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.

Link of the Week: Unbound

Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher that gives people the tools, support and freedom to bring their ideas to life.

According to a Huffington Post article, 3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Social Media to Attract Readers, Unbound is a lesser known crowdfunding site specifically designed to support independent authors by gathering resources to publish a manuscript.

Described as a “team of writers, designers, publishers and producers working together in a converted warehouse in central London,” the people at Unbound say that, “Half of us spend our time finding, commissioning and making our books. The other half builds Unbound and looks after our community.” The ‘community’ at Unbound have “pledged over £3 million to Unbound projects to fund everything from an anthology on race and identity in contemporary Britain to a compilation of terrible old video games you’ve probably never heard of.”

Crowdfunding, like with that of Unbound is what the Huffington Post describes as one of three ways to use Social Media to attract readers. Unbound will fund the book, publish it, launch it with promotion and all the while, keep the author well informed on the status of the book throughout the process.

Link of the Week: PEN America Literary Gala

Macmillan’s CEO John Sargent was named PEN Literary Gala’s publisher honoree this year, and his acceptance speech was aligned with PEN’s cause of protecting freedom of speech and expression in literature.

PEN America is a human rights and literary community that’s part of the worldwide organization, Pen International. PEN’s purpose is “to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible,” which they manage by hosting fundraisers and events enforcing the importance of protecting writers’ rights and abilities to create art and freely communicate their experiences.

The annual PEN Literary Gala raises money for writers and gives awards to noteworthy figures in the literary community that embody their mission, with Macmillan‘s Sargent receiving one of the highest honors of the night. Sargent’s acceptance speech further emphasized the publishing industry’s investment in the First Amendment and how publishing professionals need to look beyond their personal beliefs when deciding what books to publish.

Other PEN honorees of the night include musician Stephen Sondheim, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, and The Women’s March.

WNBA’s New UN Youth Rep: Shimma Almabruk

by Shimma Almabruk

I am a graduate student at Pace University’s MS in Publishing Program and the upcoming UN Youth Representative for the WNBA. Upon my acceptance into the program, I was awarded two merit-based scholarships: the President’s Graduate Scholarship and the David J. Pecker Publishing Scholarship. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pace University with a BA in Communication Studies. In 2015, I joined the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society as one of Pace’s top 10% of students. During my undergraduate studies, I focused on and wrote research papers that pertained to how media affected and shaped consumers’ perceptions about the outside world, especially Muslims. Since then, I have developed an interest in activism and publishing.

Born and raised in Libya, and as a daughter of a diplomat, I have always aspired to work in the United Nations. I am extremely thrilled and honored to have been given the opportunity to serve as the Youth Representative for WNBA. I consider this opportunity as the starting point for accomplishing my dreams. I look forward to broadening my knowledge about global issues discussed in the UN briefings and to effectively report them back to WNBA.

Publishers Weekly JobZone Relaunch

Publishers Weekly (PW) is a fundamental source of news happening in the book, magazine, and digital media publishing industries—and it’s now once again a helpful site to consult when looking for jobs.

PW has recently announced the relaunch of JobZone, an online job board aiming to assist employers looking to hire and employees looking to be hired. The site features a place to upload and search through resumes, shares resume building techniques and interview tips, and gives email notifications that alert users to specific jobs or locations for openings.

JobZone’s mission is to streamline the process of searching for jobs and applicants in publishing, which is a useful given the nature of their brand. Truly, PW JobZone has made everything about searching for jobs that much more convenient and less stressful for all parties.

Women’s National Book Association Holiday Newsletter

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The Women’s National Book Association released their annual winter holiday newsletter this week.

The newsletter leads with an open letter from Professor Jane Kinney-Denning, who is the current National President of the WNBA. It also includes great features, such as holiday gift ideas and an interview with Deirdre Bair, author of AL CAPONE: HIS LIFE, LEGACY, AND LEGEND.

Students interested in networking opportunities, industry updates, and events hosted by the WNBA should check-out their local chapter’s membership page and see if a discounted student membership is a good fit. With all the industry connections and worthwhile functions, the WNBA is a good publishing resource to students who take advantage of all they have to offer.

quote of the week

“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.”

President Barack Obama in his final speech as president at the Congressional Black Caucus gala

photoClosing in on the end of his final term, 44th President of the United States Barack Obama has put a lot of effort recently into the upcoming election and motivating people to go out and cast their votes. Obama’s been hailed as one of the most talented writers to helm a political position, and has written three nonfiction titles: Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, and of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.

 

Banned Books Week 2016

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Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage

various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship.

This year, Banned Books Week is celebrating diversity.Image result for banned books week nyc

 In addition to our sponsors, Banned Books Week received generous support from Penguin Random House and DKT Liberty Project.


The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1.

A series of events are held in honor of Banned Books week in libraries, bookstores and though online webinars (some can be found below). Follow these link to see some interesting events being held in New York City:

Bannedbooksweek.org
American Library Association
New York Public Library

Also, to get an understanding of what kinds of books do get banned or challenged, take a look at this link listing the top ten banned or challenged books in 2015.Image result for banned books week nyc

Image result for banned books week 2016Reading Without Walls: Author Event with Gene Luen Yang and Sesame Street

Sunday, September 25, at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (doors open at 10:15am)

53rd Street Library

Join the New York Public Library in partnership with Sesame GroverWorkshop (the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street!) as we welcome the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, joined by his furry friend, Sesame Street’s Walkaround Grover, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Sesame Street classic storybook,The Monster at the End of this Book. Yang will read aloud this time-honored tale (first published in 1971 by Little Golden Books) and will discuss his ‘Reading Without Walls‘ initiative, which encourages readers to explore books of diverse voices, genres, and formats. Gene Luen Yang

Sesame Street’s Walkaround Grover will greet attendees, followed by Yang’s read-aloud of The Monster at the End of this Book. Yang will then participate in a short Q&A and discussion about his  ‘Reading Without Walls’ initiative. This event will conclude with a book signing by Yang and a photo opportunity with Walkaround Grover.

In the spirit of celebration, each attendee will receive their very own copy of The Monster at the End of this Book, courtesy of Random House Children’s Books.

Admission is free. RSVP is recommended

Banned Books Week Open Mic: Celebrating Diversity

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Tuesday, September 27,  at 7:00 pm

Housing Works
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

A reading and open mic celebrating inclusivity in literature, with banned, challenged, and disenfranchised voices. Join the sponsors of Banned Books Week for an inspring evening of readings celebrating the work of diverse writers and authors. Scheduled readers so far include Daniel José Older, Ibi Zoboi, Taran Matharu, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Mariela Regalado.

This year’s Banned Books Week – the annual celebration of the freedom to read – is focusing on diversity and will celebrate literature written by diverse writers, especially those that have been banned or challenged. It is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities, according to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Admission is free.
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Battling Bannings: Authors discuss intellectual freedom and
the freedom to read

Thursday, September 29,  11:00 am – 12:00 pmWendy Dolinger

Online Webinar

What’s it like to be an author of a banned or challenged book? How do they respond and how can librarians support the freedom to read? In honor of Banned Books Week, three authors will address these questions and more during a free webinar. Moderated by Vicky Baker, Deputy Editor of Index on Censorship magazine, the webinar will include perspectives from:

-Jessica Herthel, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a co-author of I Am Jazz, a children’s picture book about a transgender girl.
-Christine Baldacchino, a former early childhood educator, and the author of the widely-acclaimed book Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.
-Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, and author of The Hindus: An Alternative History; and On Hinduism, which portrays the history of Hinduism outside of mainstream perspectives.

Following the three presentations, there will be some time for Q&A. Register to attend the live webinar session.

Free Script of Chris Crutcher’s The Sledding Hill

Chris CrutcherTalented playwright Jarrett Dapier has offered his complete stage adaption of Chris Crutcher’s YA novel,The Sledding Hill to the Office for Intellectual Freedom in support of Banned Books Week. There are no limitations to reading, sharing, or printing Dapier’s play.

It is available here to download and read freely.