NEW PUBLISHING FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCED
EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL: April 1, 2005
Building on the success of publishing fellowships at the Jerusalem and
Frankfurt Book Fairs, a leading American publisher and literary agency
today announced the creation of the "BookExpo Publishing Fellowship."
Melville House Publishing (www.mhpbooks.com) and
Weinstein Literary Management (www.twliterary.com/fellowship) are co-sponsoring the
fellowship to give editors and agents from around the world an in-depth
look at New York's rich literary history and modern publishing industry.
Among the highlights of the fellowship:
"We're starting this fellowship to showcase the cutting edge of
New York publishing," says literary agent and fellowship co-sponsor
Ted Weinstein. "Times change, and we're eager to show editors and
agents from around the world the state of the modern American book
- Visit the original offices of The New Yorker, where James
Thurber's drawings used to cover the walls, then walk to the new office
tower of Conde Nast Publications in Times Square and be turned away by the
security guards because you don't have an appointment with David Remnick.
- Visit the Algonquin Hotel, which once played host to the famous
Roundtable of literary wits, including Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and
George S. Kaufman. Enjoy your own witty banter with several tourists in
sneakers and fanny packs. Use the restroom.
- Stand outside Elaine's and watch the famous editors and writers
go in and out. Stand outside Michael's and watch the famous editors and
writers go in and out. Have a pretzel and a hot dog from a street cart.
- Visit the plaque on the wall of the building on 26th Street that
was built after the demolition of Herman Melville's house. Circle
Washington Square reading Washington Square editions of Henry James and
look at the house where he once lived, which has since been demolished and
replaced by NYU housing. Walk one block south and visit the false,
reconstructed fašade of the house where Edgar Allen Poe lived and imagine
the rest of the actual house that NYU demolished for its law school.
- Sit down with an editor from one of the conglomerate-owned
publishers and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of reading profit-and-loss
statements, marketing plans and corporate memos.
Melville House Books publisher and fellowship co-sponsor Dennis Johnson
continued, "We mean to show that New York still welcomes struggling
editors and publishers. In fact, if you become too successful here you
might find an NYU building sitting on your chest."
All fellowship winners will be receive complimentary lodging at a Times
Square youth hostel, a one week NYC subway MetroCard, a Circle Line cruise
around Manhattan, and a coupon for dinner at Mama Leone's.
For more information about the fellowship contact:
- Dennis Loy Johnson, Publisher, Melville House Books,
- Ted Weinstein, Ted Weinstein Literary Management,