LIT TALK: Pandemic Publishing

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 7:00pm

CT Lit Fest LIT TALK: Pandemic Publishing

CT Lit Fest virtual programming strives for the same thought-provoking dialogue as their on-ground festival. (And offers a satisfying poke-in-the-eye to the pandemic.)

The 2022 talks are supported by a partnership grant with the CT Humanities. All events are free and open to the public, and registration is required. 

This first Lit Talk of 2022 will discuss changes to the publishing industry during the pandemic, with a focus on what these changes mean for local authors.  River Bend Bookshop owner Meghan will weigh in on how book events have been adapted for the current times.

Lara Ehrlich is the author of Animal Wife, which has been praised by Electric Literature, the Kenyon ReviewPANKKirkus, and others, including Lit Hub. She is also the host of Writer Mother Monster, a conversation series devoted to dismantling the myth of “having it all” and offering writer-moms solidarity, support, and advice. Lara is the director of marketing for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas based in Connecticut.

Diane Goettel is the executive editor at Black Lawrence Press. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in English from Brooklyn College. She co-edited the anthologies Feast: Poetry & Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinnerand Art & Understanding: Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U. She lives in Mount Vernon, New York with her husband and daughter.

Mark Gottlieb is a prominent literary agent at Trident Media Group in New York City. He has ranked highly among agents across the industry for overall number of deals and other individual categories. Mark has represented New York Times bestselling authors as well as major award-winning authors. He has optioned and sold numerous books to production companies and studios for film and TV adaptation. In addition to having worked at the company’s Foreign Rights Department, he also ran the company’s Audiobook Department. Utilizing his drive and intuition for discovering talented writers, he is currently expanding his client list of authors. As a literary agent he looks forward to bringing authors to the largest possible audience.

Meghan Hayden is the owner and founder of River Bend Bookshop, an independent bookstore located in Glastonbury, Connecticut. She currently serves as a board member for New England Independent Booksellers Association. Prior to opening the bookstore, Meghan worked in Corporate Human Resources for Fortune 100 companies, focused on leadership development.


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