This annual event brings together an editor, publisher, agent, and bookseller to discuss the process of bringing a book into the world. Featuring editor Maria Goldverg, bookseller Julie Beddingfield (Inkwood Books) and author/agent Madison Smartt Bell. 


About the panelists: 

Julie Beddingfield is the owner of Inkwood Books in Haddonfield, New Jersey.  Julie opened Inkwood Books in 2005 to fill a desperate need for a full-service independent bookstore in South Jersey, after a long career as an environmental attorney. Inkwood Books stocks a broad selection of books from fiction, non-fiction, and children’s to local interest and poetry. The store hosts dozens of community events annually, including author readings and signings, open mic poetry nights, book clubs, authors in schools, writing workshops, and book fairs. For upcoming events go to, or follow on social media – #inkwoodnj @inkwoodnj.

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve novels, three collections of short stories, and two biographies, as well as a memoir of travel in Haiti. With Wyn Cooper, the other head of the two-headed singer songwriter Bell & Cooper, he has released two albums: Forty Words For Fear and Postcards out of the Blue. A graduate of Princeton University and the Hollins College graduate creative writing program, he has taught in many other writing programs, including Goucher College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. For thirty years he has helped writers place their manuscripts on a pro bono basis. He is interested in literary fiction, noir, criminal procedurals, work from the Caribbean basin and other diasporas, and anything genuinely original and fresh. Bell has a special interest in fiction and nonfiction by African American writers and other writers of color, plus Muslim and immigrant experience in the United States today.

Other panelists’ bios forthcoming. 

This event takes place in the Digital Commons, 101 Cooper Street, behind Johnson Park. 

Date & Time
March 11, 2020
7:00 pm-8:30 pm