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Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St

September 22, 2019
10:00 am

How Do We Change the World?

Presented by Greenlight Book Store. In a global moment that seems both precarious and ripe with potential for enormous change, thinkers from a variety of fields illuminate emerging trends – both positive and negative – in activism, economics, and public life. Journalist Anand Giridharadas (Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World) Sociologist Eric Klinenberg (Palaces for the People: How To Build a More Equal and United Society) and gender and communism scholar Kristen Ghodsee, (Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence) and activist Blair Imani (Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History).
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09/22/2019 10:00 am 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Presented by Greenlight Book Store. In a global moment that seems both precarious and ripe with potential for enormous change, thinkers from a variety of fields illuminate emerging trends – both positive and negative – in activism, economics, and public life. Journalist Anand Giridharadas (Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World) Sociologist Eric Klinenberg (Palaces for the People: How To Build a More Equal and United Society) and gender and communism scholar Kristen Ghodsee, (Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence) and activist Blair Imani (Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History). Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
11:00 am

Revisiting The White Album presented by BAM

Writers Morgan Jerkins, Alexander Chee, and Meghan O’Rourke convene for a rich discussion of Joan Didion’s 1979 essay collection The White Album, nearly 40 years after its publication. In conjunction with Lars Jan / Early Morning Opera’s theatrical adaptation as part of the 2018 Next Wave Festival, Jerkins, Chee, and O’Rourke dissect this seminal work—a masterpiece in which memoir, political examination, and cultural criticism intersect—and the way in which the essay is viewed and engaged with as a form today.
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09/22/2019 11:00 am 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Writers Morgan Jerkins, Alexander Chee, and Meghan O’Rourke convene for a rich discussion of Joan Didion’s 1979 essay collection The White Album, nearly 40 years after its publication. In conjunction with Lars Jan / Early Morning Opera’s theatrical adaptation as part of the 2018 Next Wave Festival, Jerkins, Chee, and O’Rourke dissect this seminal work—a masterpiece in which memoir, political examination, and cultural criticism intersect—and the way in which the essay is viewed and engaged with as a form today. Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
12:00 pm

Writing After Loss

Sadness is only one part of grieving. It can be, and often is, absurd and darkly humorous as well.  And, as William Faulkner said, “Between grief and nothing I will take grief.” Each of these extraordinary writers have written memoirs about the deaths of those closest to them. At this Center for Fiction-sponsored event, Joyce Carol Oates, Meghan O’Rourke, and Jonathan Santlofer will discuss how they dealt with grief and loss on the page and hear their thoughts on art of memoir in general. Moderated by Noreen Tomassi, Center for Fiction.
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09/22/2019 12:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Sadness is only one part of grieving. It can be, and often is, absurd and darkly humorous as well.  And, as William Faulkner said, “Between grief and nothing I will take grief.” Each of these extraordinary writers have written memoirs about the deaths of those closest to them. At this Center for Fiction-sponsored event, Joyce Carol Oates, Meghan O’Rourke, and Jonathan Santlofer will discuss how they dealt with grief and loss on the page and hear their thoughts on art of memoir in general. Moderated by Noreen Tomassi, Center for Fiction. Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
1:00 pm

The Aftermath

Psychological, unseen injuries are often the most difficult to identify and treat. As medicine struggles to diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder, literature is recognizing its reality and import. Novelists Katia D. Ulysse (Mouths Don’t Speak), Marina Perezagua (The Story of H) and Dan Sheehan (Restless Souls) join Sara Nović (Girl at War) to explore the power of PTSD, whether it’s acquired on the battlefield or on the home front.
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09/22/2019 1:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Psychological, unseen injuries are often the most difficult to identify and treat. As medicine struggles to diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder, literature is recognizing its reality and import. Novelists Katia D. Ulysse (Mouths Don’t Speak), Marina Perezagua (The Story of H) and Dan Sheehan (Restless Souls) join Sara Nović (Girl at War) to explore the power of PTSD, whether it’s acquired on the battlefield or on the home front. Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
2:00 pm

Dystopias of the Patriarchy

In recasting dark but familiar stories, novelists Amber Tamblyn (Any Man) and Leni Zumas (Red Clocks) recast the conversation. How do we talk about rape and reproductive rights? Now, how do we talk about them when a serial rapist is a woman, or reproductive rights are being dangerously governed? These books speak so directly to the zeitgeist they practically knock it over. Don’t miss this program with short readings and a discussion moderated by Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine) followed by an audience Q&A.
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09/22/2019 2:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival In recasting dark but familiar stories, novelists Amber Tamblyn (Any Man) and Leni Zumas (Red Clocks) recast the conversation. How do we talk about rape and reproductive rights? Now, how do we talk about them when a serial rapist is a woman, or reproductive rights are being dangerously governed? These books speak so directly to the zeitgeist they practically knock it over. Don’t miss this program with short readings and a discussion moderated by Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine) followed by an audience Q&A. Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
3:00 pm

Best of Brooklyn: N.K. Jemisin in Conversation

Three time Hugo winner for Best Novel, N.K. Jemisin is also first author to have every book in a series, the Broken Earth trilogy, win the prize. She is this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival 2018 BoBi honoree and will joined in conversation by speculative fiction writer P. Djèlí Clark, author of The Black God's Drums. Introduced by Johnny Temple, Chair, Brooklyn Literary Council..
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09/22/2019 3:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Three time Hugo winner for Best Novel, N.K. Jemisin is also first author to have every book in a series, the Broken Earth trilogy, win the prize. She is this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival 2018 BoBi honoree and will joined in conversation by speculative fiction writer P. Djèlí Clark, author of The Black God's Drums. Introduced by Johnny Temple, Chair, Brooklyn Literary Council.. Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
4:00 pm

Fractured Lives

The after-life is usually a term reserved for the deceased, but what about the life after you lose someone? Novels by Laura van den Berg (The Third Hotel), Michael Imperioli (The Perfume Burned His Eyes), and Sigrid Nunez (The Friend) look at how to calibrate (or not) after a life is lost, what the living has to endure, how that redefines who one is, how one behaves, where one goes. The program will include short readings and a discussion moderated by Alex Gilvarry (Eastman Was Here).
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09/22/2019 4:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival The after-life is usually a term reserved for the deceased, but what about the life after you lose someone? Novels by Laura van den Berg (The Third Hotel), Michael Imperioli (The Perfume Burned His Eyes), and Sigrid Nunez (The Friend) look at how to calibrate (or not) after a life is lost, what the living has to endure, how that redefines who one is, how one behaves, where one goes. The program will include short readings and a discussion moderated by Alex Gilvarry (Eastman Was Here). Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
5:00 pm

Passage of Time

Join distinguished international authors Martin Amis and Dubravka Ugresic as they discuss the indelible lessons of the passage of time on their lives and work. While Amis’s The Rub of Time considers many of his formative cultural and literary encounters of the past 30 years, Croatian-born Ugresic’s American Fictionary revisits the destruction of the Balkan wars of the early 90s through the disorienting perspective of her American exile at the time. Moderated by writer and critic Ryan Chapman.
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09/22/2019 5:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Join distinguished international authors Martin Amis and Dubravka Ugresic as they discuss the indelible lessons of the passage of time on their lives and work. While Amis’s The Rub of Time considers many of his formative cultural and literary encounters of the past 30 years, Croatian-born Ugresic’s American Fictionary revisits the destruction of the Balkan wars of the early 90s through the disorienting perspective of her American exile at the time. Moderated by writer and critic Ryan Chapman. Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386