Around Town: Sept. 19th – Sept. 26th

I hope everyone’s semester is off to a great start! To make it even better, why not check out a few events around town this week.

John Freeman Presents Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation

When: September 19, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Where: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

John Freeman is an American writer, literary critic, former editor of the literary magazine Granta, and former president of the National Book Critic Circle. At this event, Freeman will be presenting Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, an anthology containing 36 author stories and experiences that investigate “the profound gap between the wealthiest and the poorest in this nation” (Greenlight). There will be “a reading and panel discussion with authors Kirstin Valdez Quade, Ru Freeman, Lawrence Joseph and Jess Rulifson, who contributed pieces to the anthology.”

For more information, click here.

 PLG Fiction Book Group

When: September 20, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Where: 632 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Greenlight general manager Alexis hosts a book club every month at their Prospect Lefferts Gardens store. The PLG Fiction Book Group “discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics.” This month, they are reading Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, Carthage. This is “a mesmerizing novel that examines grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war through the story of a young girl’s disappearance in a small Adirondack town.” Not only will you get the chance to discuss the plot and themes of Carthage, you will also be able to connect with others who are interested in reading and discussing fiction.

For more information, click here.

An Evening with Europa Editions

When: September 21, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Where: 686 Fulton street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Europa Editions is a multi-award winning independent publisher of quality fiction. Its mission is “to bring fresh international voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels of editorial standards.” Greenlight will be hosting this event celebrating two of Europa Editions’ publications by authors Chantel Acevedo and Santiago Gamboa.

Chantel Acevedo is a “master storyteller” and will be presenting her newest novel, The Living Infinite, a historical book “based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia, an outspoken firebrand at the Bourbon court during the troubled and decadent final years of her family’s reign.”

Santiago Gamboa is a Columbian writer and will be presenting his novel, Return to the Dark Valley, “a mesmerizing polyphonic novel that spans three continents and two centuries as it weaves a tale about dislocation, the violent urges that can bring about regeneration, and the impossibility of return.”

For more information, click here.

Black Book Expo

When: September 23, 2017 @ 10am to 6pm

Where: National Black Theater Inc, 2031 5th Avenue, (Between 126th Street and 125th Street), New York, NY 10035

Cost: $15

Black Expo America Inc. is a “tradeshow, expo planning, and marketing company that produces business expos and conferences in major cities such as New York, NY, Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, etc.” Their mission is “to restore, revitalize and re-energize the African American, Caribbean and African community through the promotion of entrepreneurship coupled with personal growth and business development.”

The 1st Annual Black Book Expo is an event to celebrate and promote the diversity of the written and spoken word. This event will feature emerging authors, poetry performances, a children’s corner, panel discussions, and workshops.

For more information, click here.

Interview with Susan Katz, the David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor

Interview with Susan Katz, David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor
for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

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It is an honor to have Susan Katz serving as the David Pecker Distinguished Professor for the 2015-2016 academic year. Ms. Katz joined Harper & Row in 1987 as President and Publisher of the College Division and as a member of the Executive Committee. In 1996, Katz made the transition from educational to trade publishing and became President of the HarperCollins Children’s Division, which is the position she held for 19 years until her retirement this past September.

During her tenure, Katz tripled the revenues of the division and had published more NEW YORK TIMES children’s bestsellers than any other publisher. She had the honor of working with such authors and illustrators such as Eric Carle, Kiera Cass, Neil Gaiman, Robin Preiss Glasser, Daniel Handler, Kevin Henkes, Kadir Nelson, Jane O’Connor, Lauren Oliver, Veronica Roth, Maurice Sendak, Sara Shepard, and Shel Silverstein.

Katz was a member of the Advisory Board of First Book and a member of the Children’s Book Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Boston University and a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jane O’Connor and one of her books Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth

Her first lecture will take place on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at Pace University, 163 Williams St, 18th floor, from 6-8pm, where she will be discussing her experiences in Children’s Books Publishing as well as what goes into the making of a bestselling book with two of her colleagues, Jane OConnor, the author of the Fancy Nancy picture book series, as well as her editor, Margaret Anastas, Professor Jane Denning had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Katz as she assumes her new role at Pace. The pair discussed what she hopes to accomplish as the David Pecker Distinguished Professor as well as some advice she has to offer to current Pace M.S. in Publishing students.

Prof. Denning: Hi Susan and thank you for agreeing to do this interview! Congratulations on being named the Visiting David Pecker Distinguished Professor for the 2015-2016 academic year. Can you tell us a bit about what you hope to accomplish this year at Pace?

Susan Katz: Thank you. I am very excited to have the opportunity to share some of my experiences with students here at Pace. I have always enjoyed hearing an “insider’s view’ of any profession that interests me because it becomes less mysterious and yet more interesting the more I learn. I hope students will find the information as well as my stories and anecdotes useful and entertaining in equal measure. 

Prof. Denning: As the Visiting Professor, you will be giving two lectures throughout the course of the year. What do you want students to take away from these lectures? Any pearls of wisdom you can impart for us now?

Susan Katz: I have asked colleagues to join me during both lectures. I am sharing case studies which I think will be exciting to hear because in both cases the books turned into major bestsellers. I want students to get a feel for “what it takes” to make a book into a major success. I’ve asked two of my colleagues to join me because they were key contributors to creating the successes.

Prof. Denning: Many of our students here at Pace have varied interests within the world of publishing. When you were first starting out in the industry, did you know that you wanted to end up working with Childrens books?

Susan Katz: Many folks call publishing the “accidental profession.” I didn’t start out with an interest in publishing, which I will be happy to explain at the first lecture. I did start out with a passion for reading, and a love of children’s books. I never thought I would be lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in the world of children’s books, which came midway through my career.

Prof. Denning: If a student is interested in the childrens book industry (or any other aspect of publishing) what is the best way for them to break in?

Susan Katz: Start with an internship or an entry level position. Make sure you use all of the resources at Pace to make your first connections. Attend Industry events. Talk to bookstore staff. Build relationships. More advice to come.

Prof. Denning: As our students gear up to enter the workforce, what sort of skills should they develop while in the MS in Publishing program so they can embark upon a successful career in publishing, whether in editorial, marketing, sales, or production or any other aspect of the business?

Susan Katz: It’s important to learn as much about the field as possible. So much information is available on line! Read the relevant business publications and research the publishers by visiting their websites. Bone up on the industry by reading newspaper articles in the area of publishing that interests you. Be sure to study the challenges the industry is facing so that you are prepared to focus on the thriving areas.

Prof. Denning: Can you tell us a bit about our lecture that will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29th ?

Susan Katz: As I metioned earlier, Jane O’Connor, the author of the Fancy Nancy picture book series, as well as her editor, Margaret Anastas, will be joining me. I thought it would be interesting to break the session into two parts. First, I’d like each of us to talk a bit about our careers, our experiences and how we got to the place we are today, and then I thought we would explain the picture book market and each describe our specific experiences in creating this fantastic picture book franchise that has sold over 30 million copies and is still selling today.

Prof. Denning: Thank you Susan!  We are really looking forward to your lecture.

Pace Event: An Evening With Angela Davis

734Angela-Davis_0On Tuesday, October 20, the Office of Multicultural Affairs brings scholar and activist Angela Davis to Pace’s NYC Campus for an evening of reflection and conversation on the importance of sustained social justice movements, activism, and student engagement.

Rising to prominence as a counterculture activist in the 1960s, Davis was a leader of the Communist Party in the United States and was closely associated with the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther Party. In later years, she became a professor of at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and worked in their History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments. She is the author of Women, Race & Class, and advocates for gender equity, prison reform, and alliances across color lines.

Conversations in Action: An Evening with Dr. Angela Davis

Tuesday, October 20
Schimmel Center
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

This program is made possible through a student opportunity grant. For more information, e-mail Raziyah Eure at re30776n@pace.edu or Jonelle James at jj94695n@pace.edu. For telephone inquiries, please call Denise Santiago, PhD, at (212) 346-1546. 

Pace Publishing Alumna to Speak at Women’s Leadership Conference

Women's Leadership ConferencePace M.S. in Publishing alumna Dior Vargas will be featured  in March at the 2015 Smith College Women’s Leadership Conference: Taking the Right Risks, a two-day event featuring workshops, panel discussions and career development opportunities, all led by distinguished alumnae and faculty. Participants will share stories of how taking calculated risks led to new adventures and made them stronger leaders. Hear about personal and professional experiences, and gain practical knowledge and innovative ideas.

Between the workshops and panels, talk with speakers at book signings, meet dynamic Smith students and network with other participants.

The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, 2015, with optional pre-conference workshops on changing careers and entrepreneurship on Thursday, March 26 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information on conference fees, click here.

The blog also conducted an interview with Dior in January 2011 (click here) and featured her as its July 2013 Alumni in the Spotlight (click here).

Career Services: Broadcasting & Media Event

Interested in working in the media world and broadcasting? Learn what it takes from Maria Dorfner, journalist, author and Pace alumna.

PRESSure: Break into Broadcasting

Date: October 16, 2014

6:30-8:00PM

Location: Aniello Bianco Room

Pace University

1 Pace Plaza, NYC

Maria DorfnerMaria Dorfner, a Pace alumna and former Miss Pace University, is an award-winning journalist, who began her career with an internship at NBC in NYC.  She has since continued working behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera as a researcher, writer, reporter, producer and co-anchor. She helped launch CNBC in 1989, and later developed, senior produced, and co-anchored 7 health series there.  She is the founder of NewsMD Communications, specializing in health stories. She has produced hour-long documentaries for Discovery Health Channel, and talk show pilots, which were successfully nationally syndicated. She is in Marquis Who’s Who in American Women and the recipient of an Outstanding Leadership Abilities and Commitment to the Advancement of Women in Media award from Pace University, National Association of Women in Corporate America, and the National Association of Female Executives. Most recently, she founded Healthy Within Network (HWN).  She is the author of 3 books.  One called “Healthy Within” is nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Spring 2015.

PRESSure: Break into Broadcasting, offers a behind-the-scenes, first-hand account of what it’s really like to work in broadcasting.  She will cover real life challenges, competition, best advice, mentorship and the art of storytelling with outstanding tips from three decades of experience in the industry.  Any aspiring writers, producers, reporters, anchors and anyone working in communications can benefit from attending this talk. She will be available for a consultation and to answer questions after her talk.  Her book will also be available on site for attendees.

To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Barry Miller at bmiller@pace.edu.

Careers in Focus Session

 

 

MS in Publishing students should consider attending 

the Careers in Focus Editorial & Publishing event! 

 

 

 

Come hear from professionals to learn more about the editorial and publishing fields. Panelists will discuss their companies, the industry and answer questions.  Gain knowledge and network your way to your next internship or full time job!

 

 

The panel will take place on Wednesday, March 13th 2013 from 12:15-2PM in E304 at 1 Pace Plaza.  Becca Worthington of the Association of American Publishers will serve as the moderator. Please RSVP to Prof. Jane Denning at jdenning@pace.edu if you plan on attending.

 

 

Speakers will include:

Kristy Zoshak, Integrated Marketing at O Magazine

Eileen Manito, Simon & Schuster Staffing Coordinator

 

Carolyn Zimatore, Harper Collins Talent Acquisition Manager

Michael Mejias, Writers House Director of Internship Program