September 19, 2022

NYU SPS Media Talk Will Feature the Publishing Team Behind Nobel Prize-Winning Author Kazuo Ishiguro’s Bestselling Book, Klara and the Sun

The Event Will Take Place Virtually on September 29

NEW YORK, September 19, 2022—The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts, in conjunction with the NYU SPS Office of Alumni Relations, will present the next Media Talk, titled “A Beloved Author, A Bestselling Book: Meet the Team Behind Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun,” in a virtual session on Thursday, September 29, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST.

The conversation will focus on the publication of the 2022-2023 NYU Reads Selection, Klara and the Sun, by the Nobel Prize-winning author. The audience will learn how a leading publishing house nurtures and supports one of the world’s most celebrated authors, knighted by Queen Elizabeth, with a legacy of bestselling books and acclaimed films to his credit. Moderator Bill Goldstein, the book’s editor Jordan Pavlin, marketer Kristin Fassler, and publicist Kathryn Zuckerman will take you behind the scenes to tell the story of how they worked to expand the arc of success.

Register for the event at NYU SPS Media Talk.


  • Bill Goldstein, the event moderator, reviews books and interviews authors for NBC’s Weekend Today in New York and was the founding editor of The New York Times Books website. He is writing a biography of AIDS activist Larry Kramer, to be published by the Crown Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. His book, The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and the Year that Changed Literature, was published in 2017.
  • Jordan Pavlin is editor in chief at Alfred A. Knopf, where she has edited literary fiction and award-winning bestsellers, including Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Authors with whom she has worked include Maggie O’Farrell, Bret Easton Ellis, Michelle Zauner, Tobias Wolff, Jenny Offill, Susan Minot, Ethan Hawke, Karen Russell, Maggie Shipstead, Julie Orringer, Yaa Gyasi, Tommy Orange, Megha Majumdar, and Jhumpa Lahiri.
  • Kristin Fassler is the senior vice president and director of integrated marketing strategy for the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. She oversees the creation and implementation of consumer marketing, branding, and social strategies for over 400 fiction and nonfiction titles annually and has worked on campaigns for several bestselling authors, including John Grisham, Michelle Zauner, Diana Gabaldon, Lee Child, Fredrik Backman, and George R. R. Martin.
  • Kathryn Zuckerman is the director of publicity at Alfred A. Knopf. For two decades, she has been the publicist for many of Knopf’s longtime authors, including Michael Ondaatje, David Sibley, Julian Barnes, Anne Rice, Martin Amis, Stephen Sondheim, John Updike, Anne Tyler, David Thomson, Lorrie Moore, Jim Shepard, Wil Haygood, Maeve Binchy, Peter Bogdanovich, Christopher Plummer, and James Curtis. Previously, she worked in the editorial departments of Dutton, Macmillan, Scribner, and Chatto & Windus. She is a graduate of the NYU SPS Summer Publishing Institute.

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About the NYU SPS Media Talk Series
The NYU SPS Media Talk Series presents public conversations with media leaders about trends and important publishing topics from an industry insider’s viewpoint. The February 2022 event featured Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants, along with Daniel Slager, her editor and CEO of Milkweed Editions, the publisher of the book. The February 2021 Media Talk featured Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half, along with Sarah McGrath and Ashley Sutton, representatives from her publisher Riverhead Books. The June 2020 session featured Susan Goldberg, former editor-in-chief of National Geographic, and Monica Drake, assistant managing editor of The New York Times, talking about how legacy brands have evolved into multiplatform storytellers. The February 2020 session, “Passionate Readers, Powerful Publishing: Reaching Niche Audiences in New Ways,” featured bestselling authors Sarah MacLean, Tochi Onyebuchi, Veronica Roth, and Karin Slaughter. Other NYU Media Talks have featured bestselling authors such as David Baldacci, Harlen Coben, Alice Hoffman, Jeff Kinney, Erik Larson, Lauren Oliver, Jodi Picoult, Jeffrey Toobin, and Colson Whitehead.

About the NYU SPS Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts (PALA)
The NYU SPS Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts (PALA) offers a range of innovative programs in publishing and digital media, including the MS in Publishing 36-credit graduate program that prepares students for careers in books, digital and magazine media; the Summer Publishing Institute (SPI), a four-week intensive for recent college graduates, rising college seniors, and young professionals who are interested in entry-level careers in media; and executive education programs, both in New York and abroad. PALA also offers two fully online degrees, the MS in Professional Writing and the MS in Translation and Interpreting. For more information, visit the Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts (PALA).

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
For more than 87 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 22 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and degree completion students, four associate degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.

NYU SPS is a thought leader and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing, including real estate, real estate development, and construction management; hospitality, tourism, travel, and event management; financial planning; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; executive marketing and strategic communications, integrated marketing; public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human resource management and development, and human capital analytics and technology; management and systems; translation; and professional writing. It is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYU SPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and break new ground.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 39,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world. To learn more about NYU SPS, visit:

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