bookish love September 10, 2009

Brooklyn Book Festival returns this Sunday

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The annual Brooklyn Book Festival returns to Borough Hall this Sunday (forecast is sunny), featuring a multitude of vendors, panels and workshops, and covering a wide range of interests: fiction, poetry, biography, comics, politics. Admission is free, but a ticket must be picked up for select events, such as the Poetry, Pop, and Hip-Hop panel, where Thurston Moore and Lupe Fiasco, amongst others, discuss “how poets, songwriters and rappers push language in new and essential ways”. See full schedule

Since you can pick up a ticket only an hour prior to each event, and the turnout was great last year, making it into ticketed panels one after the next will probably be impossible. Here are the ones I’ll be trying to get into.

12:00 p.m. The Great Recession
Justin Fox (The Myth of the Rational Market), Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) and Kai Wright (Drifting Toward Love). Moderated by New York Daily News columnist Errol Louis.

1:00 p.m. Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia
Readings from Rasskazy, the Tin House anthology of new Russian fiction, by Francine Prose (Goldengrove), Dale Peck (Sprout), Anya Ulinich (Petropolis) and Vadim Yarmolinets (Led Zeppelin ‘Jericho 86-89’). Emily Gould will interview Rasskazy contributor Dmitry Danilov. Presented by Pen American Center.

3:00 pm Literary Masters Readings
Paul Auster (Man in the Dark), Russell Banks (The Reserve) and Francine Prose (Goldengrove). Introduced by Louisa Ermelino, Publishers Weekly (ticketed).

4:00 p.m. Writers on Unforgettable Friendships
Oliver Sacks on Francis Crick; Darryl Pinckney on Djuna Barnes; and Anita Desai on Ruth Jhabvala. Robert Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books, will introduce (ticketed).

5:00 p.m. Writing Writers
Christopher Sorrentino (Trance) and Michael Thomas (Man Gone Down), moderated by Astra Taylor (film and book Examined Life). “The authors discuss what writing on writers might reveal about the creative impulse, the relationship between fact and imagination and the ethics of representation. Presented by BOMB magazine as part of BOMBLive! (ticketed)

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