Past Events - Getting Your Book Published

Formerly called "Hot Off The Press" (2014-2017), Getting Your Book Published brings to campus authors of recently published books and acquisitions editors to discuss their work and the publishing process with faculty and graduate students.

2016-2017 Hot Off The Press

Jerome E. Singerman
Senior Humanities Editor
University of Pennsylvania Press

The State of Academic Publishing

January 27, 2017 (Friday)
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Kaplan Humanities Institute
Kresge Hall #2350
Lunch will be served.

Jerry Singerman received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His academic training and teaching were in medieval and early modern literature, with an emphasis on French and English. At University of Pennsylvania Press, he oversees lists in medieval and early modern studies, as well as the history of the book, Jewish Studies, late antiquity, British and American literature, and the history and theory of landscape architecture. Singerman is the recipient of the 2014 Kindrick-CARA Service Award of the Medieval Academy of America.

2015-2016 Hot Off The Press

Bill Germano head shotWilliam Germano
Dean and Professor, The Cooper Union

Writing As If You Mean It:
Scholars, Books, and the Dream of Usable Scholarship
January 29, 2016
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Harris Hall, Room 108
A light lunch will be served.
William Germano received his B.A. from Columbia and his Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. He studies and writes on intellectual production, the material culture of the book, and literature and the allied arts. He is particularly interested in the writing life of scholars, a subject he has written on in Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (University of Chicago Press, 2nd ed. 2008), and From Dissertation to Book (University of Chicago Press, 2005, 2nd ed. 2013).
book cover for Getting It Publishedbook cover for From Dissertation to Book
His essays have appeared in PMLA, minnesota review, Scholarly Publishing, SPAN, Publishing Research Quarterly, PNR and other publications. Since 2012 he has been a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s language blog, Lingua Franca. His scholarly essays have appeared in Opera Quarterly, University of Toronto Quarterly, The Critical Pulse: Thirty-Two Conversations with Contemporary Critics (Columbia UP, 2012) and the Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia (forthcoming).
For over twenty years he directed programs in scholarly publishing, first as editor-in-chief at Columbia University Press and then as vice-president and publishing director at Routledge; during his publishing career he developed wide experience with disciplines in both the humanities and social sciences. He has taught in the graduate program in publishing at NYU, is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, and has given workshops and seminars on professional scholarly writing across North America and in Europe, the Middle East, and New Zealand.
Germano teaches the freshman core courses and electives on Shakespeare, the history of the book, and opera at The Cooper Union. He is a trustee of The English Institute and a member of the Advisory Council of the Princeton University department of English. 
(William Germano photo by Awol Erizku.)

Don Waters

Donald Waters
Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The 'Monograph' in the Age of the Internet: A Progress Report on a Mellon Foundation Initiative
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Kaplan Institute Seminar Room
1800 Sherman Ave. Suite 1-200

Donald J. Waters is the Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, he served as the first Director of the Digital Library Federation (1997-1999), and as Associate University Librarian at Yale University (1993-1997). Waters graduated with a Bachelor's degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1973. In 1982, he received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. In 1995-96, he co-chaired the Task Force of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group on Archiving of Digital Information. In 2005-2008, Waters served on the Library of Congress Section 108 Study Group. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

2014-2015 Hot Off The Press

Beyond Secularism

Justin Neuman

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Yale University & author of the forthcoming book Fiction Beyond Secularism (NU Press)

Monday, May 11, 2015

4:30 PM

Kaplan Seminar Room, 1800 Sherman Ave. Suite 1-200

The HOTP series is an exciting opportunity for graduate students to learn about the process of writing and publishing a first book, to network with junior scholars who have recently published their first books, and to meet graduate students from a variety of disciplines at Northwestern. This year's programming features Yale University's Justin Neuman and his recently published monograph, Fiction Beyond Secularism: World Literature Since 1979. Each graduate student of this year's HOTP cohort will receive a copy of Professor Neuman's book, and will attend a workshop in the spring quarter to discuss the book and the publishing process with Professor Neuman himself. HOTP works as both a reading group and as a professionalization series, and will meet once per quarter through a variety of exciting events on campus.

About Fiction Beyond Secularism: Modernist thinkers once presumed a progressive secularity, with the novel replacing religious texts as society’s moral epics. Yet religion—beginning with the Iranian revolution of 1979, through the collapse of communism, and culminating in the singular rupture of September 11, 2001—has not retreated quietly out of sight. In Fiction Beyond Secularism, Justin Neuman argues that contemporary novelists who are most commonly identified as antireligious—among them Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Nadine Gordimer, Haruki Murakami, and J. M. Coetzee—have defied assumptions and have instead written some of the most trenchant critiques of secular ideologies, as well as the most exciting and rigorous inquiries into the legacies of the religious imagination. As a result, many readers (or nonreaders) on either side of the religious divide neglect the insights of works like The Satanic Verses, Disgrace, and Snow. Fiction Beyond Secularism serves as a timely corrective. 

Schedule for 2014-2015

Fall Quarter: Wine and Cheese Mix and Mingle: Getting to Know the Cohort, November 19th, 2014

Winter Quarter: Lunch conversation with John Alba Cutler (English) and Gianna Mosser of Northwestern University Press, Monday, February 9, 2015, 12:00-2:00 PM in the Kaplan Seminar Room, 1800 Sherman Ave. Suite 1-200.

Spring Quarter: 1-2 book group meetings to discuss Neuman's work; Seminar with Professor Neuman, Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:30 PM in the Kaplan Seminar Room, 1800 Sherman Ave. Suite 1-200

Justin NeumanProf. Justin Neuman: "My research and teaching focus on global Anglophone literature and culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  I am currently at work on two book projects.  Fiction Beyond Secularism: World Literature Since 1979 investigates the rise of religion in the past quarter century through novels that take an idea of the global as a primary theme and ultimate frame of reference.  In an era when religions consistently exceed the boundaries policed by secular modernity, global fictions reveal the ongoing processes by which the claims of secularity are contested and reformulated as novelists negotiate ethical life in a pluralist world.  My second project, Energy Systems Literature, uses an interdisciplinary approach to corporate archives and literary fictions in order to track the shifting ways writers, companies, and governments have imagined petroleum and the social, political, historical, and environmental transformations wrought by its extraction and consumption."

This event is free and open to the public. Made possible in part by the support of the Harris Fund.


May 1
In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics, Duke University Press Books (February 7, 2014)
Sarah Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication Studies, University of North Carolina