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Posts Tagged ‘Jane Ciabattari’

NBCC President on Digital Galleys

jane.pngOur sibling blogger eBookNewser tackled one of publishing’s big questions in 2010 today, asking: Should publishers switch to digital galleys?

With digital catalog company like Edelweiss and the digital galley service NetGalley, it’s never been easier for publishers to scrap print review copies in favor of eBook review copies. The eBookNewser post features an interview with National Book Critics Circle President Jane Ciabattari.

Here’s an excerpt: “So far I have resisted electronic galleys, in part because I have a habit of writing notes to myself galleys, noting page numbers for quotations, dog earing pages with critical scenes. I suspect there will soon be a device that will allow me to download e-books in advance for review purposes and still manage to follow my usual process. But it’s not here yet!”

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More Editor-in-Chief Reponds to Literary Gender War

moresite_logo.jpgLast week, Details deputy editor Chis Raymond unveiled the 25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Time in his magazine, and told GalleyCat: “Just look at the features in men’s magazines. They’re often much meatier than the fare you find in women’s magazines.”

In response, More magazine’s editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour fired back an email response. “Yawn–another men’s magazine editor proclaiming that men’s magazines are ‘much meatier’ than women’s. It’s such an old-fashioned concept, I’m surprised people feel the need to keep perpetuating it,” she explained in an email interview. “The truth is, there are fluffy magazines for men as well as women out there, but lumping women’s magazines as a whole into the fluffy category is just plain irresponsible.”

She also explained about her magazine’s literary content: “More readers are book lovers who tend to favor literary fiction, memoirs and historical non-fiction with a twist. Our coverage is headed up by Editor-at-Large and Author Dawn Raffel, who has been an assistant adjunct professor at the MFA program at Columbia. She oversees a stable of prominent reviewers including Jane Ciabattari, president of the National Book Critics Circle, and Jayne Anne Phillips, a 2009 finalist for the National Book Award for fiction. We do tend to favor books by or about midlife women, who are severely underrepresented in book circles. We do also take into account the lives of the author–does she have an interesting reinvention story or a unique spin on a news story. We consider ourselves the resource for intelligent and thoughtful midlife readers–and our book pages consistently rate high in the pages of the magazine and on More.com.”

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2009 PEN Beyond Margins Award Winners Announced

penamerican.jpgToday the PEN American Center announced the winners of the 2009 PEN Beyond Margins Award. Honored for writing “outstanding books by writers of color,” three authors will receive $1,000 and be featured at a December celebration.

The three recipients are: Uwem Akpan for “Say You’re One of Them” and Juan Felipe Herrera for “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems,” and Lily Hoang for “Changing.” National Book Critics Circle president Jane Ciabattari will host the 2009 Beyond Margins Celebration at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on December 2.

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed Herrera about his work. Here’s more from the release: “The Beyond Margins Award is one of the many ways in which the Open Book Program encourages racial and ethnic diversity within the literary and publishing communities. The Open Book Committee works to increase the literature by, for, and about African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, Latin, and Native Americans, and to establish access for these groups to the publishing industry.”