Free Shakespeare in the Park Has Returned!

On June 3, Free Shakespeare in the Park began once again for the summer. Much Ado About Nothing will be performed until July 6. King Lear will begin on July 22 and run until August 17.

From their website, “Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Central Park becomes sun-drenched Sicily at the turn of the last century, where the heat of summer ignites the fevered passions of lovesick ladies in corsets and pining gentlemen spying from the verandah. Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs this delightful skirmish of wit between two self-declared bachelors tricked by their mischief-making friends into falling in love against their will and in spite of their own hearts.

New York’s most treasured summer tradition, Free Shakespeare in the Park, celebrates its 52nd season in Central Park’s famous Delacorte Theater. Love and madness, laughter and tragedy combine for a uniquely thrilling season of exciting theater and exceptional performances under the stars. Join over 5 million people who have enjoyed The Public Theater’s free performances and experience the heights of romance and the depths of duplicity in a setting unlike any other, in the heart of Manhattan.”

Tickets are distributed at the park, online through the virtual ticketing lottery, and in different ticket distribution points in the five boroughs.

Each performance takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park at 8:00 p.m. You can view the full calendar here. There are many performances, so don’t miss this opportunity to see this wonderful event!

 

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

June 9, 2014

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Come to the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo for the book launch of Nadia Hashimi’s novel The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. This debut work is a “searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.” @ The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00 p.m.

June 10, 2014

Hilary Clinton

Have the chance to meet Hilary Clinton at Barnes and Noble as she talks about her new book Hard Choices. Wristbands will be distributed at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event with purchase of the book which Hilary will be signing. @ Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, 11:00 a.m.

Bret Johnston

Come to Barnes and Noble as they welcome “flawless storyteller” Bret Anthony Johnston as he introduces his new novel, Remember Me Like This, on a double bill with talented debut author Boris Fishman. Both are summer Discover author picks. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

June 11, 2014

Alexi Zenter and Tea Obreht

Alexi Zentner, winner of both the O. Henry Prize and Narrative Prize, offers an imaginative riff on the collision of old and new, mythical and contemporary with his novel The Lobster Kings. A modern-day King Lear set in a lobster fishing village on an island off the coast of Maine, the novel reframes Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of threats from the mainland and modernity, and to preserve the looming, mythical legacy of her namesake. Novelist Tea Obreht (author of critically acclaimed and bestselling The Tiger’s Wife) calls Zentner “one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today.” Zenter and Obreht discuss the novel, Shakespeare, magic, and Maine. @ Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.

June 12, 2014

James Joyce

Come to Barnes and Noble for their annual James Joyce literary tribute. This year’s participants include Malachy McCourt, Larry Kirwan, Jeffrey Frank, Aedin Moloney and others. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Jobs of the Week

Cambridge University Press

Type: Full Time

Position: Editorial Assistant

Location: New York, NY

Cambridge University Press seeks a highly-motivated Editorial Assistant to join our editorial team. Primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to editors and reviewing and processing manuscripts. Working closely with a number of Editors across our Humanities and Social Sciences journals department, this position will provide the successful applicant with a strong grounding in the principles and practice of journals publishing and is a great opportunity for those looking to begin a career in publishing.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide a high level of administrative support across a range of tasks (including processing of invoices, a schedule of regular advances and payment requests, and maintenance of department databases).
  • Manage the preparation of reports and other documentation.
  • Conduct market research and competitive analyses for publications.
  • Assist the Editors with the transfer of new journals acquisitions.
  • Provide support in reviewing annual accounts.
  • Coordinate vacation and absence reports for the department, including application for time-off, sick leave, travel authorization documents, and travel and expenditure reports.
  • Coordinate department training requirements.
  • Serve as point of contact for visitors to the department.
  • Perform other editorial duties as required.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of 1-2 years of office experience required.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize is required.
  • Strong MS Office, Internet and research skills required.
  • Good oral and written skills are a requirement; candidates should have the ability to liaise with many people, learn quickly and work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong publishing experience with vast editorial/digital background preferred.
  • Understanding of digital content development and financial acumen is a plus; and copy editing/proofreading skills and courses through a professional publishing program a plus.

Find the original job posting here.

NYLON Magazine

Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant to the Associate Publisher

Location: New York, NY

The assistant will support NYLON’s Associate Publisher by meeting the day-to-day needs in areas of administrative tasks, personal errands, and projects related to the publishing and marketing fields. Duties will include managing calendars, scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements and helping to organize various projects. In addition, this role will entail ordering office supplies, handling package drop-offs and other administrative tasks. This role will require strong time management and communication skills. Good work ethic and the ability to prioritize are key.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage schedules and correspondence for Associate Publisher
  • Work under the publisher to update reports for ad sales
  • Organize meetings between Associate Publisher and business clients
  • Make international and domestic travel arrangements
  • Order office supplies and maintain office organization

Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Publishing or marketing experience preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to pay close attention to detail while handling multiple, simultaneous projects
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • A confident attitude and the ability to work effectively under pressure

Find the original job posting here.

Link of the Week: John Green – Social Media Master, Author Rockstar?

lownerdfighterI’ll be honest: my ultimate goal when attending Book Expo America and Bookcon this year was to see John Green. Yes, me and thousands of other people, most of which were teenage girls. Of course, when I read John Green’s first book, Looking for Alaska, it was 2006 and I was fifteen years old, a teenage girl. Then, I didn’t know who the author was, nor was it really important. I only wanted to read a story about a girl named Alaska. However, I think this is still the goal today, despite the fact that authors can share their personal stories with thousands of people. Nonetheless, an author’s strong social media presence can have a lasting impact on the amount of people who choose to read their book. You can’t say John Green without immediately thinking of his latest and most popular novel, The Fault in Our Stars, and vice versa. Although my parents still ask, “It’s what? We are at fault for the stars?” Close enough. With The Fault in Our Stars releasing as a major motion picture this Friday, June 6, there is not a better time than now to present this special edition of the Link of the Week.

When it comes to using social media, authors do not necessarily have to put themselves out there as personally as John Green has in order to garner success. This February 2013 Huffington Post article, “Does Social Media Sell Books? Gillian Flynn’s Agent Gives Her Perspective,” sheds some interesting insight on the topic. Gillian Flynn is the bestselling author of Gone Girl. Her agent said in the article, “There has certainly been a lot of social media chatter ABOUT Gillian’s books, although it’s true that for the most part she was not out there participating in or generating the conversation. I think a lot of this was ignited by media coverage of the book (online and off) and early on it was helped by a widespread galley distribution that the publisher executed for Gone Girl. The book itself really encourages discussion, so as more people read it, more people felt compelled to talk about it.”

However, I also do not believe that John Green’s success is solely determined by his use of social media. No matter how socially popular an author becomes, the books need to have readability. Like in the case of Gone Girl, they need to be good. If his books weren’t any good, why would hundreds of thousands of people continue to be interested in his social media presence? I suppose it is possible to follow Green’s updates and videos based only on curiosity and interest in him as a person, but what fun would that be? John Green is an author first, and it is his storytelling talent that keeps readers wanting more. Knowing about an author on a personal level is more like an added bonus.

Nevertheless, the combination of John Green’s charismatic social media presence and the exponential love of his books has truly escalated him to the title of an author rockstar. Well, I personally don’t like the word “rockstar” to describe John Green. “Celebrity” isn’t necessarily the right world either. “Popular person” might be the right words. With social media, Green has shown that he is indeed just a person like his readers. The symbiotic relationship of traditional book marketing on Penguin’s part and social media digital marketing has become the perfect pairing for Green’s success. I think it is important for each individual author to do only what he or she is comfortable with in terms of social media. Authors should not have to force themselves to participate in social media. However, if an author is good at it, like Green, then it can be very beneficial.

A meme of Green’s Tumblr icon

In a May 2013 post from John Green’s Tumblr, Fishing Boat Proceeds, Green gave his opinion on the success of The Fault in Our Stars. He said, “The Fault in Our Stars [2012] is NOT successful primarily because I am famous on the Internet. I know this because I was famous on the Internet when Paper Towns [2008] was published, and also when Will Grayson, Will Grayson [2010] was published. (TFiOS has almost a million copies in print; Paper Towns sold perhaps 4% as much in its first year.) Having the built-in audience of nerdfighteria is tremendously important to me and to my work, but both Paper Towns and WGWG sold less in hardcover than Looking for Alaska [2005], which was published when I was entirely unknown online.

For many reasons—partly because I’d built a readership over the past six years, partly because I signed the entire first print run—TFiOS had far more preorders than my previous novels. But when you have the kind of regular relationship with your audience that I do, pretty much 100% of that built-in fan base buys your book within the first month. It’s not something they find browsing at a bookstore three months later, as shown by the huge drop-off in sales for Paper Towns and WGWG. Why did this not happen with TFiOS? I think for a few reasons, which I’ll discuss below.”

Make sure to check out the entire Tumblr post for the rest.

Now, what is the “nerfighteria?” To me, it is the combination of fans from John and Hank Green’s, John’s brother, YouTube channel, Vlogbrothers, which they began in 2007, and the readers of John’s books. Nerdfighters are loyal fans who not only believe in John’s stories, but also in the positive messages that he and his brother convey on Vlogbrothers. They believe in decreasing the amount of “world suck” and increasing the amount of awesome. John and Hank began their YouTube channel in 2007 as a way to communicate with one another. Today, Vlogbrothers has over 2 million subscribers and over 1.5 billion views. Simply amazing. John Green has almost 2.5 million Twitter followers and announced in December 2012 that he had almost reached 200,000 Tumblr followers.

From a 2012 vlog, “Shaprie Face Question Tuesday”

These are great numbers. The majority, if not all, of these numbers represent not only his fans, but his readers. Millions of people are reading! That is one of the greatest treasures of all. Social media master, rockstar, popular person–no matter the title, John Green has shown that with a lot of determination and love for your fans, you can create readers too.

Learn more about John Green and his fans by watching this video from the CBS Sunday Morning show. Green also made it into this week’s The New Yorker. The article titled “The Teen Whisperer” gives an in-depth glimpse into Green’s past and present while reiterating that, indeed, Green is just a person. When using social media, he isn’t simply marketing his books or himself, but he is contributing his role model presence to a generation of young adults who only want to be believed in.

Inside Book Expo America: Our Experience and Thoughts

Book Expo America is something out of a publishing student’s dreams. Tara Slagle, one of our fellow students, and currently an intern for literary agent Linda Epstein, wrote a wonderful piece about her experience at BEA on The Blabbermouth Blog. Here is the complete post:

Inside Scoop: Dish from a Literary Agent Intern – BOOK EXPO AMERICA!

I had been looking forward to BEA for several months preceding it in the way that children look forward to Christmas. In my mind, it was going to be a magical place where authors and celebrities talked about books and chatted with their fans, publishing professionals applauded the efforts of their authors and their colleagues, and books rained down from the ceiling (in the least violent way possible, of course). Naturally, my fantastical imaginings were not exactly right, but they weren’t entirely wrong, either.

Upon first entering the Javits Center, I was blown away by the décor: huge banners advertising books and writers hung from the ceiling and were plastered to the walls, and colorful carpet sporting the BEA logo acted as a red carpet leading to the exhibition hall. It was a beautiful sight for a book lover like myself. Little did I know that the entrance hall would pale in comparison to the exhibition hall where all the publishers had set up their booths. But I’ll come back to that.

The first thing I did was attend the Author Breakfast. Here, guests were able to enjoy breakfast while listening to a panel of authors discuss their new or upcoming books. On this particular day, the authors were Anjelica Huston, Tavis Smiley, Lisa Scottoline, and Neil Patrick Harris, who was also the “master of ceremonies.” Hearing them talk about their books and how their ideas came to be so passionately was an incredible experience. Despite that half of the panel were primarily actors, each of them had a nearly tangible love for books. Their passion was inspiring because it proved how significant books are and how they connect us all.

This was proved over and over again throughout the day. At the Young Adult Editor’s Buzz, five editors discussed their favorite book of the upcoming season with fervor. Their excitement and fierce love for these books was obvious. They did a great job convincing everyone in attendance that they needed to read these books. When the panelists had finished speaking, a mob of people swarmed to the table where free Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) of all five books had been laid out for the taking. Everyone was trying so hard to get to the books that I literally got stuck in the crowd and was unable to move for several minutes. Eventually I fought my way out, with the books I wanted stowed in my bag to keep others from snatching them away. Talk about a passionate group of people.

Once recovered, Linda and I hit the exhibition hall. Each publisher had their own section complete with bookshelves full of their new and popular titles on display. The larger publishers (i.e. Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Penguin—oddly separate from Random House—Hachette, Scholastic, and a few others) had banners hanging over their sections, making them easier to find. Most publishers had free ARCs, bookmarks, tote bags, pens, and other paraphernalia to give away. (I must admit that I collected so many books, my shoulders were sore the next day.) At different times during the day, some publishers had an author or two signing books in their sections. Most autographing, however, took place in a designated section at the back of the hall. There were also three stages set up in the hall for various events.

Needless to say, the hall was teeming with people. From what I saw, most of the employees from the publishing houses appeared to spend the majority of their time greeting people, enthusiastically supporting their house’s books, or schmoozing with other members of the industry. With so many people present, BEA is the perfect opportunity to make new professional acquaintances or meet with people outside of the NYC bubble. Everyone is so excited about books that it’s very easy to connect with others.

Overall, my first BEA was a wonderful experience. Being surrounded by book lovers, I realized how many other people out there share my passion for reading and the art of writing. And the best part was that everyone was so nice. It’s a great environment to be in, and I’m really excited for the next time I get to attend—hopefully as a full member of the industry. I hope all of you have the chance to attend at some point!

Here’s a list of tips based on what I learned on my first day that many of you may find helpful for when you get to attend:

  • Wear comfortable shoes. Walking/standing all day is tiring no matter where you are, and your adrenaline can only keep you going for so long.
  • Bring water and snacks. Again, it’s tiring being on your feet all day, and you’re going to need to be hydrated and nourished to keep going.
  • Bring a rolling suitcase. Collecting free books and other swag is great, but it gets really heavy.
  • Wear layers. The convention center gets hot with so many people, but when you’re sitting in a room for, say, a panel, the air conditioning gets cold.
  • Bring plenty of business cards. You’ll meet a ton of people, and you want them to remember you and be able to contact you after your wonderful conversations.
  • Bring your camera (or make sure your phone is charged). There’s so much to see (including famous people!) that, if you’re like me, you’ll want to take pictures, so come prepared.
  • Get coffee before you get there. The line for Starbucks was extremely long throughout the day; don’t waste your already stretched-thin time waiting on line.

– Tara Slagle


One of the best moments for me at BEA (other than seeing John Green on Saturday) was listening to the panel on Friday hosted by the Women’s National Book Association and moderated by Professor Soares. The panel focused on how social media affects the young adult book market. You can read about the details of the panel from a previous blog post here. It was such a treat to listen to the publisher and discoverer of the Harry Potter series, Arthur A. Levine. Also on the panel was author Alaya Dawn Johnson, author Carolyn Mackler, Cheryl Kleinexecutive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, Jeffrey Yamaguchidirector of digital marketing at Abrams Books, and Jennifer Swan, librarian and department chair of Little Red School House and Elizabeth Irwin High School.

It was very interesting to hear the multiple perspectives about how different authors and publishers approach social media and digital marketing. The general consensus was that authors need only to use the social media that they are comfortable with. Using social media should be enjoyable by the author and not a horrible chore. However, it is still beneficial when authors have a little knowledge about some type of social media. That way, the marketing department can guide the author to the right social media path. 

Another interesting, and important, perspective of Book Expo America is from the authors. Kelly Light, children’s author and illustrator of Louise Loves Art (HarperCollins), wrote a great post about her experience at BEA. Check it out on her blog here.

– Andrea St. Aubin