Media and Publishing
My love of literature and the performing arts and their ability to influence and transform people and society stem from early childhood exposure to books, film, live theater, dance, and classical music. After taking my first creative writing workshop during my freshman year at Mount Holyoke College, I began writing fiction and creative nonfiction in earnest, earning an MFA in Fiction Writing at the University of Washington, where I studied under National Book Award Winner Charles Johnson. Since that time, I've published more than 30 short stories, essays, and an award-winning memoir. This lifelong devotion to literature and the arts has prompted me to work with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including The Authors Guild, for which I serve as a paid communications consultant, writing about the media and publishing industry.
Book Trailer: VL Stuart's Orb and Arrow: Book II Honor
Op-Ed: How an antitrust trial could reshape the books we read — and who writes them
Last November, the Department of Justice sued to stop the proposed merger of two of the country’s largest publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. At the time, U.S. Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland said: “If the world’s largest book publisher is permitted to acquire one of its biggest rivals, it will have unprecedented control over this important indus
What Amazon Has Done to Books: An Interview with Mark McGurl, PhD
Authors Guild 2021 Annual Report
Authors Guild Bulletin
U.S. District Court Grants Win to Plaintiffs in Kiss Library eBook Piracy Suit
Seattle (December 30, 2021): The U.S. Court for the Western District of Washington awarded $7.8 million in statutory damages to 12 Authors Guild members, Amazon Publishing, and Penguin Random House for 52 acts of copyright infringement in a default judgment against Kiss Library, permanently shutting down the Ukraine-based ebook piracy ring. In a decisive opinion on December 20, 2021, Judge Mar
Join Us to Stop Book Banning
According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the number o
Some Thoughts on Cancel Culture
Opinion | The Justice Department’s move to block a major publishing merger supports authors — and the marketplace of ideas
The Benefits (and Limits) of Publishing with a University Press
The list runs on, offering a rich mix of history, fiction, poetry, science, mystery, and humor--some books you may have read long ago, others you've never heard of--selected by members of the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), and not a dissertation or monograph in sight.