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in collaboration with The English Department, Hunter College (West Building) at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue

OCTOBER 22-25, 2015
October 24th, 2015 - 10:45 - 11:45 am
Session 1A
Learning the Ropes of the Industry
Publishers & Agents: Beena Kamlani, Priya Doraswamy, Rachel Kahan, Jaya Chatterjee, Kent Wolf
Agent/Moderator: Priya Doraswamy
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Beena KamlaniBeena Kamlani’s fiction has been published in many magazines and anthologies and won a Pushcart Prize in 2009. She is also senior editor at Viking Penguin, where she worked closely with Saul Bellow until his death in 2005, and Robert Fagles on his translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid. She taught book editing at New York University for eighteen years, and was presented the university’s award for teaching excellence in 2002. She now teaches editing for writers and editors at Hunter College.

Born in India and educated in England, she has a B.A. (Hons.) and an M.A. in English and American Literature, and European Literature Since 1850.  

Priya DoraswamPriya Doraswamy founded Lotus Lane Literary in New Jersey in May, 2013. She has been an agent for a little over seven years and has sold books globally. Priya represents bestselling and award winning adult fiction and non-fiction authors. Prior to her agency career, Priya was a Deputy Attorney General, with the State of New Jersey, prosecuting securities fraud. Priya was born and raised in Bangalore, and immigrated to the NY area twenty five years ago. She travels to India every year for work and pleasure.

Rachel KahanRachel Kahan joined William Morrow as an Executive Editor in 2012, after many years as a Senior Editor at Putnam. A passionate advocate for commercial fiction, she has published numerous national and international bestsellers by authors such as Kate Mosse, Stuart Woods, Kate Jacobs, Nadia Hashimi, Stephanie Evanovich, Yangsze Choo, and Beatriz Williams. Earlier in her career, she was an editor at Crown Publishers, where she published a number of non-fiction bestsellers including The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne and Tulipomania by Mike Dash. 

Kahan has also been a guest lecturer on publishing topics at Columbia University, Duke University, New York University, the College of William and Mary, and the City College of New York. She speaks frequently at writers’ conferences and book festivals in the US and overseas.

Born and raised in Virginia, Rachel holds a degree in English and Spanish literature from the College of William and Mary and is a graduate of Harvard’s Radcliffe Publishing Course.

Jaya Aninda ChatterjeeJaya Aninda Chatterjee is Associate Editor for World History, Geopolitics, and International Relations at Yale University Press. Her authors include International Studies Association President Amitav Acharya, Harvard Belfer Center Fellow Jieun Baek, Harvard historian Kelly O’Neill, Columbia professor Stuart Gottlieb, Stanford political scientist David Laitin, award-winning journalist Salil Tripathi, and others. Jaya’s books have been favorably reviewed in Dissent, Arts & Letters Daily, the Guardian, the Literary Review, and other publications.

Jaya began her publishing career at W.W. Norton & Company. After completing her degrees in English and Comparative Literature at Wellesley College and Columbia University, she joined Yale University Press in 2009. She is a graduate of the Yale Publishing Course for mid- to senior-level book publishing professionals, has spoken on panels about book publishing at Yale, Georgetown University, and American University, and has contributed book reviews and review essays to the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and

Kent Wolf Kent Wolf is an agent at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. Some of the bestselling titles he’s represented included Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim, and The Clover House by Henriette Lazaridis Power. He is on the lookout for literary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, memoir, pop culture, all types of narrative nonfiction, and select YA. He is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and PEN.
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