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



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 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!