Book Publishing: A Panel Discussion for Prospective Editors, Authors, and Readers


Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm




Three Harvard alums will share the secrets behind a successful career in book publishing. They’ll discuss how to get started, how they acquire the right books, how they work with agents and authors, and how they anticipate readers’ tastes. Mather House writer-in-residence Keith Raffel will moderate the discussion with:  

Catherine Tung (’06) was on the editorial staff at Vintage Books for seven years and is now at Beacon Press right here in Boston where she acquires books on LGBT topics, poetry, memoir, Asian American interest, sexuality, and cultural studies. Authors she has worked with include Ha Jin, Kate Bornstein, Alice Wong, and Raquel Salas Rivera.  

Emily Griffin (’01), spent a dozen years at Hachette and is now an executive editor at Harper, a division of HarperCollins. She edits novelists including Elizabeth Wetmore (New York Times bestselling author of Valentine) and Sara Collins (author of the Costa First Novel Award winner The Confessions of Frannie Langton), and non-fiction authors including Anderson Cooper and Roxane Gay.  

Rick Wolff, (’73) has worked at Macmillan, Hachette, and Houghton Mifflin. He’s acquired and edited over fifty New York Times bestsellers including books by TED's Chris Anderson, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, NPR's Guy Raz, and Ted Turner.