Authors In Conversation
What the Finished Book Hides: How to Keep Going
My first book just came out!
What a simple thing to say. I have a book! But like most exclamations, these are smuggling a secret. They hide the hard work it took to write a book. The luck and time. The endurance.
I started this book before my son was born; he’ll be eight years old when it comes out. During those years, the writing was a source of gratitude. I felt myself doing exactly what I wanted to do. And yet, there was so much fatigue and rejection. I almost gave up.
Authors In Conversation
An Interview with Libby Flores
Libby Flores is a trailblazer. She has worn many different hats in the publishing world and wherever she works she manages to create change for the good. She gained recognition throughout the industry through her work as Director of Literary Programs at PEN Center USA. Earlier this year she directed The Believer Festival in Nevada, which was hailed as a literary micro-Coachella (Publishers Weekly). Libby recently traded the West Coast for the East Coast, and almost immediately landed a position as the Director of Audience Development and Digital Production at BOMB Magazine. She’s also the NYC Director of the Freya Project, a reading series dedicated to uniting women and amplifying their voices. To top it all off, Libby is also a talented writer, whose work has been featured in many publications. In this latest Encounters in Publishing interview, Libby offers insights about the relationship between writers and their audiences, what it means to be a steward in the literary community, and the importance of validation as a writer. You can also find her at our writers’ conference this fall.
LitCrawl Brooklyn: A Multilingual Most Exquisite Corpse
At PEN America’s Lit Crawl Brooklyn 2018, Words Without Borders and SLICE Literary partnered to present a multilingual exquisite corpse, a story authored by four international writers—Glaydah Namukasa, Ibtisam Azem, Amir Ahmadi Arian, and Silvana Paternostro—and translated by Dr. Merit Kabugo, Sinan Antoon, Amir Ahmadi Arian, and Mary Ann Newman.
In the exquisite corpse tradition, one writer penned the first segment of the story (in this case, Ugandan writer Glaydah Namukasa, who was given a prompt line from Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H., translated by Idra Novey: “I’d transformed myself little by little into the person who bears my name”).