S248. It’s Too Late for Us, Save Yourselves

Room 006B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Five debut nonfiction authors discuss the difficulties of bringing a book into the world, even after securing an agent or book contract. Writing about a diversity of subjects across the genre, and publishing with “Big Five,” academic, and small presses, the panelists will give perspective on the pre- and post-launch, and how to stay sane when things don’t go as planned.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: itstoolateforussaveyourselves.pdf



Kristina Gaddy is a writer who focuses on history, culture, and health. Her pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Narratively, and Ozy, among others. Her young adult nonfiction book about teenagers who fought the Nazis during the Third Reich is forthcoming.

Neda Semnani is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in various online and print publications, including the Washington Post, Longreads, New York, Kinfolk, The Baffler, The Week, and Roll Call, among others. She is currently at work on her memoir, They Said They Wanted Revolution.

Stephanie Gorton has written for NewYorker.com, Smithsonian.com, LA Review of Books, the Toast, the Millions, and other publications. She has held editorial roles at Canongate Books, the Overlook Press, and Open Road. She is the author of Citizen Reporters, a book about Gilded Age journalists.

Thomas P. Kapsidelis is the author of After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings. He worked for twenty-eight years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and was a Virginia Humanities fellow. He is a visiting assistant journalism professor at the University of Richmond in 2019–20.

Simon J. Dahlman (aka Jim) is professor of communications and humanities at Milligan College, Tennessee, and serves as chair of the Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts area. A veteran journalist, author, and editor, he holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center