NYU School of Professional Studies Media Talk Series to Feature Bestselling Authors Lauren Oliver, Jodi Picoult, Jeffrey Toobin, and Colson Whitehead On Creating Books in Today’s Publishing Landscape

February 15 Event Will Dive Deep Into the Ways in Which Authors Attract Audiences and Influence Opinions in the Digital Age


NEW YORK, January 30, 2017 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Publishing will host the latest panel in its NYU Media Talk series, “Challenging Topics, Challenging Times: Four Bestselling Authors Reflect Upon Culture, Creativity, and Changing the Conversation,” on Wednesday, February 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pamela Paul
, editor of The New York Times Book Review and author of three books including Parenting, Inc., will serve as the moderator of the panel. Featured panelists include:

  • Lauren Oliver, bestselling author of the young adult novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy, which has been translated into more than 30 languages.
  • Jodi Picoult, New York Times #1 bestselling author of two dozen national and international bestsellers including Small Great Things and My Sister’s Keeper. Five of her books have been made into television or feature films.
  • Jeffrey Toobin, author of six bestselling works of nonfiction including American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst and The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a senior legal analyst for CNN.
  • Colson Whitehead, bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for fiction, and seven other works of fiction and nonfiction. He is the recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.

They will discuss how they select and shape themes that resonate with readers and why they feel it is crucial to do so; how they connect with their audiences and influence opinion in this digital age; and how they work with their editors in today’s publishing landscape.

The NYU Media Talk panel will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia Place & Thompson Street).

If you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the event, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

About the NYU Media Talk Series

The NYU Media Talk series presents public conversations with media leaders about trends in business from an industry insider’s viewpoint. “Challenging Topics, Challenging Times” is the 19th in the series, which has highlighted a wide range of subjects. It recently featured leading editors and journalists from The Huffington Post, Lenny, People.com and EW.com, Matter Studios, and BuzzFeed on the shifting face of storytelling in a world of 24-hour news cycles and the role of the editor in today’s digital landscape. Other NYU Media Talks have featured guests from The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Publishers Marketplace, and CNN Worldwide who have discussed how the media covers an industry in transition; New York Times best-selling authors David Baldacci, Alice Hoffman, Jeff Kinney, and Erik Larson on literary trends; pop culture superstars in children’s and young adult book publishing; native content featuring editors from Twitter, LinkedIn, and Wired; and a panel discussion on the changing role of the editor, moderated by the late David Carr, media columnist for The New York Times, and featuring editors such as Joanna Coles and James Bennett.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing

The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing offers a range of innovative programs in publishing and digital media, including the MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media, a 42-credit graduate program that prepares students for careers in books, magazines, and digital media; the Summer Publishing Institute (SPI), a six-week intensive for recent college graduates and young professionals who are interested in entry-level careers in media; and conferences and executive education programs, both in New York and abroad. For more information about the Center for Publishing, visit sps.nyu.edu/publishing.