My name is Liz Agresta, and this is Shelf Absorbed, a book review/publishing news blog.
A little about me
I moved around a bunch as a kid, but I generally consider “home” to be upstate New York.1 I graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, in 2011, and completed a master’s degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College in 2016. Between college and grad school, I spent a year in Daegu, South Korea, teaching high school English conversation classes. I’m now permanently settled just across the river from Boston, and I work at the MIT Press as a manuscript workflow assistant, where I prep manuscripts for editing, supervise freelance editors and indexers as well as a couple of interns, and occasionally edit a book myself. You can view my portfolio here, or follow me on Twitter, if you like.2
A little about the site
I started this blog as part of a project for an electronic publishing course I took at Emerson. By reviewing books I already own, I hope to whittle down the massive number of unread books on my shelves. Plus, I feel like I haven’t been thinking as critically about what I read as I should, and writing about what I read should help to alleviate some of that guilt. You should expect thorough discussion of the plot of any book I write about here—beware of spoilers! Some profanity may be used for emphasis as well.
I also (attempt to) publish a weekly digest of publishing news that would be interesting to people outside the trade. I think publishing news is really exciting, but a lot of the news is trade-specific; that is, most of it comes out in newsletters created for industry workers and booksellers, and is largely about numbers and personnel changes. So I think that keeping my ear to the ground and sharing the useful bits of that news with people who love books or are interested in pursuing publishing as a career (or publication, I guess) is good for everyone (me included—gotta keep up with what’s happening in the biz). Plus, there are lots of publishing events held in Boston and New York, so any time I attend one of those, you can expect to see something about it here!
- The capital region, not Westchester County!!!
- I tweet primarily about politics, pop culture, and feminist issues, with some publishing commentary here and there. I also livetweet a bunch of my favorite TV shows because I aspire to be like Donna Meagle in all aspects of my life.