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Center Stage (Columbus Park)

September 22, 2019
11:00 am

Defying Genre, Defying Otherness presented by WORD Bookstore

Latinx in Publishing & WORD present a panel featuring Women of Color exploring how their writing embraces alternative narrative structures and ignore the typical binds of genre. While traditional publishing is finally embracing diversity, authors have long pushed past the restrictive definitions and categories that attempt to structurally oppress expression. From a fantastical future to a hard look at the consequences of romance within the patriarchy, we’ll dive into how our experiences that defy our culturally inflicted limitations help to push our literature forward.  
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09/22/2019 11:00 am 09/22/2019 America/New_York Center Stage (Columbus Park) - Brooklyn Book Festival Latinx in Publishing & WORD present a panel featuring Women of Color exploring how their writing embraces alternative narrative structures and ignore the typical binds of genre. While traditional publishing is finally embracing diversity, authors have long pushed past the restrictive definitions and categories that attempt to structurally oppress expression. From a fantastical future to a hard look at the consequences of romance within the patriarchy, we’ll dive into how our experiences that defy our culturally inflicted limitations help to push our literature forward.   Center Stage (Columbus Park), New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
12:00 pm

My Pet Sorrow

Patrick DeWitt (French Exit), Eileen Myles (Afterglow), and Sigrid Nunez (The Friend) discuss the role pets play in the grieving process, magical thinking, and anthropomorphism. In French Exit, Dewitt’s humorous satire of a wealthy family on the verge of ruin, a woman’s dead husband is reincarnated as a curmudgeonly cat. In The Friend, Nunez’s novel of grief and friendship, a woman takes in her mentor’s Great Dane after he commits suicide. And in Afterglow, a “dog memoir,” Eileen Myles tells the story of her art and life through fantastical imaginings of her late dog Rosie. Short readings and a discussion. Q & A.
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09/22/2019 12:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Center Stage (Columbus Park) - Brooklyn Book Festival Patrick DeWitt (French Exit), Eileen Myles (Afterglow), and Sigrid Nunez (The Friend) discuss the role pets play in the grieving process, magical thinking, and anthropomorphism. In French Exit, Dewitt’s humorous satire of a wealthy family on the verge of ruin, a woman’s dead husband is reincarnated as a curmudgeonly cat. In The Friend, Nunez’s novel of grief and friendship, a woman takes in her mentor’s Great Dane after he commits suicide. And in Afterglow, a “dog memoir,” Eileen Myles tells the story of her art and life through fantastical imaginings of her late dog Rosie. Short readings and a discussion. Q & A. Center Stage (Columbus Park), New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
1:00 pm

Building Queer Legacies

 Queer literature frequently focuses on coming out, asking how is it that queer characters navigate the world. But a new wave of books — How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee, Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor, and The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai — flips the script: How is that queer characters navigate themselves? Through personal essays, the tale of a literal shapeshifter, and time-hopping look at the AIDS crisis, these books explore how we conceptualize queerness, our own identities, and the complex histories that connect them. Short readings and discussion. Moderated by journalist MJ Franklin (New York Times). Q&A.
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09/22/2019 1:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Center Stage (Columbus Park) - Brooklyn Book Festival  Queer literature frequently focuses on coming out, asking how is it that queer characters navigate the world. But a new wave of books — How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee, Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor, and The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai — flips the script: How is that queer characters navigate themselves? Through personal essays, the tale of a literal shapeshifter, and time-hopping look at the AIDS crisis, these books explore how we conceptualize queerness, our own identities, and the complex histories that connect them. Short readings and discussion. Moderated by journalist MJ Franklin (New York Times). Q&A. Center Stage (Columbus Park), New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
2:00 pm

New Visions of Masculinity

 What does it mean to be a man? Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man) tells nine stories of fathers and sons that complicate the culture’s expectations of masculinity, particularly for black men. After a heartbreak, the protagonist of Lynne Tillman’s Men and Apparitions attempts to anthropologically redefine masculinity in a feminist context. Finally, a new identity is thrust upon a teen track star in Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil  when he is outed as queer to his conservative Nigerian family. Short readings and a discussion moderated by Jennifer Baker (Everyday People: The Color of Life--A Short Story Anthology). Q&A.
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09/22/2019 2:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Center Stage (Columbus Park) - Brooklyn Book Festival  What does it mean to be a man? Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man) tells nine stories of fathers and sons that complicate the culture’s expectations of masculinity, particularly for black men. After a heartbreak, the protagonist of Lynne Tillman’s Men and Apparitions attempts to anthropologically redefine masculinity in a feminist context. Finally, a new identity is thrust upon a teen track star in Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil  when he is outed as queer to his conservative Nigerian family. Short readings and a discussion moderated by Jennifer Baker (Everyday People: The Color of Life--A Short Story Anthology). Q&A. Center Stage (Columbus Park), New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
3:00 pm

The Personal Ingredient

The personality of cooks and their kitchens adds the originality to the recipes and the heart to this conversation about cooking and lifestyles with contemporary authors Daniel Isengart (The Art of Gay Cooking: A Culinary Memoir), Deb Perelman (Smitten, Kitchen: Every Day)  and Sara B. Franklin, (Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original). Moderated by Tonya Hopkins, the Food Griot.
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09/22/2019 3:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Center Stage (Columbus Park) - Brooklyn Book Festival The personality of cooks and their kitchens adds the originality to the recipes and the heart to this conversation about cooking and lifestyles with contemporary authors Daniel Isengart (The Art of Gay Cooking: A Culinary Memoir), Deb Perelman (Smitten, Kitchen: Every Day)  and Sara B. Franklin, (Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original). Moderated by Tonya Hopkins, the Food Griot. Center Stage (Columbus Park), New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
4:00 pm

New Works: A Poetry Reading

Grady Chambers (North American Stadiums), Patricia Smith (Incendiary Art), and Jenny Xie (Eye Level) will read from their recently published volumes of poetry. Moderated by Ricardo Maldonado, Unterberg Poetry Center, Managing Director.
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09/22/2019 4:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Center Stage (Columbus Park) - Brooklyn Book Festival Grady Chambers (North American Stadiums), Patricia Smith (Incendiary Art), and Jenny Xie (Eye Level) will read from their recently published volumes of poetry. Moderated by Ricardo Maldonado, Unterberg Poetry Center, Managing Director. Center Stage (Columbus Park), New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386

September 22, 2019
5:00 pm

Writing About Music and the Self

Lester Bangs, considered the godfather of rock criticism, was famous for brashly injecting himself into his writing about his musical subjects. Today, there are a number of exciting authors -- including panelists Hanif Abdurraqib (They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us), Rob Sheffield (Dreaming the Beatles), and Jessica Hopper (Night Moves) -- who write about music not from a critical remove but in a highly personal way, about how artists and sounds interact with their own lives. Moderated by Laura Sinagra Dolan.
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09/22/2019 5:00 pm 09/22/2019 America/New_York Center Stage (Columbus Park) - Brooklyn Book Festival Lester Bangs, considered the godfather of rock criticism, was famous for brashly injecting himself into his writing about his musical subjects. Today, there are a number of exciting authors -- including panelists Hanif Abdurraqib (They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us), Rob Sheffield (Dreaming the Beatles), and Jessica Hopper (Night Moves) -- who write about music not from a critical remove but in a highly personal way, about how artists and sounds interact with their own lives. Moderated by Laura Sinagra Dolan. Center Stage (Columbus Park), New York Brooklyn Book Festival MM/DD/YYYY 1440 false BKBF aEZeljLrUzgycbMXqmbt29386