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Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza

September 17, 2017
10:00 am

Yoga & Poetry with D. Nurkse

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author. Join D. Nurkse, the author of numerous collections of poetry, including most recently Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult. Please bring your own yoga mat. Class starts at 10:00 am sharp.
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09/17/2017 10:00 am 09/17/2017 America/New_York Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza - Brooklyn Book Festival Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author. Join D. Nurkse, the author of numerous collections of poetry, including most recently Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult. Please bring your own yoga mat. Class starts at 10:00 am sharp. Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
11:00 am

An Afternoon with the National Book Awards, presented by the National Book Foundation

Now in its 68th year, the National Book Awards, presented by the National Book Foundation, celebrates the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature in America. In anticipation of the 2017 Awards (winners will be announced in NYC on November 15), NBF invited four authors previously recognized by the Awards to share their work: Laurie Halse Anderson (Ashes), Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America), Karan Mahajan (The Association of Small Bombs), and Monica Youn (Blackacre). Moderated by Lisa Lucas, executive director, National Book Foundation.
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09/17/2017 11:00 am 09/17/2017 America/New_York Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza - Brooklyn Book Festival Now in its 68th year, the National Book Awards, presented by the National Book Foundation, celebrates the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature in America. In anticipation of the 2017 Awards (winners will be announced in NYC on November 15), NBF invited four authors previously recognized by the Awards to share their work: Laurie Halse Anderson (Ashes), Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America), Karan Mahajan (The Association of Small Bombs), and Monica Youn (Blackacre). Moderated by Lisa Lucas, executive director, National Book Foundation. Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
12:00 pm

Eyes Wide Open

Three poets and adventurous trailblazers of the personal Eileen Myles (Afterglow), Jeremy Sigler (My Vibe), and Ashleigh Young (Can You Tolerate This?) discuss their most recent books - a memoir celebrating the life of a dog; city life as experienced through an enhanced personal lens, and poignant, raw, and funny personal essays about growing up in small town New Zealand. Moderated by David Kaufman, George Mason University.
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09/17/2017 12:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza - Brooklyn Book Festival Three poets and adventurous trailblazers of the personal Eileen Myles (Afterglow), Jeremy Sigler (My Vibe), and Ashleigh Young (Can You Tolerate This?) discuss their most recent books - a memoir celebrating the life of a dog; city life as experienced through an enhanced personal lens, and poignant, raw, and funny personal essays about growing up in small town New Zealand. Moderated by David Kaufman, George Mason University. Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
1:00 pm

Intersectionality and Activism

The term “intersectionality” was coined by black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw decades ago but has gained wider attention in recent years -- and has informed (and challenged) many of the defining activist movements of our times, from trans rights to the Women’s March on Washington to Black Lives Matter. How does this concept of intersectionality help us understand this remarkable (for better and worse) historic moment we’re living in? Jennifer Baumgardner (We Do! American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality) leads a panel including Brittney Cooper (The Crunk Feminist Collection), Daisy Hernández (A Cup of Water Under My Bed), and Mychal Denzel Smith (Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education).
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09/17/2017 1:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza - Brooklyn Book Festival The term “intersectionality” was coined by black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw decades ago but has gained wider attention in recent years -- and has informed (and challenged) many of the defining activist movements of our times, from trans rights to the Women’s March on Washington to Black Lives Matter. How does this concept of intersectionality help us understand this remarkable (for better and worse) historic moment we’re living in? Jennifer Baumgardner (We Do! American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality) leads a panel including Brittney Cooper (The Crunk Feminist Collection), Daisy Hernández (A Cup of Water Under My Bed), and Mychal Denzel Smith (Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education). Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
2:00 pm

Rock, Race, Influence and Appropriation

At the Grammys this year, Adele broke her trophy in half so that she could share it with Beyonce. A month later, Chuck Berry died and much of the media coverage looked at how admirers like the Rolling Stones made a fortune off his riffs. How has the discourse on music, influence and appropriation changed over the decades? Farai Chideya (The Episodic Career) leads a panel including Nelson George (To Funk and Die in L.A.), Jeff Chang (We Gon’ Be Alright), and Jack Hamilton (Just Around Midnight).
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09/17/2017 2:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza - Brooklyn Book Festival At the Grammys this year, Adele broke her trophy in half so that she could share it with Beyonce. A month later, Chuck Berry died and much of the media coverage looked at how admirers like the Rolling Stones made a fortune off his riffs. How has the discourse on music, influence and appropriation changed over the decades? Farai Chideya (The Episodic Career) leads a panel including Nelson George (To Funk and Die in L.A.), Jeff Chang (We Gon’ Be Alright), and Jack Hamilton (Just Around Midnight). Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
3:00 pm

All Talk: Whiting Award-Winning Novelists and Playwrights on How the Spoken Word Brings Stories to Life

Playwright John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) speaks with four Whiting Award winners – fiction writers Deborah Eisenberg (Twilight of the Superheroes) and Matthew Klam (Who Is Rich?), and fellow playwrights Clarence Coo (Beautiful Province) and James Ijames (WHITE) – about the art of dialogue in stories/novels and on stage.
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09/17/2017 3:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza - Brooklyn Book Festival Playwright John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) speaks with four Whiting Award winners – fiction writers Deborah Eisenberg (Twilight of the Superheroes) and Matthew Klam (Who Is Rich?), and fellow playwrights Clarence Coo (Beautiful Province) and James Ijames (WHITE) – about the art of dialogue in stories/novels and on stage. Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
4:00 pm

Words on the Page/Words on the Stage

Elizabeth Acevedo (Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths), Sam Sax (Madness), Aja Monet (My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter), and Danez Smith (Don’t Call Us Dead), four poets whose work lives both in performance and on the page, share their work. Moderated by Tina Chang (Of Gods & Strangers).
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09/17/2017 4:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza - Brooklyn Book Festival Elizabeth Acevedo (Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths), Sam Sax (Madness), Aja Monet (My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter), and Danez Smith (Don’t Call Us Dead), four poets whose work lives both in performance and on the page, share their work. Moderated by Tina Chang (Of Gods & Strangers). Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 17, 2017
5:00 pm

Writing About Rock, Pop, and Hip-Hop

It wasn’t always the case that rock and pop music were considered subjects worthy of serious writerly analysis or exploration. How has rock journalism, hip-hop journalism, and music writing evolved over the decades? How has it been impacted by new technologies and new ideas about race and gender? Join panelists Jonathan Lethem (Shake It Up), Ann Powers (Good Booty), and Jeff Chang (We Gon’ Be Alright) in a discussion moderated by Daphne Brooks (Jeff Buckley’s Grace).
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09/17/2017 5:00 pm 09/17/2017 America/New_York Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza - Brooklyn Book Festival It wasn’t always the case that rock and pop music were considered subjects worthy of serious writerly analysis or exploration. How has rock journalism, hip-hop journalism, and music writing evolved over the decades? How has it been impacted by new technologies and new ideas about race and gender? Join panelists Jonathan Lethem (Shake It Up), Ann Powers (Good Booty), and Jeff Chang (We Gon’ Be Alright) in a discussion moderated by Daphne Brooks (Jeff Buckley’s Grace). Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386
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