Women in the Literary Landscape:

Challenges & Opportunities

The Women’s National Book Association and Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences present:

Women in the Literary Landscape: Challenges & Opportunities

Pace University, One Pace Plaza, Bianco Room
November 7, 2017 | 6pm
Free & Open to the Public
RSVP to wnba-nyc.org/events

Women in the U.S. have been pioneering printers, publishers, teachers, editors, journalists, and librarians from colonial times to the present day, blazing trails despite inequities of opportunity. Our literary community is much richer for their diverse contributions. Join our distinguished panelists as they discuss the strategies that they and literary women have used to overcome barriers.

Our very own Professor Jane Denning is the President of WNBA-National and the Immediate Past President of the Women’s National Book Association-NYC chapter.

 

Welcome back to Pace University |

Professor Jane Denning


Welcome back to the Fall 2017 Semester,

I hope you all had a restful summer break and that you are ready for an exciting semester in the M.S. in Publishing program!

Be sure to check out the blog daily as we are always updating it with great information for M.S. in Publishing students and alumni. We start off each week with an inspiring Quote of the Week. Other regular weekly features include: The Link of the Week, Jobs of the Week, and Around Town: Books and Magazine Events in NYC. We also post monthly Alumni in the Spotlight Interviews, Faculty/Advisory Board in the Spotlight features, Reports from the Trenches (we love to have students blog about field trips, guest lectures, books or magazines they have read etc., so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to contribute), and Volunteer and Events postings.

We also post numerous Internship and Employment opportunities, so be sure to bookmark the blog. As you embark on your internship search, don’t forget to go to the Internship Resources (Book and Magazine) tab on the blog. We have been working hard to update this resource and there are great links here to assist you with your search. We are also in the process of developing a robust Career Resources tab on the blog that will host useful information on resume and cover letter writing and job searching and networking, so check back often! And, if you are looking to do an internship and take PUB 699A and B, please email me anytime at jdenning@pace.edu to set up a time to meet.

The blog also includes our Faculty and Staff Bios—a great way to learn more about the backgrounds and accomplishments of your professors and publishing staff! The Publishing Links that run along the right side of the blog are also a great resource for students and publishing professionals.

I would also like to take this time to thank you for your future contributions to and feedback on the blog. We hope that you are finding it a useful resource. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions or comments.

We love to hear from you and are always looking for new ways to provide you with useful information. And, for students interested in publishing some writing samples, putting together a post for the blog is a great way to do that.

With best regards,

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Carla Hayden & Louise Erdrich Honored With WNBA Awards

Carla Hayden and Louise Erdrich

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and novelist, poet, and bookstore owner Louise Erdrich have both been named winners of the 2017 Women’s National Book Association Awards.

Usually awarded to one person a year, the WNBA decided to present the award to two people this year in honor of their centennial. Hayden was awarded for her involvement in the business of books and Erdrich for her involvement in the creation of them.

Jane Kinney-Denning, WNBA National President, said, “These two women, via their work, have made significant cultural and societal contributions [that] are deserving of this prestigious award.”

Hayden and Erdrich will be honored at the WNBA’s centennial celebration on October 28 in New York.

Editors Wanted at the Bookwoman

If you’re a recent graduate or alumni looking to enhance your resume and to give back to the literary community, this may be the opportunity for you!

Members in good standing are invited to apply to join the editorial team of The Bookwoman, the official publication of one of the oldest and most prestigious book organizations in the United States.

These voluntary Assistant Editor positions are a great opportunity to enhance your online publishing experience and boost your résumé.
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Responsibilities include creating content, liaising with chapter correspondents, and compiling, editing, and formatting the online publication in Constant Contact. (Experience is great, but training will be given to successful applicants.)
Email Nicole Ayers at: newsletter@wnba-books.org, with “Assistant Editor Position” as the subject line. Include your name, contact information, and WNBA chapter.
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WNBA membership is $50 for regular members and $20 for students.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: The Women’s National Book Association Sends a Book-a-Day to the President and the New Administration

March is Women’s National History Month, and there’s no better time than now to commemorate the literary work and accomplishments of published female authors. The Women’s National Book Association is celebrating its centennial this year, and this is a signature program of the celebration.

Each day, a book will be sent to the president. Each book is written influential woman with powerful and timely themes. The list is also being sent to members of Congress and government officials. The first book of the month is Catherine Drinker Bowen‘s Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention

To make the occasion more memorable, each book will include a bookmark designed specifically for this program.

This initiative aims to enlighten and inspire mutual feelings of “equality, diversity, and justice,” as explained in a letter to the President by Pace MS in Publishing Professor and WNBA National President Jane Kinney Denning.

Click this link to check out what other events are planned for the WNBA’s Centennial Year.

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.

WNBA “Power of Poetry in a Complex World” Event Reflection

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-2-27-00-pmThe Women’s National Book Association worked together with Pace University to arrange and present “The Power of Poetry in a Complex World” on November 9th of this year.

Contemporary female poets Camille Rankine, Deborah Poe, Ellease Ebele Oseye, Mellissa Studdard, and moderator Amy King read their poems and shared insight to the meaning of their work in the current tumultuous social and political climates.

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-12-31-30-pmMS in Pace Publishing Program Alumni and current WNBA-NYC Chapter President Hannah Bennett attended the reading and wrote a lovely reflection of the event on the WNBA website.

WNBA and UN Youth Representative Opportunity

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Women’s National Book Association United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Youth Outreach

To support an increase in youth participation at the United Nations (UN), the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning Fall 2011, two youth representatives (18 to 32 years old) have been added to each official NGO-accredited representation. They can attend weekly NGO Briefings and Communications Workshops, partake in the UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, and other meetings, briefings, and conferences.

For more information, visit http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations.

The Women’s National Book Association is looking to Pace University’s MS in Publishing program to fill one of these positions commencing January 2017 through December 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about NGOs to gain experience at the UN, as well as a wonderful resume building opportunity.

The designated Youth Representative will be under the supervision of the UN DPI/NGO main representative (Jill A.Tardiff). This position requires a commitment to the motivations of the Association and the UN, as well as excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The main representative and/or NY-based alternate representative will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and will be available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is highly recommended. The Youth Representative will receive a membership in the Association (for the duration of the assignment) complete with all related benefits.

Duration: January 1 thru December 31, 2017 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2016 Annual Review)

Overall duties:

  • Work with the UN DPI/NGO Main Representative and two Alternates on achieving the Association’s mandate “… to support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to disseminate information and news about the U.N. in our capacity (advocacy) as a non-consultative non-governmental organization (NGO)” and to actively plan and participate in UN and UN agency (namely US Fund for UNICEF) programmes and activities.
  • Attend at least one weekly briefing (Thursdays, 10A-12P) per month, provide report.
  • Attend the DPI/NGO Orientation Programme and/or Communications Workshop, provide report.
  • Attend the annual DPI/NGO Conference (usually held in September) when said event is held at the UN HQ.
  • Write one article per calendar year (topic TBD) for The Bookwoman, national publication of the Women’s National Book Association.
  • Write one article (every other issue) for The New York Bookwoman, WNBA-NYC chapter publication.
  • Contribute to the annual WNBA DPI/NGO report (June).
  • Contribute to the UN DPI/NGO Youth Blog.
  • Other duties to be determined.

Application deadline: Letter of intention with writing sample (non-fiction, 350-500 words) to be sent on/before November 18, 2016.

Contact: Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

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Internship Alert: WNBA Centennial Intern

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The Women’s National Book Association was established on November 13, 1917, in New York City by a group of women booksellers shut out of the American Booksellers Association and the Booksellers’ League. Many of them had joined forces over another cause—women’s suffrage—in the fall of that year. In fact, on October 27, just two days before the WNBA founders first gathered at Sherwood’s Bookstore in downtown Manhattan to discuss forming a women’s booksellers group, many of them had assembled as a group in a huge parade to support New York State’s referendum on women’s suffrage. That year, suffrage passed, making New York the first state in the East to grant women the right to vote. And that year, when the WNBA was founded, some thirteen women launched their efforts in connecting, educating, advocating, and leading in the literary world—an enterprise still going strong 100 years later.

The Women’s National Book Association will be celebrating its Centennial during the last week of October, 2017 with a national board meeting and a series of stellar, celebratory events.

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-2-27-00-pmWe are looking to fill an exciting internship opportunity in New York City available starting in November of 2016 and running through November of 2017. The intern will work remotely but will also meet regularly with the Executive Board members and Committee Chairs. The hours of the internship will vary but will be a minimum of 20 hours a month.

This is an unpaid position but each intern will have a free membership to the organization during the term of the internship.

This is an exciting opportunity not only to gain experience working with a 503c non-profit but also to interact with the publishing professionals who work in all aspects of the industry—as well as people who love books!

TITLE/Position – Centennial Planning Intern

Essential job responsibilities include:

  • Provide editorial assistance, including photo research, for the WNBA Centennial publication
  • Work on developing and updating the WNBA’s National and Centennial websites
  • Assist with the Coordination of the National Centennial Lecture Series
  • Assist in the development of Celebrating Women’s Voices (100 books lists – one for Fiction and one for Non-Ficiton) that will be made public in March of 2017
  • Help with organizing the national meeting/centennial celebrations
  • Attend meetings with key board and committee members

TO APPLY: Email your resume to Valerie Tomaselli — vtomaselli@mtmpublishing.com