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Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St

September 22, 2019
10:00 am

Multiple Selves/Multiple Views

Whether it’s multiple identities within one character; the different perspectives that drive a sweeping, historical novel; or the range of voices that bridge the worlds of fiction and poetry—the works of these authors deal with ideas of balance and turbulence, cacophony and quiet. Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater, Bangladeshi Arif Anwar’s The Storm, and Jamaican Windham-Campbell Prize recipient Lorna Goodison’s stories and poems open our eyes to the myriad dimensions of the self and the world. Moderated by Emmanuel Iduma (A Stranger's Pose).
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09/22/2019 10:00 am 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Whether it’s multiple identities within one character; the different perspectives that drive a sweeping, historical novel; or the range of voices that bridge the worlds of fiction and poetry—the works of these authors deal with ideas of balance and turbulence, cacophony and quiet. Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater, Bangladeshi Arif Anwar’s The Storm, and Jamaican Windham-Campbell Prize recipient Lorna Goodison’s stories and poems open our eyes to the myriad dimensions of the self and the world. Moderated by Emmanuel Iduma (A Stranger's Pose). Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
11:00 am

Rhythm and Spirits

Whether in Parisian cemeteries, Jamaican clock towers, or echoes on the wind of Angola’s decrepit capital, spirits visit upon the living in these three vibrant, polyphonic novels. Ancestors are awakened and loss reverberates—in the solitary quests of Guadalupe Nettel’s After the Winter; the pulsating bass-lines of Marcia Douglas’s historical seance, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread; and the magical lyricism of Ondjaki’s love letter to a disappearing Luanda,Transparent City. Moderated by Anderson Tepper.
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09/22/2019 11:00 am 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Whether in Parisian cemeteries, Jamaican clock towers, or echoes on the wind of Angola’s decrepit capital, spirits visit upon the living in these three vibrant, polyphonic novels. Ancestors are awakened and loss reverberates—in the solitary quests of Guadalupe Nettel’s After the Winter; the pulsating bass-lines of Marcia Douglas’s historical seance, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread; and the magical lyricism of Ondjaki’s love letter to a disappearing Luanda,Transparent City. Moderated by Anderson Tepper. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
12:00 pm

Modern Myths

By reimagining classic folktales and ancient myths, these authors are redefining the stories that have become the staples of our literary canon. In Circe, Madeline Miller revisits the Odyssey to focus the daughter of Helios. In stories filled with aliens, genetic engineering, mermaids, and more, Anjali Sachdeva (All the Names They Used For God) puts a magical twist on our daily lives, crystalizing the present as its own modern day myth. And in Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado transforms the cultural conversation about women’s bodies and sexuality into feminist folktales that are as sharp as they are imaginative. Short readings and discussion. Moderated by Cristina Arreola, Senior Books Editor, Bustle
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09/22/2019 12:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival By reimagining classic folktales and ancient myths, these authors are redefining the stories that have become the staples of our literary canon. In Circe, Madeline Miller revisits the Odyssey to focus the daughter of Helios. In stories filled with aliens, genetic engineering, mermaids, and more, Anjali Sachdeva (All the Names They Used For God) puts a magical twist on our daily lives, crystalizing the present as its own modern day myth. And in Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado transforms the cultural conversation about women’s bodies and sexuality into feminist folktales that are as sharp as they are imaginative. Short readings and discussion. Moderated by Cristina Arreola, Senior Books Editor, Bustle Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
1:00 pm

Discovering America

The strange, twisted enigma of America has long fascinated writers, both foreign and local, while the questions of who we are and what we’ve become seem even more pertinent today. Join Croatian-born author Dubravka Ugresic (American Fictionary), Joseph O’Neil (Good Trouble), and Hernan Diaz (In the Distance) as they wrestle with the myths, mores, violence and vulnerability of Americans in new works that glimmer with fresh insight and subversive wit. Moderated by Eric Banks.
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09/22/2019 1:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival The strange, twisted enigma of America has long fascinated writers, both foreign and local, while the questions of who we are and what we’ve become seem even more pertinent today. Join Croatian-born author Dubravka Ugresic (American Fictionary), Joseph O’Neil (Good Trouble), and Hernan Diaz (In the Distance) as they wrestle with the myths, mores, violence and vulnerability of Americans in new works that glimmer with fresh insight and subversive wit. Moderated by Eric Banks. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
2:00 pm

Migration, with Baggage

The weight we carry on our shoulders isn’t always our own. These three critically acclaimed novels demonstrate the complicated and fraught journeys of those who have travelled to foreign spaces, often with their past trailing close behind. Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah (North of Dawn),  Amitava Kumar (Immigrant, Montana) and Vietnamese-born Canadian author Kim Thúy (Vi) each tell thoughtful stories that probe the self in alien contexts while reckoning with loss and the transformation of cultural identity. Moderated by Gabriel Sanders, Tablet magazine.
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09/22/2019 2:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival The weight we carry on our shoulders isn’t always our own. These three critically acclaimed novels demonstrate the complicated and fraught journeys of those who have travelled to foreign spaces, often with their past trailing close behind. Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah (North of Dawn),  Amitava Kumar (Immigrant, Montana) and Vietnamese-born Canadian author Kim Thúy (Vi) each tell thoughtful stories that probe the self in alien contexts while reckoning with loss and the transformation of cultural identity. Moderated by Gabriel Sanders, Tablet magazine. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
3:00 pm

The Fragility of Families

Family bonds are knit together in ever-complex relationships, influenced by history and heritage, tradition and expectations. In Héctor Abad’s The Farm, Colombian siblings wrestle with a legacy of violence that threatens their Edenic country retreat. Preti Taneja’s We That Are Young probes a family divided by power and rivalry in modern-day Delhi and Kashmir; while Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman explores a marriage strained by familial pressure and rigid societal beliefs in southern India. Moderated by Jeanne McCulloch (All Happy Families).
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09/22/2019 3:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Family bonds are knit together in ever-complex relationships, influenced by history and heritage, tradition and expectations. In Héctor Abad’s The Farm, Colombian siblings wrestle with a legacy of violence that threatens their Edenic country retreat. Preti Taneja’s We That Are Young probes a family divided by power and rivalry in modern-day Delhi and Kashmir; while Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman explores a marriage strained by familial pressure and rigid societal beliefs in southern India. Moderated by Jeanne McCulloch (All Happy Families). Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
4:00 pm

Truths and Fictions

In the works of Javier Cercas (The Imposter), Neel Mukherjee (A State of Freedom), and Marina Perezagua (The Story of H), the stories we craft—and the histories we cover-up or expose—flirt across borders of truth and fiction. Whether it’s the deceptions of an alleged Holocaust survivor in Spain, the underclass’ thwarted dreams of liberation in India, or the fallibility of memory in the dark shadow of Hiroshima—these authors explore depths of individual delusion and historical reality. Moderated by Eric Becker, Words without Borders.
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09/22/2019 4:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival In the works of Javier Cercas (The Imposter), Neel Mukherjee (A State of Freedom), and Marina Perezagua (The Story of H), the stories we craft—and the histories we cover-up or expose—flirt across borders of truth and fiction. Whether it’s the deceptions of an alleged Holocaust survivor in Spain, the underclass’ thwarted dreams of liberation in India, or the fallibility of memory in the dark shadow of Hiroshima—these authors explore depths of individual delusion and historical reality. Moderated by Eric Becker, Words without Borders. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
5:00 pm

Re-Writing Africa, from Pre-Colonial Kingdoms to Today.

Reconsidering the sagas of Sub-Saharan African countries from African perspectives, these three current novels have helped reclaim independent voices and reimagine the continent's powerful, if sometimes anguished, history. Ugandan author and Windham-Campbell Prize recipient Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Kintu), Cameroonian Leonora Miano (Season of the Shadow), and Liberian-American Wayetu Moore (She Would Be King) weave vivid tapestries of their homelands—from pre-colonial kingdoms and the first shadows of the slave trade to the formation of independent Liberia and today's worldwide diaspora. Moderated by Julian Lucas, Cabinet and The Point.
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09/22/2019 5:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St - Brooklyn Book Festival Reconsidering the sagas of Sub-Saharan African countries from African perspectives, these three current novels have helped reclaim independent voices and reimagine the continent's powerful, if sometimes anguished, history. Ugandan author and Windham-Campbell Prize recipient Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Kintu), Cameroonian Leonora Miano (Season of the Shadow), and Liberian-American Wayetu Moore (She Would Be King) weave vivid tapestries of their homelands—from pre-colonial kingdoms and the first shadows of the slave trade to the formation of independent Liberia and today's worldwide diaspora. Moderated by Julian Lucas, Cabinet and The Point. Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386