By Jane Friedman
June 7th, 2013
As technologies and reading habits evolve, the business of literature is undergoing its own changes. Whether commercial or literary, the art, science, and business of publishing—as well as the art of storytelling itself—are being transformed. But where are these changes leading readers, literary culture, and the publishing industry?
Please join the Virginia Quarterly Review on June 18 at 7 p.m., at KGB Bar in New York, for a discussion of the business of literature—the theme of our Spring 2013 issue. Participating in the discussion will be:
Richard Nash, the Vice President of Community and Content of Small Demons and publisher of Red Lemonade. In 2005, he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing for his work at Soft Skull Press. In 2009, Utne Reader named him one of “Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World.” He contributed “What Is the Business of Literature?” to our Spring 2013 issue.
Amy O’Leary, a reporter and former editor with the New York Times. She has worked across a range of sections considering the digital application of journalism at a story’s earliest conception. Prior to the Times, she was a producer at This American Life. She is also a member of VQR’s Advisory Board. She was part of a roundtable in our Spring 2013 issue, titled The Writer’s Dilemma.
Kevin Young, the author of seven volumes of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, which won an American Book Award. The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Young is the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing & English and Curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University in Atlanta. He contributed “Blood Nation,” about truth in memoir, to our Spring 2013 issue.
We hope to see you there!
Events Spring 2013: The Business of Literature