Sunday Sep 17

Festival Day & Literary Market

Borough Hall, Brooklyn

Saturday Sep 16

Children’s Day

MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn

September 11 - 17

Bookend Events

Citywide

Support Us

Festival Info

Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St

September 17, 2017
11:00 am

The Far Reaches of Empire: Religion, Rebels, and Railroads

From the Kenyan highlands to rural Madagascar and the far northeast of India, the European imperial project was extended in great part through missionary zeal, train lines, and terror. Peter Kimani (Dance of the Jakaranda), Naivo (Beyond the Rice Fields), and Avinuo Kire (The Power to Forgive) investigate the reverberations of these encounters and their lasting toll on ordinary lives. Moderated by Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf, Director of Public Programs at PEN America.
Learn More
09/17/2017 11:00 am 09/17/2017 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival From the Kenyan highlands to rural Madagascar and the far northeast of India, the European imperial project was extended in great part through missionary zeal, train lines, and terror. Peter Kimani (Dance of the Jakaranda), Naivo (Beyond the Rice Fields), and Avinuo Kire (The Power to Forgive) investigate the reverberations of these encounters and their lasting toll on ordinary lives. Moderated by Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf, Director of Public Programs at PEN America. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
12:00 pm

Spanning Place and Time: Migration and Memory

The immediacy of memory—personal, familial, cultural—creates a sense of being both lost in time and present within it. In Swallowing Mercury, Polish poet Wioletta Greg reaches back to 1980s communist Poland, Norwegian writer Maja Lunde’s The History of Bees explores family legacies impacted by environmental changes, and Colombian author Santiago Gamboa’s Return to the Dark Valley delves into the turbulent lives of global migrants in a violent world. Moderated by Gabriel Sanders of Tablet Magazine.
Learn More
09/17/2017 12:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival The immediacy of memory—personal, familial, cultural—creates a sense of being both lost in time and present within it. In Swallowing Mercury, Polish poet Wioletta Greg reaches back to 1980s communist Poland, Norwegian writer Maja Lunde’s The History of Bees explores family legacies impacted by environmental changes, and Colombian author Santiago Gamboa’s Return to the Dark Valley delves into the turbulent lives of global migrants in a violent world. Moderated by Gabriel Sanders of Tablet Magazine. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
1:00 pm

Into the Void: Searching for Lost, Unknown and Stolen Family

The trauma of families torn apart by events beyond their control drive these powerful narratives by Pulitzer Prize winner Hisham Matar (The Return), and Windham-Campbell Prize recipients Ali Cobby Eckermann (Inside My Mother), and Erna Brodber (Nothing’s Mat). They show an interminable void between generations —from Qaddafi's Libya, to Australia's stolen generation, and Jamaica's tumultuous past —recovering lost histories; the half of the story that has not been told. Moderated by Michael Kelleher, Director, Windham-Campbell Prizes, and author of Visible Instruments.
Learn More
09/17/2017 1:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival The trauma of families torn apart by events beyond their control drive these powerful narratives by Pulitzer Prize winner Hisham Matar (The Return), and Windham-Campbell Prize recipients Ali Cobby Eckermann (Inside My Mother), and Erna Brodber (Nothing’s Mat). They show an interminable void between generations —from Qaddafi's Libya, to Australia's stolen generation, and Jamaica's tumultuous past —recovering lost histories; the half of the story that has not been told. Moderated by Michael Kelleher, Director, Windham-Campbell Prizes, and author of Visible Instruments. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
2:00 pm

Following Clues

Literature, like life, can be riddled with mysteries, subterfuges, and half-truths. Follow the path of revelations in work ranging from Trinidadian-Canadian author and recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize André Alexis’ off-beat noir (The Hidden Keys), to South Korean Young-ha Kim’s adrenaline rush through underground Seoul (I Hear Your Voice), and Swiss author Pascale Kramer’s exploration of political—and familial—scandal (Autopsy of a Father). Moderated by Dwight Garner, NYT.
Learn More
09/17/2017 2:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Literature, like life, can be riddled with mysteries, subterfuges, and half-truths. Follow the path of revelations in work ranging from Trinidadian-Canadian author and recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize André Alexis’ off-beat noir (The Hidden Keys), to South Korean Young-ha Kim’s adrenaline rush through underground Seoul (I Hear Your Voice), and Swiss author Pascale Kramer’s exploration of political—and familial—scandal (Autopsy of a Father). Moderated by Dwight Garner, NYT. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
3:00 pm

Where Are We From? Who Are We Now?

Origin stories—of communities, families, individuals—can take a variety of forms and be told in multiple ways.  Kei Miller magically recounts the roots of a Jamaican hill town and the legend of its flying prophet in Augustown, while Yanick Lahens’ multi-generational Moonbath graphically reflects the upheavals of Haiti itself. Kosovan-Finish author Pajtim Statovci slyly depicts a lonely immigrant’s personal awakening in My Cat Yugoslavia. Moderated by Kaiama L. Glover (Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon).
Learn More
09/17/2017 3:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Origin stories—of communities, families, individuals—can take a variety of forms and be told in multiple ways.  Kei Miller magically recounts the roots of a Jamaican hill town and the legend of its flying prophet in Augustown, while Yanick Lahens’ multi-generational Moonbath graphically reflects the upheavals of Haiti itself. Kosovan-Finish author Pajtim Statovci slyly depicts a lonely immigrant’s personal awakening in My Cat Yugoslavia. Moderated by Kaiama L. Glover (Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon). Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
4:00 pm

Lust for Life: The Search for Meaning, Inside and Outside Family

How much of our idea of fulfillment and identity is tied to our roles within the family, as spouses, parents, and children? And when is it necessary to forge new paths alone? American author Jonathan Safran Foer (Here I Am), Brazilian Fernanda Torres (The End), and Bolivian Rodrigo Hasbún (Affections) offer fascinating portraits of lives caught in the balance. Moderated by Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls).
Learn More
09/17/2017 4:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival How much of our idea of fulfillment and identity is tied to our roles within the family, as spouses, parents, and children? And when is it necessary to forge new paths alone? American author Jonathan Safran Foer (Here I Am), Brazilian Fernanda Torres (The End), and Bolivian Rodrigo Hasbún (Affections) offer fascinating portraits of lives caught in the balance. Moderated by Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls). Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
5:00 pm

Acquired Knowledge: The Mysteries and Perils of Adolescence

Education goes far beyond the classroom, especially when it comes to the lessons that cut the deepest. Whether growing apart from a lifelong friend in adolescence, exploring philosophical ideas typically considered beyond a child’s grasp, or losing a close friend before their time, the roller-coaster ride of youth can be terrifying. Claire Messud (The Burning Girl), Norwegian Jostein Gaarder (Questions Asked), and Sorayya Khan (City of Spies: A Novel) cover the many ways the world can change before a young person’s eyes. Moderated by Eric Banks.
Learn More
09/17/2017 5:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Education goes far beyond the classroom, especially when it comes to the lessons that cut the deepest. Whether growing apart from a lifelong friend in adolescence, exploring philosophical ideas typically considered beyond a child’s grasp, or losing a close friend before their time, the roller-coaster ride of youth can be terrifying. Claire Messud (The Burning Girl), Norwegian Jostein Gaarder (Questions Asked), and Sorayya Khan (City of Spies: A Novel) cover the many ways the world can change before a young person’s eyes. Moderated by Eric Banks. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386