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NYPL Labs: A Conversation with Twitter and The New Yorker on the Future of Fiction


October 18, 2012

Andrew Fitzgerald, Twitter's head of Editorial Programming and representative to the publishing industry, will give a presentation about the use of Twitter for creative story-telling. Fitzgerald (@magicandrew) argues that Twitter is a platform ripe for experimentation and that we are only just in the early stages of learning what we can do with the 140 character tweet. He draws on examples of authors experimenting with Twitter, including Jennifer Egan and Teju Cole.

He will be joined by Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of The New Yorker (@NYerFiction), to discuss the publication of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan's short story Black Box via Twitter this past May.

Twitter will make a special industry announcement at the event.

A reception following the program will be hosted at The Bar Downstairs at the Andaz Hotel.

This conversation and reception is hosted by The New York Public Library, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and Plympton.

NYPL Labs is an experimental design and technology unit creating richly interactive experiences around research library collections and data. Based at NYPL's flagship branch on 42nd Street, Labs operates as an in-house startup, working closely with curators to develop projects that push the envelope of library practice, engage new audiences through user collaboration and crowdsourcing, and accelerate the flow of cultural heritage content, data and code into the digital commons. Keep an eye out for future events @nypl_labs. Get in touch at

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