareness to making the Latinx voice more represented in the American book market.

Spring Internships: Macmillan Publishers

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MacMillan Publishers are starting their search for Spring Interns, so now is a great time for students looking to fulfill Internship I credits—or anyone who wants the experience—to begin looking into these upcoming openings.

MacMillan is looking for interns for the following departments: Editorial, Marketing, Publicity, Art & Design, Production, Children’s Books, and Business Development.

imgresInterns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in work related assignments, gain practical work experience, and network with employees from various departments. Interns are expected to become familiar with the basic structure of a publishing house and the role of each department within.

The internship duration will be from January until May, or an entire spring semester, and the position will be paid.

Intern hopefuls must submit a resumé and cover letter here after making an account with MacMillan. Applicants should also be sure to specify any of the departments they would like to work in their cover letter. Also, be sure to keep an eye on MacMillan’s job/internship page for future opportunities as well.

In the News- Consolidation at Leading Magazine Publishers

Self MagMajor magazine publishing companies such as Hearst, Condé Nast, and Time Inc. have restructured and consolidated several groups in their respective print titles in order to keep costs down to combat the growing digital world of publishing. Print titles like Self Magazine at Condé Nast have committed to a digital-only brand. Other magazine have joined staffs at several groups into one category. A larger digital investment appears to be the only strategy that can save magazine brands as readers are continuing to shift their general attention to online media outlets.

“We have long believed that collaboration is the key to ongoing creativity and innovation, and we’ve seen its success in action over the past hearst-logofour years,” said a spokesperson for Hearst, “Brands refine their individual points-of-view, and dynamic editors expand their skills and talent to the benefit of all.”

To read the full article, please click this link.

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“If you’re good at it, and you love it, and it helps you navigate the river of the world, then it can’t be wrong.”

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie is a preeminent creative nonfiction writer with award-winning novels, short stories, poems, and film writing experience. Alexie draws upon his experiences growing up as an indigenous Native Indian in the Spokane Reservation in most of his published works, and attempts to bring readers’ attention to the repressions of his tribe and the suffering and problems of Native Indians with engaging emotivesherman-alexie_thumb writing and wit. Along with his semi-autobiographical novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, some of Alexie’s other most notable works include The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Reservation Blues, The Toughest Indian, and War Dances.

Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka

konundrumFriday, December 2 at 6:30 pm

Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a reading by award-winning translator, writer, and editor Peter Wortsman of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka. He will be joined by Tess Lewis to discuss the release of his new translation of Kafka’s short prose.

In this new selection and translation, Peter Wortsman mines Franz Kafka’s entire opus of short prose – including works published in the author’s brief lifetime, stories published posthumously, journals, and letters – for narratives that sound the imaginative depths of the great German-Jewish scribe from Prague. It is the first volume in English to consider his deeply strange, resonantly humane letters and journal entries alongside his classic short fiction and lyrical vignettes. Transformed is a vivid retranslation of one of Kafka’s signature stories, Die Verwandlung, commonly rendered in English as The Metamorphosis. Composed of short, black-comic parables, fables, fairy tales, reflections, as well as classic stories like In the Penal Colony, Kafka’s uncanny foreshadowing of the Twentieth Century’s nightmare, Konundrum refreshes the writer’s mythic storytelling powers for a new generation of readers.

Copies of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka will be sold by Archipelago Books at the event.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat.

7th Annual Dumbo Family Holiday Party

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3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

POWERHOUSE [Brooklyn/DUMBO]
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Join in on the holiday festivities with some holiday and winter-themed book readings! You’ll also have the chance to meet some of POWERHOUSE’s favorite kids books illustrators as they battle each other in a fun, good-natured drawing competition based on holiday-inspired suggestions from kids in the audience!

Participating authors and illustrators include: 

Thyra Heder is the author of Fraidyzoo and The Bear Report, an ALA-ALSC Notable Book hailed by Kirkus as “riotous buffoonery” in a starred review. She is also an illustrator and storyboard artist for film and advertising. She lives in Brooklyn.

Stephanie Graegin has illustrated many popular books for children, including Peace Is an Offering and her brand-new picture book How to Build a Snow Bear. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Caroline Nastro was born and raised in New York City, where she currently lives. She is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theater director. The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep is her first picture book.

Brett Helquist is the illustrator of the best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events books, as well as many other popular titles among them the new picture book The Doll People’s Christmas. He worked as a graphic designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. Brett lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Ann M. Martin is the author of many books for young readers, including Rain Reign, Belle Teal, A Dog’s Life, and A Corner of the Universe, a 2003 Newbery Honor Book. She is also the author of the Baby-sitters Club series and the Family Tree series. Ms. Martin makes her home in upstate New York.

Laura Godwin, also known as Nola Buck, is the author of many popular picture books for children, including Oh, Cats!; One Moon, Two Cats; This Is the Firefighter; and Christmas in the Manger. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she now lives in New York City.

Admission is free. Please reserve a spot here.

PowerHouse Books Launch: Lo-Life: An American Classic by George “Rack-Lo” Billips and Jackson Blount in conversation with Sadat X

1470331112Monday December 5 at
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE [Brooklyn/DUMBO]
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Jackson Blount will be here to talk about the extraordinary story behind the infamous Lo-Life crew! Members of the original Lo-Life crew will join the conversation. Sadat X will moderate the event.

Lo-Life: An American Classic takes the reader on a trip to New York City in the early 80s—a time when crime and violence ran the streets. The infamous Lo-Life gang emerged from this tumultuous time. Formed by crews of teenagers from the Brownsville and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn, they made a name for themselves by dressing head-to-toe in expensive Ralph Lauren clothing, or “Lo.” Polo apparel—and other preppy 80s fashion labels like Guess, Nautica, and Benetton, among others—represented an aspirational lifestyle for these kids from rough neighborhoods just struggling to get by. Fighting for style and survival, the Lo-Lifes targeted these brands, and would acquire them by any means necessary, including stick-ups, shoplifting, and hustling. A reign of terror ensued, when your new winter coat could make you the target for a robbery—or worse.

What started as an informal gang uniform organized around clean designs and bright colors, became a devotion to a lifestyle brand, and eventually created an association between the streets and luxury that would fundamentally change the fashion industry. Lo-Life: An American Classic documents the personal collections of exclusive archival vintage photographs amassed by the crew and interviews with original members, presenting the first comprehensive oral history of this notorious New York collective.

Lo-Life is the remarkable story of a small group of teenagers fighting to make a name for themselves who eventually made themselves seen, heard, and emulated globally.

Admission is free RSVP appreciated: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com or please fill out the “Bookings” form at the bottom of this page.

Experiments & Disorders

2016-12-06-experiments-disorders-combo-image-640x360Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 pm

161A Chrystie St.
New York, NY 10002

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry & performance texts by the most adventurous, cross-genre established & emerging writers.  Curated by Tom Cole & Christen Clifford.

Featuring:

Celeste Finn has studied acting at the British American Drama Academy and Bennington College, Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design and Human Migration, with David Carrasco, at the Harvard Divinity School. She is especially interested in Visual Information, particularly documents narrating spacial timelines and patterns made over landscapes that are relative to environmental migrants, refugees, nomads and missionaries, and finds the term “eco-artist” distressing. She will be reading from Personal Proximity, which stems from a sketch developed for the group show Snuffload at the Oni Gallery in Boston around 2004.

Buzz Slutzky is an artist, writer, and curator whose practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, performance and video. Their work builds upon trans, queer, and feminist traditions with an often humorous and frankly sexual voice. Their writing has included poetry, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, and art criticism.  From 2010-2012, Slutzky was a Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and has continued to organize art exhibitions relating to queerness, humor, politics, and history. Slutzky has exhibited, performed, and screened at at Los Ojos, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Boston Center for the Arts, La Mama, MIX, Frameline, Columbia College Chicago, Mindscape Universe (Berlin), among others. Mentions of Slutzky’s work have appeared in Artforum, Vice, Art F City, ArtNews, Observer, Hyperallergic, and The New York Times. Slutzky earned their BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, and their MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2015, after which, they were a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. They currently teach a course in video post-production at the College of Staten Island.

Admission is free. To reserve a seat click here.

Upcoming Event! New Literature From Europe Festival

New Literature from Europe FestivalNow in its 13th consecutive year, The New Literature from Europe Festival is an annual celebration of writing from across the European continent. Featuring readings and discussions between leading and emerging literary voices from Europe, and some of America’s foremost writers and critics, the Festival celebrates important new European literature in translation. Founded in 2003, the NLE Festival has quickly become one of New York City’s top literature in translation events, attracting award-winning, best-selling and new authors from many diverse European countries each yescreen-shot-2016-11-30-at-11-52-02-amar. The NLE Festival is jointly organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and New York-based European cultural institutes. Most Festival events are free and open to the public.

The festival will have events throughout each of the three days in December. If you would like to see the full list of events please click this link. To see the full list of venues as well please click this link. The festival will also consist of many guest speakers, writers, actors, translators and more.

Featured below are some of the speakers that will be at the festival. To see a full list of speakers, check it out here.

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