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Get Lit: Who Can Tell a Story? with Michelle Malonzo

Date(s): Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Location: 
Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type(s): 
Salon
Genre and Form(s): Latinx, Marketing, Publishing, Race, Social Justice
Cost: Free

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About this Salon

Spirited conversation. Literary culture. Every first Thursday at Valley Bar. Get Lit.

This month: Who Can Tell a Story? with Michelle Malonzo

Now more than ever we are questioning who has the right to tell someone else's story. Recently New York Magazine's Vulture dedicated a whole section on the "Politics of Fiction" and writers Alexander Chee and Lila Shapiro addressed this at length. In the industry today there is more and more discussion about what is an #ownvoices novel and what is not. #ownvoices simply means the protagonist and the author share a marginalized identity. But what about those books published that aren't #ownvoices books? It begs the question(s): Who owns a story? Is it enough to do research? What does it mean to be an ally? How does the marginalized experience vary across time and territory? How does it intersect with class? What are the responsibilities of the publisher when they’re publishing a non #ownvoices book? (What is the color of the publishing industry?) Is this a story we’ve heard before? Should we be wary of that? Is this novel raising awareness about an issue? Is it profiting from it?

Thursday, December 5, 2019. Join Michelle Malonzo, book buyer at Changing Hands, 2019 Kirkus Prize Judge for Fiction, Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association board member and member of the American Booksellers Association Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a conversation on the politics of publishing, diversity within the book industry and who gets to write the "other."

Please note: RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating directions, logistics, and other information about the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. Seating is first-come, first-served. Guests must be 21 or older. This event is open to the public and free.

Meet the Host

Photograph of Michelle Malonzo

Michelle Malonzo is a buyer at Changing Hands Bookstore which has two locations in Arizona. She is on the board of directors of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA), is a member of the American Booksellers Association Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and was a 2019 Kirkus Prize Judge for Fiction. Before joining Changing Hands, Michelle worked for nearly 10 years at Penguin Random House, starting out in publicity and corporate communications and finally as an account marketing manager in Penguin's field sales department. She's an Arizona native and reluctant New Yorker who divides her time between Phoenix and Tempe

 

About Get Lit

Inspired by 17th century salons, Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Guests must be 21+. Open to the public and free. To learn more, visit our website at http://piper.asu.edu/get-lit.

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