2013 IRE Conference

From your notebook to Barnes & Noble: Turning your reporting into a book

  • Event: 2013 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jim Hornfischer, David Patterson, Trevor Aaronson, Steve Weinberg
  • Date/Time: Friday, June 21 at 9:40 a.m.
  • Location: Salon K
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Steve Weinberg

Turning a piece of journalism into a superb book requires lots of knowledge and lots of labor...and is frequently extremely satisfying. Journalists who have become book authors and literary agents who have helped make that happen address your concerns and answer the questions they did not anticipate at the start of the session.


    Jim Hornfischer is president of Hornfischer Literary Management, a literary agency specializing in nonfiction based in Austin, Texas. His clients include Ron Powers, Steve Forbes, George Friedman, Annie Jacobsen, Alex Kershaw, and H. W. Brands. Prior to becoming a literary agent, Hornfischer was an editor at HarperCollins in New York. A native New Englander, he is a graduate of Colgate University and holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

    David Patterson represents literary fiction and a wide variety of nonfiction, often both narrative and investigative, with an emphasis on journalists. His clients include Pulitzer winners and finalists, and contributors and writers on the staff of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, The Los Angeles Times, Time, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Boston Globe ideas section, Slate, Salon, and other fine places.@drivercontainer

    Trevor Aaronson is the executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a contributing writer at The Intercept. He is the author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. A two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards, Aaronson has won the Molly National Journalism Prize and the Data Journalism Award.

    Steve Weinberg is the author of eight nonfiction books, with number nine in progress. His magazine freelance features often expose flaws in the criminal justice system, some of which lead to wrongful convictions. Weinberg is the former executive director of IRE (1983-1990) and taught investigative reporting off and on at the University of Missouri Journalism School from 1978-2010.

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