NYU School of Professional Studies Media Talk Series Provides a Glimpse Into the Literary Lives of Four Bestselling Authors

February 9 Event to Feature David Baldacci, Alice Hoffman, Jeff Kinney, Erik Larson, and Moderator Pamela Paul


NEW YORK, February 1, 2016 – The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing will host the latest panel in its NYU Media Talk series, “The Real Story: Four Bestselling Authors Take You Inside Their Literary Lives,” on Tuesday, February 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Featured panelists will include David Baldacci, author of more than 30 national and international bestsellers, including Absolute Power, Wish You Well, and the King and Maxwell series; Alice Hoffman, bestselling author of more than 30 works of fiction, including The New York Times bestseller The Marriage of Opposites and Practical Magic; Jeff Kinney, The New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series; and Erik Larson, The New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake, The Devil in the White City, and In the Garden of Beasts. Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review and author of three books including Parenting, Inc., will serve as moderator.

The panel will focus on the authors’ experiences in creating beloved books, buzz, and bestsellers in today’s literary landscape. They will explore what makes a great fiction and nonfiction title; how to find and nurture an audience in the digital age; whether an author really needs a publisher; and how to grab the attention of children and inspire in them a love of reading.

Baldacci, whose latest novel, The Guilty, was published in November 2015, supports family literacy in the US through his Wish You Well Foundation®. Hoffman, who published her first novel at age 21, has also worked as a screenwriter and is the author of the original screenplay “Independence Day,” which was made into a film. In addition to being an internationally acclaimed children’s book author, Kinney is a cartoonist, producer, and game designer. Larson’s The Devil in the White City won an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing and was a finalist for a National Book Award. Paul speaks frequently on National Public Radio and has made regular appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

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). A cocktail reception will immediately follow the discussion.

Registration is not open to the general public. However, if you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the event, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu or Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

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 M.S. 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 executive education programs, both in New York and abroad. For more information about the Center for Publishing, visit sps.nyu.edu/publishing.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 30,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.