From Manuscript to Marketplace: Halsey Street

A Discussion Series presented by the Authors Guild Foundation

Naima Coster in Conversation with Vivian Lee
Moderated by Jennifer Baker

Thursday, November 1
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432


Copies of Halsey Road by Naima Coster and Everyday People: The Color of Life by Jennifer Baker (editor) will be available for purchase from Kew & Willow bookstore.

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a novel of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Halsey Street has been recommended as a must-read for 2018 by People, Essence, Bustle, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Lit, BitchMedia, The Root, and elsewhere.

Vivian Lee is an editor at Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary fiction and narrative nonfiction imprint, where her list includes Naima Coster’s Halsey Street, Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, Viet Dinh’s After Disasters (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), and Harold Schechter’s Hell’s Princess (a Washington Post bestseller). She is a 2018 PW Rising Star Honoree.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Jennifer is editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her writing has appeared in, LitHub, Poets & Writers, and Bustle, among other online publications. Her website is

From Manuscript to Marketplace is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Date & Time

Thu, Nov 1, 2018
6:00PM – 7:30PM EDT


Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432


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