Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

November 17, 2013

A Love Story, with Cupcakes

Come to the Brooklyn Public Library to hear Allison and Matt Robicelli talk about their new book Robicelli’s A Love Story, with Cupcakes . The book contains 50 “grown-up” cupcake recipes from the couple who started their legendary business on a loan of $30 in quarters. @ Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 1:00 p.m.

James McBride

Come to the BookCourt bookstore to hear author James McBride read from his novel The Good Lord Bird. The book is a surprisingly funny story about a boy who is mistaken for a girl who is then roped into John Brown’s ragtag militia. @ BookCourt 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 7:00 p.m.

November 18, 2013

Doris Goodwin

Join Doris Kearns Goodwin as she discusses her book The Bully Pulpit with Billy Goldstein. @ Barnes & Noble 33 East 17th Street 7:00 p.m.

Buying In

Join Laura Hemphill as she discusses her new novel Buying In with Teddy Wayne. The book focuses on a young woman caught in the center of a high-stakes merger during the financial crisis. @ The Strand Book Store 828 Broadway 7:00 p.m.

November 19, 2013

Paul Auster

Come to this author event for Paul Auster’s new book Report from the Interior. @ Barnes & Noble 33 East 17th Street 7:00 p.m.

FOLIO: Media Next Conference

A number of Pace MS in Publishing students had the unique opportunity to volunteer and to attend the FOLIO: media NEXT conference that took place in New York the last week of October.  In addition, Prof. Andrea Baron, Prof. Manuela Soares and Prof. Jane Denning were also able to attend.

Pace MS in Publishing student Maira Roman says, “Volunteering at Folio: MediaNext was a great opportunity to meet new people from Folio magazine and also to watch the presentations. It was good to see all the exhibitors and how they are engaged to think and build the future of magazine and book publishing.”

Tony Silber, the general manager of Folio:, Min, Expo, PR News and Audience Development,  and Jenn Heinold, Vice President, Events, Access Intelligence, generously provided us with this wonderful opportunity and we all learned a great deal about some of the issues, challenges and opportunities currently facing the magazine publishing industry.  It was an incredible opportunity for us to hear from key industry leaders about how they are transitioning their businesses in the digital age, to learn about new trends and strategies regarding  content management and social media.

Jenn Heinold
The conference was organized around five tracks—Media Management, MediaContent, MediaRevenue, MediaMarketing and MobileNext—and close to 100 speakers are on hand to guide you through today’s biggest opportunities: Mobile, tablets, social and transforming magazine publishing into a media model for a new era.  Click here for full descriptions of each track.

The speakers at the conference were an impressive and prestigious group of industry professionals, and included Chris Wilkes, Vice President, App Lab, Hearst Magazines, Chris Reynolds, Vice President, Marketing Analytics, Condé Nast, Chandra Magee, Senior Director, Digital Reader Outreach, The Economist, Kristine Shine, Chief Revenue Officer, PopSugar Media, and MS in Publishing Advisory Board member, and Bob Sacks, President, Precision Media Group.

Pace MS in Publishing student Ally Khristova says, “It was very rewarding to volunteer at Folio: MediaNext as I got to learn a lot about data, social media marketing, and digital newsstands. I also got to meet some great professionals in magazine publishing, including Caysey Welton, an associate editor of  Folio magazine, who was very welcoming and helpful.”

In the Keynote address for the conference, Elisabeth DeMarse, chair, president and CEO of TheStreet, Inc., a financial news and services network, addressed TheStreet Inc.’s turnaround: a company that has $60 million earmarked for acquisitions.

She also discussed her company’s subscription model and offered candid comments about downsizing her editorial staff and the expansion of TheStreet’s contributor content model. To read more about her talk, click here.

“Volunteering for the Folio: MediaNext conference was an eye-opening experience,” says Pace MS in Publishing student Caitlyn Callegari, “and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to attend. While there, I was able to attend a Sales session and meet with the speakers, and I also had the opportunity to browse the exhibition and I think that this conference was a glimpse into the promising future of books and magazines.”

To get a sense of what the discussions were on Day One of the conference, click here to read the MediaNext: Day One Wrap-Up: Key strategic, quick-hit takeaways in mobile, revenue, social and more.

To read what the prolific and insightful Bob Sacks posted regarding the event, see his newsletter and website here.

If you are interested in connecting with other professionals in the magazine and emedia industry be sure to check out  the FOLIO: MediaPRO group on LinkedIn: the group for professionals in the magazine and eMedia publishing industry. If you are involved in the creation, sales, marketing, editorial, production and delivery of critical information, resources, community and content via print, the Web, live events & other mediums, this is your group!

Thank you again to Folio: mediaNEXT for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.  We all learned a great deal and are looking forward to next year’s conference!

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

November 11, 2013

Soul Train

Join Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson as he discusses his book Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation with Nelson George. The author will be signing books as well. @ Barnes and Noble 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Jessica Lange

Join two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Lange as she discusses and signs her new children’s bookIt’s About a Little Bird. @ Barnes and Noble 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.

November 12, 2013

Ricky Martin

Join Ricky Martin for a signing of his new children’s book Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars. @ Barnes and Noble 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.

Marian Bantjes

Join Marian Bantjes, a critically acclaimed designer and graphic artist, at The Strand bookstore as she discusses her monograph Pretty Pictures. Michael Bierut, former president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and senior critic in graphic design at Yale School of Art, will join Bantjes in discussion of the book. @ The Strand Rare Book Room 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 7:00 p.m.

November 14, 2013

Nicholas Basbanes

Join author Nicholas Basbanes as he discusses his book On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History. The book looks at the history of paper, something we often take for granted, in a witty and insightful way. @ The Strand Rare Book Room 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

November 5, 2013

Amy Tan

Join author Amy Tan as she discusses her new book The Valley of Amazement. @ Union Square Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Science Fiction

Now in its 19th year, the science fiction literary club hosts free readings on the first Tuesday of every month. @ Soho Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan Street, 7:00 p.m.

November 6, 2013

Fresh Blood

The theater company La Petite Morgue presents the monthly Fresh Blood reading series as an opportunity for horror writers to have their latest works read aloud. Audience members are expected to buy a few drinks from the bar in exchange for some frightful entertainment. @ The Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome Street, 8:00 p.m.

November 7, 2013

Archie Book Covers

Come to The Strand Bookstore to hear Victor Gorelick, co-president of Archie Comics, talk with comic book historian Craig Yoe, as well as artists Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz, about The Art of Archie: The Covers. These experts will provide insight about the the world of Archie as it takes place over seven decades. @ The Strand Bookstore, Rare Book Room, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 7:00 p.m.


Join Swedish authors Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg for this one-of-a-kind interactive event celebrating the launch of Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything. Hosted by the NYU Game Center, this event will include a reading, discussion and Minecraft gaming. Both authors will be discussing the book and the state of the gaming industry in Sweden, answering questions, and engaging in a hands-on Minecraft gaming experience. @ NYU Games Center, 2 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 7:00 p.m.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

October 28, 2013

Wonder Women

Join Norah O’Donnell as she talks with Debora Spar, author of the novel Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection. @ Union Square Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

October 29, 2013

Ivan Ramen

Acclaimed chef Ivan Orkin is a contemporary ramen master, the man behind Tokyo’s top ramen shop, Ivan Ramen. Orkin is a New York born chef whose passion for ramen has taken around the globe and lead him to perfect his technique. Now he shares his love and knowledge of ramen in a new book. This is a night not to be missed for foodies, and it comes just in time for the opening of Orkin New York City restaurant this November. @ The Strand Bookstore in the Rare Book Room, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 7:00 p.m.

October 30, 2013

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman’s career has transversed a wide swath of Hollywood history, from his days as a child star and his rise to fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s to his continuing artistic output today. Feldman has seen Hollywood from the inside for the last three decades, and in Coreyography he presents a frank and fascinating look at his life: early work with Corey Haim, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, his highly publicized friendship with Michael Jackson, his struggles with addiction and recovery. Come and hear Corey Feldman share his remarkable story in person. @ The Strand Bookstore in the Rare Book Room, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 7:00 p.m.

November 1, 2013


Join Chris Hadfield as he discusses his book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination and Being Prepared for Anything. @ Union Square Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Gramercy Tavern Cookbook

Since its founding in 1994 the Gramercy Tavern restaurant has been a staple of the New York culinary scene. Danny Meyer, Michael Anthony and coauthor Dorothy Kalins, will chat about the iconic restaurant and its signature food. @ The Strand Bookstore in the Rare Book Room, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 7:00 p.m.