Saturday, March 8, 2008

'Atlantic Monthly' Editor Describes 'Magazine Scene' at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — Scott Stossel, managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly, will present an insider's view of "The Magazine Scene" at Washington College's Rose O'Neill Literary House on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

From Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From Birmingham Jail," from Mark Twain to Andrew Sullivan, the venerable Atlantic has been at the vanguard of American periodicals since 1857. Founded in Boston, the magazine originally was helmed by the likes of Emerson, Longfellow and other 19th-century New England literary lions. Today, it has a subscription base alone of nearly half a million readers, and it remains one of the best-written and most insightful magazines covering everything from cultural trends to politics to foreign affairs.

Scott Stossel has been associated with the magazine off and on since 1992 when, shortly after graduating from Harvard, he joined the staff and helped to launch The Atlantic Online. In addition to his Atlantic work, he has written articles for The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications.

Stossel's 2004 book, Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver, was praised by Publisher's Weekly as "a superbly researched, immensely readable political biography."

Within the Atlantic offices, Stossel will be forever remembered as the managing editor who oversaw the magazine's historic 2005 move to Washington from Boston. Under his supervision, the magazine shifted all of its operations from Boston's North End to the Watergate building, all the while producing issues that were later nominated for National Magazine Awards.

Admission to "The Magazine Scene" is free and open to the public.

March 7, 2008

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