4:00 – 5:30, Panel 4: Blogscapes and Digital Interaction (19 University Place, Great Room)
In May 2002, Dallas-born Brooklynite Maud Newton began her eponymous blog, driven by “the aim of finding others who were passionate about books, culture, and politics.” Newton elucidates for her many readers the multiplicity of networks that make up contemporary literary culture. She also contributes to these networks, both online and through other outlets. Her works of fiction and criticism have been featured in a number of publications, and she has discussed books on television, radio, and as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Contemporary Writers Series. Twitter: @maudnewton.
Like Newton, Rachel Fershleiser of You Rach You Lose is concerned with bringing bookish people together. For the past six years, she ran public programming and social media for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and now does community outreach for Tumblr. She’s also a Contributing Editor at SMITH Magazine and co-editor of the bestselling Six-Word Memoir books series. Regardless of professional affiliation, as Fershleiser herself said in a recent Jewcy interview, she remains interested in “providing people opportunities to interact with writers and readers, talk about favorite books, recommend them to others, turn strangers into friends and unknowns into bestsellers, all while figuring out that little thing we like to ominously call The Future of Books.” Twitter: @rachelfersh
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