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

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Presented by National Book Critics Circle and hosted at City Lights Bookstore, representatives from a variety of West Coast Presses came together as a panel to discuss West Coast presses on September 20th, 2012 (in conjunction with the NBCC West Coast Reviewing Panel, Tue. Oct. 9, 2012).

Moderated by Kate Gale (Red Hen Press, LA), with Stacey Lewis (City Lights, S.F.), Ethan Nosowsky (McSweeney’s, S.F.), 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 over 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, CA, 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.

 

The National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature. The NBCC was founded in April 1974 at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, with founding members John Leonard, Nona Balakian, and Ivan Sandrof intending to extend the Algonquin round table to a national conversation. The NBCC gained 501(c)(3) status in October 2006, and in 2010 received an NEA grant to support the website and its literary blog, Critical Mass. The National Book Critic Circle Awards are issued each March and honor the best literature published in the United States in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves. Visit: bookcritics.org

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

 

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