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Another Successful 7x20x21

Thanks everyone for coming out to our BEA panel! And a special thanks to my partner in crime Ami Greko and our excellent presenters Alexis Ohanian (Reddit, Hipmunk), Henrik Berggren (Readmill), David Jacobs (29th St. Publishing), Stephanie Pereira (Kickstarter), Ilan Zechory (Rap Genius), and Jesse Bering (Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us).

Herewith, a random selection of photos from the event. I think the presenters did an admirable job of working with the 7min. time constraint. And nobody died!


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BEA Like It’s 1998

Photo by Annick Press

Photo by Annick Press

With yet another BEA upon us, I dug through my archives and discovered my conference agenda from 1998. Hope you’ll enjoy this bit of nostalgia as much as I did. And don’t forget to attend the 7x20x21 panel this Thursday!

Will Dancing Babies Kill Waldenbooks? — Downtown Stage, Wed., 11am
Our friends and family laughed at the now famous “dancing baby” on the hit television show “Ally McBeal,” but booksellers know this CGI harbinger of doom spells a future of illiterate, insensate masses. Join noted futurist Michael McGillicuddy, author of Friend(ster)s with Benefits: Teenagers and the E-Rules of E-Hookups, as he advises how publishers can beat back the rising tide of culture-destroying “entertainment.”
Special performance by Vonda Shepard

How to Spend Your Advance — Uptown Stage, Wed., 1pm
With trade publishing’s complete dominance of the media landscape–regularly outgrossing film, music, TV, and video games–the question on so many novelists’ minds is, “How do I spend all this money?” It’s a valid concern. The ABA’s most recent data reports advances for debut short story collections average around $600,000, with slightly less for extended prose poems. (God help those memoirists penning tales of loss in the Hebrides–you need a top-flight tax lawyer yesterday.) Dirk Bently, VP of Wealth Management at Lehman Brothers, will lead a discussion of how best to diversify your investment portfolio, why Lichtenstein is your new favorite banking hub, and which Manhattan pier has the most comprehensive dock service. Continue reading


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7x20x21 at BEA

7x20x21logoOne of the highlights of BookExpo America is programming the annual 7x20x21 panel with my friend Ami Greko. (Past presenters include Jennifer Egan, Clay Shirky, Robin Sloan, Nate Silver, and many others; the 2013 lineup is just as exciting.) Each presenter gets 7 minutes, 20 slides max., and each slide advances automatically every 21 seconds. Then we grab a drink.

This year’s stellar roster includes:

Set your calendars for Thursday, May 30th, 3:30-4:30pm at BEA’s Downtown Stage.
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Hope to see you there!

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7x20x21 Wrapup

I want to thank the excellent, excellent speakers at this year’s 7x20x21 panel. The level of talent set a high bar for 2013. And the variety, from Dan Wilbur’s high comedy to D. T. Max’s ruminations on the biographer’s duty to the past, made for a very rich session. If you missed the show, you can watch it here.

Thanks again to Robin Sloan, Sheila Heti, Jason Booher, Dan Wilbur, Nate Silver, and D. T. Max.

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7x20x21 at BEA 2012

My co-curator Ami Greko and I are thrilled to announce the lineup for this year’s 7x20x21 panel at BookExpo America.

  • Nate Silver, creator of FiveThirtyEight.com (a recent Webby Award winner) and author of the forthcoming book The Signal and The Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t  (Penguin Press, September).
  • Robin Sloan, the writer and media inventor behind @robinsloan, Fish: A Tap Essay, and the novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October).
  • Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be? A Novel from Life (Henry Holt, June), interviews editor at The Believer, and co-author of The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City.
  • D.T. Max, author of Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Viking, August) and a staff writer for The New Yorker.
  • Jason Booher, book designer
  • Dan Wilbur, creator of Better Book Titles.

What Is 7x20x21? Continue reading

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7x20x21 Returns to BEA

I admit, if you don’t work in publishing that subject line is nonsense. For the rest of you: 7x20x21 is back! After last year‘s resounding success, Ami and I were hard pressed to think of how we could top it. Then we drank some whiskey and came up with the following panel. This is going to be The Last Boy Scout of BEA panels. (It’s good, I swear.)

  • Colson Whitehead (Sag Harbor, Zone One) will debut a new, life-changing technology that will make all writing instantly better. He may also talk about the apocalypse. (Are you following him on Twitter yet? Of course you are.)
  • Rita Meade, a.k.a. the amazing ScrewyDecimal, will share what kids think the future of libraries will be.
  • Kevin Smokler, the newly-minted VP of Marketing at Byliner, will discuss discoverability. Make sure to high-five him about his new gig.
  • Misha Glouberman (The Chairs Are Where the People Go) will present possibly more in seven minutes than your brain can handle. This is a good thing.
  • Aaron Shapiro, CEO of Huge, will talk design and his book Users Not Customers.
  • Rachel Rosenfelt, founder and editor-in-chief of The New Inquiry, will discuss the current reviewing landscape for women.
  • And Ben Greenman, polymath New Yorker editor and novelist, will present charts. Incredible, blindingly brilliant charts.
What is 7x20x21, you ask? Well, let me tell you. It’s a loose interpretation of the pecha kucha format: each speaker gets 7 minutes, a maximum of 20 slides, with each slide advancing automatically every 21 seconds.
Tuesday May 24th
Javits Center – Midtown Insight Stage


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7x20x21 Bonanza

450 people attended, all of the speakers knocked it out of the park, and BEA came through in the clutch with an open bar. Huzzah!

View from the stage

We’ll have video of the event posted soon. I want to thank my partner in crime, Ami Greko, our amazing speakers – Jennifer Egan, Ed Nawotka, Jacob Lewis, Nick Bilton, Justin Taylor, Eva Talmadge, and Clay Shirky – and of course all my friends for coming!

And if you’re looking for some instantaneous feedback, mosey on over to the #7xBEA Twitter feed:

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