Desmond-Fish Hosts Media Panel on Books in the Digital Age

Program is filled to capacity, but will be live-streamed by

On Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m., the Desmond-Fish Library will host an important conversation on the future, value and purpose of authorship and literature in an era when information is increasingly mediated by crowds and moved and updated at the speed of electrons. The panel discussion was broadcasted live over the Internet at the library’s website,, and at

Four significant figures in modern media and writing will explore the subject of books in the digital age. The moderator is Jacob Weisberg, the chairman and editor-in-chief of the Slate Group of online publications and author of several lauded books, most recently The Bush Tragedy, which was a New York Times bestseller.

The other participants are:

Kathryn Schulz, a journalist, book critic for New York Magazine, and the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, which former President Bill Clinton recently described as “a brilliant book with a sweeping grasp of philosophy and physics and all points in between” [Read a recent article about Being Wrong.]

Dwight Garner, the book critic for The New York Times and former staff editor of the paper’s Sunday Book Review; and

Chris Hughes, who co-founded Facebook in 2004 and three years later became director of online organizing for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He went on to found Jumo, a tool helping people find high-quality non-profit organizations. Late last year, Jumo merged with GOOD – a community of millions of educated, creative, and socially engaged young adults. Hughes serves as a senior adviser.  Two weeks ago it was announced that Hughes had purchased the national political magazine New Republic. 

The library will monitor the Twitter hash tag #desfishbook during the program for people who would like to ask questions remotely.  An archived video of the program will be made available after it is over on the library’s website and on a DVD which can be borrowed from the library. The audio and video recording is made possible by the EASTER Foundation/Anne & Fred Osborn III. 

It is no longer possible to register to attend the panel discussion, as registration filled up quickly after information about the panel discussion appeared on the library’s email newsletter.  The library cannot accept any new registrations.  Anyone may sign up to receive future email newsletters from the Desmond-Fish Library by going to the library’s website,, and clicking on the “Join Email List” button (in green letters) in the lower right corner.

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