Quote of the Week | A Call to Action

On February 2, Publishers Weekly released its latest Soapbox piece, an article stressing the importance of books in teaching compassion, humanity, and understanding, especially in circumstances recently – and powerfully – recognized by the #MeToo movement. The call to action, written by our very own Jane Kinney-Denning, implored publishers to bring books to life in “fair, equitable, and safe workplaces that set an example” for the rest of the world. “I believe that members of the publishing community have a responsibility to continue to push the industry to better reflect who they are and the values that they hold,” said Professor Denning. “I am only one person, and I don’t have all of the answers, but I do believe that we have strength in numbers and that being organized allows us to push doors open even farther. Sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace are a collective problem, and we need the strength of all of us to fight against it.” Continue reading “Quote of the Week | A Call to Action”

Link of the Week | Bookselling without Borders

 

Bookselling without Borders is a scholarship program that lets American booksellers travel to international book fairs so they can network with publishers, editors, authors, and agents overseas. In addition to connecting with bookseller trade associations around the world, it gives U.S. booksellers (who ordinarily wouldn’t have been able to attend) the ability to speak on fair panels, as well as visit local distributors, literary arts organizations, and other cultural institutions. The benefit of the BWB program is that “booksellers return better connected, better informed, more aware of the international book panorama, and better equipped to put international and diverse literatures into the hands of readers.” Continue reading “Link of the Week | Bookselling without Borders”

Quote of the Week | Ursula K. Le Guin

“My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it.” These are words from the renowned science-fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away last Monday at the age of 88. Over the course of her life, Le Guin authored more than 20 novels, 12 books of poetry, 100 short stories, seven essay collections, 13 children’s books, and five volumes of translation. American literary critic Harold Bloom, the Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, described Le Guin as a “superbly imaginative creator and major stylist,” and credits her for raising “fantasy into high literature.” Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Ursula K. Le Guin”

Welcome Back to Pace University, from Professor Sherman Raskin

Dear Colleagues and Graduate Students,

I hope you all enjoyed your winter break. I would especially like to welcome the 21 newly-admitted students to the program. One student is visiting all the way from Wuhan University, and another is a professional research scholar from Beijing. Our faculty and staff look forward to working with you and assisting you this semester. Continue reading “Welcome Back to Pace University, from Professor Sherman Raskin”

Link of the Week | Handshake for publishing students at Pace University

 

Designed to match its eight million members with relevant internships and jobs, Handshake is a college recruiting tool that sorts recommendations based on each individual’s interests and network. The platform calls itself a “democratizing opportunity…because building [a] career shouldn’t depend on where you go to school, what you’re majoring in, or who your parents know.” Continue reading “Link of the Week | Handshake for publishing students at Pace University”