WNBA Event: Publishing and the Political Conversation

The Women’s National Book Association is hosting a panel discussion exploring various relationships between publishing and politics. Moderated by Kendra Levin, the executive editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, the talk will circulate around topics from the promotion of books that promote activism to balancing customer demands with political beliefs.

The panelists featured at this event include Marissa Baker, the national account manager at Perseus Distribution; Gabriella Doob, the associate editor at Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins; and Cathy O’Neil, the author of Weapons of Math Destruction an a contributor at Bloomberg Media.

The panel will be held on April 18th at 6:00 PM in the Random House Auditorium (1745 Broadway). Admission price is $10 for members and $5 for students. To register for the event, please click on this link.

HarperCollins Site Visit 2017

HarperCollins Publishers, Pace University Career Services, and the MS in Publishing Program organized a site visit at HarperCollins on March 29th to allow students to meet with publishing professionals and learn more about the industry.

The HarperCollins Lobby

Once at HarperCollin’s headquarters in downtown Manhattan, students got to look around at the publisher’s main entrance—which was decorated with mementos from HarperCollin’s history, understated art pieces, and neatly packed cases of books—before being funneled into the conference room. All the seats came with an itinerary for the visit and a complimentary book published by one of HarperCollin’s imprints, which was exciting to everyone.

The presentation opened with Carolyn Zimatore, who is the Director of Talent Management at HarperCollins, sharing a basic overview of HarperCollins’s business history and their current imprints. The scope of the talk narrowed then to her describing the different publishing departments, which served as an excellent lead-in to her explanation of internship and job opportunities at HarperCollins and possible departments students can consider applying to.

Students listen to Carolyn Zimatore, the Director of Talent Management, introduce the guest speakers

To give a better idea of the day-to-day operations of employees from different divisions of the company, Zimatore invited 4 guest speakers to share their experiences, responsibilities, and answer related questions. Angela Craft, the Associate Marketing Director of Avon, Harper Voyager, and Impulse, shared how she went from blogging about books on her own to making a full-time job from it. Chelsea Green, the Sales Product Manager of Harper360, talked about how she went from working in inventory to determining which books HarperCollins published overseas seemed like they would sell well in the US and why. Senior Manager, Digital Production and Children’s Managing Editor Heather Brady, who discussed the importance of encouraging children to read to cultivate adult readership. The last speaker was Lucia Macro, the VP/Elective Editor of William Morrow and Avon, who informed students the importance of a publishers relationship with their author.

Graduate students Genna Daniel and Bidisha Bhattacharya show off their gifted HarperCollins books (Welcome to Night Vale and Of Things Gone Astray, respectively)

The site visit was informative and helpful for all the publishing industry hopefuls who were able to go, and it felt more personable because of the fact there were all exclusively Pace undergraduate and graduate students present. Judging from the full room of attendants and the impressive line of students trying to thank Zimatore at the end of the talk, it’s clear that opportunities like this are greatly appreciated by Pace students.

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.

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.

Activists of the Past: What Have We Learned?

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 pm

The Graduate Center Public Programs (CUNY)
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

What can today’s activists learn from the successes and failures of their precursors? First in this series, we welcome Larry Kramer, an award-winning playwright (The Normal Heart) and author, and a celebrated public health and gay rights advocate. As a pioneering AIDS activist, he co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP in 1987. He speaks with Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Part of the series “The First 100 Days.” Presented with the CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), and the Ph.D. Program in History.

Admission is free, reservations are required. To make a reservation, click here.

Tim O’Leary: Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face

Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

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

Unexpected, humorous, sometimes dark, and surprisingly heartfelt, here are tales that explore the secret life of men as they pass into adulthood, middle age, and old age confronting lust, pain, guilt, bewilderment, and mortality. O’Leary has won numerous literary awards for his stories and his title story was a finalist for the Mark Twain Award for Humor Writing. The collection fearlessly distills for the reader tinctures of joy, pain, madness, heartbreak, greed, and other components of the human capacity for good and evil, for beauty and ugliness. O’Leary showcases humanity in a fluent, fun read, which will let you peek into the most intimate and the well familiar entrails of existence. Few books around these days possess the capability to bring both a tear to your eye and smile to your lips, within the span of a few chapters, such as this work does.

Tim will be joined in conversation by Stuart Elliott, former advertising/media reporter turned freelance writer at Media Village.

Prior to the talk guitarist Christopher White will perform his song “Dick Cheney Shot Me In The Face.”

Admission is $15. Please click here to purchase admission.

What Editors Want: Writing for the Web

Tuesday February 28 at 7:00 pm

The Center for Fiction 
17 E. 47th St
New York, NY 10017

A must for emerging writers: we’ve partnered with Electric Literature and The Authors Guild to present a series of events aimed at giving you the essentials when it comes to your career. In this first of the series, our panelists Yuka Igarashi (Soft Skull Press, Catapult,) Michelle Legro (formerly of New Republic,) and James Yeh (VICE) will discuss how to pitch for online, and the ways in which writing for the web differs to print. Moderated by Dwyer Murphy of Electric Literature.

Admission is free. Feel free to RSVP for this event.

Job and Internship Fair

Pace University will be holding the Spring 2017 Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 15, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Gym and Student Union of One Pace Plaza.

Be sure to bring in your updated resume and look interview ready. There will be over 125 employers at the event all looking for a mix of majors and hiring for various positions.

Make sure to have several copies of your resume on hand, dress in your best professional attire, and get ready to do some very important networking.

Among the companies that will be in attendance will be  iHeartMedia, IBM, KPMG, Deloitte, NYC District Attorney’s Office, Warner Music Group and many more.

This event is open to all students. For more information and to see the full list of employers, visit Handshake.

Please visit the Pace Career Services page if you have any additional questions about resumes, jobs, or internships.

Pace’s Alternative Spring Break: Volunteer Oppurtunity

Each spring, Pace University’s Center of Community Action and Research leads the Alternative Spring Break program, which is designed to “provide valuable service to affected communities while giving participants the opportunity to have impact on a local level, while learning about the regional/national/global contexts.” This year, 16 participants will be given the opportunity to put their energies into helping rebuild the Rockaways, a community in Queens that is still working to recover following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Anyone interested in participating is required to attend at least one of the following information session:

Thursday, February 2
3:30 p.m.
Civic E319 (NYC Campus), Miller Hall 16 (Pleasantville Campus)

Wednesday, February 8 (PLV)
12:10 p.m.
163 William Street, Room 1520 (NYC), Dyson 218 (PLV)

The dates for the trip are Monday, March 13th-Thursday, March 16th.

Upcoming Debate on Fake News: Is This a Solvable Problem?

The Daily News Innovation Lab is hosting “Proposition: We Can Solve the Fake News Problem,” which will be a debate on fake news, at the Microsoft Building on February 8th at 6 PM.

Researching and looking through sources to make informed opinions and fact-check has been made more difficult with the influx of fake news. Fake news, which is the publishing of false information online for the malicious intent to mislead, has gained more notoriety since the PizzaGate, where social media became a carrier of misinformation on a pervasive scale.

In an effort to discuss fake news, its impact on society, and the strategies—if there are any—to fight against it, the Daily News is hosting part of their Conversations events on the topic in regard to media and tech circles, though the issue stretches out far beyond.

The debate will feature industry names such as John Borthwick, David Carroll, and Jane Elizabeth, among others. Tickets are $15 per person.