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So You Want to Write a Trade Book? With Stanford's Jennifer Burns and Marcie Bianco 

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Stanford Public Humanities
The Changing Human Experience

What is the experience of writing a trade book like as a scholar, from initial idea to holding the book in your hands? How does one translate their ideas, navigate the world of agents and editors, and pitch relevant articles along the way? Stanford Public Humanities invites you to a virtual conversation and Q&A on Friday November 3 from 12-1:15 pm about this process, featuring two writers who have trade books out this fall—Jennifer Burns and Marcie Bianco. Jennifer and Marcie will be in conversation with Stanford PubHum co-director Blakey Vermeule.

Register for the zoom link here:

(Please note the event will be an open format rather than a webinar, but you are welcome to have your camera off). 

Jennifer Burns is an associate professor of history at Stanford and is a historian of the twentieth century United States working at the intersection of intellectual, political, and cultural history. She has published articles about the history of conservatism, libertarianism, and liberalism in a number of academic and popular journals, including Reviews in American History, Modern Intellectual History, Journal of Cultural Economy, The New York Times, The New Republic, and Dissent. Her first book, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Oxford, 2009), was an intellectual biography of the libertarian novelist Ayn Rand and her book Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative, will be released this November by Macmillan.

Marcie Bianco, PhD, is a writer, lecturer, and cultural critic. At Stanford, she is an editor at Stanford Social Innovation Review, a quarterly print magazine, where she work with journalists around the world who report on cross-sector and philanthropic ventures. Her feminist and cultural criticism has been published widely, including in Vanity Fair, CNN, MSNBC, and The Advocate. Her first book Breaking Free: The Lie of Equality and the Feminist Fight for Freedo was published this September by PublicAffairs (an imprint of Hachette). 

Blakey Vermeule is a professor of literature in Stanford's English department and the co-director of Stanford Public Humanities. She is the author of three books, one on eighteenth-century moral psychology and literature, one on the theory of literary characters, and one on the ancient debate between the active life and the contemplative life (co-authored with Jennifer Summit). Her current project is about the post-Freudian conception of the unconscious mind.