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After working in publishing, at bookstores, and with authors around the country, Anna founded Anagram Editorial, a multi-purpose literary service for a variety of manuscript, research, and content-strategy needs. At Scholastic, Anna acquired and edited middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, and fiction novels. She has consulted for authors such as Patricia McCormick and Paul Griffin, spoken on panels for aspiring writers at The New School and Stony Brook, and served as Event Planner and Brand Consultant for the Roald​ ​Dahl Estate's U.S. operations. Collaborating with Penguin, the Estate, and creative ​businesses across the country, Anna produced high-quality, brand-orientated events​ ​with an eye toward long-term strategy for the late author’s estate. There’s little Anna enjoys more than working with imaginative and passionate writers to figure out tricky plot points, craft the perfect voice, and develop rich character development. Whether crafting marketing and brand strategies, or sculpting a manuscript into a tight piece of literature, Anna enables creativity, pushes for the highest quality, and brings your idea to life. She holds certificates in editing from New York University and a BA with highest honors in English Literature from Lehigh University.

A beautiful trade.
07/16/2017
The Last Bookbinder on the Lower East Side

A beautiful trade.

In 1980, according to the census taken that year, there were 1,500 bookbinders in New York. A great number of them plied the trade in downtown Manhattan, on the Lower East Side, among the garment w…

Fascinating piece on Lydia Davis, her translating career, and Dag Solstad, one of the most popular Norwegian writers. An...
06/21/2017
Lydia Davis at the End of the World

Fascinating piece on Lydia Davis, her translating career, and Dag Solstad, one of the most popular Norwegian writers. And the importance of meetings about pot holes.

"I think of learning a language as a riddle. Learning it this way is like being an egyptologist, deciphering hieroglyphs. It is that process, finding the key that opens up a world of meaning that was previously hidden, which is the motivation for me."

This profile originally appeared in Norway’s oldest newspaper, Morgenbladet, and was translated for Literary Hub by the author. Photos by Johannes Worsøe Berg. “No, I never use dictiona…

A beautiful piece on libraries, war, history, and archival research."The archive was buried in a basement. The archivist...
05/24/2017
How a London Borough Turned an Asylum into a Library

A beautiful piece on libraries, war, history, and archival research.
"The archive was buried in a basement. The archivist pointed me to a shelf of hefty, red, clothbound books, each as thick as my arm. Burdett’s was worth examining for the advertisements alone: there were sales pitches for corsets and hot chocolate and orphan working schools."

"the Bethnal Green library became the first, and possibly only, bomb-shelter library in all of Britain. As bombs and fires cratered the city...librarians handed out poetry, plays, novels, nonfiction, and children’s books. Presumably, the readers discovered the library’s new location as they clattered down the steps away from air sirens, caught their breath, and looked around. It was open from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. every weekday. What courage all this must have taken."

By 1912, almost every borough in London had a library—but Bethnal Green had to go to extraordinary lengths to open one of their own.

The only tip missing is to read, often and widely. In particular, I've read many children's/YA manuscripts written by ad...
05/23/2017
So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

The only tip missing is to read, often and widely. In particular, I've read many children's/YA manuscripts written by adults who clearly have not read many, if any, books of that genre and it shows in their writing. The rest of Colum McCann's tips are spot on.

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann

The Chicago Tribune does not hold back. "Amazon Books on Southport Avenue, the fifth physical store from the Seattle onl...
05/22/2017
Amazon takes a page from bricks-and-mortar bookstores. Here's what it's like inside

The Chicago Tribune does not hold back. "Amazon Books on Southport Avenue, the fifth physical store from the Seattle online giant and its first in the Midwest, is a deeply, unsettlingly normal place, a soulless, antiseptic 6,000 square feet...It has the personality of an airport bookstore and conveys all the charm of its stone floor. Shopping there is as frictionless as a one-click purchase. There are no quirks, no attempts at warmth. There are no handwritten notes about what the staff loves."

The new Amazon Books on Southport Avenue has the personality of an airport bookstore and conveys all the charm of its stone floor.

Science says so."...those who preferred fiction displaying the most positive social skills. Romance and drama lovers sho...
05/12/2017
Bookworms Are Nicer, Kinder, And More Empathetic People, According To New Study

Science says so.
"...those who preferred fiction displaying the most positive social skills. Romance and drama lovers showed the most empathetic behaviors and the ability to see others’ points of view, while comedy fans were apparently able to relate to others the most."

Rejoice bookworms, for anyone who has ever told you having your head in a book means you’re being antisocial will have to eat their words. A new study sugg

Another opinion piece to file under the "shouldn't this be obvious category"! But this quote is especially amusing (and ...
05/03/2017
Why it’s better to fall for a book lover | Barbara Ellen

Another opinion piece to file under the "shouldn't this be obvious category"!

But this quote is especially amusing (and accurate): "I’m old and pre-Kindle enough to still find an absence of bookshelves in someone’s house extremely disconcerting. The scariest date I ever went on started by meeting at the guy’s house, where there were no books to be seen, and I ended up staring around his front room, politely smiling until my face hurt, while inwardly screaming “Patrick Bateman!”"

Readers have something special about their characters

A few days late, but MASSIVE congratulations to David Levithan. "There are so many more voices that need to be a part of...
05/01/2017
Pioneering author of novels for gay teens wins Tribune literary award

A few days late, but MASSIVE congratulations to David Levithan.
"There are so many more voices that need to be a part of our literature. We're getting there, one book at a time. I am profoundly happy to live in a time where "The Hate U Give" is the No. 1 YA book in America for over a month. I wish we were in a place where a book like "The Hate U Give" wasn't necessary—but as long as it is, give us the Angie Thomases to be our truth-tellers. We need as much truth-telling as we can get these days."

David Levithan, author of "Boy meets Boy," will receive the Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award at Printers Row Lit Fest, June 10-11.

Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Support your local bookshop today, find a book to fall in love with, and take time out ...
04/29/2017
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Support your local bookshop today, find a book to fall in love with, and take time out to read in the summer sun!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art table...

FANTASTIC BBC Radio 4 program on the incomparable Zora Neale Hurston, with readings by the one and only Solange. Another...
04/17/2017
A Woman Half in Shadow - BBC Radio 4

FANTASTIC BBC Radio 4 program on the incomparable Zora Neale Hurston, with readings by the one and only Solange. Another piece of BBC gold.

Poet Jackie Kay tells the story of Zora Neale Hurston's literary rebirth.

This year is the tenth anniversary of the NYC Teen Author Festival organized by the unstoppable David Levithan! From Mar...
03/14/2017
NYC Teen Author Festival

This year is the tenth anniversary of the NYC Teen Author Festival organized by the unstoppable David Levithan! From March 18-26, experience NYC's biggest YA event with incredible authors such as Kass Morgan, Maggie Stiefvater (Really, it's me), Coe Booth, Adam Gidwitz, and so many more at the NYPL The New York Public Library, Books Of Wonder, and The Bell House.

, with panels, readings, and our mega-signing at Books of Wonder as the grand finale. Come be a part of New York City’s biggest YA event. All events are free to the public, though book purchases are STRONGLY encouraged. Seating is first come, first served.

I have been lucky enough to interview some of my favorite women in the publishing industry for the Anablog, from Patty M...
03/08/2017
Anablog

I have been lucky enough to interview some of my favorite women in the publishing industry for the Anablog, from Patty McCormick, Rachel Cohn, Jaclyn Moriarty to many more. Check them out here, and more interviews are coming soon! #internationalwomensday #iwd2017

ANABLOG reading, writing, research

VERY cool olfactory project taking place within the The Morgan Library & Museum!"Their goal is perhaps someday to be abl...
03/07/2017
What’s That Smell? Rare Books and Artifacts From a 1906 Library

VERY cool olfactory project taking place within the The Morgan Library & Museum!

"Their goal is perhaps someday to be able to convey a sense of the building’s history beyond just its look and feel...“For me as a librarian, I’ve always thought about the question: Is there really a single old-book smell? I feel very strongly that there’s not, and now I’m going to get to see the proof.”"

A historical preservation project samples the varied aromas in the Morgan Library & Museum, one of the world's most important rare-book collections.

Attention college students: The New York Times wants your essays that tell the truth about what love is like for you tod...
03/01/2017
Modern Love College Essay Contest

Attention college students: The New York Times wants your essays that tell the truth about what love is like for you today. The winning author will receive $1,000 and his or her essay will be published in a special Modern Love column in late April. The deadline is March 19th.

We’re inviting college students nationwide to open their hearts and laptops and write an essay that tells the truth about what love is like for them today.

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