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We hope you did your summer reading because on Sept. 16, the second annual Brooklyn Book Festival is hitting town. With readings, presentations and over 100 vendors participating, this is an opportunity to see your favorite local writers or learn about new ones. Thanks to our pals at Borough Hall, we’ve got the entire schedule. See you there!

COURTROOM (Brooklyn Borough Hall)

10 am TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: THE RULE OF LAW.

The Brooklyn Public Library borough-wide reading project “The Big Read” kicks off at the Brooklyn Book Festival with scholars Patricia Williams and Wayne Greenhaw, who will discuss Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird and ask how far America has come since the Jim Crow South era depicted in the novel. Introduced by Literary Council Member Jay Kaplan of the Brooklyn Public Library.

11 am CULTURE CRASH.

Some of the finest literature arises when cultures collides, when old meets new, when borders are crossed. Readings by celebrated authors Ana Castillo, Colin Channer, and Amitav Ghosh explore these dynamics.

Noon CRACK IN THE FAÇADE.

Award-winning authors Stephen Carter, Colson Whitehead, and Mary Gaitskill read from their most recent novels, presenting work that opens doors to unexplored psychological corners and uncomfortable realities.

1 pm REALITY & THE WAR ON TERROR.

Three leading commentators report from different fronts in the war on terror: Rajiv Chandrasekaran assesses Iraq, Christian Parenti discusses Afghanistan, and Moustafa Bayoumi focuses on Arab-Americans in the U.S. Moderated by Laura Flanders.

2 pm HONOR & JUSTICE.

Authors whose fiction provokes moral dilemmas and challenges our basic notions of human justice: Chris Abani, Pete Hamill and Susanna Moore.

3 pm MY LIFE.

Three revered authors discuss their new books that detail experiences from their own lives and their respective paths to personal growth, creative expression, and political activism. Featuring Edwidge Danticat, Mike Farrell, and Katha Pollitt.

4 pm AM HOMES IN CONVERSATION WITH FRANCINE PROSE.

Award-winning author AM Homes delves deep into the stories behind her best-selling novels and recent memoir, The Misstress’s Daughter, in this interview with novelist and Reading Like A Writer author Francine Prose. Introduced and presented with Bomb magazine Editor-in-Chief Betsy Sussler.

5 pm WORKS-IN-PROGRESS.

The Book Festival offers an exclusive peak into the soon-to-be-published works of groundbreaking authors Jim Carroll, Gloria Naylor and Joe Meno.

ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE (180 Remsen St.)

3 pm BROOKLYN BRIDGES TO EUROPE

Brooklyn authors Jonathan Lethem and Jonathan Safran Foer, in conversation with their French and German publishers, explore the appeal of their work to European audiences. Presented with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French-American Foundation and the German Book Office in New York. Moderated by literary critic Liesl Schillinger.

4 pm BORN & RAISED.

Short readings and a moderated discussion about Brooklyn’s past and present with renowned authors who have always called the borough home. Featuring Phillip Lopate, Pete Hamill, Bernice McFadden and Jonathan Lethem.

5 pm DAVE EGGERS AND VALENTINO ACHAK DENG BUILD A SCHOOL

Dave Eggers presents a slide show and discusses his recent trip to Marial Bai, Sudan, hometown of Valentino Achak Deng, the hero of his latest novel (but not in attendance at the festival), What is the What. Valentino and Dave returned to lay the foundation for a new educational complex in the town. Introduction by Nigerian author Chris Abani.

 

COMMUNITY ROOM (Brooklyn Borough Hall)

10 am MY FIRST TIME.

Launching a new annual program of readings by first-time novelists, the Book Festival taps Jonathan Hayes, Jeff Hobbs, Eisa Nefertari Ulen, and Anya Ulinich to read from their debuts.

11 am HARD-BOILED FICTION.

Readings by three of this year’s most exciting crime-fiction authors: Megan Abbott, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, Jason Starr, and David Dante Troutt.

Noon HOUSING WORKS PRESENTS.

Entertaining fiction readings curated by Housing Works Bookstore Café, a new Book Festival partner for 2007, featuring George Saunders, Lynne Tillman and Joshua Ferris. Introduced by Housing Works President Jason Shure.

1 pm UNDERCURRENTS.

Novels can powerfully reveal what is hidden between the lines of human interaction. The potency of the written word is reflected in readings by three high-caliber fiction writers: Paula Fox, Ben Greenman, and another author TBA.

2 pm DEVELOPING STORIES.

Investigative authors discuss how they identify and cultivate sources in challenging environments. Featuring George Packer, David Ottaway, and Laurie Garrett. Moderated by Steve Hindy, co-owner/founder of Brooklyn Brewery, and former Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press.

3 pm AFRICA NOW.

The continent of Africa is undergoing a literary renaissance, and this program highlights three of today’s most exciting young African writers: Uzodinma Iweala, Doreen Baingana, and Mohammed Naseehu Ali. Introduced by Tin House editor Rob Spillman.

4 pm COMING OF AGE.

Writing novels for adult readers that feature young, maturing characters is a literary challenge requiring tremendous skill and compassion. This diverse crew of authors has conquered the challenge in their new novels. Readings by Alisa Valdes-Rodriquez, Tao Lin, and Martha Southgate.

5 pm BROOKLYN’S OWN.

Four burgeoning home-borough publications prove there’s something in the water that makes Brooklynites especially good with words. A brief introduction by each publication’s publisher or editor precedes each reading. Shane Book reads representing Harp & Altar (introduced by publisher Keith Newton), Michael Thomas represents A Public Space (introduced by publisher Brigid Hughes), Elizabeth Strout represents Tin House (introduced by editor Rob Spillman), and Joseph Coulson represents Archipelago Books (introduced by publisher Jill Schoolman). Introduced by Ted Hamm, Editor in Chief at the Brooklyn Rail.

MAIN STAGE (Borough Hall Plaza)

10 am URBAN WORD.

Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn Poet Laureate, opens the stage with readings of his poetry. Young poets from Urban Word bring the stage to life with animated, poignant and challenging spoken word performances.

11 am RHYTHM MAPS.

The undeniable passion in the work of these poets can be felt in the very rhythm of their words. Featuring Staceyann Chin, Steve Dalachinsky, Gregory Pardlo, and Danny Simmons.

Noon POETRY & POLITICS.

Poets read from work infused with political urgency. Featuring Sinan Antoon, Eliza Griswold, Kimiko Hahn, and C.D. Wright.

1 pm TRIBUTE TO SEKOU SUNDIATA.

BAM presents artists performing from the works of this great poet, performance artist, and Brooklyn resident, who died in July. Readers include Rashidah Ismaili, originally from West Africa, poet, playwright, short story writer and one of the founding members of Calabash Poets, along with Sekou Sundiata. Other performers TBA.

1:30 pm ONLY THE DEAD KNOW BROOKLYN.

Brooklyn’s revered authors of the past are performed by actors from the Troupe Theatre and a special homage to Walt Whitman will be offered by actors from the Brave New World Repertory Theatre from their recent theatrical production of Walt Whitman's poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”

2 pm ON THE ROAD FOR 50 YEARS.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s American classic On the Road. Kerouac’s friend and author Joyce Johnson and New York Times journalist John Leland discuss the impact of this landmark novel on American culture. Hosted by Literary Council member Paul Slovak.

3 pm DOMINIC CARTER IN CONVERSATION WITH BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT MARTY MARKOWITZ.

NY1 News Senior Political Reporter and No Momma’s Boy author Dominic Carter and Borough President Marty Markowitz discuss their childhood experiences and rising above adversity.

4 pm SIMMONS IN THE HOUSE.

The Simmons family has taken American culture by storm, and they will discuss their new books, along with other matters of family and culture. In this unprecedented event, painter/poet Danny Simmons shares the stage with his brother, rap star Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons (of Run-DMC), and Joseph’s wife, children’s author Justine Simmons.

5 pm EVERYONE'S A (FORMER) CRITIC.

Three music and arts critics known for their humor discuss what it means to be a critic and the art of writing beyond the review. Featuring popular essayist, memoirist, critic and soon-to-be novelist Chuck Klosterman, Rolling Stone music critic and new memoirist Rob Sheffield, and Believer editor and former Village Voice editor/critic Ed Park whose comic novel Personal Days will be released in 2008.

BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (128 Pierrepont St.)

Noon BROOKLYN COLLEGES.

Brooklyn’s colleges are known for their outstanding writing programs. Readings by their outstanding student writers. 

1 pm THE VIEW: WHY BOOK REVIEWS MATTER.

How does a good book make it onto your busy radar? These writers, editors and critics discuss the rapidly changing world of online and print book reviewing. Featuring novelist and Scribner editor Colin Harrison; novelist, memoirist, and book critic Kathryn Harrison; poet and former New York Times Book Review editor Harvey Shapiro; and Brooklyn Rail Books Editor John Reed. Moderated by Jane Ciabattari, National Book Critics Circle Vice President/Membership, short-story writer, and book critic.

2 pm BROOKLYN: A PHOTOGRAPHIC RETROSPECTIVE.

Collectors and publishers of vintage Brooklyn photographs Brian Merlis and Lee A. Rosenzweig talk about their books documenting Brooklyn.

3 pm AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY DEFINE-A-THON.

This fast-paced contest—like a spelling bee for definitions—will test the lexicological mettle of its participants. Hosted by American Heritage Dictionary Senior Editor Steve Kleinedler. A Book Festival first!

4 pm THE BROOKLYNITES.

Photographers Seth Kushner and Anthony LaSala show slides and discuss their recently published book on photographs, The Brooklynites.

5 pm TAKING LIBERTIES.

Authors discuss recent and historical changes to Americans’ constitutional rights. Featuring ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Village Voice journalist and Rudy Giuliani investigative biographer Wayne Barrett, and racial-discrimination and constitutional scholar Gloria Browne-Marshall. Moderated by Errol Louis, The New York Daily News. 

 

NORTH STAGE (Borough Hall Plaza)

11 am THE QUOTABLES

Think you know books? Come test your literary knowledge as Troupe Theatre actors present notable quotations. Name the quote and win a prize!

Noon MOM & POP CULTURE.

A discussion about the challenges and joys of 21st Century parenting, with two prominent and outspoken writers. Featuring Neal Pollack and Amy Sohn. Moderated by Ayun Halliday.

1 pm AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY DEFINE-A-THON.

This fast-paced contest—like a spelling bee for definitions—will test the lexicological mettle of its participants. Hosted by American Heritage Dictionary Senior Editor Steve Kleinedler. A Book Festival first!

2 pm CHEF’S STORY.

Two renowned chefs featured in the recent book and Public Television series about chefs’ personal histories, Chef’s Story, talk about their paths to the kitchen and culinary fame. Featuring David Bouley (Bouley, etc.) and Dan Barber (Blue Hill, Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurants). Moderated by the show’s host and The French Culinary Institute founder/CEO, Dorothy Hamilton.

3 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN JEWISH NOVEL: WRITERS SHAKING UP THE TRADITION

Three contemporary Jewish fiction writers read from their recent works. Featuring Elisa Albert, Jennifer Gilmore, and Edward Schwarzschild.

4 pm TOWARD A MEANINGFUL LIFE.

Rabbi Simon Jacobson reads from the new edition of his book.

4:30 pm FIRST BIG CRUSH.

Eric Arnold gives the down and dirty on making great wine…down under.

5 pm JOURNEYS OF TIME.

Robert Sullivan reads from his work Cross Country: 15 Years & 90,000 Miles. Bill Strickland reads and discusses his memoir Ten Points.

The Independence Community Foundation Young Writers Pavilion (Borough Hall Plaza)

11 am THE SPORTING LIFE.

Three authors discuss their real-life sports experience as well as their sports-themed fiction for kids and young adults. Featuring Phil Bildner (Barnstormers), Matt de la Pena (Ball Don’t Lie), college basketball player and author, and Sharon Robinson, (Safe at Home; Slam Dunk!) novelist and daughter of Jackie Robinson.

Noon ENCHANTED ESCAPADES

The best stories are the ones that transport us to places where we can live out our dreams though the fantastic adventures of beloved and courageous characters. Authors Gail Carson Levine, (Ella Enchanted; Fairest), Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm series) and Troy CLE (Marvelous World) read and discuss their work. Moderated by childrens book editor Ruth Katcher.

1 pm THE OUTSIDERS.

The experience of feeling like you stand alone in the world has made for some of our greatest books. Join award winning author Jacqueline Woodson (Feathers) and novelist Marina Budhos (Ask Me No Questions) as they read from their middle grade novels. Moderated by book editor Stacey Barney.

2 pm IN A WORLD…

Vampires, werewolves, faeries, and dark magic reign supreme in the works of these young adult writers. Featuring Cassandra Clare(City of Bones), Libba Bray(A Great and Terrible Beauty; Rebel Angels), and Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely). Moderated by book editor Sharyn November.

3 pm THE GLAM FACTOR.

Behind the scenes of fictional glamour. Three teen writers read from their novels and talk about their stories set in the rich environs of Orange County, CA and Manhattan high society. Featuring Tia Williams (The Accidental Diva), Antonio Pagliarulo (The Celebutants), and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (Haters). Moderated by author Daniel Ehrenhaft.

4 pm THE GRAPHIC TRUTH.

Teenage readers are a powerful force in the comics world, driving the growing popularity of everything from literary graphic novels to manga. Artists Ivan Velez Jr., (Tales from the Closet); Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories) and Eric Wight (My Dead Girlfriend) display and discuss their work. See stories come alive on the page! Moderated by Heidi McDonald, Publishers Weekly.

5 pm BROOKLYN UNDERGROUND LIT MATCH.

Young contestants in the borough-wide writing contest, Brooklyn Underground, read from their work. Emceed by comedian/actor Michael Ian Black.

Target Children’s Area (Borough Hall Plaza)

The Target Children’s Area provides day-long literary activities for children.

Ages 2–8. Photos with Bullseye, the Target dog.

10 am Troupe Theatre — Performing Enchanting Children’s Classics by Ezra Jack Keats, Arthur Lobel.

11 am Mo Willems — Elephant and Piggie; Knufflebunny: A Cautionary Tale.

11:45 am Jon Scieszka — Cowboy and Octopus; Time Warp Trio.

12:30 pm Alyssa Satin Capucilli Biscuit; Katy Duck

1:15 pm Mari Takabayashi — I Live in Brooklyn

2 pm Myla Goldberg — Catching the Moon

2:45 pm Randall de Seve — The Toy Boat

3:30 pm Tad Hills — Duck and Goose; Waking Up Wendell

4:15 pm Kam Mak — My Chinatown; Moon of the Monarch Butterflies

5 pm Pat Cummings — Clean Your Room Harvey Moon

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