Thursday, September 15, 2005

How Words Get into Print: Free Seminar Presents an Insider's Guide to Book Publishing

Chestertown, MD, September 15, 2005 — Is your pile of rejection letters growing higher and higher? Has your great American novel joined the newspapers and beer cans in the recycling bin? Or are you the kind of reader who despairs when you see the latest installment of The Botticelli Code on The New York Times bestseller list?

For all those who have ever wondered how the mysterious world of book publishing works and how it continues to thrive in an age too shallow for deep reading, Washington College's Rose O'Neill Literary House will host a day-long seminar, "Words Into Print: An Insider's Guide to Book Publishing," on Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge.

Free and open to the public, the seminar will explain the how's, why's and wherefore's of contemporary publishing from four perspectives—those of an editor, literary agent, book designer, and publicist—for a true insider's look at how books are made and where the publishing world is headed in the 21st century. A complimentary light breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided for all participants.

"Books continue to have a special meaning in reader's lives," says Benjamin Anastas, Interim Director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House and author of two critically acclaimed novels, An Underachiever's Diary (Dial Press, 1998) and A Faithful Narrative of a Pastor's Disappearance(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001). "We've assembled an extraordinary group of publishing professionals who understand this and protect our faith in the written word."

The seminar's featured guests are Barbara Epler, Editor-in-Chief of New Directions, the independent literary publishing house founded by James Laughlin in 1936 and renowned for publishing the Modernist luminaries Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Tennessee Williams, as well as works in translation by Celine, Mishima, Rilke, Kafka, and Octavio Paz; literary agent Ira Silverberg, Director of Foreign Rights at Donadio & Olson, a New York agency representing a wide range of authors from Chuck Palahniuk, J.T. Leroy, and Adam Haslett to the estates of Mario Puzo and Jacqueline Susann; Rodrigo Corral, an award-winning book designer who began his career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, served as an Art Director at Doubleday, and now runs his own design firm; and Cary Goldstein, Associate Director of Publicity at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, who has worked as Director of National Poetry Month for the Academy of American Poets, an editor and buyer for Barnes &, and as Senior Publicist with Basic Books.

For more information, or to reserve a place, please call 410-778-7845 or, by Thursday, October 6.

The seminar is sponsored through the auspices of the Donner Foundation, Washington College's Literary House Press, and the Sophie Kerr Committee.

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