Jack’s Wife Freda Cafe Takeover

Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Stop by the McNally Jackson café on Saturday morning for a treat from SoHo favorite Jack’s Wife Freda. Co-owners Maya and Dean Jankelowitz and chef Julia Jaksic will be signing copies of their cookbook, Jack’s Wife Freda: Cooking from New York’s West Village. Pick up a copy of the book and brunch to-go.

A copy of of the book is $30.

Panel Discussion: Fiction in Foreign Cultures

Monday, March 27 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
Fort Greene Store
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Panelists Include: Deborah Clearman, Ben Dolnick, Lauren Sanders, and Iromie Weeramantry. Moderted by: Aaron Zimmerman

When writers take themselves or their characters to other countries, especially those not their own, is it cultural appropriation or expanding the reader’s world? How do you get under the skin of another culture without sounding like a tour guide, a do-gooder, or an elitist? These are some of the questions Aaron Zimmerman, founder and director of NY Writers Coalition, will ask of four fiction writers at tonight’s panel. Deborah Clearman is launching Concepción and the Baby Brokers and Other Stories Out of Guatemala. Ben Dolnick’s 2013 novel At the Bottom of Everything is set partly in India. Lauren Sanders’ forthcoming novel The Book of Love and Hate is an intrigue that spans the globe from NYC to Israel. Iromie Weeramantry’s short stories take place largely in her home country, Sri Lanka.  A book signing and wine reception follows the discussion.

Admission is free.

Book Launch and Talk: Alex Daly’s “The Crowdsourceress”

Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kickstarter
58 Kent Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

After helping generate millions of dollars in funding for Kickstarter campaigns like Neil Young’s Pono Music Player, Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion documentary, and TLC’s final album, Kickstarter expert Alex Daly has teamed up with PublicAffairs to release The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea.

Join her for a reading from her new book and a discussion of her experiences — and the secrets to her creative Kickstarter success. Stick around after the reading to purchase your copy of the book and get it signed.

Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, September 29th at 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

JoyceJoyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her books include the national bestsellers “We Were the Mulvaneys” and “Blonde” (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers “The Falls” (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and “The Gravedigger’s Daughter.” Her essay collection “Soul at the White Heat” is new from Ecco Press this fall.

 

Admission is free.

Cave Canem Presents: New Works

Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

Publisher’s Weekly Call for Reviewers

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CALL FOR REVIEWERS

Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business,” is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business running for over 140 years. It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing some 8,000 per year.

Publishers Weekly is currently looking for reviewers for all types of fiction (excluding Poetry) and all types of non-fiction (specifically Education, Technology, Politics, Psychology), both digital and physical, and for both traditionally published and self-published books. PW pays an honorarium of $25 per review. Writing/prior reviewing experience is a plus, but not required.

If you are interested in reviewing for PW, please send an example review (approximately 200 words) of a recently published book to DShultz@publishersweekly.com. Also include a list of genres (fiction) you’d like to review or areas of specialization (non-fiction). Applicants are highly encouraged to look at PW reviews for formatting examples. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Link of the Week: New York Books

Summer is always the best time to catch up on reading. Whether you’re at the beach, taking a long road trip to see your family, or taking refuge from the heat in the cold library stacks, you always need new reading material. For this week’s link of the week, we bring you lists of the best books about New York City. Whether you are in town or abroad, these novels will make you feel like you’re right back on 5th Avenue.

 

Rob Sullivan at The Huffington Post gives his choices here, his list is from 2011. Huff Po also surveyed their editors for their own picks in another article.

  • Going back in time to 1995, The New York Times contributor Sam Roberts lists his ten favorites.
  • Complex has a detailed list of 25 top NY novels here with great descriptions.
  • Goodreads has an overflowing list, how many have you read?
  • What do they think about New York literature across the pond? Check out The Guardian’s list to see how the British categorize New York novels.
  • Looking for the whole list? Wikipedia categorizes all the novels they know about by date here.
  • Quiklit has their own list complete with beautiful covers here.

Bonfire of the Vanities, The Great Gatsby, and The Catcher in the Rye are all popular favorites. What’s your top choice?

Link of the Week

The MS in Publishing Blog would like to introduce you to this week’s Link of the Week: The Center for Fiction.  

 

The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. that focuses on fiction. The Center works with readers and writers, and hosts many literary events in New York City.  They also host workshops and reading groups, offer grants, and promote child literary programs.   The Center for Fiction began in 1820 by New York City merchants before public library systems were in place. hosts an annual awards program.

 

Click here to visit the Center for Fiction’s website and learn more about opportunities that students can take advantage of!

1st Annual WNBA National Writing Contest

The WNBA will be reviewing submissions for their 1st annual Writing Contest. The Women’s National Book Association is a dynamic organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Sellers and many others involved in the world of books.

After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women, and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers. Please send only your highest caliber work.

GUIDELINES:

  • Submission Period:  June 1st – November 1st, 2012
  • Fiction: 2,500 word limit – may be a short story, or a stand alone excerpt from a novel in progress
  • Poetry: 35 line limit – or one page double spaced
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • Your entry must be uploaded without your name, address, or contact information on the actual document. Your contact information will be collected on a separate form when you submit your entry.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  • You may submit more than one entry, however, each one must be separately submitted.
  • Acceptable formats are: Word Document 2007, Word Document 2003 or earlier version, RTF (Rich Text Format).
  • Winner will be announced April 1st, 2013. Contest results will be posted online at www.wnba-books.org/contest.

JUDGES:

 

Fiction: Valerie Martin. Valerie is an award-winning author (Kafka Prize, Orange Prize) with 9 novels, 3 short story collections, and one biography. Her website is: www.valeriemartinonline.com.

 

 

Poetry: Julie Kane, Poet Laureate, Louisiana, 2011-2013. Julie has authored six books, including three collections of poetry, one volume of non-fiction, and two edited anthologies. Her website is: www.juliekanepoet.com.

 

ENTRY FEE:

Entry: 3 poems or 1 short story

WNBA Members: $10 per entry
Non-Members: $15 per entry

Multiple submissions will be accepted.

PRIZE:

$250 cash prize, and the winning entry will be published in The Bookwoman, the official publication of the Women’s National Book Association, with 10 chapters nationwide. 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention prizes in each category, please see website for details.  Proceeds of the contest will go to support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.

Submissions Link:
wnba.submishmash.com/submit