6th Literary Orange
Saturday, April 14, 2012

UC Irvine Student Center

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Dan Smetanka Dan Smetanka

Dan Smetanka has worked in various aspects of the publishing industry for over eighteen years. As an Executive Editor at Ballantine/Random House, Inc., he acquired and published award-winning debut books including The Ice Harvest by Scott Philips, The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner, Down to a Soundless Sea by Thomas Steinbeck, and Among the Missing by Dan Chaon, a 2001 finalist for the National Book Award. Prior to this, he served as Director of Maria B. Campbell Associates, an international scouting agency that facilitated the placement of American authors into the international marketplace. Daniel also acted as a publishing consultant to both Amblin/Dreamworks and The Kennedy/Marshall Company to identify material appropriate for feature film adaptation. He currently serves as Editor-at-Large for Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His projects include Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank, Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide by Linda Gray Sexton, This River by James Brown, The Adjustment by Scott Phillips, Lightning People by Christopher Bollen, The Silver Lotus by Thomas Steinbeck, and Mistaken by Neil Jordan.

Dan Smetanka is moderating the Fiction-Literary: A Difference of Class panel during Session B.