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“The book itself is a curious artifact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one-of-a-kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell it to you again when you’re fifty, though you may understand it so differently that it seems you’re reading a whole new book.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, “Staying Awake: Notes On the Alleged Decline of Reading,” Harper’s Magazine

Ursula K. Le Guin is an American novelist, poet, and essayist who is most recognized for her influential work in the science fiction and fantasy genre. Though private with her personal life, she is famous for the quality and sophistication of the characters and worlds she creates. She received many accolades to commend her influential writings, including winning multiple Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and receiving a National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is also one of the few women to be given the honor of being made a Grand Master of Science Fiction.

With numerous inspirational titles that are all great and thought-provoking reads, some of Le Guin’s better known books to start with are her Earthsea series, the Hainish Cycle series, The Lathe of Heaven, and Lavinia.

Jack’s Wife Freda Cafe Takeover

Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Stop by the McNally Jackson café on Saturday morning for a treat from SoHo favorite Jack’s Wife Freda. Co-owners Maya and Dean Jankelowitz and chef Julia Jaksic will be signing copies of their cookbook, Jack’s Wife Freda: Cooking from New York’s West Village. Pick up a copy of the book and brunch to-go.

A copy of of the book is $30.

Panel Discussion: Fiction in Foreign Cultures

Monday, March 27 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
Fort Greene Store
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Panelists Include: Deborah Clearman, Ben Dolnick, Lauren Sanders, and Iromie Weeramantry. Moderted by: Aaron Zimmerman

When writers take themselves or their characters to other countries, especially those not their own, is it cultural appropriation or expanding the reader’s world? How do you get under the skin of another culture without sounding like a tour guide, a do-gooder, or an elitist? These are some of the questions Aaron Zimmerman, founder and director of NY Writers Coalition, will ask of four fiction writers at tonight’s panel. Deborah Clearman is launching Concepción and the Baby Brokers and Other Stories Out of Guatemala. Ben Dolnick’s 2013 novel At the Bottom of Everything is set partly in India. Lauren Sanders’ forthcoming novel The Book of Love and Hate is an intrigue that spans the globe from NYC to Israel. Iromie Weeramantry’s short stories take place largely in her home country, Sri Lanka.  A book signing and wine reception follows the discussion.

Admission is free.

Book Launch and Talk: Alex Daly’s “The Crowdsourceress”

Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kickstarter
58 Kent Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

After helping generate millions of dollars in funding for Kickstarter campaigns like Neil Young’s Pono Music Player, Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion documentary, and TLC’s final album, Kickstarter expert Alex Daly has teamed up with PublicAffairs to release The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea.

Join her for a reading from her new book and a discussion of her experiences — and the secrets to her creative Kickstarter success. Stick around after the reading to purchase your copy of the book and get it signed.

Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Link of the Week: Hootsuite

Hootsuite helps interns and/or employees who handle social media platforms stay organized and informed while managing posts across multiple channels.

Social media is crucial in publishing, and being on top of what is getting posted where and keeping track of analytics for multiple sites can be tricky to balance. Known as being one of the most reliable social media dashboards, Hootsuite is a social media manager that hosts noteworthy social media sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Tumblr, YouTube and Google+) in one place to allow users to easily cycle through them without clicking between tabs, schedule and post messages to one or all platforms, track mentions of your business and related tags, and analyze traffic on all attached channels. Hootsuite is meant to make utilizing social media sites simpler while also showing areas of potential growth and weakness to get the most out of each platform.

By using Hootsuite and other social media tools, interns and employees can get a stronger handle on how to optimize their communication with followers and better operate these aspects of the business.

 

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Assistant Publicist  

Columbia University Press seeks to enhance Columbia University’s educational and research mission by publishing outstanding original works by scholars and other intellectuals that contribute to an understanding of global human concerns. The Press also reflects the importance of its location in New York City in its publishing programs. Through book, reference, electronic publishing, and distribution services, the Press broadens the university’s international reputation.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree
• One year prior experience in publicity
• Preference given to those who majored in English, film studies, philosophy or creative writing
Skills and Capabilities
• Excellent command of the English language both orally and in writing.
• Excellent phone and email communication skills with high level of interpersonal skill
• Ability to work professionally and cooperatively with authors, vendors and associates.
• Knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheet, and e-mail.
• Database experience.
• Ability to work as part of a team environment.
• Ability to work in multitask environment that requires continual attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing materials, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
• Demonstrated knowledge of book publicity and some experience in media outreach

Responsibilities Include:

• Implementing Publicity Department activities
• Supporting the wider efforts of the Marketing and Sales Departments to gain the widest possible exposure for Columbia University Press and our distribution client titles through publicity campaigns for selected titles each season
• Some light administrative duties are expected

If you are interested in applying, please visit Jobs at Columbia.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Editorial Assistant

Threshold Editions was founded in 2006 with a mission to “provide a forum for the creative people, bedrock principles, and innovative ideas of contemporary conservatism” and to chronicle the historic reforms those people and principles would bring.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree
• Demonstrated writing ability
• Knowledge of MS Office Suite (Word and Excel) and Adobe Acrobat Professional
• Strong organizational skills, ability to communicate clearly, analytical thinking ability, and attention to detail
• Enthusiasm for politics and current events, as well as commercial and bestselling fiction and nonfiction in general, especially pop culture, history, biography, and personal memoirs

Responsibilities Include:

• Acting as liaison to production and other support departments
• Logging and tracking agent submissions
• Providing reader’s notes on manuscripts
• Scheduling meetings, answering the phone, and routing invoices and contracts
• Preparing materials for marketing, positioning, and sales meetings
• Tracking catalog copy and covers, requests for author photos, etc
• Acting as a proactive point person for authors and agents on everyday requests
• Assist the marketing department in maintaining social media for the Threshold Editions imprint.

If you have an interest in applying for this position, please apply online.

San Francisco, CA

Seeking Full-Time Associate Publisher  

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media) is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation.

Minimum Requirements:

• Equivalent of 7+ years of relevant experience in publishing industry a MUST
• Professional experience in licensed trade books, illustrated books, and/or graphic novels STRONGLY PREFERRED
• Bachelor’s Degree (English, Journalism, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, Communications, or related field) from an accredited college or university or equivalent with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for this position
• Strong knowledge of book publishing and understanding of marketplace a MUST
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under multiple deadlines in a highly organized and professional fashion a MUST
• Skill with productivity programs, specifically Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) a MUST
• Proven contacts in publishing industry STRONGLY PREFERRED
• Knowledge of graphic design programs, specifically Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop) PREFERRED
• Proficiency with computer usage, including email, Internet, and standard software
• Ability to make both business-oriented and creative judgments
• Ability to think creatively, dynamically, and work in a rapidly evolving market environment
• Ability to pay strong attention to detail
• Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines
• Ability to communicate and interact professionally with culturally diverse clients, providers, and staff
• Ability to work effectively in a small organization with an emphasis on teamwork
• Ability to speak, read, and write effectively in English
• Ability to work legally in the United States
• Ability to live in/commute to the San Francisco Bay Area
• Ability to travel as needed (meetings, tradeshows, conventions, etc.)

Responsibilities Include:

• Assists Publisher in all aspects of driving the company’s publishing business to meet top and bottom-line performance targets, as well as seeking out and defining potential growth initiatives.
• Supervises Publishing Sales team—whose primary responsibilities include account management and negotiation, retail development planning and execution, and distributor relationships—to meet sales goals and objectives for both print and digital product lines for all territories.
• Works closely with Marketing staff to develop and execute promotional strategies on both individual property and brand levels, including social media, publicity, and events planning.
• Supervises Publishing Production team, whose primary responsibilities include scheduling and production for all print and digital books, inventory planning, vendor management, assets and metadata management, and budgetary oversight for cost of goods.
• Works closely with Finance staff on all aspects of revenue and cost planning, from individual title P&Ls to departmental budgets, and sets annual performance goals together with executive team.
• Works closely with the Publisher and senior Editorial staff to shape the overall publishing list, including acquisitions, backlist management, new product development, and imprint strategy.
• Coordinates with Licensing staff to help manage and cultivate licensor and external partner relationships, working with other teams to address licensor requests and reports as needed.
• Works with Legal staff to negotiate deals and draft agreements with external business partners as needed.
• Represents and advocates publishing projects both within the company and to external business partners and consumers at meetings, industry events, trade shows, and conventions.

If you are interested in this position, please apply here.

Work for Social Good-The Wilson Center Funded Internship Program

The Wilson Center Funded Internship Program is now accepting summer internship applications through the end of April.

The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship Funded Internship Program funds up to 15 Pace students each summer to work at local New York nonprofits and social organizations. The goal of the internship program is to offer experiential learning to students interested in working in the nonprofit sector, and to introduce bright, highly-motivated students to nonprofits in need of young talent.

Past interns have worked at Latino U College Access, TADA! Youth Theater, India Home, Sanctuary for Families, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and Historic Richmond Town.

In order to get involved, students must:
• Be currently enrolled at Pace and graduating from Pace University by December 2017 or later
• Have an interest in nonprofit and/or social enterprise sector
• Work full-time for eight weeks between June and September
• Commit to work 35 hours per week: Total award $4,480 ($16/hr)
• Present learning outcomes to peers during the fall 2017 semester

All majors are welcomed to apply. if you are not sure where to start applying, visit the Career Services Handshake portal to see a listing of available internships and descriptions.

Poets @ Pace Series Featuring Alice Notley

The celebrated poet Alice Notley is the spring 2017 reader in the Poets @ Pace series.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday April 18th from 6-8 pm in the Bianco Room, Level B, One Pace Plaza. It will include a Q & A, book signing, and refreshments.

Alice Notley has published more than twenty-five books of poems, most recently Certain Magical Acts and has received a number of the most important poetry awards in America, including: The Los Angeles Times Book Award, The Griffin Prize, the Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall Prize, The Poetry Society of America Shelley Memorial Prize, and the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime achievement.  One of her books was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her writing—experimental, contrarian, feminist, epic, and more—continually surprises and enlarges the scope of what we recognize as poetry.

Poets @ Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace NYC campus each semester, is organized by Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

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“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

–Anne Bradstreet, “Meditations Divine and Moral,” The Works of Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet was one of the most prominent early English poets in North America as well as the first female writers in the North American colonies to be published.

Inspired by the work of Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, Bradstreet’s poetry read similar to his, but soon she developed her own unique writing style  centering on her role as a mother, her struggles with the sufferings of life, and her Puritan faith.

Some of her works include: Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, and The Flesh And The Spirit

Pace Event: Dyson Dialogue

MS in Publishing Program alumni Kristin Dolan will be speaking at Pace University’s Dyson Dialogues event alongside of Professor Aditi Paul’s Intro to Communications class. Hosted by Dean Hermann, this talk will focus on the accomplishments Dolan has accumulated throughout her career—many aspects which are relevant to publishing industry positions.

As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 605, Dolan is in charge of the overseeing the daily aspects of running a business, including leading sales, research, finance, marketing, and more. She is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Dolan Family Ventures, and is also a member of the Board of Directors for AMC Networks and The Madison Square Garden Company.

Date/Time of Event: Tuesday, April 4th 10:40am to 12:00pm

Location: Lecture Hall North, 2nd floor, 1 Pace Plaza

To RSVP for this event, please email Ben Gordon at BGordon2@pace.edu.

 

Inkluded’s First Reading to Support WNDB’s Internship Grant Program

Inkluded will be hosting their first reading in support of the We Need Diverse Books Internship Grant Program, Wednesday, March 15th at 7pm(doors open at 6:30). Authors speaking at the event include: Leigh Stein, Cristina Moracho, Mia Alvar, and Jazmine Hughes.

Inkluded champions diversity in publishing by supporting like-minded organizations toward actualizing their missions and goals and, in doing so, encourages along inclusivity amongst publishing professionals and readers of all ages.

WNDB’s Internship Grant Program provides economic assistance to applicants of diverse backgrounds interested in pursuing highly valuable, but low-paying children’s publishing internships—internships that might not be accessible otherwise. Without internships on their resumes, applicants are always disadvantaged when pursuing careers in publishing. Already, eleven participants of the program have landed entry-level positions in publishing; so, the program is working. Inkluded would like to help WNDB expand their program.

Tickets are $20. Due to limited space, only 40 tickets available for this event.