The BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
is nearly here - Children's Day
is Saturday, Sept 21st and Festival Day
is Sunday, Sept 22nd. Plus, we have Bookend Events
in all five boroughs, starting Sept. 16th. You can use the links to see the full event programming on our website.
We have LOTS of great programming on both days for readers of all ages - I'd like to quickly highlight a few.
National Book Award finalist IbiZoboi (My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich) joins New York Times bestselling author KarinaYanGlaser (The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue) and debut novelist HildaEuniceBurgos (Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle) to discuss their beautifully crafted New York City narratives as they add their own vibrant chapters to the expansive tapestry of Big Apple stories. Moderated by New York Times bestselling author PeterLerangis (Throwback).
Mo Willems bestselling author and illustrator, takes to the stage to regale children with an animated reading of his books including The Pigeon Has To Go To School! and a sneak preview of his upcoming book, Who is the Mystery Reader? An Unlimited Squirrels Book.
Festival Day @ Brooklyn Borough Hall and local area (Sun, Sept 22)
In a culture that demands so much instant attention how can we really pay serious attention to challenges and opportunities? Bina Venkataraman (The Optimist’s Telescope) looks at the long range and thinks through future implications, James Williams (Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy) speaks about carving out personal time and space now, and Lewis Hyde (A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past) talks about simply letting go of some things.
“One ever feels his two-ness… two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings,” said W.E.B. Du Bois, describing the state of double consciousness. Poets Marwa Helal (Invasive species), Joseph O. Legaspi (Threshold), Vanessa Angélica Villarreal (Beast Meridian), Keith S. Wilson (Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love) discuss their explorations of identities that resist the boundaries of easy classification, and what it means to write the complexities that define us. Moderated by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center.
What is the state of press freedom in the US? How can news consumers know what’s real news and what’s fake? How is the press covering (or not covering) under-represented communities? And heading into what promises to be a contentious campaign season, how can journalists do their jobs under increased threat? CNN’s Jim Acosta (The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America), PEN America’s SuzanneNossel, and MSNBC’s JoyReid (The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story) weigh in on journalism with WNYC’s JamiFloyd.
Join four acclaimed authors honored by the 2018 National Book Awards for an engaging discussion on craft, recognition, and the vital importance of literature: translator Jennifer Croft (Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, Finalist, Translated Literature),Victoria Johnson (American Eden, Finalist, Nonfiction), Raquel Salas Rivera (lo terciario / the tertiary, Longlist, Poetry), and Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Heads of the Colored People, Longlist, Fiction).
Stories of friendship, fantasy, adventure, romance, and the other-wordly all come together in new books by MariNaomi (Life on Earth), Melanie Gillman (Stage Dreams), Magdalene Visaggio (Morning in America), and Dylan Meconis (Queen of the Sea). Moderated by Jerry Craft (New Kid)