Pen and Brush in Conversation: Joni Evans and Mina Samuels
October 2015 marked the launch of Pen and Brush’s publishing imprint, when we released two ebooks, poetry, and a new short story by Mina Samuels entitled “Castle Peak," curated by Joni Evans. Join us for an evening of conversation between Mina, a working writer, and Jonie Evans, a working editor who curated the story for Pen and Brush, as they discuss their experience making a career working with words.
Mina Samuels (Playwright & Performer) is a full-time writer, editor and performance artist. In addition to many ghostwriting projects, her previous books include Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives; a novel titled The Queen of Cups; and The Think Big Manifesto, co-authored with Michael Port. She has written and performed two one-woman plays: Do You Know Me? and Hazards.
Joni Evans’ 40-plus year career in publishing includes serving as President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster, and Publisher at Random House. As Senior VP of the William Morris Agency’s literary department, she represented such bestselling authors as Marcus Buckingham, Ann Coulter, Fannie Flagg, Quincy Jones, Mary Wells Lawrence, Peggy Noonan, Martin Garbus, James Patterson, Liz Smith and John Stossel. In her dynamic career, she has brought more than 100 books to the bestseller list. Joni is a member of the Young President’s Organization, the Women’s Forum and a founding member of both the Committee of 200 and Women’s Media Group. She has served as a director of the Dreyfus Fund for 23 years. She has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York, and O. Joni is the recipient of Springboard Enterprises Northstar Entrepreneur Award, 2010. She is co-creator, with Lesley Stahl, Liz Smith, Mary Wells Lawrence and more, of purewow.com, a digital publication dedicated to finding ways to make your life more interesting, beautiful and manageable..