Bookworms rejoice! Fall means Brooklyn Book Festival time, and there’s a stack of events for book lovers and wannabe wordsmiths to catch at the ninth incarnation of the event at Borough Hall this Sunday (from 10 to 6 p.m.) “More than a tree grows in Brooklyn; we have grown a literary tradition that is second to none,” said Borough President Eric Adams. So you're going to want to bring your best tote:
The Brooklyn Book Festival is going to be like New York Fashion Week for tote bags.
— Gabriella Paiella (@gmpaiella) September 18, 2014
So dig out your favorite witty/statement-making accessory, and check out our festival highlights (find all event details right here).
This Changes Everything: A Conversation with Naomi Klein, presented by The Nation
Internationally-acclaimed author Naomi Klein hits the stage with The Nation’s executive editor Betsy Reed to discuss her new release—This Changes Everything—and build the case for why reducing greenhouse emissions is the world’s best shot at getting our shit together.
Jezebel founder Anna Holmes, Sandeep Jauhar (Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician) and Jen Percy (Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism) speak about the challenges Americans face in a changing country. Veterans returning home with PTSD, the struggling healthcare system and feminist fights for civil rights are just some of the topics on the table for discussion.
Creativity and Chaos: Artistic High-Wire Acts
What’s the best way for artists to tap into their most creative selves? And when once you’re in that creative sweet spot, how do you balance all those fantastically amazing impulses? Find out by heading along to this conversation with Philippe Petit (Creativity: The Perfect Crime), Haitian author and painter Frankétienne (Ready To Burst) and Vikram Chandra (Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty).
Storytelling and the Black Experience
Greg Grandin (Empire of Necessity) discusses the context of Herman Melville’s classic work Benito Cereno, which challenged the assumptions Americans made about racial inferiority. Herb Boyd and Ilyasah Shabazz will present The Diary of Malcolm X, and the session will be moderated by Marlon James (The Book of Night Women).
Influence of the Real
Francine Prose (Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932) Paul Auster (Winter Journal) and Joyce Carol Oates (Lovely, Dark, Deep Stories) will be chatting about how real lives and events provided the basis for their seminal works (which they’ll also be reading excerpts from). Hirsh Sawhney, editor of Delhi Noir, will be running the session.
Trust Me, Really
Emily Gould (And the Heart Says Whatever) will be there discussing her new release Friendship, along with Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing) and Marie-Helene Bertino (2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas). The trio are talking trust and betrayals between friends, family and strangers bound by fate.
Finally, the most high-brow event of the festival is fortunately an all-day affair - so there’s no excuse for missing out. There are not one but five Waldo cut-outs located around the festival area. If you manage to find all the clones of that wily guy, you could be in the drawing for one of two Where’s Waldo? prize packs. He’s also going to be walking around to pose for photos, but don’t think you can try and sneak that past as one of your official five Waldo sightings.