Last Sunday, June 23, was one of the most memorable days I’ve spent in a long time. I was at the Town Hall in Garrett Park, Maryland, not far from where I live, for a celebration of life-memorial service for guitarist/songwriter/producer/entrepreneur Tom Guernsey, one of the icons of the Washington, D.C. rock scene for the past 50 years. Tom had ALS/Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AKA “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), and died last October 3 in Portland, Oregon, where he had moved several years ago. On October 20, The Washington Post ran an extended appreciation/obituary by Terence McArdle, “A Local Life: Tom Guernsey, Md.
The Spring 2013 edition of The Flame, the magazine of Claremont Graduate University, is another terrific look at what is happening within the institution that includes The Drucker School. I previously wrote about the Fall 2012 issue shortly after my visit to campus in Claremont, California last year. The current issue – as usual with an attractive layout and design — features education-related themes.
“Why They Stay” spotlights a dilemma: many of the math and science teachers who leave the profession each year are not retiring, but leaving for new careers. Several successful teaching fellows from a CGU Teacher Education special program to develop STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers are profiled.
Today’s post is a Q&A with Ben Vaughn, whose multidimensional life encompasses playing music, songwriting, producing, radio, TV and films. He formed the Ben Vaughn Combo 30 years ago, and in the mid-1990s started a parallel career as a TV and film composer, hitting it big with his work on NBC’s 3rd Rock from the Sun, and later That ’70s Show, on Fox; as well as other series for different networks.
Ben grew up on the South Jersey side of the Philadelphia area, and though he has long lived in California, the Ben Vaughn Quintet will join the terrific lineup at the 52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August.
Today’s post is an interview with Deborah Kalb, who produces the terrific Book Q&As website, in which she conducts brief but incisive interviews with a wide variety of authors. A short sample of some of the most recent interviewees: novelists Susan Coll and Tracy Chevalier; nonfiction authors A.J. Jacobs and Naomi Schaefer Riley; and poet Peter Fortunato, whom I had not heard of previously and found particularly interesting. (I was really honored to be interviewed last December.) In addition, Deborah is a freelance writer and editor, who spent two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C. She is the co-author, with her father, Marvin Kalb, of Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama.
By the end of the all-day event, which I also wrote about earlier this week, it was reinforced that authors, whether with a traditional publisher or self-published, have many avenues for self-promotion and to increase opportunities to earn money. (Although a recurring theme, besides that of continuing to hone your craft as a writer, was “don’t give up your day job.”)
During a morning panel session, the novelist/freelance journalist Jennifer Miller related her promotion efforts for her novel The Year of the Gadfly, originally published last year and now out in paperback.
The first annual Books Alive! 2013 conference was a terrific all-day event for authors (published and aspiring) and book lovers. It was sponsored by the Washington Independent Review of Books and held June 8 in suburban Maryland at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. It featured panelists and speakers on writing, publishing (including self-publishing), marketing, publicity, promotion, platforms, income and related topics. Attendees also had the option of pitching book ideas in brief individual meetings with a variety of literary agents.
The luncheon speaker, Maria Arana, detailed her fascinating career working in publishing, editing, reporting and writing books, including her memoir American Chica and the new biography Bolívar.
Can you briefly explain what the conceptual age involves, and what the role of entrepreneurship is within that?
The knowledge economy brought about tremendous industrial discipline in the way enterprises were formed, scaled and sustained. We are seeing a fundamental shift in the way the knowledge economy is transforming into a more collaborative economy led by creative entrepreneurs.
The cover of the June Fast Company magazine is the fifth 100 Most Creative People in Business feature. This had to be a massive project, especially since the ground rules include that there can be no repeats from previous lists, and the 100 people also could not have been profiled by the magazine previously.
Studying the profiles on this list, both in the beautifully-designed magazine and in the enhanced online version, is a great way to learn about how highly creative people are making a difference in a variety of fields. It is especially good for learning about new people and relatively unfamiliar companies, along with the more recognizable names.