Columbia Journalism School


J-School authors publish Kindle Singles

April 30, 2012

Several Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students and alumni have recently published theses and other writing with Kindle Singles, an ebook store for original, long-form fiction and nonfiction on Kindle.

Kindle Singles seeks compelling ideas expressed at their natural length – “writing that doesn’t easily fall into the conventional space limitations of magazines or print books,” as described on their website. Typically publications are between 5,000 and 30,000 words – tailor-made for compelling theses.

Journalism School adjunct professor David Blum, a head instructor at Columbia News Service—a wire service staffed by students, of articles by students—is the editor of Kindle Singles.

Terry McCoy, a current M.A. student concentrating in politics, published his thesis today with Kindle Singles, “The Playground.” The book follows Vanny Tep, a Cambodian woman on a quest to save her country from the ravages of Chinese money flooding in. Leading a grassroots movement, Tep wages against the Cambodian government, Chinese companies, and a male-dominated society in McCoy’s fast-paced narrative. Steven Levingston of the Washington Post reviewed “The Playground” on May 11, calling McCoy an author of “exceptional ability.”

Mara Altman ’05, also an adjunct professor at the school, recently published “Bearded Lady” as a Kindle Single. In this memoir that roams from Barcelona to Bangkok, Altman tackles an ever-present issue women face: the conquering of facial and body hair. Altman seeks “the perfect pair of tweezers” – and much more. A year ago she published “Sparkle,” also as a Kindle Single, and she is the author of “Thanks for Coming: A Young Woman’s Quest for an Orgasm,” published by HarperCollins in 2009 and optioned as a comedy series by HBO.

Current J-School student Victoria Turk published “The Damage Done” as a Kindle Single this spring. This true narrative follows Peggy Guzallis, a middle-aged addict who has struggled with substance abuse her entire life. Turk previously studied at Oxford, and will graduate from Columbia this May.

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