By Phil Scillaci Kropoth
After weeks of talking about books, Summer Publishing Institute students hit the road to see how books are published and sold. The 100 students split off into groups to visit publishing houses like The Penguin Group, Macmillan, Abramsbooks, The Hachette Book Group, and Scholastic Corporation, where the company’s beloved character Clifford was on hand to greet the visitors.
Administrative Assistant Emna Belgasni guided our group from the twelfth floor, roof-level atrium to ground level; in between we were shown board meeting rooms, the company library, and vibrant displays of best-selling books like the “Harry Potter” series. It was not your typical, staid working environment: incredible student artwork – all made by winners of the Scholastic Art Award, a prestigious award program for young students pursuing creative studies-lined the walls and a red “Box for Big Ideas” was set up in the cafeteria. Read the rest of this entry »