Shaping the Book: Authors, Agents & Editors

The Friends of the SC Libaries present a panel discussion with Elinor Lipman, Barry Werth, Richard Todd, and Jennifer Gates.

Elinor Lipman


Thursday, April 12, 2007, 7:30 pm - Neilson Browsing Room

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries will feature a lively discussion about the dynamic relationship between authors, their literary agents and editors.

A reception with book signing will follow. The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.


Elinor Lipman [right] has written nine novels including My Latest Grievance, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, and Then She Found Me.

Barry Werth

Barry Werth is the author of 31 Days and The Scarlet Professor as well as numerous non-fiction essays and articles.

Jennifer Gates

Jennifer Gates is a partner with The Zachary Schuster Harmsworth Literary Agency of New York and Boston.

Richard Todd

Richard Todd has worked as an editor at Houghton Mifflin, the Atlantic Monthly and the New England Monthly.

Library Resources

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Five College Library Catalog

Search the Five College Library Catalog
Search by AUTHOR for books written by: Lipman, Elinor
Werth, Barry
Search by SUBJECT for books about publishing: Publishers and Publishing

Biographical Sources

Biography in Context - Entries for Elinor Lipman and Barry Werth from Contemporary Authors including Awards, Career, Further Readings, Media Adaptations, Personal Information, Sidelights, Source Citation, and Writings.

Articles & Book Reviews

Book Review Digest Plus - Index of book reviews published in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain within 18 months of the book's publication. Use SC Links to connect to full text.

Internet Resources

Internet Site Access
Elinor Lipman - A Suitable Web Site
Biography, upcoming events, press & media, book purchases, essays, contacts, mailing list
Fresh Air Interview with Barry Werth (NPR)
Listen or read transcript, April 13, 2006
Zachary Schuster Harmsworth Literary Agency
New York and Boston based full service literary agency representing all types of fiction and non-fiction.
Houghton Mifflin Company
Major publisher of textbooks, reference works, fiction, non-fiction, and educational software and video.
The Atlantic Online
Online edition of the Atlantic Monthly featuring current issues and web-specific content on travel, literature, and politics.


Mary Irwin, FSCL Executive Secretary
Neilson Library
(413) 585-2903