Friday, September 18, 2009

Author Presents 'Demystifying Book Publishing' At Washington College

Reading, Booksigning Also Slated

Chestertown – Author Irina Reyn knows the book business from both sides – as a writer and as an editor. She will share her insights with aspiring literary artists when she presents “Demystifying Book Publishing: A Publishing talk with Irina Reyn” at Washington College’s Rose O’Neill Literary House on Thursday, September 24, at 4:30 p.m.

Reyn, the 2009 Mary Wood Fellow at Washington College, worked in book publishing for several years. Her presentation will take the audience on a practical journey through the process of getting the written word from laptop or notebook and onto the bookstore shelves.

Initiated in 2007, the Mary Wood Fellowship is extended bi-annually to an emerging female writer. It is made possible by the continued support of author Mary Wood.

In addition to “Demystifying Book Publishing” on September 24, Reyn will give a reading, along with Washington College Students, at the Casey Academic Center Forum on Saturday, September 26, at 1:30 p.m. A booksigning will follow.

Reyn’s first novel, What Happened to Anna K., a bold reimagining of Anna Karenina in modern New York, was named one of the best books of 2008 by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly, and is described by Philip Lopate as a “witty, psychologically astute and immensely pleasurable novel.”

Reyn is editor of Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State and has published widely in One Story, Post Road, Tin House, Los Angeles Times, Town & Country Travel, The Forward, Nextbook, Ballyhoo Stories, San Francisco Chronicle, The Moscow Times and in several anthologies.

Born in Moscow, Reyn currently divides her time between Brooklyn and Pittsburgh, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Admission to both the September 24 talk and the September 26 reading is free and open to the public.

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