Reminder: Secrets of the Memoir Event November 2



Wednesday November 2, 2011

6:30 -8:30 NYU Bookstore – in the back

726 Broadway (btw Washington Place & Waverly)

Free & Open to the Public RSVP:

Is the memoir craze really over? Join this distinguished panel of editors, agents and memoirists for a lively, candid discussion of the fate and state of writing, reviewing and publishing autobiographies.

COLIN HARRISON is a senior editor at Scribners, where he has edited fiction and nonfiction for the last ten years. Previously he was an editor at Harper’s Magazine for twelve years. He is the author of seven novels, including the acclaimed Risk,The Finder, Manhattan Nocturne, Afterburn,  and Havana Room.

LINDSAY HARRISON is a graduate of Brown and Columbia University, where she just completed her MFA in creative nonfiction. She worked with Colin Harrison on her recently published debut memoir, Missing.  She now lives in Brooklyn where she is working on a novel.

SHEILA MCCLEAR was a  labor reporter in Detroit before getting her BFA in costume design from the University of Michigan. She is author of the recent debut memoir The Last of the Live Nude Girls. She has written for Gawker, New York Observer, New York Pres,  and  The Daily Beast and is currently a reporter for the New York Post.

MARK ROTELLA is the senior editor in charge of  nonfiction reviews at Publishers Weekly, and author of the books  Amore: The Story of Italian American Song  and Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria

REBECCA OLIVER was a book editor at  St. Martin’s Press and Warner Books before becoming a literary agent at William Morris Endeavor. Her projects include such novels as the Lace Reader and The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry and Mother of the Believers by Karman Pasha, as well as  the memoirs The Motion of the Ocean by Janna Cawrse Esarey and Where’s My Wand by Eric Poole.

RYAN HARBAGE  was a book editor at Little Brown, Viking/Penguin, and Simon & Schuster before founding the  Ryan Harbage Literary Agency. He’s worked with authors Michael Connelly, Matthew Diffee, John Feinstein, Malcolm Gladwell, David Kuo, Brad Listi, Alice Sebold, Danny Wallace, and Susan Shapiro. He teaches nonfiction proposal writing at Mediabistro.

ROB SPILLMAN is co-founder and editor of Tin House , a thirteen year old bi-coastal literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, book reviews, and creative nonfiction. Tin House's book imprint publishes  memoirs and novels. He is editor of Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime, Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, and The Time of My Life: Writers on the Heartbreak, Hormones and Debauchery of the Prom.

SUSAN SHAPIRO (moderator)  is author of eight books, including the  memoirs Lighting Up, Five Men Who Broke My Heart, and Only As Good as Your Word, and coauthor of the upcoming Unhooked. She has been a writing teacher at NYU and the New School since 1993 and is on the board of the  NBCC.