The 2016 Association of Writers & Writing Programs—known colloquially as AWP—is kind of like a traveling circus of writers, publishers, editors and agents. Each year they pop up in a different US city bringing with them over 800 presses, journals and literary organizations from around the world. The conference spans over one long weekend and has over 12,000 attendees. This year they chose Los Angeles, so we thought we’d check in with some of our favorite authors and publishers to see what all the hub bub is about:
RARE BIRD- We checked in with our upstairs neighbors in the Crocker Building, Tyson Cornell and Julia Callahan from Rare Bird Books. Here’s what they have to say about AWP:
LBS – Have you been to a past AWP? If so, which one?
TYSON – Sure. I’ve been to most AWPs over the last few years.
JULIA – No. This will be my first.
LBS – What’s your favorite thing about AWP?
TYSON: Seeing industry friends that I don’t get to see enough.
LBS – Panel or event you’re looking forward to?
TYSON – I don’t generally attend the panels, unfortunately.
JULIA – Writing Characters who Buck Gender Norms on April 2nd.
Room 404 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016 9:00 am to 10:15 am
In a market that tends to want fairy tales, and characters who conform to strict gender norms, how do we write characters who resist these stereotypes of what men and women are supposed to be? Are brainy and/or bossy female characters unsympathetic? If a male character is excessively romantic, has his believability been diminished? How do we write convincing characters, ones who do not reflect standard gender expectations, without triggering questions about the characters’ credibility?
LBS – Are you on a panel? Tell us about it.
TYSON – I am. It’s Current Trends in Literary Publishing with Jane Friedman, Jeffrey Lependorf, Chris Fischbach, and Neal Thompson.
Room 406 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
A panel of industry experts shaping independent literary publishing discuss how publishers are addressing current challenges and hurdles, as well as creating new opportunities. Hear these literary leaders of publishing, bookselling, and reader engagement reveal how they reimagine traditional forms of publishing while integrating innovative new trends.
JULIA – Nope. I’m manning the Rare Bird booth! Come say hi!
Again, these guys are our upstairs neighbors. If you missed your opportunity to click on their link above, here’s your second chance: Rare Bird Books.