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Saturday, October 13 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
MIT Press Pitchfest

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Editors receive hundreds of inquires each year. What makes one book project stand out from the rest? Pitchfest will give six contestants--out of dozens who submitted proposals--the opportunity to present their best science or technology book idea before a panel of judges--Harvard Book Store head buyer Rachel Cass; MIT Press acquiring editors Beth Clevenger and Jermey Matthews; professor and MIT Press editorial board chair David Kaiser; and Knight Science Journalism associate director Ashley Smart--and a live audience: that’s you! The winner will be given the opportunity to workshop a full-fledged book proposal with an MIT Press editor, get advice on how to navigate the publishing world, and receive a $1000 cash prize. This session will be hosted by MIT Press editor Robert V. Prior and is sponsored by the MIT Press, a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts.

The submissions period for Pitchfest is now closed. For more information, visit https://mitpress.mit.edu/pitchfest.

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Rachel Cass

Rachel Cass is the Buying & Inventory Manager at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge. She became a bookseller in 2006, managed the award-winning Harvard Book Store author event series from 2011 to 2013, and became head buyer in 2013. Before becoming a bookseller, she pursued graduate... Read More →
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Beth Clevenger

Since joining the MIT Press in early 2014, Beth Clevenger has published a diverse set of scholarly and trade books on the environment and cities, spanning the environmental humanities, climate change, renewable energy, food justice, the science of cities, and displacement and gentrification... Read More →
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David Kaiser

David Kaiser is the Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also chairs the Editorial Board of the MIT Press. His award-winning books include How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture... Read More →
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Jermey Matthews

Jermey Matthews is a former science writer and books editor for Physics Today magazine and a former PhD research scientist and engineer. He now acquires trade books and textbooks in physics, astronomy, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and mathematics for the MIT Press.
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Robert V. Prior

During his thirty years at MIT Press, Robert V. Prior has published hundreds of trade and scholarly books in areas as diverse as neuroscience, computer science, natural history, electronic privacy, evolution, and design. He has even managed to sneak one novel onto the otherwise completely... Read More →
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Ashley Smart

Ashley Smart recently joined MIT as the associate director of the Knight Science Journalism program. Prior to that he spent eight years as an editor at Physics Today magazine and was a 2015-16 Knight Science Journalism fellow.


Saturday October 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA