The Second Draft: From History to Narrative Nonfiction, Journalists on Reporting the Past
Where: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W. 40th St.
646-758-7800 Price: Free, RSVP required
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Much of today’s best longform nonfiction — books, magazines, podcasts, documentaries and more — comes from the pages of history, whether the recent or the long-ago past. This panel discussion at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism features experienced journalists and authors, along with a top researcher and a commissioning editor, talking about the challenges and opportunities — and earning potential — for writers:
Paul Moses, a longtime New York City newspaper reporter who is now a Brooklyn College journalism professor, will talk about his award-winning books An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians (NYU Press 2015), and The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace (Doubleday 2009).
Eileen Markey, a freelance journalist, will discuss her new book iA Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura (Nation Books 2016), about of the nuns murdered by US-backed militia in El Salvador in 1980. Her journalism has been published in The New York Times, City Limits, The New York Daily News, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday and elsewhere.
Barbara Gray, formerly the chief editorial librarian at the New York Times and now head of the Research Center and research education for reporters at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, will go over research strategies and tools she is using on her book-in-progress about America’s most notorious woman criminal in the late 19th century.
Cara Bedick, senior editor at Touchstone, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, will speak to the editorial process with an emphasis on narrative nonfiction. Her recent books include Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the World (William Morrow 2016) and Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That”s Awesome (William Morrow 2017).
The moderator will be freelance writer, author and editor Tim Harper, who is a professor and writing coach at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and editor of the CUNY Journalism Press. His 12 books include Moscow Madness, about Americans doing business in Russia in the 1990s.
The discussion will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 West 40th Street, third floor. The event is free but attendees must RSVP.Buy tickets/get more info now