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Halsey Street: From Manuscript to Marketplace

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Naima Coster in Conversation with Vivian Lee

Moderated by Jennifer Baker

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a novel of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Halsey Street has been recommended as a must-read for 2018 by PeopleEssenceBustleKirkus Reviews, Electric LitBitchMediaThe Root, and elsewhere.

Vivian Lee is an editor at Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary fiction and narrative nonfiction imprint, where her list includes Naima Coster’s Halsey Street, Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, Viet Dinh’s After Disasters (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), and Harold Schechter’s Hell’s Princess (a Washington Post bestseller). She is a 2018 PW Rising Star Honoree.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Jennifer is editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Forbes.comLitHubPoets & Writers, and Bustle, among other online publications. Her website is