January 22, 2022

Video: Authorship in the Digital Age (DPLAfest 2016 Panel Discussion)

The panel discussion was recorded at DPLAFest 2016 (Digital Public Library of America) in Washington DC on April 14, 2016. The discussion runs 55 minutes.


Authorship in the Digital Age

Description (via DPLAfest Web Site)

Join us for a session dedicated to the state of writing in the digital age. What does it mean to write a book, digital or print or both? What new technologies and processes are re-defining the role of the author? Panelists will touch upon these questions and more during this exciting discussion between three prominent contemporary authors.


After stints in the editorial departments of Houghton Mifflin, the Knopf group, and Little Brown, Sarah Burnes became an agent in 2001. Joining The Gernert Company in 2005, she now represents adult fiction writers (Alice McDermott and Tony Earley among them), children’s fiction writers (New York Times bestsellers Margaret Stohl and Pseudonymous Bosch), and journalists and critics (New York Times Magazine contributor Jon Gertner and Freeman’s John Freeman).

2. Virginia Heffernan writes about digital culture for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Mother Jones, and The New Yorker. Her essays on digitization are regularly anthologized. Her new book, “Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art,” will be published in June by Simon & Schuster. She works as an editorial strategist for startups and venture capital firms.

3. Craig Mod is a writer and designer who splits his time between Tokyo and New York. Previously a product designer at Flipboard, he is also a TechFellow award recipient and a 2011/2012 MacDowell writing fellow. He is currently an advisor for Medium and Japan-based SmartNews. He has written for The Atlantic, California Sunday Magazine, Aeon, Virginia Quarterly Review, New Scientist, Contents Magazine, Codex Journal of Typography and other publications. He is the co-author of “Art Space Tokyo” and the Japanese essay collection, “Bokura no Jidai no Hon” (“The Books of our Generation”).

4. Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and went to school at Michigan State, where he studied economics and co-founded a literary magazine called Oats. Between 2002 and 2012, he worked at Poynter, Current TV, and Twitter. He is the author of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” which started as a short story and is now a full-length novel.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.