F291. Seeing There: The Intersection of Visual and Literary Art

Room 511, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


From a book cover or author portrait to comics, photo essays, and accompanying illustrations, writers are constantly confronted with how visual imagery compliments or complicates the written word. How can images be crafted that contribute to poetry and prose? Can an image ever take the place of language? What role does design and photography play within contemporary publishing? This panel examines how images and text cohere to create a product that is arresting for both reader and writer.



Kristen Radtke's first book, a graphic memoir, is forthcoming. She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program.

Beowulf Sheehan is a photographer who works with compelling subjects and clients in the arts, entertainment, and humanities. Among the literary luminaries, he has photographed Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jonathan Franzen, Cormac McCarthy, Salman Rushdie, and Donna Tartt.

Jeff Sharlet is the bestselling author of The Family, C Street, and Sweet Heaven When I Die; coauthor of Killing the Buddha; and editor of Radiant Truths. He is a contributing editor to, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and he is associate professor of creative nonfiction at Dartmouth College.

Tim Taranto is a writer and illustrator.

Nomi Victor is associate publishing director in the Trade Department of W.W. Norton.


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