PubWest 2019 Conference Online Registration Opens

PubWest 2019 Conference registration is now open online. Full details on the conference can be found on the group's website. The PubWest 2019 Conference will be held February 7–9, 2019, at the La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The theme for the conference is “Making Change: Culture, Content, Commerce.” 

PubWest 2019 will feature keynotes by Chip Kidd, graphic designer Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, and Lina Khan, academic fellow at Columbia Law School and senior fellow at the Open Markets Institute. Pre-conference intensive sessions, now included with conference registration, include: “Audiobooks: From Page to Ear” and “Recruiting and Management: Finding and Keeping the Employees You Need.”

The upcoming conference will also include the presentation of the 2019 Rittenhouse Award for outstanding contributions to book publishing in the West. This year’s recipient will be announced soon. The Jack D. Rittenhouse award was established in 1990 and is given in memory of Jack. D. Rittenhouse, the West’s consummate evangelist of the book.

For those seeking funding to attend, the Jack W. Swanson scholarship was established in 2013 to bring book publishing interns or first- or second-year publishing house employees to a PubWest conference. The scholarship is funded from the sale of rights, by royalties from Rail Ventures, and by private donations from PubWest members who wish to encourage the next generation of book publishers. The scholarship covers full conference tuition, travel, lodging, conference intensives, and other optional events.

To apply for the scholarship to PUBWEST 2019, send a letter of introduction explaining your professional/academic background and why you’re interested in a book publishing career, along with a letter of support from one professional or academic reference. Please send applications to: Scholarship Committee, PubWest, 17501 Hill Way, Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. Applications must be received by Friday, January 4, 2019.

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