Around Town: October 22nd-28th

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October 22- David Baldacci, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black with David Levithan 

Weill Art Gallery
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

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Price: $22

Master storyteller David Baldacci, whose new YA title is The Keeper, joins the bestselling partnership Cassandra Clare and Holly Black to discuss the new volume in their Magisterium collaboration, The Copper Gauntlet.

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October 24- Entertainment Weekly Fest 2015 

Industria Superstudio
775 Washington
New York, NY 10003

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Time: 11:00 pm-6:00 pm and
EW fest @ Night from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Entertainment Weekly will present EW Fest, a day-long celebration of the best in pop culture and EW’s 25th anniversary.

Presented by LG OLED TV, an entirely new category of television, EW Fest will feature unique programming including binge-a-thon screenings, first looks, editor Q&A’s, book signings, and panels with and performances by today’s most sought after talent. The line-up includes a look inside the X-Files writer’s room with creator Chris Carter and writer James Wong; an appearance by Aziz Ansari, discussing his new Netflix series; and anacoustic performance with The Band Perry. EW Fest panels include Ryan Murphy along with special guests from his hit shows, including Matt Bomer, and Kathy Bates, Scholastic’s David Levithan moderating a panel with YA authors and a digital influencers panel with YouTube creators Marcus Johns, and more.

For tickets and more details, head to www.ew.com/ewfest.

October 26- Book Launch: Women Chefs of New York by Nadia Arumugan

The Powerhouse Arena [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Interviews with more than 25 female chefs in New York reveal insights into some of the city’s top culinary talent, and pages of mouthwatering images will inspire readers to try these exclusive recipes!

More than twenty-five female chefs in New York City share their beloved recipes in Women Chefs of New York by food editor and cookbook author Nadia Arumugam.

Women Chefs of New York is a collection of recipes as diverse as New York City’s vast array of cuisine itself. The female trio behind the hugely popular Pies ‘n’ Thighs divulges their fried chicken and biscuits recipe; legendary Mediterranean cuisine chef Einat Admony offers her green shakshuka; and Christina Tosi, owner and founder of Momofuku Milk Bar, gifts the reader with her secrets for birthday cake truffles.

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October 27- Featured Editor Happy Hour with Buzzfeed

The Storehouse at 69 W 23rd St.
(between 5th and 6th Ave.)

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Ed is at it again! This time, he’s hosting an especially buzz-worthy featured editor happy hour just in time for Halloween. Join Ed and some of his featured editor friends from Buzzfeed on Tuesday, 10/27 from 7-9 PM. No need to RSVP.

As if that wasn’t enough, he’s made a Buzzfeed-esque listicle of all the reasons you should come:

1. Great Company: You’ll get the chance to network with and ask career advice from cool featured editors from Buzzfeed.

2. Free Candy: Now that we’ve hit the age where we’re a little old to go trick-or-treating, we’ll take candy any way we can get it.

3. Happy Hour Specials: Because who doesn’t enjoy sipping a half-priced cocktail while it’s still light outside?

4. No Cover Charge: Because savvy whippersnappers never pay cover.

5. Everyone’s Welcome: Want to bring a friend? Great. Want to bring two? Even better!

For more information click here.

October 27-WORD & Tumblr Present: LAST NIGHT’S READING Launch

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe27_LNR_final_housing_works126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Kate Gavino hosts the launch of her illustrated book based on her popular blog, with special guests Jazmine Hughes, Julia Fierro, Alexander Chee, Mira Jacob, and Lev Grossman. With books for sale courtesy of our friends at WORD Bookstore and drinks & snacks, until they run out, courtesy of Tumblr.

Jazmine Hughes is an associate digital editor at The New York Times Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Gawker.

Julia Fierro is the author of the novels Cutting Teeth and the forthcoming The Gypsy Moth Summer. She is the founder of The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and her work has appeared in The Millions, Poets & Writers, Flavorwire, Glamour,and Psychology Today.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novel, Edinburgh, winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Booksense 76 selection. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. She is the co-founder of much-loved Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn. Her recent writing and short stories have appeared in Guernica, Vogue, The Telegraph, Buzzfeed, and Bookanista.

Lev Grossman is the author of the novels Warp, Codex, and The Magicians Trilogy. He is a senior writer and book critic for TIME.

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October 28- Garance Dore at Club Monaco 

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Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th Street  

Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Garance Doré comes to Strand’s shop-in-shop at Club Monaco on Fifth Avenue to launch Love Style Life, which features iconic women including Emmanuelle Alt and Drew Barrymore, as well as her own illustrations and photography.

This event will be located in the Strand’s Shop at Club Monaco, at 160 5th Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets. Guests must purchase a copy of Love Style Life from Strand to enter the signing line. The first 200 attendees will be guaranteed admission, granted on a first come first serve basis regardless of pre-purchase or RSVP. Please note that ephemera will not be signed.

Please RSVP to RSVP@clubmonaco.com

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Media Magic

 

20140906_222835Rebecca Nicolasa Mbanugo is a student in Pace University’s MS in Publishing program, and is currently enrolled in Magazine Production and Design, taught by Andrea Baron. 

 

A short walk away from Rockefeller Center and Time Inc. lies a facility of the second largest magazine printer in the world, Quad Graphics Media Solutions Center. Professor Andrea Baron’s Magazine Production and Design class visited Quad at its Manhattan location on October 14th, 2014.

After receiving our visitor name tags at the reception desk, we were ushered into an impressive and well-lit conference room where a pleasing array of refreshments and complimentary pens and pencils bearing Quad’s name awaited us. Between bites of cookies and sips of soda and water, we pored over the pages of Quad’s portfolio and examined finished copies of some of the popular publications Quad works with, including Vogue, Seventeen, and Entertainment Weekly. Over the course of our nearly three-hour visit, our two presenters, Imaging Operations Manager Steve Stoma and Media Solutions Sales Representative Eric Johnson, took us on a visual and walking tour of the varied forms of media magic that Quad specializes in.

Quad is a national network of facilities that offer its clients a range of print, digital, and video-based media solutions, including dynamic imaging and augmented reality (AR). Emphasizing high quality and fast turn-around times, it operates according to three tenets: create, optimize, and connect. After the publisher creates artwork such as magazine layouts and covers, Quad takes that product and optimizes its content, enhancing color to achieve the best possible reproduction quality. Quad also connects content to the physical and digital channels of tablets and the Web. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Quad processes over 200,000 images and 90,000 pages of content annually.

The majority of the properties handled at the Manhattan location are magazines, many belonging to such publishers as Condé Nast and Hearst Magazines. We saw firsthand that the work of transforming each title into the alluring, polished products we encounter at the newsstands is quite a fascinating and meticulous process. Specific calibrations for color are checked on a daily basis and color-controlled monitors and booths equipped with proper lighting are used to view images. It is not uncommon for the teams in the customer service and retouching departments to work well into the night, checking hard and soft proofs for color, and digital blue lines for content layout. Continuous rounds of correction occur until each client is fully satisfied. Indeed, like the mythical elves at Santa’s workshop, the staff at Quad works diligently, seeming to fashion magic out of thin air.

Having had an enjoyable glimpse behind the scenes, we left Quad armed with new knowledge and a few souvenirs.

Steven Charny, Art Director at Entertainment Weekly

Steven Charny is a Deputy Art Director at the magazine Entertainment Weekly. He came to Professor Baron’s magazine production class this October to speak to the students about his experiences, and teach us about the state of the field. We were very honored to have Mr. Charny visit us and illuminate the role of an Art Director.

As a student of Pace University’s MS in Publishing program, I have the lucky privilege of meeting extraordinary publishing professionals like Steven Charny, Deputy Art Director at Entertainment Weekly and former Senior Art Director of Rolling Stone.  Mr. Charny was nice enough to come talk to Professor Baron’s Magazine Production and Design class this October. He regaled the class with tales of his work, showing us examples of the projects he’s worked on. Mr. Charny gave us great advice on how to get involved (and employed!) in the artistic fields of publishing.

Mr. Charny has worked in magazines for over 20 years. He has been present for the various changes ushered through the digital revolution. When he was starting out, rather than emailing his resume and link to an online portfolio as we would do today, he had to bring his work to different art departments to be evaluated. It was not easy for him to find steady employment at first, but through perseverance (and part-time bartending) he made it happen. When he was starting out, there were no programs like InDesign and Photoshop for the average publisher. Instead, designers would paste photos, text, and other elements onto a page and have the finished page photographed and compiled together. This process takes a lot more time and energy than current digital methods.

Though design processes have become more streamlined and faster in today’s publishing world, Mr. Charny talked about how there is still a lot of pressure to get everything finished on time. Designers working on Entertainment Weekly have just two weeks to put together their finished product. Editors plan out the content well in advance, but the designers don’t get the final material to put into the layout until it is go-time. This leads to a lot of long nights working at tiny details making everything perfect, like the spacing of headline text.

Mr. Charny emphasized the importance of using layouts that help develop the narrative of the story. He said that the online Entertainment Weekly is a different animal than the print version and didn’t ever feel pressure to have a consistent style between the two, which surprised me. Though their tablet version is a direct copy of the print magazine, the web presence of the brand is directed by a different branch of the company. I would have guessed that it is important to check the two versions of a designed feature to make sure they don’t contrast completely- sometimes a red hot design will give a much different view of a story than an understated, cooler scheme.

Instead of waiting to see your favorite publication post an internship or job online, Mr. Charny advised us to just go ahead and send out your resume to different employers. He believes that competition for internships in the magazine field is not as competitive as we may think, and that there’s no harm in reaching out and trying. Great advice for all of us aspiring magazine designers who might not have the courage to give it a try!

 

By Jenna Vaccaro