This Week: NBCC Events in Brooklyn and San Francisco

By Mark Athitakis

This week the NBCC is sponsoring two events in Brooklyn and San Francisco. We hope you can join us! Details below.

Breaking Into Book Reviews and Features

Park Slope Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Avenue (at 6th Street)

Wednesday, September 19, 7 p.m.

In conjunction with the Brooklyn Book Festival. Panelists include NBCC board member Michael Miller (Bookforum), David Propson (Wall Street Journal), NBCC board member John Reed (Brooklyn Rail), Parul Sehgal, (New York Times Book Review), Rob Spillman (Tin House), and Monica de la Torre (Bomb). Moderated by author and NBCC board member Susan Shapiro. Ten percent of book sales go to PEN's Emergency Writer's Fund.

West Coast Publishing: A Panel and Discussion with West Coast Presses

City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.

Moderated by Kate Gale (Red Hen Press, LA), with Stacey Lewis (City Lights, San Francisco), Ethan Nosowsky (McSweeney's, San Francisco), Heidi Broadhead (Wave Books, Seattle) and Malcolm Margolin (Heyday Books, Berkeley)

What does it mean to have local book culture in the age of the internet? What are the responsibilities, rewards, and challenges of publishing small scale, locally, and outside the hub of New York? The National Book Critics Circle gathers several key west coast publishers at City Lights Books to talk about the lively cultures of their presses.

Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum in Los Angeles. She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. She serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America.

Stacey Lewis is Director of Publicity and Marketing at City Lights Publishers where she has worked for more than 17 years, collaborating with writers such as Howard Zinn, Ellen Ullman, Sesshu Foster, Bill Morgan, Hal Niedzviecki, Paul Madonna, Tim Wise, and Rebecca Brown. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and two sons.

Ethan Nosowsky is Editorial Director at McSweeney's. He began his career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and was most recently Editor-at-Large at Graywolf Press. He has taught in the Creative Writing program at Columbia University and has written for Bookforum, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Threepenny Review.

Heidi Broadhead is Managing Editor of Wave Books, an independent Seattle-based publisher of poetry and work by poets. She has also contributed to Edible Seattle, Omnivoracious, Publicola, the Chicago Reader, and worked for 826 Seattle, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Seattle International Film Festival, and Children's Museum, Seattle. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son.

Malcolm Margolin is executive director of Heyday, an independent nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution, which he founded in 1974. Margolin is author of several books, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco Monterey Bay Area, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important books of the twentieth-century by a western writer. He serves on the boards of two organizations he helped found, Bay Nature Institute and Alliance for California Traditional Artists.

City Lights would like to thank Tess Taylor and Oscar Vilallon for their hard work in making this evening a reality.