Is your newly published work worth $12,500?

Nominations are now being accepted for the third William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recongizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction with a $12,500 award for the winner in each category,

The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and sylistic innovation. While normally biennial, this third round of the award is on a triennial schedule, having been timed to coincide with the Saroyan Centennial celebrations taking place in 2008. For more information on the prize, including entry forms and rules, visit the Saroyan Prize website:


Periodically Speaking: Literary-Magazine Editors Introduce Emerging Writers at The New York Public Library

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and The New York Public Library present Periodically Speaking, a reading series providing a major venue for emerging writers to present their work while emphasizing the diversity of America’s literary magazine collections of The New York Public Library.  Each event presents writers from three influential literary magazines – one poet, one fiction writer, one nonfiction writer – introduced by their editors.

In this second program of the fall series:

  • David Hamilton, editor at The Iowa Review, introduces fiction writer Stellar Kim
  • Robert Arnold, editor at Memorious, introduces poet Beth Woodcome 
  • M. Mark, editor at Pen America, introduces nonfiction writer Sarah Messer
  • Reception follows the reading

For details, visit the website at 


WHEN: Tuesday, November 13th, 6 – 7:3o PM

WHERE: DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room, The New York Public Library Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd (Please Use 5th Avenue Entrance)


Rebel Voices Opens on November 18

REBEL VOICES, a new play based on Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s (Haymarket Press)  best-selling book Voices of a People’s History of the United States (

November 10 – December 16
Opening night, November 18, with special appearance by Howard Zinn
TICKETS: $21 in previews, $41 after November 17
By phone: 212-352-3101

The play, in its debut at Culture Project, combats hopelessness by igniting the forces responsible for arousing change and celebrating the indomitable human spirit.  REBEL VOICES is a testimony to the strength of the individual voice, as told through first-hand accounts from people who have shaped the course of U.S. history, often struggling against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Featured voices include Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Malcolm X, as well as lesser-known figures like Maria Stewart, a pioneer Black abolitionist from the early 1800s, Stella Nowicki, a union organizer in the 1930s, and contemporary voices such as Iraq war resister Camilo Mejia and Patricia Thompson, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina.

Acclaimed musician Allison Moorer and actors April Yvette Thompson, Thom Rivera, and Morgan Hallett will lead the permanent cast, which will also feature a host of rotating special guest performers. Confirmed guests already include Danny Glover, Wallace Shawn, Ally Sheedy, Eve Ensler, and David Strathairn.

REBEL VOICES is written by Rob Urbinati, with Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, and directed by Will Pomerantz and Rob Urbinati.

To order tickets online, visit
Ovation tickets:

To get tickets in person, go 55 Mercer Street (between Broome and Grand Streets), New York, NY 10013 during the following box office hours:
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm
Tuesday – Friday: 7 – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm and 7 – 8 pm

For more information, visit the following websites:

2007 Mini-Rights Fair Program Confirmed!

How could the NYCIP possibly make a perfect Book Fair weekend even better? All exhibiting publishers are invited to take part in the Inaugural NYCIP Mini-Rights Fair!

**WHEN: Friday, November 30th, 1 – 6pm

**WHERE: NYCIP, 20 West 44th St., New York City


Sub-rights and foreign rights are an extremely lucrative additional revenue stream for independent publishers. At our first Mini-Rights Fair on the afternoon of Friday, November 30th, we hope to assist you by supplying essential information on how to increase your rights sales, as well as providing a collegial atmosphere to network with some of the movers and shakers in the sub-rights and foreign rights industries. Questions addressed will include:

  • What are the different types of subsidiary rights?
  • How can I increase sales to these markets?
  • What are the best international markets for my books?
  • Should I be attending international rights fairs?
  • How does licensing actually work?
  • Should I be granting electronic rights to my books?

Pat Schroeder, President of AAP will also be giving a keynote address to conclude the afternoon’s program and kick off the Pre-Book Fair Cocktail Reception. Participation is currently limited to Book Fair exhibitors and is FREE. See below for program details.

  • [1:00 – 1:45pm] Publishers set up a selection of books in the Library and Balcony exhibition spaces 
  • [1:45pm] Brief Remarks on Copyright from Christopher Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center 
  • [2:00 – 3:30pm] How to Get the Most out of Your Foreign and Sub-Rights Sales: A panel with some of the country’s leading rights agents 
  • [3:30 – 4:30pm] Network with Foreign Rights and Sub-Rights Agents
  • [4:30 – 4:45pm] Keynote: Pat Schroeder, President of the American Association of Publishers (AAP), and former Congresswoman
  • [4:45 – 6:00pm] Pre-Book Fair Cocktail Reception (Booksellers, Librarians and Industry Professionals will also be invited)

We hope that you will join us for this exciting landmark event! The Mini-Rights Fair precedes the 20th Anniversary Independent & Small Press Book Fair, held on December 1st and 2nd (for more info on how to reserve your space for the Book Fair, go to

The Mini-Rights Fair will take place on the ground floor Library and the Balcony of the NYCIP in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen landmark building at 20 West 44th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Aves) in midtown Manhattan.

**Feel free to leave us a comment or a question on this post!**

2007 Book Fair Programs Confirmed!

The 2007 Independent & Small Press Book Fair programs are confirmed!  This year promises another great lineup of public programs, featuring a diverse group of literary and indie personalities. Join us December 1st and 2nd for these exciting events, and bring your friends!

Saturday, December 1st, 10am to 6pm

  • [10:30am – 11:45am] Indie Press Author Read-a-thon
  • [12:00pm – 12:50pm] In the Flesh: Writing and Publishing Erotica moderated by Rachel Kramer Bussel
  • [1:00pm – 1:50pm] An Insider’s Look at Book Publicity: Essential Tips from Publishing’s Publicists
  • [2:00pm – 2:50pm] Ian MacKaye (Fugazi) on Independent Culture: Q&A with an introduction by Ian Svenonius
  • [3:00pm – 3:50pm] Keep Your Eyes Open: Ian Svenonius Interviews Photographer Glen E. Friedman (with Slide Show Presentation)
  • [4:00pm – 4:50pm] Celebrate 20 Years of our Book Fair: Tama Janowitz (Slaves of New York) & Arthur Nersesian (The F*ck-Up) read from their iconic 1980s novels
  • [5:00pm – 5:50pm] Katha Pollitt: Learning to Drive – Memoirist and Nation Columnist
  • [10:00am – 6:00pm] The Literary Cafe is Open All Day!

Sunday, December 2nd, 11am to 5pm

  • [11:15am – 11:45am] Indie Press Author Read-a-thon
  • [12:00pm – 12:50pm] Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye with Katharine Sands
  • [1:00pm – 1:50pm] Authorpreneurship: Achieving Success with Self-Publishing and Other Publishing Options, with Stephanie Gunning and Richard Ridley
  • [2:00pm – 2:50pm] Qu’est-ce Que C’est Sex and Violence: Permissibility in Translation – Amy Scholder, Chad Post, Slava Mogutin, Sinan Antoon
  • [3:00pm – 3:50pm] Rugged and Raw: Cutting-edge Urban Readings from Amiri Baraka, Hattie Gossett, and Aaron Petrovich
  • [4:00pm – 4:50pm] The Literary Trivia Quiz Smackdown: A Public Space vs. The New York Review of Books
  • [11:00am – 5:00pm] The Literary Cafe is Open All Day!

The New York Center for Indpendent Publishing is located in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Landmark Building at 20 West 44th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Aves) in midtown Manhattan.