An Evening with Richard Sarnoff

Drawing on a decades-long career in publishing, Richard Sarnoff offered this career advice: The best way to advance is to jump between departments, rather than just trying to move straight up. You don’t know what you can’t do, he told an audience of Pace students and faculty, so try everything, because unless you’re willing to fail you won’t succeed. 

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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.

Brooklyn Book Festival Remembers Toni Morrison

Image source: Time Magazine (time.com)

This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival hosted a panel to honor Toni Morrison’s work and legacy, moderated by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, and featured authors Saidiya Hartman and Nafissa Thompson-Spires, alongside Morrison’s long-time editor at Knopf, Robert Gottlieb.

Morrison is known for her discussions of race, through essays and novels that highlight the voices and experiences of black people in America. Some of her works include Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon. Morrison was the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize.

Nearly two months after her death, Gottlieb shared stories about working with Morrison, as an editor and a friend. He talked of their editing experiences and how easily they agreed on aspects of the manuscript, or changes to it. He gave one of his well-known anecdotes regarding his and Morrison’s arguments about commas; he would fight to add the commas he couldn’t hear when reading her manuscripts, but these were made clear to him when listening to Morrison read her own work aloud.

To Gottlieb, Morrison was simply a great author. She did become noteworthy because of her talent as a storyteller, but it was a notoriety intertwined with her identity as a black woman — as a pioneer in the world of publishing.

Hartman reflected on her time as an author being influenced by Morrison’s work, and how Morrison gave readers a glimpse into a culture they may not know. In discussing Morrison’s work, Hartman observed how Morrison didn’t treat slavery as a thing of the past, and how she delved deep into the psyche of that time of history and life, or the psyche of the black experience in all of her works.

Morrison’s career, as one of the first black female novelists to become renowned in the literary world, was groundbreaking for others with a similar voice. Thompson-Spires said of Morrison’s success, “it meant there is a space for me.”

Read more on the panelists and their work in the literary world here.