manuscript to marketplace - the authors guild
Join the Authors Guild Foundation and fellow writers for this exciting literary series in New York! Authors and members of their publishing teams will discuss the process of creating and publishing their books, revealing how their manuscripts made it to the marketplace. This fall, we are hosting the first three of these events, each focusing on a different book: Naima Coster’s Halsey Street, Rumaan Alam’s That Kind of Mother, and Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil. The authors of the books and industry professionals who worked on them will candidly share their experiences regarding publicity, social media, working with agents and editors, and more. The panel discussions will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. All are encouraged to attend, especially new authors looking to learn more about the business of writing.

From Manuscript to Marketplace is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Details for each event follow.


Halsey Street: From Manuscript to Marketplace

Naima Coster in Conversation with Vivian Lee

Moderated by Jennifer Baker

Thursday, November 1
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432

RSVP HERE

Copies of Halsey Road by Naima Coster and Everyday People: The Color of Life by Jennifer Baker (editor) will be available for purchase from Kew & Willow bookstore.

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a novel of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Halsey Street has been recommended as a must-read for 2018 by People, Essence, Bustle, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Lit, BitchMedia, The Root, and elsewhere.

Vivian Lee is an editor at Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary fiction and narrative nonfiction imprint, where her list includes Naima Coster’s Halsey Street, Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, Viet Dinh’s After Disasters (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), and Harold Schechter’s Hell’s Princess (a Washington Post bestseller). She is a 2018 PW Rising Star Honoree.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Jennifer is editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Forbes.com, LitHub, Poets & Writers, and Bustle, among other online publications. Her website is jennifernbaker.com.


That Kind of Mother: From Manuscript to Marketplace

Rumaan Alam in Conversation with Megan Lynch and Julie Barer

Moderated by Brigid Hughes

Monday, November 5
6:30–8:00 p.m.
A Public Space
323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

RSVP HERE

(arrive early for limited seating)

Copies of That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam available for purchase from Stories bookstore.

Rumaan Alam is the author of the novels Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, The New Republic, Elle, and The New York Times, where he is an editor.

Born and raised in New York City, Julie Barer began her career as a bookseller at Shakespeare & Company. She started her own agency, Barer Literary, in 2004 and came together with her partners to form The Book Group in 2015. Julie represents a variety of writers across a literary spectrum, with a special emphasis on fiction.

Megan Lynch is VP & Editorial Director at Ecco, where she has worked since 2014. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade working at Riverhead Books. A graduate of Brown University, she is from Philadelphia.

Brigid Hughes is the founder and editor of A Public Space. Previously, she edited The Paris Review. The recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for editing, she has also curated a literary series at BAM and teaches at Columbia University.


Speak No Evil: From Manuscript to Marketplace

Uzodinma Iweala in Conversation with Jennifer Barth

Wednesday, December 12
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Oblong Books, Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

RSVP HERE

Copies of Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala available for purchase.

Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. He is the CEO of The Africa Center in New York, promoting a new narrative about Africa and its diaspora through a focus on culture, policy, and business. Uzodinma is the Co-Founder of Ventures Africa magazine, a publication that covers business, policy, culture, and innovation spaces in Africa. He has written three books: Beasts of No Nation (2005), a novel also adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People (2012), a nonfiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria; and Speak No Evil (2018), a novel about Washington, D.C. Instagram: @uiweala.

A graduate of Yale University, Jennifer Barth has worked in publishing for thirty years, ten of which have been spent at Harper as a Vice President and Executive Editor. She edits both fiction and nonfiction; her authors include Michael Chabon, Tessa Hadley, Uzodinma Iweala, Mary Karr, Armistead Maupin, Caitlin Moran, Peggy Orenstein, and Jacqueline Winspear, among many others. She lives in Manhattan with her husband; they have a son and a daughter. Jennifer serves on the advisory board of the Bronx Academy of Letters.


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manuscript to marketplace - the authors guild
Join the Authors Guild Foundation and fellow writers for this exciting literary series in New York! Authors and members of their publishing teams will discuss the process of creating and publishing their books, revealing how their manuscripts made it to the marketplace. This fall, we are hosting the first three of these events, each focusing on a different book: Naima Coster’s Halsey Street, Rumaan Alam’s That Kind of Mother, and Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil. The authors of the books and industry professionals who worked on them will candidly share their experiences regarding publicity, social media, working with agents and editors, and more. The panel discussions will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. All are encouraged to attend, especially new authors looking to learn more about the business of writing.

From Manuscript to Marketplace is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Details for each event follow.


Halsey Street: From Manuscript to Marketplace

Naima Coster in Conversation with Vivian Lee

Moderated by Jennifer Baker

Thursday, November 1
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432

RSVP HERE

Copies of Halsey Road by Naima Coster and Everyday People: The Color of Life by Jennifer Baker (editor) will be available for purchase from Kew & Willow bookstore.

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a novel of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Halsey Street has been recommended as a must-read for 2018 by People, Essence, Bustle, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Lit, BitchMedia, The Root, and elsewhere.

Vivian Lee is an editor at Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary fiction and narrative nonfiction imprint, where her list includes Naima Coster’s Halsey Street, Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, Viet Dinh’s After Disasters (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), and Harold Schechter’s Hell’s Princess (a Washington Post bestseller). She is a 2018 PW Rising Star Honoree.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Jennifer is editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Forbes.com, LitHub, Poets & Writers, and Bustle, among other online publications. Her website is jennifernbaker.com.


That Kind of Mother: From Manuscript to Marketplace

Rumaan Alam in Conversation with Megan Lynch and Julie Barer

Moderated by Brigid Hughes

Monday, November 5
6:30–8:00 p.m.
A Public Space
323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

RSVP HERE

(arrive early for limited seating)

Copies of That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam available for purchase from Stories bookstore.

Rumaan Alam is the author of the novels Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, The New Republic, Elle, and The New York Times, where he is an editor.

Born and raised in New York City, Julie Barer began her career as a bookseller at Shakespeare & Company. She started her own agency, Barer Literary, in 2004 and came together with her partners to form The Book Group in 2015. Julie represents a variety of writers across a literary spectrum, with a special emphasis on fiction.

Megan Lynch is VP & Editorial Director at Ecco, where she has worked since 2014. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade working at Riverhead Books. A graduate of Brown University, she is from Philadelphia.

Brigid Hughes is the founder and editor of A Public Space. Previously, she edited The Paris Review. The recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for editing, she has also curated a literary series at BAM and teaches at Columbia University.


Speak No Evil: From Manuscript to Marketplace

Uzodinma Iweala in Conversation with Jennifer Barth

Moderated by TBD

Wednesday, December 12
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Oblong Books, Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

RSVP HERE

Copies of Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala available for purchase.

Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. He is the CEO of The Africa Center in New York, promoting a new narrative about Africa and its diaspora through a focus on culture, policy, and business. Uzodinma is the Co-Founder of Ventures Africa magazine, a publication that covers business, policy, culture, and innovation spaces in Africa. He has written three books: Beasts of No Nation (2005), a novel also adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People (2012), a nonfiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria; and Speak No Evil (2018), a novel about Washington, D.C. Instagram: @uiweala.

A graduate of Yale University, Jennifer Barth has worked in publishing for thirty years, ten of which have been spent at Harper as a Vice President and Executive Editor. She edits both fiction and nonfiction; her authors include Michael Chabon, Tessa Hadley, Uzodinma Iweala, Mary Karr, Armistead Maupin, Caitlin Moran, Peggy Orenstein, and Jacqueline Winspear, among many others. She lives in Manhattan with her husband; they have a son and a daughter. Jennifer serves on the advisory board of the Bronx Academy of Letters.


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