Melville House Inaugurates Panel Series with eBook Discussion

Melville House, the outspoken indie press based in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, is inaugurating a new series of discussions on the publishing industry called “Publishing in the Age of Blah Blah Blah.” The first panel, to be held at the publisher’s HQ (145 Plymouth St, Brooklyn) on January 27 at 7pm, will be titled “Authors on eBooks,” and will feature eight Brooklyn authors discussing what or whether eBooks mean to them.

Here are the panelists:

Lev Grossman (The Magicians)
John Wray (Lowboy)
Myla Goldberg (Bee Season)
Joshua Henkin (Matrimony)
Heidi Julavits (The Uses of Enchantment)
Joe Meno (Hairstyles of the Damned)
Sarah Manguso (The Two Kinds of Decay)
Tao Lin (Shoplifting from American Apparel)

And here’s what Melville’s publisher Dennis Loy Johnson has to say about the series: “I’m tired of the discussion about the future of the book that’s been going on, because it’s been dominated either by giant corporations who see this as an opportunity to get rid of inventory and improve the bottom line, or by tech-heads infatuated with gadgetry who have no experience in publishing or making art, or reading for that matter…So we’ve decided to talk about these issues from an indie persepctive.”