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October 2014 Third Thursday Panel

10/16/2014 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Ghost-Writing: Unseen Authors Tell Their Tales

Thursday, October 16, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., third floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)

Publishing is a mysterious business. Who really writes all those books you see around you? Usually it's the author listed, but occasionally it's not. Occasionally it's an unseen, unnamed professional writer who, for various reasons, has penned it in secret.

Who does such work and why are they used? How does the process work? What are the thrills and chills (and frills) that come with ghost writing?

Join us October 16 when we welcome these four distinguished -- and unmasked -- ghost writers to our Third Thursday panel...

Lari Bishop

Lari Bishop has been an editor and writer for more than twenty years and has worked in book publishing for the past fourteen as an editor, book developer, and ghostwriter. She has written more than twenty books and has edited many more. Before realizing her dream of working in book publishing, she was an editor for The Conference Board, an advertising agency, and an online content provider. Lari has been a developmental editor for John Wiley & Sons and a senior editor for Greenleaf Book Group, and is now a partner in the firm Draft Lab. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.


Stephanie Land

Over the course of her sixteen years in book publishing, Stephanie Land has collaborated with many renowned thought leaders and professionals, including an American Book Award winner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and multiple psychologists, activists, marketers, entrepreneurs, and television personalities. Prior to going freelance, she was an editor at Random House and Penguin’s business imprint, Portfolio. Since going freelance, Stephanie has edited or ghostwritten books about everything from whale songs to restaurateuring to marriage therapy for people such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Lori Greiner, and The Second City comedy troupe.


Joni Rodgers

Born into a family bluegrass band, Joni Rodgers grew up on stage and continued performing until she was diagnosed with lymphoma at age 32. She used her chemo downtime to write her first two novels, which were published to critical acclaim. Bald in the Land of Big Hair, Joni’s memoir about being a young mommy with cancer, made bestseller lists around the world. As a ghostwriter specializing in high-profile memoirs, she’s collaborated with celebrities, politicos, and other extraordinary people, including Rue McClanahan, Kristin Chenoweth, and Swoosie Kurtz. Joni now runs her own publishing imprint and lives in Houston with her husband of 32 years, jet mechanic/winemaker Gary Rodgers.



Our Third Thursday program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at


WLT would, also, like to thank BookPeople for helping to make our Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent book stores and local business.