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Dissertation to Book: A Conversation with Two Editors


Gita Manaktala, Ken Wissoker, and Christine Folch

How should a scholar think about subject, tone, length, and audience in revising their dissertation into a first book? What are the most important elements of a book proposal, and how should new authors approach editors? How are second books different? In an interview-style format, executive editors from two distinguished university presses will offer advice about the process, challenges, and possibilities of writing and publishing scholarly books. Reception follows at 5:00 P.M. Free of charge and open to the public. Speakers: Gita Manaktala, Executive Editor at Large, MIT Press Ken Wissoker, Senior Executive Editor at Duke University Press and Director, Intellectual Publics, The Graduate Center at CUNY Moderator: Christine Folch, Bacca Foundation Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University Hosted by the Publishing Humanities Initiative, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. Co-sponsored by the Graduate School, Faculty Advancement, and the Faculty Write program. RSVP at