Link of the Week | Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is a professional organization for authors and illustrators. Acting as a “consolidated voice” for YA and children’s book producers, SCBWI works to “support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.” Continue reading “Link of the Week | Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators”

Quote of the Week | George North, the Original Bard?

In February, Shakespearean purists sat a little straighter in their chairs.
Independent researcher Dennis McCarthy and English scholar June Schlueter had just announced what Michael Witmore, the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, called a “once-in-a-generation – or several generations – find.” Stashed away in the British Library, the pair had discovered a previously unpublished manuscript that, when scanned using the open-source plagiarism program WCopyfind, revealed extremely-likely source material for eleven of Shakespeare’s plays, including King Lear and Macbeth. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | George North, the Original Bard?”

Women’s Leadership in Publishing Workshop at Marymount Manhattan College

What: Women’s Leadership in Publishing Workshop
When: Friday, April 27 |  9am – 5pm
Where: Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st Street
Tickets: General admission is $30 and student admission is free.

On Friday, April 27, Marymount Manhattan College’s Institute for Pre-College and Advanced Study will host a “Women’s Leadership in Publishing Workshop.” Part of the university’s Women in Leadership Series, the one-day event will feature presentations and panel discussions from prominent women in the industry, including M.S. in Publishing Adjunct Professors Kathy Sandler (senior manager of content applications at Penguin Random House), Veronica Wilson (director, business development at The Nielsen Company), and Jennifer Perry (the keynote speaker is the vice president of Media Products & publisher of Sesame Workshop). Full-time faculty member Manuela Soares, who is the incoming director of both the M.S. in Publishing program and Pace University Press, will act as the workshop’s convener.

Seats are guaranteed to people who register before Friday, April 13th.  Continue reading “Women’s Leadership in Publishing Workshop at Marymount Manhattan College”

Link of the Week | The Scholarly Kitchen

In 2008, the Society for Scholarly Publishing started writing The Scholarly Kitchen, an independent blog that highlights “what’s hot and cooking in scholarly publishing.” Moderated by society members, the blog is one part ideas and two parts commentary, scrambled into easy-to-digest articles for academically-inclined readers. (Okay, no more food analogies. Ruin my fun, why don’t you.) Continue reading “Link of the Week | The Scholarly Kitchen”

Quote of the Week | Gerald Murnane

Chances are you’ve never heard of this author or the South Australian town he comes from. The Paris Review called the man “one of the most original and brilliant writers at work today,” and The New Yorker called his third novel, The Plains, written in 1982 and reissued in 2017, a “bizarre masterpiece that can feel less like something you’ve read than something you’ve dreamed.”

Gerald Murnane, 79, has 13 books to his name, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux set to release his final novel, Border Districts, in North America tomorrow on April 3. Described as a “bittersweet farewell to the world and the word,” the work is “a hypnotic, precise, and self-lacerating ‘report’ on a life led as an avid reader, fumbling lover, ‘student of mental imagery,’ and devout believer—but a believer not in the commonplaces of religion, but rather in the luminescence of memory and its handmaiden, literature.”

Today, Murnane spends his days bartending in Goroke, Victoria, Australia, a village-esque outpost with a population of just 200. The second twist to this story? The author is rumored to be named the next Nobel Laureate in Literature. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Gerald Murnane”