MEET THE PANELISTS
PRAVEEN MADAN is a literary entrepreneur who quit his corporate career to focus on building the community bookstore for the 21stcentury. Praveen kicked-off his pursuit in 2007 by teaming up with Christin Evans to acquire and transform the Booksmith bookstore in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury. In 2009, he partnered with Cody’s long-term events manager Melissa Mytinger to launch Berkeley Arts & Letters, which has become one of the top events programs in the Bay Area. In 2012 Praveen stepped in to save Kepler’s, the iconic Bay Area bookstore, from imminent closure and ended up assuming leadership of a transition effort to turn Kepler’s into a next generation literary venture. Praveen also serves on the Board of Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
From the World Affairs Council
JOSHUA LEASE, Program Officer for the World Affairs Council, earned his MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in Foreign Language from Lewis & Clark College. While an undergraduate student Joshua studied in Nancy, France and Cuenca, Ecuador specializing in French and Spanish language and culture. After graduation he was accepted to the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and taught English in southern Nagano Prefecture. As a graduate student Joshua specialized in Human Rights Policy and interned as a researcher at the Centro de Estudios de Derechos Humanos of the Universidad Central in Santiago de Chile. Prior to joining the Council, Joshua served as a Project Manager for Tostan in Kaolack, Senegal.
From the Commonwealth Club of California
NISH NADARAJA thinks of himself as a marketing generalist, working on all aspects of the marketing puzzle, from high-level strategy to writing copy to grassroots buzz marketing campaigns. HIs favorite area, though, is thinking about brand evangelism, the violent few. The former Marketing & Brand Director for Yelp.com, Nadaraja is an independent brand and marketing advisor, and a board member of the Commonwealth Club of California, planning events and finding recipients for the 21st Century Visionary Awards series.
STACEY LEWIS is the Director of Publicity and Marketing at City Lights Publishers where she has worked for over 18 years, collaborating with writers such as Howard Zinn, Ellen Ullman, Sesshu Foster, Bill Morgan, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Paul Madonna, Tim Wise, and Rebecca Brown among many others. She got her start in Bay Area publishing by interning and working for Heyday Books. Stacey directed the programming for the NCBPMA for a number of years, and has spoken about her work at UCSC, USF, with booksellers at the NCIBA, at a previous NCBPMA program, among a panel convened by the National Book Critics Circle at BEA, as well as part of a discussion on West Coast publishing recently held at City Lights. On a number of occasions, has shared embarrassing anecdotes at the Porchlight Storytelling Series in San Francisco. Originally from Orangeburg, New York, she is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and the Stanford Publishing Program. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two sons.
Author, Journalist, and Speaker
ALAN KAUFMAN’s most recent book Drunken Angel, a memoir (Viva Editions/Cleis Press), has just been released in paperback. His other books include Jew Boy, a memoir (Fromm/FSG) and Matches, a novel (Little, Brown). He is the editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Basic Books/Perseus), The Outlaw Bible of American Literature (Basic Books/Perseus), The Outlaw Bible of American Essays (Basic Books/Perseus) and The New Generation: Fiction For Our Time From America’s Writing Programs (Anchor/Doubleday). His essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, Evergreen Review, The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.
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