Best panels at Brooklyn Book Festival
Perhaps now more than ever, our school library shelves are becoming battlegrounds over free speech and what children shouldn’t be exposed to. Four YA and children’s authors who have endured bans—Matt de la Peña, Libba Bray, Robie Harris and Christopher Myers read from their banned books and comment on the ideas that some parents and politicians find offensive.
How do fables and fairy tales fit into a world of Edward Snowden and Kim Kardashian? Modern fabulists Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts), Amelia Gray (Gutshot) and Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion) shine their imaginative insights on the state of their genre.
After sharing passages from their hotly anticipated new books, superstar authors Joyce Carol Oates, Ben Greenman and Pico Iyer chat with Elissa Schappell about their creative processes, deadlines and inspirations.
Three bold creators use the comic book form to illustrate rich and harrowing tales of life on the margins. Julian Voloj tells the notorious story of Benjy Melendez and the Ghetto Brothers Gang in Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker; Lisa Wilde recalls the endless struggles of an inner-city school in Yo, Miss; and A.K. Summers’ Pregnant Butch examines firsthand the unexpected identity struggles of queer pregnancy.
What books made you fall in love with New York City? Have you read A Moveable Feast enough times to know Paris without ever flying to France? Luc Sante, Vivian Gornick and David Ulin wrestle with the idea of of the globalized city in a universalizing world.
Naomi Jackson (The Star Side of Bird Hill), Yitzhak Gormezano Goren (Alexandrian Summer) and Juan Villoro (The Guilty: Stories) send their characters on unforgettable journeys from home—whether it be Brooklyn or 1950s Egypt—to new lands and mindsets that change them forever. The writers discuss the power of place and time in literature.
If you live in New York, you’ve got something to say about race, income equality and gentrification. Join a candid conversation about the changing identity of the city with The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification author DW Gibson, neighborhood chronicler and Drinking with Men author Rosie Schaap and Harlem-based playwright Dael Orlandersmith.
The ever-provocative Rushdie talks with Live from the New York Public Library curator Holdengräber about his brand new novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, which draws inspiration from One Thousand and One Nights and takes place in a desolate New York of the future.