Fall 2019 Distinguished Professor Lecture

The 2019-2020 distinguished professor of the ms in publishing program is richard sarnoff.

The lecture, titled Publishing: Past and Future, takes place on October 10, 2019. Sarnoff will cover a variety of themes related to the intersection of digital technology and publishing and how they’ve transformed the industry over the past few decades. He will also discuss the future of books, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, and journalism. His lecture will be interactive, with audience participation encouraged and at times demanded.

For more information on Sarnoff, see this post.


EVENT DETAILS

When: Thursday October 10 6-8 PM

Where: 163 William Street, 18th floor

Please send RSVPs to puboffice@pace.edu

Refreshments and light snacks will be served

Paul Levitz Awarded at Comic Con

New York Comic Con (NYCC) is making its annual return to the city this weekend, as one of the most anticipated and well-known comic conventions in the nation, alongside San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).

Both conventions are known for celebrating those in the comics industry, honoring them amongst colleagues and fans alike. Each year, SDCC holds a ceremony for the Eisner Awards, and notable members of the comics community are inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Pace University’s own Professor Paul Levitz was recently awarded this prestigious honor. Before becoming a professor for the MS in Publishing program, Levitz was President of DC Comics for seven years. He was one of only four comic book creators from DC to be inducted this year.

Levitz has joined the ranks of other renowned DC alums such as Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman. Other notable inductees of the Hall of Fame include Charles M. Schulz of the Peanuts comic strip, Bob Montana of Archie Comics, and Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Steve Ditko, and Stan Lee of Marvel Comics.

“For me, the joy of entering the Hall of Fame was the connection to so many of the creative people whose work I grew up on, who mentored me — notably my first boss, Joe Orlando — and who are dear friends,” Levitz said. Orlando was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

Levitz, who also received SDCC’s Inkpot Award for comics creation in 2002, sees the values of the comics environment reflected here at Pace. “Comics has a great community feeling in a way that many subsets of publishing have… and I think we try to inculcate that feeling here in the MS in Publishing program too.” Levitz believes both his work in comics and his work at Pace are “all about learning, mentoring, and paying it forward.”

Levitz was also able to reunite with his “Socrates and Plato” of DC Comics — Jennette Kahn, his mentor and predecessor as President — and Karen Berger, the editor who founded DC’s Vertigo imprint in 1993, with the support of both Kahn and Levitz. Berger was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018, and Kahn received the honor in 2019 alongside Levitz.

Professor Levitz teaches PUB 615: Publishing Comics and Graphic Novels for the fall 2019 semester. Catch him in spring 2020 in PUB 613: The Future of Publishing: Transmedia.

New York Comic Con 2019 will take place at the Javits Center Oct. 3-6.

Student Spotlight: Drucilla Shultz & Ann Sanchez

Drucilla Shultz and Ann Sanchez Haunt PW’s Halls

Photo courtesy of Calvin Reid. From left to right: Michael Morris, digital media coordinator and giraffe; Drucilla Shultz, bookroom editor and ghost; Ann Sanchez, intern and werewolf victim Little Red Riding Hood; and Patrick Turner, V.P. of operations.

Publishers Weekly (PW) posts a Picture of the Day in its PW Daily Newsletter. This week, it showcased the winners of the annual PW Halloween costume contest. Featured in the center are two members of the M.S. in Publishing family: Pace alumna Drucilla Shultz and current Pace student Ann Sanchez. Shultz graduated from Pace University in 2013 and currently works as PW’s bookroom editor. Sanchez is interning with PW this semester.

Alumni News

The M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University has been around for 30 years now, so we have a lot of successful alumni out in the field. As current students gear up to head out into the real world, here are some encouraging and successful stories from our alumni:

Joya Anthony

Now Subsidiary Rights Manager at Chronicle Books and just celebrated 6th anniversary at the company.

Hannah Bennett

Just got a new job as the Acquisitions Editor at Start Publishing.

 

Michael Duffy

At the end of 2016, promoted to Director of Library Sales for SAGE Publishing (North America).

Lance Tung

Mizuho Americas’ Vice President US Regulatory Reporting.

 

Sydney Jarrard

Promoted to Content Development Director at the American Booksellers Association on June 1, joining the senior staff.

Awarded the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship from the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College in March, which grants a year of one-on-one mentoring with a professor while writing first young adult novel.

Ivy Jacobson  

Recently promoted to Senior Digital Editor at The Knot.

 

Ebony LaDelle

Senior Marketing Manager at HarperCollins Children’s Books.

 

Anne Marie Russo

Recently promoted to Manager of Digital Asset Management at Bain & Company, one of the world’s leading management consulting firms.

Samantha Rosenberg

Currently work as a Senior Content Strategist for Aspen University.

Publishing expertise have made her the go-to for production and delivery of all marketing, communications, and sales content for the entire university.

Stephania Sainato

Recently accepted a position as Audience Development Manager at Motherly, the fastest growing parenting site for millennial moms. She will be leading their social media and growth strategy.

Lauren Smulski

Recently promoted to Associate Editor at Harlequin TEEN in mid-July.

Tarah Theoret

Promoted to Director of Community Engagement, managing the reader communities for both NetGalley.com and Bookish.com.

Erica Weiman

Recently promoted to Managing Editor at FindaTopDoc, a website dedicated to helping consumers find the right doctors in their area.

Faculty News: David Delano

David Delano, Adjunct Professor
Pace University, M.S. in Publishing

David Delano’s entire career has been about books. He started working in book publishing in 1970 after attending Northwestern University and Loyola University, where he received a BA in English. His experience ranges from design to editorial management, from title acquisition to manufacturing, from production assistant to VP, and all the stops in-between.  Professor Delano’s publishing background includes Random House and Harper & Row, and printing experience was earned with industry leaders like R.R. Donnelley, G.W. Banta, and W.A. Krueger.  Currently, he is the US representative for a global printing company, Toppan Printing, Hong Kong.  Professor Delano has taught at Pace since the early 2000’s.  He also lectures at the Columbia Publishing Seminar and the NYU Summer Publishing Program.  Professor Delano has also judged the New York Book Show three times.

To add to his resume, during the summer break, Professor Delano had the pleasure of writing a book review for Publishing Research Quarterly, which has led to more writing opportunities. His review was on the book Paper: Paging through History by Mark Kurlansky, an American journalist and nonfiction writer. Paper: Paging through History is about paper production and how society  going “paperless” actually tells us that paper is here to stay.

According to Professor Delano, Kurlansky “utilized his remarkable forensic research skills to bring to life the development of a simple commodity: paper,” while capturing “the influence of paper on the global development of language, literacy, media, art, commerce and learning.” He also concludes that Paper: Paging through History “is not structured as a typical history book, but more like a biography, written with many arcs and sub-plots woven together with the development of virtually every major element that defines the human experience. Paper has been there through it all, preserving man’s permanent record.”