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Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St

September 22, 2019
10:00 am

The Art of Belonging

A bold sense of self  and strong grounding can emerge from disparate and challenging lives and experiences. In Angie Cruz’s Dominicana, a fifteen-year-old Dominican girl agrees to be married so that she can move to New York City. In Courtney Maum’s Costalegre, an isolated daughter travels with her mother, a wealthy art collector, to Costalegre, Mexico, in advance of WWII. The stories in Nafissa Thompson-SpiresHeads of the Colored People examine how the intersection of  racial identity, class, and social institutions create or impede a sense of belonging. The narrators of these stories explore their multifaceted identities with unabashed wit and boldness. Moderated by Jennifer Baker (Everyday People: The Color of Life).
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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 A bold sense of self  and strong grounding can emerge from disparate and challenging lives and experiences. In Angie Cruz’s Dominicana, a fifteen-year-old Dominican girl agrees to be married so that she can move to New York City. In Courtney Maum’s Costalegre, an isolated daughter travels with her mother, a wealthy art collector, to Costalegre, Mexico, in advance of WWII. The stories in Nafissa Thompson-SpiresHeads of the Colored People examine how the intersection of  racial identity, class, and social institutions create or impede a sense of belonging. The narrators of these stories explore their multifaceted identities with unabashed wit and boldness. Moderated by Jennifer Baker (Everyday People: The Color of Life). Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
11:00 am

Coming Out and Of Age, presented by BAM

Nicole Dennis-Benn (Patsy), Casey Gerald (There Will Be No Miracles Here), and T Kira Madden (Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls) join Alexander Chee (How to Write an Autobiographical Novel) for a conversation about their books, which each pay specific attention to how class, race, sexuality and nationality change our sense of what a coming out story even is, and what might define a coming-of-age story now. This discussion is presented in conjunction with The End of Eddy, an adaptation of Édouard Louis’ autobiographically inspired novel presented as part of Next Wave 2019 at BAM.
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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 Nicole Dennis-Benn (Patsy), Casey Gerald (There Will Be No Miracles Here), and T Kira Madden (Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls) join Alexander Chee (How to Write an Autobiographical Novel) for a conversation about their books, which each pay specific attention to how class, race, sexuality and nationality change our sense of what a coming out story even is, and what might define a coming-of-age story now. This discussion is presented in conjunction with The End of Eddy, an adaptation of Édouard Louis’ autobiographically inspired novel presented as part of Next Wave 2019 at BAM. Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
1:00 pm

Human Nature Versus Nature / The Climate Conflict

Climate change is real. Although the evidence is all around us, the lens of literature can also put this crisis into focus. Amitav Ghosh (Gun Island) writes about a world on the brink of collapse; Pitchaya Sudbanthad (Bangkok Wakes to Rain) links lives past and present by the forces remaking the capital of Thailand. And Nell Zink (Doxology) offers revelations about America’s past and possible future. Moderated by Jennifer Acker (The Limits of the World).
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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 Climate change is real. Although the evidence is all around us, the lens of literature can also put this crisis into focus. Amitav Ghosh (Gun Island) writes about a world on the brink of collapse; Pitchaya Sudbanthad (Bangkok Wakes to Rain) links lives past and present by the forces remaking the capital of Thailand. And Nell Zink (Doxology) offers revelations about America’s past and possible future. Moderated by Jennifer Acker (The Limits of the World). Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
2:00 pm

Un-True Crime

What wouldn't you do for the sake of your family? Debut novelists Nicholas Mancusi (A Philosophy of Ruin) and Lauren Wilkinson (American Spy) and the prolific master Joyce Carol Oates (My Life as A Rat) discuss their new novels which test the limit of family bonds and the law. Moderated by Ryan Chapman (Riots I Have Known).
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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 What wouldn't you do for the sake of your family? Debut novelists Nicholas Mancusi (A Philosophy of Ruin) and Lauren Wilkinson (American Spy) and the prolific master Joyce Carol Oates (My Life as A Rat) discuss their new novels which test the limit of family bonds and the law. Moderated by Ryan Chapman (Riots I Have Known). Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
3:00 pm

Liberation Music

What is the relationship between music and liberation movements here and around the world--and how can engaged listeners help effect social change? Join Vivien Goldman (Revenge of the She-Punk: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot), Stephanie Shonekan (Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection), and Ian Brennan (Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth) in this lively discussion about the intersection of music and political consciousness. Moderated by NYU’s Maureen Mahon (Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and The Politics of Race).
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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 What is the relationship between music and liberation movements here and around the world--and how can engaged listeners help effect social change? Join Vivien Goldman (Revenge of the She-Punk: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot), Stephanie Shonekan (Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection), and Ian Brennan (Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth) in this lively discussion about the intersection of music and political consciousness. Moderated by NYU’s Maureen Mahon (Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and The Politics of Race). Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
4:00 pm

Secrets and Lies: Hidden Histories of WWII

Wars can bury secrets and heroes can be forgotten, but these three novelists use World War II to reveal hidden histories and identities. Maaza Mengiste (The Shadow King) sheds light on the stories of Ethiopia’s women soldiers in 1935. Catherine Chung (The Tenth Muse) tells the story of an aspiring mathematician in the 1950s who, through her research into an unsolved mathematical problem, seeks to uncover her own identity and family history. Julie Orringer (The Flight Portfolio) reveals the true story of Varian Fry, an American journalist who helped writers and artists escape the Holocaust. Moderated by Philip Leventhal, a senior editor at Columbia University Press.
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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 Wars can bury secrets and heroes can be forgotten, but these three novelists use World War II to reveal hidden histories and identities. Maaza Mengiste (The Shadow King) sheds light on the stories of Ethiopia’s women soldiers in 1935. Catherine Chung (The Tenth Muse) tells the story of an aspiring mathematician in the 1950s who, through her research into an unsolved mathematical problem, seeks to uncover her own identity and family history. Julie Orringer (The Flight Portfolio) reveals the true story of Varian Fry, an American journalist who helped writers and artists escape the Holocaust. Moderated by Philip Leventhal, a senior editor at Columbia University Press. Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386