Focus on The Nation Magazine: Diary of a Mad Law Professor

The popular Tuesday evening lecture series, Labor. Landmarks and Literature, continues on Tuesday, January 29th at 6pm at The New York Center for Independent Publishing (NYCIP) and The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. This is the second of four lectures on the Literature component of the series and will focus on different aspects of one of the country’s most highly regarded weekly magazines, The Nation.  The lecture entitled “The Nation: Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” will be given by Patricia J. Williams, a monthly contributor to The Nation.  

Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University and a MacArthur Fellow, astutely examines ongoing legal, political, moral, and cultural issues in her monthly column, “Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” in The Nation. She will talk about her lively and provocative column and the new genre of legal writing that she has introduced to America. She is the author of many articles and books, including her most recent work, Open House: On Family Food, Friends, Piano Lessons and the Search for a Room of My Own.

The Nation has engaged the mind of the American public for over 140 years through its coverage of such areas as politics, culture, books, and the arts. Today, The Nation occupies an important place within the political arena with its in-depth discussion of current events, enabling it to thrive online as well as in print.

The next lecture in the Nation component will be entitled “The Nation: Reflections from the Editor,” will be given by Katrina vanden Huevel, editor and publisher of The Nation, on February 26.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended, as seating in The General Society Library is limited. Tickets are $15 for non-members, $10 for members, and $5 for students. To register, visit

All lectures will take place at NYCIP, The General Society, at 20 West 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Please visit for details of this and other lectures in the series.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

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.