Festival of the Written Word: "Consider the Book"

Ted Steinbock and Keith Runyon join the Festival of the Written Word as panel moderators.


R.Ted Steinbock, MD has one of the largest private collections of 17th and 18th century Puritan literature. He will moderate the panel: "Consider the Book: Taking a New Look at an Old Tool". The digital revolution is changing how we think about all our communications tools, including one of the oldies - the book. Is the future all about e-books or will the traditional book endure? Panelists:
  • William Powers, a prize-winning journalist winning twice the National Press Club's award for Best Media Criticism, former Washington Post staff writer and author or the widely discussed Harvard University study, "Hamlet's Blackberry".
  • David Kipen, book critic and essayist for NPR's Day-to-Day program and the author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History.
  • Jan Carew. Born in British Guiana, Carew has spent most of his life abroad. He has won a number of awards for writing and best known for his first novel "Black Midas" and his memoir "Ghosts in Our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England and the Caribbean.
Keith Runyan, Editor of the Forum and Book Editor of the Courier-Journal will moderate the second panel, "Publishing Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", a discussion will link with the previous panel and bring continuity to the theme of the afternoon, centering on how these publishers view new technologies and how a writer gets published in today's market.

Information on the Festival of the Written Word may be found at the IdeaFestival web site.

Wayne