The Muse 2012 | Shop Talk Lunch Tables
12:45pm-2:00pm on Saturday, May 5th, 2012These tables are an opportunity to network and/or socialize with invited authors, agents, editors, and presenters. Shop Talk tables are smaller, set further apart from other tables, in a separate part of the Imperial Ballroom, and reserved in advance so you’ll know exactly with whom you’ll be sitting. Participants will be asked to rotate chairs once or twice during the course of the lunch to maximize the number of personal connections to be made at the table. To reserve a spot, you must request a first and second choice of table and pay an additional $75 tax-deductible fee as you register for the conference online.
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- Michelle Toth (Author)
- Michelle Toth is the author of Annie Begins, an Amazon.com bestselling novel, and founder of SixOneSeven Books, a small press based in Boston which she runs together with Andrew Goldstein, author of The Bookie’s Son. Established with the idea of “writers publishing writers,” SixOneSeven Books’ additional titles include Girls I Know by Douglas Trevor (forthcoming May 2013), Veronica’s Nap by Sharon Bially, and Twelve Weeks by Karen Lee Sobol. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Michelle is currently the head of human capital for a leading investment management and technology development firm in New York City. Michelle is a long-time member of the board of directors of Grub Street, and divides her time between NYC and Boston. 3H: The Strategic Writer: You’re Bigger Than Your Book
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- Elinor Lipman (Author)
- Elinor Lipman is the author of 10 works of fiction, including The Family Man, My Latest Grievance, The Inn at Lake Devine, and Then She Found Me. She had been a judge for the National Book Awards and the National Endowment for the Arts, and holds the Elizabeth Drew Chair in Creative Writing at Smith College. Her next two books, The View From Penthouse B and a collection of personal essays, will be published in 2013. 2F: Literary Idol: Star Author Edition: Part I Option 6: Literary Idol: Star Author Edition: Part II Option 9: Women (Writers) of a Certain Age
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- Sorche Fairbank (Literary Agent)
- Since establishing Fairbank Literary Representation in 2002, Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank has had the pleasure of working with a dynamic and varied list, representing best-selling authors, Edgar recipients, award-winning journalists, and of course one of her favorite kinds of client – the debut author. Tastes in novels tend toward literary fiction, international voices, and women’s voices. On the nonfiction side, books that tackle current events and topical and societal issues with a narrative treatment. She has a strong interest in women’s voices and class and race issues, quality lifestyle books (food, wine, design), memoir that goes beyond the me-moir, and humor, gift books, and pop culture. Subjects and genres not of interest by Sorche and Fairbank Literary include: sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, children’s and YA, self-help, romance, and sports fiction. Also, anything that opens with a dream scene and/or exhaustive descriptions of weather. Unless, of course, it’s really, really, really good. Authors and books represented by Fairbank Literary include: O. Henry Prize winner Charlotte Forbes; Pulitzer nominee and LA Times Cairo Bureau Chief Jeffrey Fleishman; Edgar winner Rex Burns, Matthew Frederick and his best-selling 101 Things I Learned series; Eudora Welty prize winner Miroslav Penkov (East of the West), Travis Bradford, CEO of Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room (Solar Revolution); Jonathan McCullough’s A Tale Of Two Subs: An Untold Story Of World War II, Two Sister Ships, And Extraordinary Heroism; Robert McKinnon, (Legacy: Keeping Our Promise for a Better World); essays by such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Bill McKibben, Mia Hamm, and Dave Eggers; and essayist Jessica Handler. Humor and gift book clients include Chuck Sambuchino (How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack; Red Dog, Blue Dog), Terry Border (Bent Objects Empire), and Carl Warner (Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes). For updated information on Sorche Fairbank and Fairbank Literary, their clients, and recent deals: www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/SorcheFairbank. 1G: How To Talk to Agents: Part I 2G: How To Talk to Agents: Part 2 3J: Query Lab 4L: Literary Idol: Fiction Focus
- Paul Whitlatch (Editor)
- Paul Whitlatch, editor at the Scribner imprint of Simon & Schuster, has published books by David Goodwillie (American Subversive, a New York Times Notable Book), Tony Wagner (Creating Innovators, a Washington Post Bestseller), and David Whitehouse (Bed, nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award). His recent and forthcoming titles include J. M. Sidorova’s debut novel The Age of Ice; Tim Crothers' The Queen of Katwe; and To Be a Friend Is Fatal, a memoir by Kirk W. Johnson. At W.W. Norton and Scribner, he has worked on the publication of books by a range of high-profile and bestselling authors, including Stephen King, Don DeLillo, Kathy Reichs, Colm Toibin, former First Lady Laura Bush, and Pulitzer Prize-winning oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee. An adjunct instructor in the Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Whitlatch was named a Frankfurt Fellow at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair and will be a Visiting International Publisher at the 2013 Sydney Writers Festival. He is acquiring books in these categories: literary fiction, thrillers, politics, technology, popular science, sports, and narrative non-fiction. 5L: Industry Guide to Publishing: Fiction
- Anita Shreve (Author)
- Anita Shreve is the author of sixteen novels. Her newest book will be out from Little Brown in the fall. She lives in both Maine and Boston. 2F: Literary Idol: Star Author Edition: Part I Option 6: Literary Idol: Star Author Edition: Part II
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- Ann Collette (Literary Agent)
- Ann Collette was a freelance writer and editor before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. Her list includes books by New York Times bestselling author B. A. Shapiro, Oprah's “Fall 2012 Unputdownable Mysteries” author Mark Pryor, Anthony Nominee Vicki Lane, RT Award Nominees Clay and Susan Griffith, Mark Russinovich, Steven Sidor, Carol Carr, and Chrystle Fiedler. She likes literary, mystery, thrillers, suspense, vampire, and commercial women's fiction; in non-fiction, she prefers narrative non-fiction, military and war, work to do with race and class, and work set in or about Southeast Asia. Ann does not represent children's, YA, sci-fi, or high fantasy. 7G: 12 Do’s and Don’t's of Mystery and Thriller Writing
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- April Eberhardt (Literary Agent)
- A self-described "literary change agent," April Eberhardt assists and advises authors as they navigate the increasingly complex world of publishing. As readers and publishers choose among the many ways literature is being delivered in the new millennium, authors need a literary agent who understands both the traditional and electronic marketplaces, along with the evolving options for agent-assisted independent publishing. April works with serious authors who recognize the need for professional support, and the importance of publishing in the highest-quality way, be it traditionally or independently. Agent-vetted manuscripts help independently-published authors stand out from the millions of others, and contribute to raising the bar for independent publishing, garnering recognition and sales for those authors who understand and commit to "self-publishing, done right." 6H: The New Era of Publishing: An Agent’s Perspective on Going the Indie Route
- Katrin Schumann (Author)
- Katrin Schumann is the co-author of The Secret Power of Middle Children and Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too. She has been featured on the TODAY show, Talk of the Nation and in The Times, as well as other newspapers, magazines and radio, nationally and internationally. Schumann’s latest projects include a historical novel set in the Baltic, various non-fiction books in development, and on-going editorial work for editors, agents and writers. For the past ten years she has been teaching fiction and non-fiction, most recently at a local women’s prison, and running parenting focus groups and surveys. Before going freelance, she helped produce talk shows at NPR, where she won the Kogan Media Award. Schumann has been granted writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Norman Mailer Writer's Colony. Awarded scholarships to Oxford and Stanford Universities, she studied literature, language and journalism. Schumann was born in Freiburg, Germany, grew up in New York City and London, and now lives in Massachusetts. 7K: A Logical Approach To a Successful Book Launch
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- Erin Harris (Literary Agent)
- Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management. She represents literary fiction, book club fiction, contemporary YA, and select narrative non-fiction titles. Some of her clients include: Time magazine contributor and former Newsweek correspondent Carla Power, Executive Editor of The New Criterion David Yezzi, and the novelists Bryan Furuness and Jennifer Laam. Erin began her career in publishing in 2008 and has worked for both William Clark of WM Clark Associates and Irene Skolnick of the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and her BA in literature from Trinity College (Hartford, CT). 4L: Literary Idol: Fiction Focus
- Cara Blue Adams (Magazine Editor)
- Cara Blue Adams is a writer and co-editor of The Southern Review. Her stories and nonfiction have appeared in Epoch, Narrative, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Sun, and was recently named one of Narrative’s “15 Below 30.” She has been awarded grants from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the VCCA, together with The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize. Work she edited has appeared in or been named Notable by Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and other national publications. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 6K: Editors Tell All: Southern Review & Electric Literature & Slice
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- Elizabeth Evans (Literary Agent)
- Elizabeth Evans is a literary agent at the Jean V. Naggar Agency, where she has worked since 2010. Previously, she worked for six years in the San Francisco Bay Area with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She represents a robust nonfiction list and a small but dynamic list of novelists. Elizabeth graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College with a degree in English literature and received an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. She credits her parents with inspiring her love of books from an early age. Elizabeth especially loves launching new authors' careers and works closely with her clients to fine-tune their proposals and manuscripts. She is the founder of Room to Write, a volunteer group of over eighty New York City publishing professionals. 5K: Non-Fiction Idea Clinic
- Christina Thompson (Magazine Editor)
- Christina Thompson is the editor of Harvard Review and the author of Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Douglas Stewart Prize and the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize. A recipient of grants from the NEA and Australia Council, her work has appeared in Vogue, the American Scholar, and the Journal of Pacific History. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, teaches in the Writing Program at Harvard University Extension, and writes regularly for the Boston Globe.
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- Alice Tasman (Literary Agent)
- Alice Tasman has been a literary agent at JVNLA since 1995. Her writers have earned numerous awards and honors, including the Calvino Prize, C. Hugh Holman Award, the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, the O. Henry Prize, and the Willie Morris Award. Her authors' writing has appeared in The New York Times, Best American Short Stories, McSweeney's, One Story, Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, The Normal School, and A Public Space. Awards and honors for her middle grade writers include: Texas Bluebonnet Award, Newbery Award nominee, Cybil Award nominee. She is committed to working with authors over the long term and is very hands-on in every stage of the publishing process—from editing manuscripts and refining proposals, to amassing the perfect list of editors for the project and negotiating contracts, to actively working with publishers on the publicity and marketing of the books. She earned her BA from Brown University and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. 3K: What Agents Want
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- Katharine Sands (Literary Agent)
- A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of fiction and non-fiction authors who publish a diverse array of books. Highlights include Dating the Devil (producer: Vast Entertainment) by Lia Romeo; XTC: SongStories; Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, MD; Make Up, Don't Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil; Playwright Robert Patrick's novel, Temple Slave; The Complete Book on International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child; Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman's Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods; Under the Hula Moon; Whipped: A Professional Dominatrix's Secrets for Wrapping Men Around Your Little Finger; The Gay Vacation Guide; CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Syle-Obsessed; Writers on Directors; How to Create an Identity for a Brilliant Career, Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Annulled, Beheaded, Survived: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Ford model Helen Lee's The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn't Want You to Know; The SAT Word Slam; Divorce After 50; The Complete Book of Bone Health; and The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery, to name a few. She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers' lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed. 1G: How To Talk to Agents: Part I 2G: How To Talk to Agents: Part 2
- Rebecca Joines Schinsky (Special Guest)
- Rebecca writes about books, the reading life, and the publishing industry at her popular literary site The Book Lady's Blog. She is a freelance writer, critic, and social media strategist and works as an editor at Book Riot. When not reading books and writing about them, she can be found on the Bookrageous podcast and the board of James River Writers in her adopted hometown Richmond, VA. 4H: One Fan At A Time: Building a Community of Readers the Old-Fashioned Way 6J: Promotion and Publicity 7J: How to Catch the Reviewer’s Eye
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- Lynne Barrett (Author)
- Lynne Barrett is the author of the story collections The Secret Names of Women, The Land of Go and, most recently, Magpies, winner of the Florida Book Awards gold medal for general fiction. She has received the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America for best mystery story and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Her recent work has been published in Blue Christmas, Real South, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Delta Blues, The Southern Women’s Review, Night Train, One Year to a Writing Life, and many other anthologies and journals. Editor of The Florida Book Review, she is a professor at Florida International University, where she teaches in the M.F.A. program. You can read more at lynnebarrett.com. 2C: A Beginner’s Guide to Plot 3D: Secrets and Lies
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- Katherine Flynn (Literary Agent)
- Katherine Flynn joined the Kneerim, Williams & Bloom Agency in 2008. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, Katherine worked at the literary agency of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in New York. She then pursued her PhD in History at Brown University, where she is now A.B.D. She has also taught literature and composition to high school students and worked in a rare book shop. Katherine represents history, biography, politics/current affairs, adventure, science, nature, pop culture, and psychology for non-fiction and particularly loves exciting narrative nonfiction, where the truth is a story more fascinating than anything else. For fiction, she represents both literary and commercial fiction, and she is fond of urban or foreign locales, crime novels, insight into women’s lives, biting wit, and historical settings. That said, some of her favorite novels would probably not fit any of these descriptors, and she is open to anything that is well-written and contains a compelling, fresh story. 7L: Literary Idol: Fiction & Non-Fiction
- Mameve Medwed (Author)
- Mameve Medwed (named for two grandmothers, Mamie and Eva) is the author of the novels Mail, Host Family, The End of an Error, How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life, (2007 Massachusetts Honor award for Fiction) and Of Men and Their Mothers. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in the anthologies How To Spell Hanukah, My Bookstore, and What My Mother Gave Me and, among others, in the New York Times, Gourmet, Yankee, Boston Globe, Missouri Review, Newsday, and The Washington Post. Born in Bangor, Maine, she currently lives in Cambridge. 2F: Literary Idol: Star Author Edition: Part I Option 6: Literary Idol: Star Author Edition: Part II
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- Mitchell Waters (Literary Agent)
- Mitchell Waters has been an agent with Curtis Brown, Ltd. for over eighteen years. He represents an eclectic array of fiction and non-fiction. Some recent, forthcoming, and representative titles include: Where You Can Find Me by Sheri Joseph, Cloudland by Joseph Olshan, The Paternity Test by Michael Lowenthal, Jane Vows Vengeance by Michael Thomas Ford, The Great American Railroad War by Dennis Drabelle, Hell Or High Water and Island Of Bones by Joy Castro, The Man Who Couldn't Eat by Jon Reiner, and The Unseen World of Poppy Malone by Suzanne Harper. 3K: What Agents Want
- Stephen Barr (Literary Agent)
- Stephen Barr spent the first 21 years of his life in Southern California, and the only thing he really knew about publishing before he moved to New York City was Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Terry Crabtree in Wonder Boys — he’s an editor, and he flies into Pittsburgh (wearing a big, comfy-looking east coast coat) to coax a second novel out of his troubled but probably brilliant author, and then come the hijinks. That sounded pretty swell, so Barr read Wonder Boys on the flight over to New York. Over the course of six or seven months of interviews and internships, he realized that he still wanted the coat and the authors, but would be more comfortable playing the role, so to speak, of their agent (though editing is perhaps his favorite thing in the whole wide world, and he works very closely with his clients to polish and perfect their manuscripts before and after submission). Barr landed at Writers House in 2008, became its biggest fan about four seconds later, started taking on his own clients in 2010 (serious non-fiction, memoir, literary fiction, picture books, non-paranormal YA, you name it), and just got his coat back from the dry cleaner. 3J: Query Lab
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- Mitali Perkins (Author)
- Mitali Perkins was born in Kolkata, India; by the time she was 11, she’d lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York, and Mexico before settling in California just in time for middle school. After studying political science at Stanford and public policy at U.C. Berkeley, she taught in middle school, high school, and at the college level. When she began to write fiction, her protagonists were often—not surprisingly—strong female characters trying to bridge different cultures. Mitali has written several acclaimed books for young readers, including Bamboo People, a Junior Library Guild selection, ALA Top Ten YA Fiction pick, and an ABA Indie's Choice Honor Book; Monsoon Summer, an ALA Quick Pick, a Bank Street Best Book, a New York Library Book for the Teen Age, and a Texas Library Association TAYSHAS Best Book for Young Adults; Rickshaw Girl, winner of a Jane Addams Honor Award, the Maine Lupine Honor Award, and the Julia Ward Howe Honor Award; Secret Keeper, an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society and on the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer list of great titles that empower girls; and the First Daughter books. She speaks frequently about the transforming power of stories as windows and mirrors, blogs about “books between cultures” (mitaliblog.com), tweets regularly (@mitaliperkins), and also connects with readers through Facebook (facebook.com/authormitaliperkins). She lives and writes in Newton, Massachusetts. Visit mitaliperkins.com. 3G: Crafting Conversation in Fiction for Young Readers
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- Kevin Smokler (Author)
- Kevin Smokler is the author of the forthcoming essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School (Prometheus Books, Feb. 2013) and the editor of Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, Paid Content, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly and on National Public Radio. Kevin Smokler sits on the advisory boards of SXSW Interactive, Salon97 and Symbolia Magazine and speaks on the future of publishing and literary culture at companies (AOL), conferences (SXSW, The Idea Festival) and universities (M.I.T, Stanford, University of Michigan) throughout North America. 4H: One Fan At A Time: Building a Community of Readers the Old-Fashioned Way 6J: Promotion and Publicity
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- Emi Ikkanda (Editor)
- Emi Ikkanda, an editor at Times Books and Henry Holt & Company, is building a list of narrative nonfiction, memoir, and fiction. Her list includes Time Magazine contributor Carla Power’s forthcoming book If The Oceans Were Ink. Emi has worked on the publication of books by award-winning and bestselling authors including president Jimmy Carter, Booker Prize-winner John Banville, Pulitzer-Prize winners Tony Horwitz and Annette Gordon-Reed, Richard North Patterson, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, Lauren Manning, executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson, and New York Times reporters Elaine Sciolino and Diana Henriques. Before joining Holt, she was an associate editor at the Berkeley Fiction Review and worked at the University of California Press. She has earned degrees in art and literature at U.C. Berkeley and King’s College London, and studied abroad at the American University of Paris. Emi pursues nonfiction narratives, histories, memoirs, and reportage that explore race, war, multiculturalism, adventure, science, food, and the arts. She is also seeking multicultural or historical novels, WWII noirs, and voice driven fiction. She is drawn to emotionally rich stories that center on family secrets or on a fascinating friendship or marriage, and she is always drawn to characters that are artists or creative types. In fiction or nonfiction, she loves discovering a lost chapter in history, going on a journey, and exploring hidden worlds. 4K: Industry Guide to Publishing: Non-Fiction
- Ann Hood (Author)
- Ann Hood is the author, most recently, of The Obituary Writer, as well as the bestselling novels, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine. Her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, was a New York Times' editor’s choice, and was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008. She has won Best American Spiritual Writing, Travel Writing, and Food Writing awards, two Pushcart Prizes, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. 4B: How to Be Your Own Best Editor Option 9: Women (Writers) of a Certain Age 6C: Ten Steps to a Kickass Essay
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- Regina Brooks (Literary Agent)
- Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. Her authors have appeared in USA Today, New York Times and the Washington Post as well as on Oprah, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSBNC, TV ONE, BET and a host of others. She has held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill companies. Brooks is the author of the titles Never Finished Never Done (Scholastic), Writing Great Books For Young Adults (Source Books), and You Should (Really) Write A Book: How To Write, Sell, And Market Your Memoir (St. Martin’s Press), has edited over nearly 100 titles and is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Essence.com. Brooks is also on the faculty of the Harvard University publishing course and the Whidbey Island Writers MFA program and annually teaches at more than twenty worldwide conferences. She has been highlighted in global media outlets including Forbes, Media Bistro, Essence magazine, Ebony magazine, Writer’s Digest magazine, The Writer, Jet, Rolling Out and Publisher’s Weekly. She also is a co-publisher of an imprint of Akashic called Open Lens. 4K: Industry Guide to Publishing: Non-Fiction
- Lynne Griffin (Author)
- Lynne Griffin is the author of the novels Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster) and Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press), and the nonfiction parenting guide, Negotiation Generation (Penguin). In addition to teaching at Grub Street, Lynne teaches in the graduate program of family studies at Wheelock College. She is the family life contributor for Boston’s Fox Morning News and writes for The Writer magazine, Parenting magazine, and Psychology Today. For more about Lynne’s work, visit her website, www.LynneGriffin.com or her blog, Field Guide to Families. 7K: A Logical Approach To a Successful Book Launch
- Jacqueline Sheehan (Author)
- Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a New York Times Bestselling author of fiction. She is also a psychologist. She is a New Englander through and through, but spent twenty years living in Oregon, California, and New Mexico doing a variety of things, including house painting, photography, freelance journalism, clerking in a health food store, and directing a traveling troupe of high school puppeteers. Her novels include The Comet’s Tale, a novel about Sojourner Truth, Lost & Found, Now & Then, and Picture This. She has published travel articles, short stories, and numerous essays and radio pieces. In 2005, she edited the anthology Women Writing in Prison. Jacqueline has been awarded residencies at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland and Jentel Arts Colony in Wyoming. She teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and Writers in Progress in Florence, Massachusetts. She has attended international writing retreats in Jamaica, Guatemala, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. 3E: The Psychology of Strong Characters Option 11: How to Form a Peer-Led Writing and Manuscript Group
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- Ladette Randolph (Magazine Editor)
- Ladette Randolph is the author of three books, most recently the novel Haven’s Wake, and the editor-in-chief of Ploughshares magazine. In addition, she teaches in the MFA program at Emerson College and is co-owner of the manuscript consulting firm Randolph Lundine. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe grant, a Virginia Faulkner award, a New York Times Editor's Choice citation, and a Nebraska Book Award.
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- Susan Tiberghien (Author)
- Susan Tiberghien is an American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a degree in Literature and Philosophy and did graduate work at the Université de Grenoble and the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich. She is the author of three memoirs: Looking for Gold: A Year in Jungian Analysis; Circling to the Center: An Invitation to Silent Prayer; Footsteps: A European Album; and most recently, the best-selling writing book One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft. And she has published extensively short stories and essays in literary reviews and anthologies in the United States and in Europe. Tiberghien teaches and lectures at graduate programs, at C.G. Jung Centers, for the International Women’s Writing Guild, at writers’ centers in the States, and in Paris and Geneva. She is a founding member of the International Writers’ Residence at the Château de Lavigny, an active member of International PEN, and she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group and Conferences. She is married and has six grown children, and many grandchildren. 3C: From Journal to Successful Memoir
- Ethan Gilsdorf (Author)
- Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, teacher and geek, and author of the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories, essays and reviews regularly in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Salon.com, and wired.com. Ethan has published hundreds of articles in dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide, including BoingBoing, CNN.com, Playboy, National Geographic Traveler, Psychology Today, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Fodor's travel guides. He is a book and film critic for the Boston Globe, film columnist for Art New England, and a core contributor to the blog "GeekDad" at wired.com, and his blog "Geek Pride" is seen regularly on PsychologyToday.com. Read more at www.ethangilsdorf.com. 2B: Charting the Non-Fiction Writing Career 6L: Non-Fiction Idea Clinic
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- Alessandro Nivola (Special Guest)
- Alessandro Nivola’s first professional leading role earned him a Drama Desk Award Nomination for his performance opposite Helen Mirren on Broadway in Turgenev’s A Month In The Country. The following year he drew critical acclaim and a Blockbuster Award Nomination for playing Nicolas Cage’s paranoid genius younger brother in John Woo’s Face/Off. A series of roles in English movies followed, establishing him as one of the few Americans capable of playing British characters from all regions and classes. He starred as a Hastings fisherman opposite Rachel Weisz in Michael Winterbottom’s I Want You, played Henry Crawford in the Patricia Rozema adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and a singing/dancing King Ferdinand of Navarre in Kenneth Brannagh’s musical film of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Back in the US he starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in Best Laid Plans, and played leading roles in Jurassic Park 3, and Mike Figgis’ Time Code. He returned to the theater to play Orlando to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Rosalind in As You Like It at Williamstown, before being reunited with Helen Mirren in Peter Jan Brugge’s film The Clearing, where he played Robert Redford’s son. He earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for his performance as the rock singer Ian McNight in Lisa Cholodenko’s Laurel Canyon. Alessandro will next star opposite Elle Fanning and Annette Bening in Bomb, the new film from Sally Potter about the relationship between a radical anarchist (Nivola) and his daughter (Fanning) in early 1960s London. Alessandro received the Achievement in Acting Award from the Provincetown International Film Festival in 2010. The award was given for his collective work. He is a graduate of Yale University with a BA in English. Session 3K: Literary Idol: Star Author Edition Session 4A: Would Your Book Make A Good Film? An Interview with Alessandro Nivola