Book Expo America

May 27, 2010 1:00 pm 

Jakob K. Javits Center, Room 1E14

655 West 34th Street New York, NY

The Next Decade in Book Culture

A conversation sponsored by the National Book Critics Circle

Moderated by National Book Critics Circle board member John Reed

With these little handy things called books on slated for extinction, what is a reviewer to do?  IPads, Nooks, Kindles?  What are these little plastic things with buttons?  And what are they doing to our beloved reflections?  We are set on the launch pad—the engines are heavy with fuel, and are rumbling.  But where are we going?  We bring together a panel of writers, editors, and professionals, established on the vanguard, to discuss prospects for the review and how it may change, in the near future.

Carolyn Kellogg writes about books for the Los Angeles Times. She started her first litblog in 2004, was the web editor for the radio show Marketplace and is a blogging consultant for the Getty Museum.

Will Murphy is Executive Editor at Random House.  Previously he was Humanities Editor at the University of Minnesota Press, and Literary Editor at the University of California Press.  His authors include Salman Rushdie, Bernard-Henri Levy, Nassim Taleb, Jeff Shaara, Jon Clinch, Bing West, and David Brooks.

Ed Nawotka is the founder and editor-in-chief of PublishingPerspectives.com, a daily online trade magazine for the international publishing community. He is also a contributing editor at Publishers Weekly and a widely published freelancer. Prior to starting Publishing Perspectives, he was book columnist at Bloomberg News and daily news editor of Publishers Weekly.

Denise Oswald is Editorial Director of Soft Skull Press. Prior to that she was Senior Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she oversaw the Faber and Faber list for nearly a decade. While there her authors included Pulitzer, PEN, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences award winners; as well as national and regional bestsellers. Among the wide variety of artists she’s worked with are Colin Beavan, Anne Carson, Courtney Love, and Neil LaBute. She currently sits on the advisory board of The Feminist Press. 

John Reed is a National Book Critics Circle board member and Books Editor of The Brooklyn Rail. His work has been published in Open City, Artnet, Artforum, Paper Magazine, New York Press, Brooklyn Rail, Timeout New York, Bomb Magazine, Playboy, Art in America, Los Angeles Times, and many other venues.  He is author of the novels, A STILL SMALL VOICE (Delacorte Press), THE WHOLE (MTV / Simon & Schuster), the bestseller, SNOWBALL’S CHANCE (Roof), the recently released ALL THE WORLD’S A GRAVE: A NEW PLAY BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Penguin/Plume), and the forthcoming TALES OF WOE (MTV Press).

Craig Morgan Teicher is a poet, critic and blogger.  He is the editor of MediaBistro’s eBookNewser blog, the poetry editor of Publishers Weekly, and a prolific freelance reviewer.  His new book of stories and fables, Cradle Book, is due out in June from BOA Editions. He is a National Book Critics Circle board member.

Kate Travers is a marketing, media, and branding strategist to publishers, authors and literary organizations. Most recently, Kate was the Strategic Marketing and Special Events Director at powerHouse Books and the powerHouse Arena. Kate began her career in publishing nearly ten years ago at HarperCollins Publishers. She moved on to become the Director of Mariner Books at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Strategic Marketing Director at the Literary Ventures Fund. Kate serves on the Literary Council of The Brooklyn Book Festival and is a member of the Women’s Media Group.

Introduction by Jane Ciabattari, NBCC president.