While we cheer on great self-publishing genre writers, and revel in every author's new ability to take control of his or her own career, we ask ourselves this quite urgent question: what will become of the writer of literary fiction in the digital age? To help answer this question, Grub Street has gathered a group of industry figures who, along with the audience, will debate this question in a vigorous, unique town hall format moderated by publishing journalist and consultant Porter Anderson, former CNN anchor and senior producer. We will discuss why we don't hear more about literary authors charging ahead on the force of digital's self-directed energies, and what literary authors can learn from genre writers in this area; whether literary fiction can cultivate its audience in social media as readily as other genres; whether digital distribution supports literary as well as it does romance, mystery and historical fiction; whether there's more that our great digital publishing platforms (Amazon, Kobo, etc.) can do to support literary fiction and its writers; how agents can work as partners with literary authors; how much literary authors themselves must embrace the digital realities. In the town hall format, the audience is as much a part of the debate as the presenters. Together, we will engage in a room-sized debate set "in the round," actively engaging audience members to share their ideas, questions, concerns, manifestos and challenges.

Town Hall Participants:
Eve Bridburg, Grub Street
Jon Fine, Amazon
Christine Munroe, Kobo
Rachel Fershleiser, Tumblr
Steve Almond, author
Jane Friedman, Scratch Magazine
April Eberhardt, agent
Ben Samuel, Electric Lit
Matt Cavnar, Vook
Kathy Meis, Bublish

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