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Random House is hosting their Open House event on Thursday, December 15.

Open House is hosted three times a year, and is a day-long event that brings together the biggest names in publishing for a full day of interactive author panels and book talks, as well as behind-the-scenes looks of publishing at Random House.

Tickets must be purchased before the event and sell-out quickly. Ticket purchases come with access to the events all-day, a light breakfast and boxed lunch (one of 4 options given, including gluten-free and vegetarian), a canvas tote with up to $150 in books and goodies, early copies of books, a signed copy of Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” novel, and so much more!

Authors featured on this year’s panel include: Jodi Picoult, George Saunders, Trevor Noah, Diana Gabaldon, Jon Meacham, Fannie Flagg, Lindsey Lee Johnson, Allison Pataki, Sana Krasikov, and Laura McHugh.

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Ticket Purchasing Information: Tickets can be purchased here and go on sale Friday, September 23rd at 9 AM and sell out very fast. Tickets cost $85 per person, and seats are chosen when you register.

Date/Time for Event: Thursday, December 9 from 9:00 AM until about 5:30-6:00 PM

Location: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue (Entrance on 68th Street between Lexington and Park)
New York, NY 10065

Banned Books Week 2016

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Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage

various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship.

This year, Banned Books Week is celebrating diversity.Image result for banned books week nyc

 In addition to our sponsors, Banned Books Week received generous support from Penguin Random House and DKT Liberty Project.


The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1.

A series of events are held in honor of Banned Books week in libraries, bookstores and though online webinars (some can be found below). Follow these link to see some interesting events being held in New York City:

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New York Public Library

Also, to get an understanding of what kinds of books do get banned or challenged, take a look at this link listing the top ten banned or challenged books in 2015.Image result for banned books week nyc

Image result for banned books week 2016Reading Without Walls: Author Event with Gene Luen Yang and Sesame Street

Sunday, September 25, at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (doors open at 10:15am)

53rd Street Library

Join the New York Public Library in partnership with Sesame GroverWorkshop (the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street!) as we welcome the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, joined by his furry friend, Sesame Street’s Walkaround Grover, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Sesame Street classic storybook,The Monster at the End of this Book. Yang will read aloud this time-honored tale (first published in 1971 by Little Golden Books) and will discuss his ‘Reading Without Walls‘ initiative, which encourages readers to explore books of diverse voices, genres, and formats. Gene Luen Yang

Sesame Street’s Walkaround Grover will greet attendees, followed by Yang’s read-aloud of The Monster at the End of this Book. Yang will then participate in a short Q&A and discussion about his  ‘Reading Without Walls’ initiative. This event will conclude with a book signing by Yang and a photo opportunity with Walkaround Grover.

In the spirit of celebration, each attendee will receive their very own copy of The Monster at the End of this Book, courtesy of Random House Children’s Books.

Admission is free. RSVP is recommended

Banned Books Week Open Mic: Celebrating Diversity

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Tuesday, September 27,  at 7:00 pm

Housing Works
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

A reading and open mic celebrating inclusivity in literature, with banned, challenged, and disenfranchised voices. Join the sponsors of Banned Books Week for an inspring evening of readings celebrating the work of diverse writers and authors. Scheduled readers so far include Daniel José Older, Ibi Zoboi, Taran Matharu, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Mariela Regalado.

This year’s Banned Books Week – the annual celebration of the freedom to read – is focusing on diversity and will celebrate literature written by diverse writers, especially those that have been banned or challenged. It is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities, according to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Admission is free.
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Battling Bannings: Authors discuss intellectual freedom and
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Thursday, September 29,  11:00 am – 12:00 pmWendy Dolinger

Online Webinar

What’s it like to be an author of a banned or challenged book? How do they respond and how can librarians support the freedom to read? In honor of Banned Books Week, three authors will address these questions and more during a free webinar. Moderated by Vicky Baker, Deputy Editor of Index on Censorship magazine, the webinar will include perspectives from:

-Jessica Herthel, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a co-author of I Am Jazz, a children’s picture book about a transgender girl.
-Christine Baldacchino, a former early childhood educator, and the author of the widely-acclaimed book Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.
-Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, and author of The Hindus: An Alternative History; and On Hinduism, which portrays the history of Hinduism outside of mainstream perspectives.

Following the three presentations, there will be some time for Q&A. Register to attend the live webinar session.

Free Script of Chris Crutcher’s The Sledding Hill

Chris CrutcherTalented playwright Jarrett Dapier has offered his complete stage adaption of Chris Crutcher’s YA novel,The Sledding Hill to the Office for Intellectual Freedom in support of Banned Books Week. There are no limitations to reading, sharing, or printing Dapier’s play.

It is available here to download and read freely.

 

National Reading Group Event

This is a wonderful networking and National Reading Group event hosted by the NYC Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. A great way to meet some great authors, writers and publishing professionals. Charge to students is $5.00 or free if you join as a student member for $20.00 here:  http://wnba-nyc.org/membership/.

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Link of the Week: Cave Canem to Receive NBF Literarian Award

This week’s link takes a look at how the National Book Foundation (NBF) has announced that they will be honoring  Cave Canem with Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at this year’s National Book Award Ceremony.

Cave Canem is a non-profit center located in Brooklyn, NY that commits itself to supporting and encouraging black poets and literary writers. logoAccording to NBF’s website, the Literarian Award is given to “an individual for outstanding service to the American literary community, whose life and work exemplify the goals of the National Book Foundation to expand the audience for literature and to enhance the cultural value of literature in America.” This will be the first time this award was given to an organization and not an individual person.

The NBF is a non-profit organization that made it their mission to bring more attention and appreciation to great literary writers, poets, and works in America. The National Book Award Ceremony is something the NBF describes as being for books what the Oscars are for movies. The ceremony will be held on November 16 in New York, New York.

quote of the week

“Without community, there is no liberation… but community must not mean a shedding of out differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist.”

– Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

119_porr1 Audre Lorde was a Black feminist, poet, writer, lesbian and civil rights activist. Lorde was a born and raised New Yorker who dedicated her life and her art to calling out racism, homophobia, and sexism. Lorde is known for expressing herself with passion and boldness, taking any topic or oppressive groups head-on. Her book Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches was published in 1984 and deals with themes of oppression, identity, love, racism, homophobia, and sexism.

Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos) Book Launch

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Saturday, September 17, 4:30 pm

535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York City

A conversation with the artists, Molly Nesbit and Yasmil Raymond will occur at 4:30 pm. Signed books will be available for purchase.

Admission is free. Reservations encouraged.

Pat Cummings: The Art of the Book: Creating Children’s Books

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Saturday, September 17 at 1 pm-3 pm

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
New York, NY

Coretta Scott King Award winning book illustrator and Katowitz-Radin Artist-in-Residence, Pat Cummings, details the creative process and craft behind picture books, with distinguished panelists Rudy Gutierrez, Evan Turk, and Rachel Vail. Each speaker will exhibit slides of their work; audience questions will follow.

Admission is free. RSVP Here

When Strangers Meet

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Monday, September 19 at 12:00 pm

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave

Join author Kio Stark as she explores the rich meanings and the transformative possibility of talking to people you don’t know — and how these beautiful interruptions in daily life can change you and the world we share.

Admission is $25

Poetry Reading with Tim Tomlinson and Barry Wallenstein

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Wednesday September 21 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway

Tim Tomlinson has lived and published work all over the world, including his recent poetry collection Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (Winter Goose Publishing, 2016). He currently teaches in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program.

Barry Wallenstein is an emeritus professor of literature and creative writing at City College (CUNY), an editor at American Book Review, and the author of nine books of poetry. His poetry has been recorded with jazz accompaniment: At the Surprise Hotel and Other Poems (Ridgeway Press, 2016) is his most recent poetry collection.

Admission is free

Pace Alumni Named in Publishers Weekly Star Watch 2016

imgresPace alumni Hannah Bennett was just recognized by Publisher’s Weekly second annual Star Watch. Star Watch is designed to formally acknowledge young professionals in publishing who have promise as future leaders within the industry. Hannah graduated from Pace in 2012 and is now the current Managing Editor at RosettaBooks.

As per the article: “Poetry aside, there is nothing Zen-like in Bennett’s workaday world. When she joined RosettaBooks in 2012, it published only backlist e-books. Now, with a print frontlist that she and her team built from scratch, it is a bona fide trade nonfiction publisher. “We’ve got an efficient and coaaeaaqaaaaaaaah3aaaajdu3nwzmowuzltuzmtytnge4mc05zjnilti1ztazmtg4zwm0mgmpetitive program that I’m truly proud of,” she says. Upcoming on the list that she has forged is a book by the radio talk show host Delilah and a memoir by Dawit Habte, which she describes as the “harrowing story of a brilliant Eritrean refugee who now works for Bloomberg.” When Bennett is not working with such high-profile experts as the legal eagle Alan Dershowitz and the Silicon Valley guru John Sculley, she gives her time to the Women’s National Book Association, for which she has recently taken on the role of president of the New York City chapter. She is particularly excited about a women-in-comics panel that she is organizing with Pen + Brush. Other un-Zen-like activities include serving on the advisory board of Rosetta and tweaking the draft of a book that she just completed.”

You can read more about Publishers Weekly’s Star Watch, as well as see more from Publishers Weekly, here.

Bennett has also done an Alumni Interview with Professor Jane Kinney-Denning, which can be found here.

Internship: Writers House Intern Program

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

  • The applicant pool can be as high as 1200 for the approximately 16 slots that support our agents, the 1 slot that supports our Subsidiary Rights Department, and the 1 slot that supports our Digital Strategy Department. So, it is not unusual for even high-quality candidates to have to apply several times before receiving admittance.
  • 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: Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2016

The Man Booker Prize, an annual literary award that recognizes the most exceptional novel to be written in English and published in the UK, announced the six 2016 authors and books that made it to the shortlist. The winner won’t be announced until October 26.