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Upcoming: Brooklyn Book Festival Schedule Released

September 4th, 2008 · No Comments

The schedule for the Brooklyn Book Festival, which is coming up on Sunday, September 14 fromm 10AM-6PM at Borough Hall has been released. Some of those who will be participating include Joan Didion, Richard Price, Jonathan Lethem, Dorothy Allison, Russell Banks, A.M. Homes, George Pelecanos, Terry McMillan, Jonathan Franzen, Susan Choi, Esmeralda Santiago, Thurston Moore, Paul Beatty, Jacqueline Woodson, Chuck Klosterman, Jimmy Breslin, Pete Hamill, Nikki Turner, Elizabeth Nunez, Ed Park, Pico Iyer, Gail Carson Levine, Cecily von Ziegesar, Chris Myers, Jane O’Connor, Jon Scieszka and Mo Willems. If you’re interested, we’ve copied and pasted the full schedule after the jump. Visit the Book Fest’s website for more info.

Borough Hall Courtroom (209 Joralemon St.)

10:00 a.m. Inside/Outside. Nathan Englander (The Ministry of Special Cases), Joseph O’Neill (Netherland), and Susan Choi (A Person of Interest) discuss imagined communities, global past-times, hopeless illegitimacy, and erasing death.

11:00 a.m. Whatever It Takes: Books, Readers, and Social Change. A conversation with Harlem Children’s Zone President/CEO Geoffrey Canada and biographer Paul Tough. Introduced by Housing Works Founder/CEO Charles King. Presented by Housing Works Bookstore and Café.

12:00 p.m. Writing Funny: Humor Writers on the Not-So-Funny Craft of Writing for Laughs. Simon Rich (Free Range Chickens), Henry Alford (Municipal Bondage) and Sandra Tsing Loh (Mother on Fire), moderated by author Ben Greenman.

1:00 p.m. Iconic Conversation. Columnist and author Jimmy Breslin (Good Rat) and journalist and author Pete Hamill (North River, Snow in August) in conversation. Introduced by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

2:00 p.m. PENUltimate Lit: Literature and the Small Screen. Join authors A.M. Homes (The L Word) and Richard Price (The Wire) as they discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise when fiction writers take their talents from page to the small screen.

3:00 p.m. Dreams Deferred: Identity and Struggle in Contemporary Fiction. Readings by Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale), Elizabeth Nunez (Prospero’s Daughter) Fae Myenne Ng (Bone, Steer Toward Rock) and Eileen Myles (Sorry, Tree), followed by Q&A.

4:00 p.m. Race for 2008: Perspectives on the Presidential Campaign. 2008 marks the end of the Bush era. What are the prospects for real change in the November election? A panel discussion with Harper’s publisher John MacArthur (You Can’t Be President) and Nation columnists Katha Pollitt and Gary Younge. Moderated by the Brooklyn Rail’s Theodore Hamm (The New Blue Media).

5:00 p.m. Top-Shelf Fiction. Short readings and discussion by international best-sellers Russell Banks (Continental Drift) and Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections). Moderated by Brigid Hughes of A Public Space.

St. Francis Auditorium (180 Remsen Street)

3:00 p.m. Ian MacKaye and Thurston Moore in Conversation. Two of the most influential musicians of the past 20 years — MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens) and Moore (Sonic Youth, Mirror/Dash) — discuss the parallel worlds of independent music and book publishing. Followed by Q & A. Introduced by Johnny Temple.

4:00 p.m. Titans Talk. Fiction readings by trailblazers Jonathan Lethem (You Don’t Love Me Yet), George Pelecanos (The Turnaround), and Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina). Followed by Q&A.

5:00 p.m. The Consequences to Come. Frequent contributors to The New York Review of Books Joan Didion, Mark Danner, Ronald Dworkin, and Darryl Pinckney discuss the challenges and opportunities that will face the next American presidential administration. Robert Silvers, editor of The New York Review, will introduce and moderate the panel.

Main Stage (Borough Hall Plaza)

10:00 a.m. Opening. Brooklyn Poet Laureate Ken Siegelman reads poems of Brooklyn. Verbal Catalysts. Urban Word NYC’s top teen poets present individual and group poems fresh off their success at the National Teen Poetry Slam in Washington, D.C.

11:00 a.m. Brooklyn in the House. Five of the borough’s best bards perform their poems. Elizabeth Reddin, Nick Flynn, Matthea Harvey, and Mo Beasley.

12:00 p.m. Well-Versed. Four premiere poets read from their new books. Patricia Smith, Paul Guest, Kevin Young, and D. Nurkse.

1:00 p.m. Flipping the Script. An Author Interviews Two Radio Hosts. Novelist Colin Channer interviews award-winning WNYC host Leonard Lopate and critic and book commentator Alan Cheuse.

2:00 p.m. Spicy Fiction! Two blazing literary stars of the 21st century read from their latest work: Nikki Turner (Black Widow) and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (Dirty Girls on Top, The Dirty Girls Social Club).

3:00 p.m. Only the Dead Know Brooklyn. Brooklyn’s revered authors of the past are performed by actors from Troupe.

4:00 p.m. Writing From the Inside Out. Readings by Esmeralda Santiago (The Turkish Lover), Dagoberto Gilb (Woodcuts of Women), and Jessica Hagedorn (Dogeaters), three writers who navigate complex loyalities and traverse real and imagined borders in their work.

5:00 p.m. Thirsty for Fiction. Chuck Klosterman (Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs), Ed Park (Personal Days), and Charles Bock (Beautiful Children) read from three of the most eagerly anticipated debut novels of 2008.

Borough Hall Community Room (209 Joralemon St.)

10:00 a.m. My First Time. Annual program of readings by first time novelists. This year the festival presents Hannah Tinti (The Good Thief), Amy Shearn (How Far is the Ocean From Here), and Toby Barlow (Sharp Teeth).

11:00 a.m. Past Forward. Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Beautiful Struggle) and French author Philippe Grimbert (Memory) read from their memoirs about the enduring, startling and resonant moments of family, political and social history. Followed by Q & A.

12:00 p.m. Brooklyn Rises Above. The American Association of Publishers presents readings from publishers awarded the AAP Miriam Bass Award – all located in Brooklyn. Peter Wortsman (translator; Archipelago Books); Ross Benjamin (translator; Melville House); Arthur Nersesian (Akashic); and Christy C. Road (Soft Skull). Hosted by Tina Jordan, Association of American Publishers.

1:00 p.m. Out of Place. Three writers on the exciting, disconcerting, and sometimes dangerous experience of being out of place. Featuring Moustafa Bayoumi (How Does it Feel to be a Problem?), David Rakoff (Don’t Get too Comfortable) and Rivka Galkin: Atmospheric Disturbances. Moderated by Matt Weiland.

2:00 p.m. Jumping off the Page. Readings from four of the boldest and most dynamic novelists of the 21st century — Paul Beatty (The White Boy Shuffle), Josh Kilmer-Purcell (Candy Everybody Wants), Stacey D’Erasmo (A Seahorse Year) and Joe Meno (Hairstyles of the Damned) Followed by Q&A.

3:00 p.m. The Long Life of Secrets. Patrick McGrath (Trauma), Alice Mattison (Nothing is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn) and Dirk Wittenborn (Pharmakon) read from their work on the lasting legacies of shadowed family histories and buried secrets. Moderated by Frank Delaney.

4:00 p.m. Kevin Powell and Naomi Wolf in Conversation. Author/activists Kevin Powell (No Sleep Till Brooklyn) and Naomi Wolf (Give Me Liberty) explore the nexus of literature and politics. Followed by Q&A.

5:00 p.m. Sanchez Sisters: Making History. Congresswomen Linda and Loretta Sanchez (Dream in Color: How the Sanchez Sisters are Making History in Congress) will discuss how they overcame daunting odds to make history as the first sisters to ever serve in Congress at the same time.

Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St.)

12:00 p.m. The Ties that Unbind: Marriage, Dissolution and Connection. Phillip Lopate (Two Marriages), Andrew Sean Greer (The Story of a Marrriage), Lore Segal (Shakespeare’s Kitchen) and Kate Christensen (The Great Man) read from their recent novels. Moderated by Jay Kaplan, Brooklyn Public Library.

1:00 p.m. Three Views of Bush. Former Bush speechwriter David Frum (The Right Man), online editor Jacob Weisberg (The Bush Tragedy) and Texas-bred journalist Robert Draper (Dead Certain) all think the 43rd President is a misunderstood man. What they can’t agree about is why.

2:00 p.m. The Monk, The Rabbi and Corporate Culture. Kenny Moore (The CEO and the Monk), Rabbi Aaron Raskin and Thomas Zweifel (The Rabbi and the CEO) discuss new models of corporate culture.

3:00 p.m. History’s Shadow. Three authors Arthur Phillips (Angelica), Jay Neugeboren (1940) and Joanna Hershorn (The German Bride) read from their evocative historical novels set in Victorian London, World War II, and the American West.

4:00 p.m. Brooklyn’s Own. Fiction readings by three authors who call Brooklyn home –Gabriel Cohen (Boombox), Kathryn Harrison (While They Slept), and Carl Hancock Rux (Asphalt).

5:00 p.m. Brooklyn’s Place in History. Patricia O’Brien (Harriet and Isabella) and Bud Livingston (President Lincolns Third Largest City) discuss Brooklyn’s history during and after the Civil War.

5:30 p.m. Close-up Brooklyn. Former Borough Historian John Manbeck reads from his new book Brooklyn: Historically Speaking, a compilation of Brooklyn essays.

Center Stage/International (Borough Hall Plaza)

10:00 a.m. The Fourth World. Authors Pico Iyer and Breyten Breytenbach, in conversation with Paul Holdengräber, explore the possibilities and challenges of creating a sense of place between traditional categories of race, nationality, religion and community in a Middle or a Fourth World.

11:00 a.m. Movements and Visions of Identity in the African Imagination. Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya), Patrice Nganang (Cameroon) and Breyten Breytenbach (South Africa) explore the relationships between the imagination and truth, the invention and intervention of identity, tradition and modernity, writing and politics.

12:00 p.m. International Influences. Graphic novelist Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings) and novelist John Wray (Canaan’s Tongue), two celebrated Brooklyn-based writers, discuss the pleasure of discovering literary voices from abroad and the ways in which international writing has shaped their own work.

1:00 p.m. The Solitary Adventure: Voices of Modern Europe. Linn Ullmann (Norway), Céline Curiol (France), and Mirko Bonné (Germany) with translator Philip Boehm will discuss connection, conviction, and chance in their latest works of fiction.

2:00 p.m.Darkness Abroad. Readings by Paco I. Taibo II (Mexico) and Juan de Recacoechea (Bolivia), followed by a discussion about the seethingly happy marriage of crime and literature. Moderated by Carl Bromley.

3:00 p.m. Kitchen Table Talk. The kitchen table is a place of food, conversation, arguments and exchange of ideas. Russian writers poet Marina Temkina, critic/essayist Aleksander Genis and novelist Pavel Lembersky read and discuss their work with Matvei Yankelevich. Presented by the Brooklyn Public Library.

4:00 p.m. The New Wave of Portuguese Literature, from Luanda to Lisbon. José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) and José Luís Peixoto (Portugal) read and discuss buried pasts, new identities, and the burning gaze of time. Moderated by Andy Tepper.

5:00 p.m. Brooklyn International. The long-running and vibrant Happy Ending Music and Reading Series brings you three voices celebrating international culture. Porochista Khakpour (Sons and Other Flammable Objects), Said Sayrafiezadeh (When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood) and Manil Suri (The Age of Shiva), with musician Nina Katchadourian. Hosted by Amanda Stern.

North Stage (Borough Hall Plaza)

10:00 a.m. Isaac Fingerer. Adults Only: Trendsetting Spirituality for the 21st century

10:30 a.m. On the Three Pillars: Torah, Worship, and Practice of Loving Kindness, The Synagogues o Brooklyn. Photographs by Thomas Roma, essay by Phillip Lopate. Presented by powerhouse Books.

11:00 a.m. How to Make Books—Fold, Cut and Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book. Esther K. Smith takes the stage to demonstrate techniques for bookmaking.

12:00 p.m. The Quotables. Join Troupe actors to test your knowledge of quotes and books in this interactive literary game (prizes).

1:00 p.m. Coming of Age. Lily Koppel (The Red Leather Diary) and Sean Wilsey (Oh The Glory of It All) read from their work.

2:00 p.m. Selling, Hunting and Serving Food in America. A discussion with Steven Jenkins (Cheese Primer, The Food Life), Steven Rinella (The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine) and The Waiter, Steve Dublanica (Waiter Rant). Moderated by Melissa Clark.

3:00 p.m. Generation Now. Three groundbreaking writers under the age of thirty read and discuss their work, Tao Lin (Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy, BED), Nathaniel Rich (The Mayor’s Tongue) and Christy C. Road (Bad Habits).

4:00 p.m. Funny Boys. Warren Adler, author of the War of the Roses, reads from Funny Boys, where the thugs of Murder, Inc. move between Brooklyn and the Borshct Belt, back in the day.

5:00 p.m. Words of the Future. Readings by students in Brooklyn’s acclaimed writing programs at Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College.

Target Children’s Area (Borough Hall Plaza)

The Target Children’s Area provides day-long literary activities for children ages 2 – 8..


10:00 Troupe, Performing Enchanting Children’s Classics

10:30 Nina Crews, Snowball, The Neighborhood Mother Goose, Below

11:00 Edward Hemingway Bump in the Night

11:30 Mo Willems Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity; Elephant and Piggie

12:00 Betsy Lewin So, What’s it Like to Be a Cat? Duck for President

Ted Lewin Horse Song, Peppe the Lamp Lighter

12:30 Jon Scieszka The Stinky Cheeseman and other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3

Little Pigs

1:00 Chris Raschka Yo! Yes? Charlie Parker Played Be Bop and Five for a Little One

1:30 John Bemelmans Marciano Madeline Loves Animals

2:00 Grace Chang: Jin Jin the Dragon

2:30 Marilyn Singer Didi and Daddy on the Promenade

3:00 Chris Myers, Jabborwocky (adapted by), Wings, Jazz

3:30 Jane O’Connor: Fancy Nancy

4:00 Raul Colon: Tomas and the Library Lady, My Mama Had a Dancing Heart

4:30 Melanie Hope Greenberg: Mermaids on Parade, Down in the Subway

5:00 Troupe, Performing Enchanting Children’s Classics

South Stage – Performance – (Borough Hall Plaza)

11:00 a.m. Words and More Words. Robert and Carol Greenman, authors of Words That Make a Difference and More Words that Make a Difference, talk about how to use words in a masterly way — boldly, precisely, creatively and memorably.

12:00 p.m. The Presidential Book of Lists from the Most to Least, Worst to Cursed, Fascinating Facts about our Chief Executives: Trivia with Troupe games and talk with author Ian Randal Strock.

1:00 p.m. All the World’s a Grave. Actors from Troupe will perform excerpts from John Reeds’ new book by Shakespeare.

1:30 p.m.The Quotables. Join Troupe actors to test your knowledge of quotes and books in this interactive literary game (prizes).

2:00 p.m. BAM Presents. Tracy Ann Johnson and Stuart Singer read from Jane Bowles’ puppet play A Quarreling Pair, the basis for a production of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to be presented at BAM.

2:30 p.m. Catch-22. Aquila Theatre pays homage to Brooklyn’s own Joseph Heller, performing excerpts from Catch-22.

3:00 p.m. Not Quite What I Was Planning: 6-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser prove that an entire story can be told using half a dozen words. Audience members will be invited on stage to say their own 6-word memoir!

4:00 All the World’s a Grave. Actors from Troupe will perform excerpts from John Reeds’ new book by Shakespeare.

4:30 The Quotables. Join Troupe actors to test your knowledge of quotes and books in this interactive literary game (prizes).

5:00 p.m. Mama’s Boyz. Grab a pencil and some paper. Nationally syndicated cartoonist, Jerry Craft, will invite the audience to join him in learning how to create a cartoon.

The Youth Stoop (Borough Hall Plaza)

11:00 a.m. How Dramatic! Troupe performs work by Newbery award-winning authors Susan Cooper and Patricia MacLachlan, and playwright Ossie Davis followed by a Q & A with Cooper, MacLachlan and Editor Alice Bernstein (The People of Clarendon County).

12:00 p.m. Witty and Wicked – Deborah Gregory (Catwalk, The Cheetah Girls) and Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl, It Girl) dish and deliver as they read their books and chat about bringing their characters to life on film and televsion. Moderator Lauren Mechling, journalist and author of Dream Girl.

1:00 p.m. The Other Side – Faeries, Elves and Ancient Omens. Come to the other side of reality where these three authors discuss their works of fantasy and their craft. Holly Black (The Good Neighbors, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Ironside), Gail Carson Levine (Ever, Ella Enchanted), and Daniel Kirk (Elf Realm). Moderated by Laura Arnold, HarperCollins.

2:00 p.m. Growing Pains. Come hear critically acclaimed authors Jacqueline Woodson (After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers), An Na (The Fold), and Paul Volponi (Hurricane Song, The Hand You’re Dealt) read from their books and talk about what happens when life gets hard for kids. Moderated by Stacey Barney, Putnam Books for Young Readers.

3:00 p.m. Inked In. The world of comics and graphic novels is brought to life by three leading artists and writers: Ariel Schrag (Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise), Ivan Velez Jr (Tales of the Closet, Dead High Yearbook), and Brian Wood (DMZ, Demo, The New York Four).

4:00 p.m. Teen Identity. Who are you? Where do you belong? How do you define yourself? Join David Levithan (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Boy Meets Boy), Sarah Mlynowksi (Bras and Broomsticks, How to Be Bad) and Alisa Valdes-Rodriquez (Haters) as they discuss the challenges of defining yourself as an individual, and how they manage to capture the humor and angst of the teen experience in their books. Moderated by author Dan Ehrenhaft.

5:00 p.m. When the Black Girl Sings. Author Bil Wright and actors present a dramatic reading of his book When the Black Girl Sings. Performers are Darlesia Cearcy ( Nettie from The Color Purple), Na Tasha Yvette Williams (Sophia from The Color Purple) and Martin Sola (Coram Boy).

5:30 p.m. Brooklyn Snap Lit Match. Finalists of the borough-wide writing contest, Brooklyn Snap, read from their work. Hosted by MTV’s “Makin’ the Band” co-star and choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson through Making Books Sing.

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