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The Arts :: Misc
Industry Insiders: A Holistic View Of The Publishing Industry
2:00 PM
2 - 3 pm

This panel discussion will include publishing insiders Julie Stevenson (agent, Massie & McQuilkin); Joey Paxman (non-fiction editor, PM Press); Mara Panich (owner, Fact & Fiction Books); and Emily Ruskovich (author, graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and current University of Montana professor). Learn about the industry from the bottom up, from writing a book to seeing it on the shelf at your local, independent bookstore. Does Emily teach toward publishing? How does Mara choose the books on Fact & Fiction bookshelves? What does Joey look for in a manuscript? What exactly does Julie do?

This virtual event is proudly sponsored by Arts Missoula and will be recorded by Missoula Access Community Television as part of a Media Assistance Grant donated to the Montana Book Festival by MCAT.

Emily Ruskovich grew up in the Idaho Panhandle on Hoodoo Mountain. Her writing has appeared IN Zoetrope, The Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, the New York Times, The Paris Review, and LitHub. Her L.A. Times bestselling novel, Idaho, is a shortlisted finalist for the Dylan Thomas International Prize, the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel, and the New York Library’s Young Lion’s Award. She is a winner of the Dublin Literary Award, an O. Henry Award, the Idaho Book Award, and a Pacific Northwest Book Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she currently teaches Creative Writing in the M.F.A. program at the University of Montana.

Julie Stevenson was an agent at Sobel Weber Associates and Waxman Leavell Literary before joining Massie & McQuilkin. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She also worked in the editorial departments of Tin House and Publishers Weekly. She is drawn to fiction with unforgettable characters, an authorial command of voice, and a strong sense of narrative tension. She loves outsiders, weirdos, and innovators. She looks for work that explores the depths of human experience and the many facets of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and regional backgrounds. Julie loves editing and contemplating craft and storytelling with clients. She takes pride in connecting writers with editors and ultimately with readers. She’s agented books that have won the Pulitzer Prize, the MWA Edgar Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, suspense and thrillers, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and YA.

Joey Paxman has been a resident of Missoula since 2015. Joey has over a decade of experience working in the book trade and is currently a non-fiction editor for the independent publisher, PM Press. When he's not buried in manuscripts, he can usually be found chasing upland birds with his pack of pointing dogs.

Mara Panich is a writer, artist, and bookseller in Missoula, Montana. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Purdue University and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Montana. She is the author of The Blood is Not the Water (FootHills Publishing, 2021), and her work has been published in CutBank Online, The Bitchin' Kitsch, Awake in the World, V2, Women Under Scrutiny, We Leave the Flowers Where They Are, and other anthologies.
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Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Online
Address: missoula Missoula, MT 59802
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