Wednesday, October 17, 2012. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Skylight Room (9th Fl.), CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave.
Meet four enterprising agents who will discuss what it is that an agent does and why agents have become so necessary to the success of today’s writer. Listen to them first, then ask questions you wouldn’t dare ask the agent you’ve been thinking of meeting!
Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP quickly, as space is limited.
Our guests are the following:
Julie Barer established her own agency in 2004 after six years at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Barer Literary is a full-service boutique agency that represents a variety of writers across a literary spectrum, with an emphasis on fiction. Clients include National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris, Orange Prize winner Madeline Miller, bestselling novelists Paula McLain, Kevin Wilson and Helen Simonson, and prize winning crime writer Zoe Ferraris. Writing by Julie’s clients has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Non-Required Reading, New Stories From the South, Tin House, Granta and various other publications, and has received numerous awards and honors, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes&Noble Discover Award, the Los Angeles Times First Book Award, and the Flannery O’Connor Award. Before becoming an agent Julie was a bookseller at Shakespeare & Company in New York.
PJ Mark is a literary agent and Vice President at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. He has worked in the publishing industry for nearly 20 years, as a book scout, a journalist covering the book beat, and as a literary agent since 2002. Recent and forthcoming projects include novels and nonfiction from Ramona Ausubel, Sarah Manguso, Rosecrans Baldwin, Craig Thompson, Dinaw Mengestu, Samantha Hunt, Ed Park, Stuart Nadler, Ismet Prcic and others.
Irene Skolnick began her publishing career as Managing Editor of The Hudson Review and also assisted in the early years of Parnassus: Poetry in Review. She was the Subsidiary Rights Director of Harcourt Brace for nine years and worked with Helen Wolff and her authors Gunter Grass, Italo Calvino, Amos Oz, Umberto Eco among others. She served at the National Endowment for Arts and Literature under Frank Conroy and was on the board of the AWP. After leaving Curtis Brown, she started her own agency where she represents writers Vikram Seth, Allegra Goodman, Peter Cameron, James Lasdun, Joyce Johnson, Melanie Rae Thon, Rebecca Chace and the late David Rakoff, among others. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, PEN and the Women’s Media Group.
Dorian Karchmar is an agent at William Morris Endeavor (WME) where she represents both fiction and nonfiction writers, including Amor Towles, author of the NYT bestseller Rules of Civility; Jennifer Haigh, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for her debut novel Mrs. Kimble, and author, most recently, of the NYT bestseller Faith; NYT White House correspondent Helene Cooper, author of the NBCC finalist memoir The House at Sugar Beach; Kate Jacobs, author of the #1 international bestseller The Friday Night Knitting Club; Eric Puchner, whose debut novel Model Home was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award; and the late Jennifer Worth, author of the memoir Call the Midwife, a current NY Times bestseller and the basis for the BBC series of the same name that debuted this fall on PBS. Dorian received her MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is a board member of the Association of Author Representatives, and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.