online event; open to the public and all mentees & mentors
In Kate Gavino’s graphic novel, A Career in Books, she follows three friends who enter the publishing industry as editorial assistants, armed only with useless English degrees, J. Crew Factory Outlet cardigans, and their sheer determination.
Along the way, they befriend their next door neighbor, a 92 year old woman who just so happens to be a former Booker Prize winner and the Asian American literary legend the three girls have always wished existed. If you’ve ever been interested in the book publishing world or simply love books, this graphic novel gives you an insider look into how turning your passion into a career—whether as a writer, an editor, or a bookworm—comes with complicated baggage.
The author will discuss how her own publishing experiences inspired the graphic novel, as well as how she continues her relationship with the industry, as a reader, author, and former cubicle-dweller in the editorial department.
At Friday Night Salons, guest artists share their personal and professional journeys, an excerpt of their work, and guide us through a series of inspirational writing prompts.
Kate Gavino is a writer and illustrator. She is the creator of the website, Last Night’s Reading, which was compiled into a published collection by Penguin Books in 2015. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker online, the Believer, BuzzFeed, Oprah.com, and more. She was named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s 30 Under 30. Her second book, Sanpaku, was published by BOOM! Studios in 2018, and her third book, A Career in Books, was recently published by Plume.
all mentees, all mentors, program alum and the public