NOTORIOUS: The Midwifery of Fiction
A conversation with Kate Manning '79, author of My Notorious Life; and
Sarah Burnes '89, literary agent, The Gernert Company.
Tuesday 12 November, 7 - 9 pm
Rose Alumni House (between Davenport and The University Theater)
232 York St. New Haven, Connecticut
Refreshments will be served.
My Notorious Life, by novelist Kate Manning '79, has been called "a daring page-turner" by "O" the Oprah magazine, and lauded in the pages of The Washington Post (a "fiery story"), The London Sunday Times ("sophisticated, intelligent"), and The Nation magazine, among others. What does it take to write a successful novel in the current changing landscape of contemporary publishing? The evening's conversation will take a look at the author's creative process, examining how fact inspired fiction. It will also explore how agents and editors work with authors and provide a hard look at the publishing climate for stories, novels, and poems in light of changes in technology and new venues for publishing non-fiction. Joining Kate will be literary agent Sarah Burnes '89, from the Gernert Company, who has also worked as an editor for several book publishers including Knopf and Little, Brown.
Kate Manning '79 is the author of My Notorious Life, a novel based on a true story of a reproductive-rights pioneer, torn from the scandalized headlines of Victorian New York City. The novel tells the story of Axie Muldoon, who climbs her way off the brutal streets of 1800s New York City into the glitter of Fifth Avenue, by becoming an enormously successful--and controversial--midwife. Novelist Emma Donoghue (author of Room) called My Notorious Life "a gripping docudrama about women's business (in several senses)." Kate is also the author of the novel Whitegirl, and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review, among other publications. For ten years, she worked as a documentary producer for public television, and is the winner of two New York Emmy Awards.
Sarah Burnes ’89 began her career on the editorial side of publishing, working first at Houghton Mifflin, then in the Knopf Group, and last at Little, Brown. She became an agent in 2001 and joined The Gernert Company in 2005. She now represents adult fiction writers (National Book Award-winner Alice McDermott and New York Times bestseller Robin Sloan among them); children’s fiction writers (The New York Times bestsellers Pseudonymous Bosch, Adam Gidwitz, and Margaret Stohl); and journalists and critics (New York Times bestseller Jon Gertner and former Granta editor John Freeman). Sarah sits on the board of non-profit progressive publisher The New Press.