ThinkOlio Presents: Free as Gods: Picasso, Calder and Artists at Home in the Theater

Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

More than just stars on the art scene, Picasso and Calder took center stage in the world of theater. In 1917 Picasso fell in love with a ballerina in the Ballets Russes while creating scenery and costumes for his collaboration with Satie on the pathbreaking dance work, Parade. His stage designs changed the course of his painting. Alexander Calder, who has a major show at the Whitney this summer, created his famous Circus as well as the set for Satie’s opera Socrate and many other theater works.

Cultural historian Charles A. Riley II, author of Free as Gods, will share the backstage secrets of Picasso, Calder, Leger, Chagall, Hockney, Kentridge, and many other contemporary artists who have found a home in the theater.

Admission is $20. Reserve your seat online.

Columbus: Koi A Modern Folktale

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

Harper’s Magazine present  Koi: A Modern Folktale by Margery Gray Harnick, Matt Harnick, and Sheldon Harnick.

Koi are unusually beautiful creatures. Perhaps because of their unusual beauty, koi have inspired a variety of legends. The recurrent theme in these legends is that koi, because of their endurance and perseverance, have become symbolic of overcoming adversity and fulfilling one’s destiny. In one of the more celebrated versions of this legend, koi are rewarded for their endurance and perseverance by being transformed into dragon fish.

In their book Koi, Margery and Sheldon Harnick have created their own version of this legend in photographs and verses. In their version, koi are rewarded for a reason other than endurance and perseverance. Though the years, the gods have noted how much pleasure men and women have derived simply from observing the prismatic beauty of the koi. For this gift to mankind, the gods decided to transform the most beautiful koi into majestic and powerful dragons.

Admission is free. A copy of Koi: A Modern Folktale is $24.95.

Brian Platzer & Jodi Kantor: Bed-Stuy is Burning

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

With “the mordant wit of Franzen, the dazzling smarts of Roth, and the compassion of Tolstoy” (Rafael Yglesias, author of A Happy Marriage), and which Alice McDermott called a millennial Bonfire of the Vanities, author Brian Platzer has penned an intimately relatable tale about a changing neighborhood and its residents.

His book follows Aaron, a rabbi turned banker, his journalist girlfriend, and their newborn live in the diverse and turbulent Bedford-Stuyvesant as it undergoes the process of gentrification. As more members of the upper-class move into the area the tension rises until a cop shoots a boy. Then the riots begin and Aaron is stuck in the middle.

Bed-Stuy Is Burning offers a look into a collection of complex lives and examines the most pressing issues of our time.

Admission is $15. Admission plus a signed copy of Bed-Stuy Is Burning is $26.

Book Launch: Reckless Years: A Diary of Love and Madness by Heather Chaplin

Wednesday Jul 12 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman.

But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

In this page-turning memoir, a woman tries to reinvent her life after divorce and discovers that sometimes finding yourself is not all it’s cracked up to be. About the Book: Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman. But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

Admission is free. RSVP is appreciated. RSVP here.

Link of the Week: Barbershop Books

Barbershop Books “is a community-based program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops across America.”

Barbershop Books is the first program from the Reading Holiday Project, a nonprofit literacy organization that aims to transform the reading experience for young boys. Barbershop Books pairs the natural and significant culture of a barbershop in black communities with culturally relevant and age appropriate literature to increase out-of-school reading time among young black boys.

Alvin Irby

According to the statistics from the Department of Education found by Barbershop Books, “more than 85% of America’s black male 4th grade students are not proficient in reading.” Barbershop Books heeds this challenge by providing reading material for young black boys outside of the classroom.

During its 2nd annual Why Reading Matters conference on June 15, the National Book Foundation awarded its annual $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize to Alvin Irby, the founder of Barbershop Books. Irby, during a breakout session at the conference, “offered a combination of formal educational pedagogy and personal anecdotes in a very funny presentation that encourages teachers and parents to think about how they present books to kids.”

New York, NY
Seeking Full-Time Photo Retoucher & Designer, Hearst Magazines Digital Media/Branded Content Studio

Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; majority ownership of global ratings agency Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of medical information and services businesses; 30 television stations such as WCVB-TV in Boston and KCRA-TV in Sacramento, Calif., which reach a combined 19 percent of U.S. viewers; newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Albany Times Union, more than 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR and Car and Driver; digital services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital and video companies such as Complex, BuzzFeed, VICE and AwesomenessTV.

Minimum Requirements:

• At least 6 years experience retouching
• An exacting eye for detail and relentlessly high standards
• Proven excellence in retouching, both on-figure and still life
• Experience retouching beauty and fashion content
• Master of current imaging software and digital design tools such as Capture One Pro and Adobe CS as well as developing design technologies that push design and storytelling
• Excellent management, communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to deliver while remaining calm, in a fast-around, deadline driven environment
• BFA or equivalent in Graphic Design or related subject

Responsibilities Include:

• Retouch all images to meet the standards of our editorial teams as well as our clients
• Retouch on set as needed for fast-turnaround projects
• Handle image needs such as resizing, siloing and color correction
• Graphic design work as your workload allows
• Opportunity to illustrate as your workload allows

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

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Ebook Production Assistant

W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W. W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to “publish books not for a single season, but for the years in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.”

Minimum 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 from our NYC office
• 1-2 years of ebook production experience desired, though not required.
• Must be highly organized, disciplined, and self-motivated in a fast-paced environment
• Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills in a position that can at times demand collaboration across several different departments
• Must have good time management skills and be capable of prioritizing among responsibilities, activities, and side projects
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of the daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes
• Must be self-directed and independent
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing and quickly evolving publishing industry.
• Proficiency in Word and Excel a must
• Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Photoshop a plus
• Working knowledge of XML, HTML, and CSS highly desired
• Current knowledge of ebook formats (EPUB 3 in particular) highly desired
• Proficiency with database and project management systems like FileMaker Pro, JIRA, and Confluence a plus
• Experience managing large volumes of files and maintaining version control a plus

Responsibilities Include:

• Track ebook production schedules in collaboration with the distribution manager and department coordinator, ensuring adherence to sensitive dates
• Route instructions and files to/from outsourcing vendors, answering vendor queries
• Turn over ebook content for QA and distribution
• Communicate with Norton production and editorial staff for the timely delivery of ebook production materials
• Liaise with Norton affiliate publishers who produce/distribute ebooks through our Ebook Department, and keep clients abreast of their project statuses
• Make routine corrections to existing ebook files and help keep ebook distribution and archiving operations up-to-date
• Occasionally assist the ebook distribution manager in tracking and distributing ebooks through our online distribution hub, and help document the steps in database tracking
• Assist the department coordinator in routine tasks

If you are interested in this position, please apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: recruiting@wwnorton.com.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Social Media Editor, Oprah Magazine

Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. Its major interests include ownership of 15 daily and 34 weekly newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union; hundreds of magazines around the world, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Minimum Requirements:

• 2-4 years experience in social media for a major brand
• Strong writing skills and understanding of the Oprah.com voice
• Experience with web and social analytics (Omniture, Facebook Insights, CrowdTangle, etc.)
• Knowledge of how to create and source multimedia social assets (gifs, social videos, text overlays, etc.)
• Strong attention to detail, high level of organization, willingness to move quickly and be flexible

Responsibilities Include:

• Manage daily programming of Facebook, Facebook Live, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram
• Create and execute social strategy that supports brand goals
• Contribute ideas for and create social-first content
• Track metrics, using Omniture and social media dashboards, and incorporate data into future programming
• Monitor competitors, stay on top of trends, and leverage best practices
• Coordinate with advertising and OWN teams on social needs
• Identify and explore new platforms
• Coordinate edit sweepstakes
• Manage requests from print team for reader participation call outs
• Pitch ideas to fill content holes, including creative and social-friendly ways to re-package print content as well as web exclusives
• Provide site support as needed for Oprah.com

If you interested in this position, please apply online.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Assistant Editor

Macmillan is a group of media companies in the United States held by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, based in Stuttgart, Germany, which publishes a wide range of books, magazines, and digital products for the consumer and education markets. Their American publishers include Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt & Company, W.H. Freeman and Worth Publishers, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Picador, Roaring Brook Press, St. Martin’s Press, Tor Books, Hayden McNeil, Macmillan Children’s Group, Macmillan Audio and Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group.

Minimum Requirements:

• An interest in and knowledge of the area and categories in which the imprint publishes
• Superior verbal and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills
• Strong editing skills
• Experienced at multi-tasking while working in a fast paced, energetic environment
• Superior organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail; Good follow-up skills
• Strong work-ethic and initiative
• Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and work independently
• Minimum 1 year prior book publishing experience
• Bachelor’s degree required

Responsibilities Include:

• Coordinate all aspects of a high-volume, fast-paced editor’s desk
• Track manuscripts through production process
• Read and evaluate book proposals and manuscripts on submission
• Write flap copy, catalog copy, launch sheets and tip sheets
• Liaison between editorial and sales, marketing, production and design departments
• Initiate and respond to correspondence with authors and agents at all stages of the publishing process
• Edit manuscripts

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

Poetry reading with Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer

Thursday, June 29 at 5:30 pm

Muhlenberg Library
209 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer will present their poetry at the Muhlenberg Library.

Susan Lewis is the publisher and editor of Posit. Her most recent book, Heisenberg’s Salon, was just published by BlazeVOX Books. She is the author of eight other books and chapbooks, including This Visit, How to be Another, and State of the Union. Her poetry has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and appeared in a great number of anthologies and journals, including The AwlBerkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, Verse, Verse Daily, and VOLT.

Sharon Mesmer is a multi-genre writer  poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews  and professor of creative writing (poetry and fiction) in the undergraduate and MFA programs of New York University and the New School. Her 2015 poetry collection, Greetings From My Girlie Leisure Place from Bloof Books, was one of Entropy’s Best Poetry Collections of 2015. Her two fiction collections — The Empty Quarter and In Ordinary Time, both from Hanging Loose Press — were published in French translation by Hachette in 2005 as Ma Vie à Yonago. She was a member of the flarf collective and a Nuyorican slam semi-finalist. Her awards include a Fulbright Specialist grant, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, a Jerome Foundation mentoring award, and a MacArthur Scholarship, given through the Brooklyn College MFA program through nomination by Allen Ginsberg.

Admission is free.

Book Talk: The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back

Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm

Brooklyn Historical Society
Great Hall
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

For decades Brooklyn was synonymous with grit and struggle, yet today the borough is a hub of hipsters, booming startups, and massive new developments across many neighborhoods. Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal, Kay Hymowitz, examines this seeming Renaissance of Brooklyn’s ever-changing landscape through seven neighborhoods: Park Slope, Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brownsville, Sunset Park, and Canarsie. In this exploration, Hymowitz looks at the successes of black and white middle classes, local policies, and small businesses, while assessing the challenges left for recent immigrants and other diverse communities trying to thrive.

Admission is $5. Reserve your tickets online.

ThinkOlio Presents: The Woman Question

Friday, June 30 at 7:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

From the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, scholars, doctors, religious leaders, and politicians were vexed by the “The Woman Question.” Inspired by the democratic revolutions of the late eighteenth century, fueled by market capitalism, and later fostered by the reform efforts of the Victorian bourgeoisie, the woman question actually posed the inquiry: What are women good for?

Please join us for a much needed discussion on the history of women’s suffrage in America. Let’s look squarely at the achievements of the past generations without shying away from the explicit racism and classism imbedded within the movement. Let’s learn from their successes and their failures, too. And, finally, let’s gather together and consider the psychic and social ramifications of being a question.

Nina Simone covers by South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe and the exquisite jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin to follow this Olio!

Jamie Warren has a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University, and she is an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY where she teaches American history, the history of women and gender, and women’s studies. Her research focuses on slavery in antebellum South with a particular focus on death, the body, and the philosophy of history.

Admission is $20. Reserve your tickets online.

Harry Potter 20 Years Later: How Harry Potter Saved Young Adult Fiction

This month the magical realm of Harry Potter, created by J.K. Rowling, is celebrating it’s twentieth year. The success of the book series transferred into a successful film series starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, as well as a popular website (Pottermore), Spin-off titles like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which also found success as a film), an amusement park attraction (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios), and now a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

At the time that the first Harry Potter book was released, young adults and children were accustomed to titles and series such as The Babysitter’s Club, that were a bit more lightweight. The Harry Potter series made way for blockbuster sagas like The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Divergent. Harry Potter easily changed the game for YA fiction.

Though not necessarily original in its common tropes of magic, fantasy, adventure, unfair teachers, a common enemy, heroes, etc., Harry Potter was able to resonate with children and young adults in a way that other tiles could not. Claire Fallon in an article for the Huffington Post writes, “Children’s book writers, especially fantasy authors, who were once the masters of their domain found themselves ignored in media coverage and discussions of ‘Harry Potter.'” Perhaps it was Rowling who wrote the right book at the right time, or she was able to masterfully and creatively construct a seven-book mystery/adventure story arc following characters as they aged into adulthood that coincided with her aging and growing audience. Either way, as Joe Monti, Editorial Director of Saga Press says, “Harry Potter made the careers of many authors possible.”

Harry Potter was able to boosts the sales of YA fiction altogether because of its success. “The Atlantic reported that the number of YA books had increased by a factor of 10 between 1997 and 2009.” The series was also able to help rebuild the disparaging reputation that fantasy had as a genre in YA fiction. Monti says, “Fantasy is mainstream.”

Rowling and Harry Potter as a series took on many risks, including long-form story arcs, thick-sized books, and a fantasy genre as well as the idea that the books also age with the audience. Harry Potter takes on darker themes like lengthy battle scenes, concepts of mortality/fatality, and romantic relationships, all of which challenged what YA fiction was at the time and what publishers can put in front of children and young adults.

Harry Potter was able to open up the horizons for what YA literature could be. Rowling also capitalized on the success of her series, which is part if the reason why Harry Potter has been cemented in pop culture history. It continues, to this day, to pave the way for YA fiction authors.

Link of the Week: Book Club Central

Book Club Central, a new online resource for book clubs and readers, has a new book recommendation, No One is Going to Save Us, selected by its Honorary Chair person, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Book Club Central is a new online service for book clubs and readers to supply them with reading recommendations, book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more. Along with the aforementioned book pick, Parker will offer more book selections called SJP Picks.

Book Club Central is distributed by the American Library Association and have several sponsors and partners including Booklist, Libraries transform, and, big 5 publishing house, Penguin Random House.

Book Club Central also offers users the opportnity to not only search for book selection, but to lead a book club, find a new book club, and start a book club online. The site has author interviews with Colson Whitehead, Underground Railroad, and Matthew DesmondEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City available as well.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Production Editor

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize.

Minimum Requirements:

• At least 2-3 years of prior trade book publishing experience, preferably in production editorial or managing editorial
• Must possess strong copy-editing and proofreading skills, including familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style
• PC skills required, including use of Word, Track Changes, and Excel
• Must be detail-oriented, proactive, well-organized, and able to set priorities and juggle workload in a fast-paced environment
• Must interact well with colleagues of all levels from various departments
• Must possess college degree or equivalent experience

Responsibilities Include:

• Assumes production editorial responsibilities for originals, from the receipt of the edited manuscript through bound book, and some offsets (as needed)
• Copy-edits and proofreads ancillary material, such as front matter, back matter, cover copy, teaser excerpts, etc.
• Works with editors, designers, and production managers in anticipating and resolving problems
• Evaluates and coordinates artwork and/or back-matter materials
• Assigns projects to freelance copy-editors, indexers, and proofreaders and checks their work
• Handles multiple projects while maintaining high standards of quality control and tight production schedules
• Provides backup for the department as needed

If you are interested in this position, please submit cover letter and resume online.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Receptionist/ Foreign Rights Position

InkWell is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, proudly representing major literary prize winners as well as many of the world’s bestselling and most loved authors. They enjoy a considerable international reputation as a significant and innovative player in the industry. They have agents based in Australia, Boston, and Dallas. They continue to be excited by—and on the lookout for—original ideas, riveting stories and great writing.

Minimum Requirements:

• Must be articulate, personable, and hold a high level of interest in the publishing field
• Strong editorial skills are a must
• Solid written, verbal, and computer skills are necessary
• Should be motivated, highly organized, and have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
• Must be able to work with and without direct supervision

Responsibilities Include:

• Answering phone calls and welcoming visitors in a warm and professional manner
• Foreign Rights assistance will be in the area of tax form processing, book fair preparation, overseas mailings and other department needs
• Minimal assistance with the management of the office

If you are interested in this position, please email your cover letter and resume in the body of the email (no attachments) to: hiring@inkwellmanagement.com. Type in subject line: Reception and Foreign Rights Position.

Berverly, MA

Seeking Full-Time Marketing Manager, Art

The Quarto Group creates and owns proprietary content, publishing books from a diverse portfolio of imprints that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest. They sell books across 50 countries and in 39 languages through a variety of traditional and non-traditional channels, while constantly looking for new ways to create and deliver content that people need.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marketing, communication, or business
• 3+ years experience in marketing of enthusiast or consumer-based products
• Highly creative with an ability to conceive of new and innovative approaches to marketing
• Strong ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with Publishing, Sales, and authors
• Thorough knowledge of media, public relations, and publicity organizations and/or book publishing
• Computer skills, including familiarity with spreadsheets, word processing, database, and desktop publishing programs
• Willingness to travel to trade shows or conventions as needed

Responsibilities Include:

• Create and execute marketing plans with specific goals for individual titles and overall lists under the Quarto imprints. These plans shall be designed to generate sales, build brand awareness, and maximize exposure to the target audience through online, print, broadcast, and other channels
• Produce press releases and media kits, write advertising copy, produce short promotional videos, and maintain social-media and related sites with news and supplemental marketing content
• Arrange for author interviews, excerpts, and reviews in print, broadcast and online media. Coordinate author events and book signings.
Organize mailings of review copies and supporting material, arrange for production and mailing of bound galleys
• Maintain a detailed and well-organized database of contacts and mailings
• Develop creative and strategic initiatives to expand the online presence of our products, authors, and brands in social media and other enthusiast-based communities, and maintain a thorough network of contacts within the relevant subject areas
• Work with the publisher to explore, develop, and promote online instruction and education opportunities and projects on behalf of the imprint
• Manage budgets, schedules, and priorities in support of these initiatives, taking into account the appropriate level of resources, target audience, type of media, materials, and associated events
• Research, negotiate with, and manage outside freelance marketing resources as needed
• Maintain a thorough network of contacts within the relevant subject areas
• Hold regular check- ins with top authors of the front list, coaching, directing, and integrating their promotional activities with those being executed in house
• Communicate regularly to the company on marketing initiatives, developments, and accomplishments
• Work with National Account and Specialty Sales Reps to ensure customers are informed of publicity and marketing activity that might support sales efforts in the various channels, and partner with them to provide marketing materials that may aid their sales strategies
• Other duties as assigned

If you are interested in this position, please submit cover letter and resume to careersusa@quarto.com.

New York, NY

Seeking Full-Time Junior Designer, Covers

The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., originated in 1933 and is known today for the broad scope of our publishing program, our savvy selection of books, and our creative efforts to market them.

Minimum Requirements:

• Creative, organized, process-oriented, passionate about publishing.
• Passion and expertise for Typography and Design
• Thorough knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
• Print production knowledge and skills
• Ability to organize, prioritize, and work independently to meet deadlines
• Collaborative spirit and positive attitude when working with internal and external partners
• Ability to think creatively to be an effective problem solver

Responsibilities Include:

• Designing mechanicals, trafficking work, and preparing and delivering files for print
• Creating original covers, illustrations and photo research

If you are interested in this position, please apply online. Please include a link to your portfolio.

Quote“Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me.”

-Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin is an American actress and the only deaf performer to ever win an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work on the film, Children of a Lesser God. She has also received a Golden Globe award, 4 Emmy nominations, and made her Broadway stage debut in Spring Awakening in 2015.

Matlin, deaf since 18 months old, is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf. She has also As of January 2015, Matlin also acted as the American Civil Liberties Union’s celebrity ambassador for disability rights. In 2007, Matlin was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Gallaudet University, a private university for the education of the Deaf and hard of hearing  in Washington, D.C.

Matlin has also published several books of fiction, such as Deaf Child Crossing, as well as a memoir, I’ll Scream Later, where in it she describes her drug abuse, her rocky, physically abusive relationship, and the sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

Link of the Week: Greenpeace

Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organization, focuses its campaigning on worldwide issues such as climate change, deforestation, overfishing, anti-nuclear issues, and now a long-running battle against Resolute Forest Products over the forest company’s logging practices in Canada’s boreal forest.

Greenpeace unexpectedly tabled a booth this at this year’s BookExpo. Their presence at the trade show and the subsequent ads in Publisher’s weekly were “designed to pressure Resolute to modify its forest practices and also to drop a lawsuit it brought against the environmental organization.”

Resolute Forest Products first filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace in Canada in 2013, charging the organization with defamation and economic interference. Then came another lawsuit in May 2016 in Georgia alleging RICO violations and defamation. Greenpeace believes this is an infringement on free speech and aims to silence the group and possibly other advocacy groups as well.

Greenpeace brings this issue up to publishers due to the fact that publishers are buying products from resolute Forest Productions. Greenpeace took a petition to BookExpo, that was signed by more than 100 authors, calling for publishers to stand up for free speech by opposing the Resolute lawsuits and pressure Resolute into engaging in more sustainable forest practices.

“The message isn’t that publishers are the bad guys,” Rodrigo Estrada, a spokesman for Greenpeace, said, “we want to show them we aren’t the enemy.”