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Editors from NYC publishing houses talk about what really goes into the complex process of creating a book.
Brenda Copeland, Executive Editor, St. Martin’s Press
An Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, Copeland has worked since 2010. Brenda publishes a vibrant mix of fiction and non-fiction, from the commercial to the literary, and looks for strong stories told with a strong voice. Current authors include Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Ann Leary, author of The Good House, and Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives. Over the course of her career Brenda has published such bestselling authors as Dean Koontz, Claire Cooke, Cecily Von Ziegesar, Melissa de la Cruz, as well as Gotham and Deepak Chopra. Brenda teaches book editing at New York University and has a weakness for cheese.
Emily Graff is an editor at Simon & Schuster. She previously worked as an editorial assistant at The Penguin Press. Recent and forthcoming titles include Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel, The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella, and Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell. She is acquiring books across genres, including literary and upmarket commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, food, and memoir. She graduated with honors from Harvard College.
Anya Lichtenstein came to St. Martin’s Press as an editorial intern. After a second summer at Macmillan working at Picador, she made her way back to SMP, initially as a publicist. She’s back to editorial these days, and is the U.S. editor of bestselling Israeli author Yochi Brandes. Anya is acquiring in all sorts of categories, from accessible literary fiction and upmarket and commercial women’s fiction to narrative nonfiction with a quirky, feminist, or Jewish voice and pop-science that fixates on a singular topic.
Maya Ziv knew she wanted to work in publishing from the day her aunt, an editor at Scribner at the time, took her to “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.” A Manhattan native, Maya began her career as an intern at Brandt & Hochman. After a year and a half on the agent side at Brandt & Hochman, she moved over into editorial at HarperCollins. An editor now, she has been with the company for more than six years.
July 14th – Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman “: Scout Reads Scout
Celebrate the launch of Harper Lee’s newly discovered novel Go Set a Watchman!
Mary Badham, who played Scout in the classic film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, will read from both of Harper Lee’s books.
Written in the 1950s, the manuscript of Go Set a Watchman was long assumed to be lost. Its recent discovery has made headlines around the world. Featuring a grown-up Scout and exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbirdadjust to the turbulent events transforming mid-’50s America, Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic.
This event is $24. Click here for ticket information.
July 14th – July 19th: 17th Annual Harlem Book Fair
Attended by over 30,000 readers and viewed by millions on C-span, the Harlem Book Fair stands as the nation’s flagship African American public literary event. 2015 will mark our 17th year and the launch of a brand new look with brand new partners.
On Friday, July 17th, the QBR Wheatley Awards will be held at the Miller Theatre, and on Saturday, the actual book fair will be on West 135th street from Lenox Ave to Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Click here and here to see a list of events, including author readings, panels, and more.
Also, if you’re interested in attending either poetry or fiction/nonfiction readings, click here for a list of some that are happening around the city!