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Making History: a panel discussion about writing and publishing history

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This is event is produced in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Memory, producer of San Francisco History Days, the San Francisco Writers Conference and the San Francisco Historical Society.

This event will be conducted via Zoom. Click here to register.

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Join professionals in the history business for a discussion on writing and publishing history.

Moderated by MI Librarian Taryn Edwards

Chris Gruener - After a brief stint teaching high school English in Los Angeles, Chris moved north to the Bay Area and began his publishing career at the ripe old age of 23. Starting out as an intern with a literary agency and a small literary fiction publishing house, he quickly moved into the sales and marketing side of publishing, working various roles for Nolo, Baker & Taylor, and Faherty & Associates, before taking over Cameron + Company in 2009. Nine years later Chris still doesn’t know what a publisher actually does.

Laurie Krill is the west coast acquisitions editor for The History Press. A graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute, she’s been in her current position for four years. She earned her BA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2002. Having lived in all four corners of the United States, she enjoyed shepherding books about the unique history of towns large and small through to publication. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with her cat, Maddy.

Lee Bruno is an author and journalist. His most recent book is Misfits, Merchants, and Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934, winner of the 2019 Independent Book Publisher Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for History. His reporting on business, technology and science has appeared in such publications as The Economist, The Guardian, MIT Technology Review and other publications. He is currently a developmental editor with the Collective Book Studio.

Lana Costantini is Director of Education and Publishing at the San Francisco Historical Society.  She is the editor of The Argonaut, SFHS’s award-winning history journal and its newsletter, Panorama. Lana led the development of the Historical Society’s first mobile history apps, film series, online history presentations, and YouTube channel.  Prior to joining the Historical Society in 2018, Lana had a successful career in educational publishing as a writer, managing editor, and director of product development. Her own writing has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic Explorer, Cobblestone, California Chronicles, and Sea Letter (published by the Maritime Association). She is a third-generation San Franciscan.

Frances Dinkelspiel is the author of Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, and Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, a New York Times bestseller. A fifth-generation Californian born in San Francisco, her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Daily Beast and elsewhere. Dinkelspiel is the co-founder and executive editor of Berkeleyside, an online news site in Berkeley, CA. She and journalism partners recently launched Cityside, a nonprofit civic news organization that is starting sites in underserved communities.


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