Publishing a book has many pathways–it’s not simply a choice between self-publishing and pitching the Big 5 through a literary agent. There are well-established, award-winning imprints that aren’t in New York City; there are small, genre-specific niche publishers that only release small lists every year; there are multitudes of micro presses if we venture to look. How does an author know where to start, which presses are worth pursuing, or what publishing with a smaller publisher is like? The June Writing Show explores these questions and more.
Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)
Location: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23220
Price: $12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her research on higher education, work and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Millions List, a leader in publishing, named her book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (The New Press), one of the most anticipated non-fiction books of 2016. She has published on race/class/gender, education, and technology in the new economy. McMillan Cottom is also co-editor of two academic books: Digital Sociologies from Policy Press and For Profit U from Palgrave MacMillan. She speaks extensively, including recent invitations to The White House, South Africa, New Zealand, and Italy. Her public scholarship has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, and The Atlantic to name a few. Website: tressiemc.com
Jean Huets is a co-founder of Circling Rivers (circlingrivers.com), an independent press dedicated to literary fiction and nonfiction set primarily in North America, and poetry. Their latest title is Loplop in a Red City, a collection of ekphrastic poetry by Kenneth Pobo. Jean is author of With Walt Whitman: Himself, acclaimed by poet Steve Scafidi as a “book of marvels.” Her writing on the U.S. Civil War era has appeared in The New York Times and Civil War Monitor. Other published works by Jean Huets include The Bones You have Cast Down, a young adult novel set in late medieval Italy, and The Cosmic Tarot book, based on the tarot deck by German visionary artist Norbert Loesche. Visit her at jeanhuets.com
Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book, Gidion‘s Blood, is now available from Diversion Books. His first novel, Gidion‘s Hunt, was released in 2013. His short stories have been published in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his novels, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher and has done so for more than 15 years. Prior to that, he worked as a television news producer and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. To learn more about Bill and his writing, visit his website at www.billblume.net.
See Richmond CultureWorks for other literary events in the area.