Around Town: Oct. 12th – October 19th

Four Way Books Seminar: Seamus Heaney’s The Spirit Level

When: October 15, 2017 @ 1pm – 4pm
Where: Puffy’s Tavern, 81 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
Cost: $95

We usually think about the college student’s budget when posting events, but this one is worth attending if you have some extra spending money for an afternoon of poetry and good conversation.

Four Way Books is hosting a seminar on Seamus Heaney‘s The Spirit Level (it is recommended that you read the book before attending the event). Heaney was regarded as one of the world’s best poets when he passed away in 2013. He was the author of twelve individual poetry collections, as well as selected volumes, translations, plays, and four collections of prose. In this seminar, attendees “will look closely at the artfulness of individual poems.” The event “will not be a lecture on one of Heaney’s signature books, but an interactive conversation about the work and what it can teach us about the art of poetry.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The Center for the Study of Women and Society and Women Writing Women’s Lives present:

When: October 16, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm
Where: Room 9204/9205, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave. (at 34th St.)
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

Deirdre Bair was a newly minted PhD who thought she would write a critical study of Samuel Beckett. One thing led to another, and she – who had never read a biography – suddenly found herself writing one. Her talk will describe the privilege (and the trials and tribulations) of working with two living subjects. It will include her coming-of-age as a scholar and feminist, and why now is the right time to tell these stories.

Bair is the critically acclaimed author of award winning biographies: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, Anais Nin, C. G. Jung, Saul Steinberg and Al Capone. She is also the author of the cultural study Calling it Quits: Late-Life Divorce and Starting Over. Her innumerable, prestigious prizes include the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett. Bair also serves on Pace University’s M.S. in Publishing Advisory Board.

For more information, see the Women’s Studies website:

LMHQ Women’s Breakfast

When: October 19, 2017 @ 8:30am to 10:30am
Where: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10038
Cost: Free

If you want to make connections and learn how to network in the publishing business, both as an editor and writer, then you should defintely consider going to LMHQ Women’s Breakfast. Kelly Hoey, author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World, will be in attendance and share her experience on how she wrote and book and got published. She will talk about “why aspiring authors need to think strategically and entrepreneurially before they even put pen to paper.”

Hoey started her career as a corporate attorney. By actively networking, she has gone on to have leadership roles in legal management, a leading global business networking group, and the startup community. As an influencer, Hoey works with inclusive companies such as Comcast and Capital One. She writes for publications such as and Fast Company, and is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of New York City’s Girls Geek Club.

For more information, click here.

Prof. Denning Interviews Bestselling Biographer Deirdre Bair

Pace Professor and WNBA-NYC President, Jane Denning, Interviews Bestselling Biographer and MS In Publishing Advisory Board member, Deirdre Bair

Read the full interview here.

Deirdre Bair is the critically acclaimed author of five award winning biographies. She received the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography and her biography of Simone de Beauvoir was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was chosen by The New York Times as one of the “Best Books of the Year.” Her biography of Anais Nin was also chosen by The New York Times as one of the “Best Books of the Year.” Ms. Bair’s biography of C.J. Jung won the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  


Bair’s biography of Saul Steinberg, published by Nan A. Talese at Doubleday, on November 20th, has met with outstanding reviews. Publisher’s Weekly states, “The pre-eminent New Yorker cartoonist leads a life worthy of his own ironic art in this scintillating biography… Bair’s long and amply researched biography unfolds in a graceful prose that’s stocked with absurdist scenes and colorful characters… Her breezy writing works subtly and slyly to unearth psychological depths beneath that amusing surface of the Steinbergian picaresque.”


In this interview, Ms.Bair, a member of the NYC chapter of the WNBA shares some of her stories and insights on writing about Saul Steinberg and her other subjects, and tells us a little bit about what she is working on next.

Author Event: Deirdre Bair

Attention all MS in Publishing students and faculty:

Come see National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair at the Princeton Club for a discussion of her new book, a biography of the artist Saul Steinberg. Join us for an extraordinary discussion of Saul Steinberg’s life and work.

Deirdre Bair is the critically acclaimed author of four previous biographies and an additional work of nonfiction. She received the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography. Her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and C.G. Jung were finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her biographies of Anais Nin and Simone de Beauvoir were choosen by the New York Times as “Best Books of the Year,”and her biography of Jung won the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Her biography of Saul Steinberg, one of The New Yorker’s most iconic artists, will be published by Nan A. Talese, Doubleday in November.


November 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street, New York, New York


31 Voices March Radio Honors Women’s History Month!

Deirdre Bair

M.S. in Publishing Professor Melissa Rosati has created a Blog Talk Radio program called 31 Voices March.  On March 1st, Professor Rosati will be interviewing Deirdre Bair, an award-winning author and an Advisory Board member for the Pace Publishing Program.

31 Voices March, radio programming dedicated to women who are remaking the world through writing and the arts, launches its show schedule on March 1, 2012 at 12 p.m. EST. Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair is the show’s first guest and she will be interviewed by host Melissa A. Rosati.

The show takes its name in honor of Women’s History Month and features a daily interview with outstanding women who are writers, artists, and social entrepreneurs. The guest line-up includes women from across the United States and who hail from Afghanistan, China, Cuba, and Turkey. Interviews range from 45 minutes to one hour and listeners are encouraged to call the show with questions and comments at 626-414-3577. After the show broadcast, the podcast is available on demand and through the iTunes store.

According to Rosati, the show’s founder and producer, “31 Voices March is a women’s global forum for discussion; a platform for connection; and symbol of unity. My guests are passionate in their belief that writing and the arts transform oppression into knowledge, freedom, and a sustainable world.”

Listen to internet radio with Melissa A Rosati on Blog Talk Radio!  To listen to the interview with Dierdre Bair on March 1st, click here!