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April 2014 Third Thursday Panel

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

4/17/2014 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

"Writing About Writing: Book News, Lit Reviews, and Author Profiles"

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 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)

What are the unique challenges to writing about writing?  How does one properly deconstruct and judge a written work? How does one separate an author from his/her body of work -- or should they be separated when written about?  What training does it take to adequately criticize writing, profile a writer, or convey the movements of the publishing industry?

Join us the evening of April 17 when our distinguished panelists will be:

Sarah Pitre

As the lead programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse, Sarah is happily responsible for all "lady" screenings, including Girlie Night and Afternoon Tea. She graduated from Rice University in 2001 and got a Masters from UT Austin in 2008, but her professional expertise mostly stems from gorging on teen-centric movies and books. Sarah's obsession with young adult literature led her to create Forever Young Adult, a site for YA fans who are a little less Y and a bit more A. In her free time, Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and watching YouTube videos of different animals being friends.


Jeff Salamon

Jeff Salamon is a senior editor at Texas Monthly and previously served as an editor at the Village Voice and the Austin American-Statesman. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Details, and Artforum. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a native of New York City. He lives in Austin with his wife, two children, two dogs, and one cat.

Clay Smith 

Clay Smith is the editor in chief of Kirkus Reviews, an American book review magazine founded in 1933. Clay is the former literary director of the Texas Book Festival and a former editor and writer for the Sundance Film Festival website. He is a graduate of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University's graduate journalism school.


Sharyn Vane

Sharyn Vane writes regularly for the Austin American-Statesman, covering children's and young adult literature. She has also served as books editor and Life & Arts editor at the Statesman, where she oversaw the newsroom launch of the now-annual Season for Caring philanthropic campaign. Sharyn has covered a wide variety of subjects, from daily police work and Congress to fashion and style; she has written and edited for news outlets in Washington, D.C., Florida and Colorado, where her work won several state Press Association awards. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and American Journalism Review.




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.