Friends, neighbors, colleagues, I’m working really hard to expand here at SRPR and I’m starting with an intern who will hopefully turn into a full time assistant or associate publicist this summer. Intern job description below but if you know anyone at the assistant level feel free to send them my way too.
Sarah Russo Public Relations is a literary public relations and media strategy firm excelling in traditional PR, social campaigns and publishing strategy and partnerships.
We are looking for an intern for spring/summer to help with all aspects of running this small business, from writing drafts of press materials and designing galleys to running errands and assisting at parties. The perfect person will be able to devote ten or more hours per week, have great communication skills, be an active reader interested in fiction and nonfiction, and be engaged with the news and on social networks.
There will be opportunities to network, attend events, communicate with clients, sit in on meetings and work on drawing up business proposals. There are many opportunities to learn all about publicity and marketing and also how to run a small business. We will train you in how to use our PA2K database, do research on the Cision database, create lists and maintain them, and do outreach to the media effectively.
Students are welcome to apply and we can work with your schedule and with your school for credit. A travel stipend is provided for interns who can devote 15 or more hours per week. Opportunities to grow into a paid position are available for qualified candidates. Please send a resume and writing sample to: sarah (at) sarahrusso (dot) com.
52,000. That is the number of submissions made to the New York Times "Modern Love" column since it launched in 2004.
Want to know how many have been published?
(as read in the Feb 2014 issue of Real Simple)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE ANNOUNCES ITS FINALISTS FOR PUBLISHING YEAR 2013
First-ever John Leonard Prize goes to Anthony Marra for “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”
New York, NY, January 13 –– The National Book Critics Circle today announced its 30 finalists in six categories –– autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry –for the best books of 2013. The winners of an additional three prizes were announced as well. The National Book Critics Circle Awards, founded in 1974 at the Algonquin Hotel and considered among the most prestigious in American letters, are the sole prizes bestowed by a jury of working critics and book-review editors. The awards will be presented on March 13 at the New School, in a ceremony that is free and open to the public.
Anthony Marra’s novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth) is the debut recipient of the John Leonard Prize, established this year to recognize outstanding first books in any genre. Named to honor the memory of founding NBCC member John Leonard, the prize is uniquely decided by a direct vote of the organization’s nearly 600 members nationwide, whereas the traditional awards are nominated and chosen by the elected 24-member board of directors.
The recipient of the 2013 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is Katherine A. Powers, contributor to many national book review sections, including the Boston Globe, the Washington Post andthe Barnes and Noble Review.She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is the editor of Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942–1963. For the second time in its 27-year history, the Balakian Citation carries with it a $1,000 cash prize, generously endowed by NBCC board member Gregg Barrios.
The recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award is Rolando Hinojosa-Smith. At 84, Hinojosa-Smith is the dean of Chicano authors, best known for his ambitious Klail City Death Trip cycle of novels. He is also an accomplished translator and essayist, as well as a mentor and inspiration to several generations of writers. A recipient of the 1976 Premio Casa de las Americas, Hinojosa-Smith is professor of literature at the University of Texas, Austin, where he has taught for nearly three decades.
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE FINALISTS, PUBLISHING YEAR 2013:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (Knopf)
Alice McDermott, Someone (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Javier Marías, The Infatuations, translated by Margaret Jull Costa (Knopf)
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (Viking)
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (Little, Brown)
Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice (Norton)
Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown)
David Finkel, Thank You for Your Service (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief (Knopf)
Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion (Knopf)
Denise Duhamel, Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Bob Hicok, Elegy Owed (Copper Canyon)
Carmen Gimenez Smith, Milk and Filth (University of Arizona Press)
Sonali Deraniyagala, Wave (Knopf)
Aleksandar Hemon, The Book of My Lives (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby (Viking)
Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped (Bloomsbury)
Amy Wilentz, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti (Simon & Schuster)
Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Doubleday)
Leo Damrosch, Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World (Yale University Press)
John Eliot Gardiner, Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven (Knopf)
Linda Leavell, Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Mark Thompson, Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kis (Cornell University Press)
Hilton Als, White Girls (McSweeney’s)
Mary Beard, Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations (Liveright)
Jonathan Franzen, The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus, translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen with Paul Reitter and Daniel Kehlmann (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Janet Malcolm, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Franco Moretti, Distant Reading (Verso)
NONA BALAKIAN CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN REVIEWING
Katherine A. Powers
IVAN SANDROF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
JOHN LEONARD PRIZE
Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth)
Winners of the National Book Critics Circle awards will be announced on Thursday, March 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium. A finalists’ reading will be held on March 12, also at 6:00 p.m. at the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE
The National Book Critics Circle was founded in 1974 at New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel by a group of the most influential critics of the day, and awarded its first set of honors the following year. Comprising nearly 600 working critics and book-review editors throughout the country, the NBCC annually bestows its awards in six categories, honoring the best books published in the past year in the United States. It is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the publishing industry. The finalists for the NBCC awards are nominated, evaluated, and selected by the 24-member board of directors, which consists of critics and editors from some of the country’s leading print and online publications, as well as critics whose works appear in these publications. For more information about the history and activities of the National Book Critics Circle and to learn how to become a supporter, visit www.bookcritics.org.