All Events
1:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

Poet, essayist, and critic Hanif Abdurraqib has been celebrated for the lyricism and intimacy of his writing, as well as the piercing clarity of his insights on music, race, and American culture. His newest work, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, is rightfully being lauded as his strongest to date. WNET’s Jenna Flanagan talks with Hanif about the new book and his creative process and journey.

2021-10-04 13:00:00
8:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction

Water has taken over a hot world and few places survive, but a magical place called Garbagetown and a girl full of love. Greed runs rampant when a powerful new metal arrives on earth in the wake of a meteor shower, spawning a resource frenzy that engulfs a small community. Award-winning author Benjamin Percy (The Ninth Metal) and New York Times bestselling author Catherynne  M. Valente (The Past is Red) discuss the environmental critique within their books and the response of human nature in the face of abundance and desperation. 

2021-10-01 20:00:00
10:00 am
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

Brooklyn Law School Stage

250 Joralemon Street Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Books Are Magic and Uli Beutter Cohen present the new book from the acclaimed creator of Subway Book Review. Uli will be joined by All Adults Here author and Books Are Magic owner Emma Straub as well as an additional guest to celebrate the new book and the way stories invite us into each other’s lives.

2021-10-03 10:00:00
1:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Poetry

The Brooklyn Book Festival proudly honors poet Toi Derricotte with its 2021 BoBi Award, the Festival’s highest honor, in recognition of her work as a poet and award-winning writer, and as the co-founder of Brooklyn-based Cave Canem. Award presentation by Literary Council co-chair Camille Rankine with readings and tributes by Hafizah Geter, and other guests. 

2021-10-04 13:00:00
2:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature presents Adam Kirsch, author of Come and Hear: What I Saw in My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey through the Talmud and Aviya Kushner, author of Wolf Lamb Bomb and The Grammar of God, discuss how the ancient can inform the contemporary—and how centuries of Jewish text and thought shape their work as writers. Kirsch writes regularly for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and Tablet, and Kushner is The Forward‘s language columnist.

Organization’s Website: https://www.samirohrprize.org/

2021-10-04 14:00:00
7:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Fiction

Join Books Are Magic for an unforgettable evening with luminaries Colson Whitehead (Harlem Shuffle) and Kevin Young (Stones), who will each present from their new book in conversation with one another. This event is ticketed, and all guests must be vaccinated in order to attend. Ticket purchase required.

Location: St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

$10.00 plus sales tax or with purchase of books

2021-10-04 19:00:00
6:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Power in the Pen Writing Workshop will feature Live! Members of the PIP Writing Workshop reading from their manuscripts and receiving feedback from their fellow members and the facilitator, author/professor Cathie Wright-Lewis, who will also offer writing tips on grammar and conventions. Readers are Tayllor Johnson, Lenora “NIecy” Fine, Betty Boney, Zechariah Jackson, Diane Ortiz, Katonya Trent, Katheann Woodroffe aka WM Dacosta, Daphne Denis aka Dee Journey, Ashle` Gardner, Carolyn Pilgrim, Ansel Pitcarin, and Caroline Miller.

Organization’s Website: https://powerinthepenww.org/

2021-10-01 18:00:00
7:30 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

The Miss Manhattan Non-Fiction Reading Series welcomes fabulous writers to read about their experiences living in and/or loving the city. Join us for a phenomenal night of truths celebrating everything bodacious and bananas about the five boroughs. Readers: Linda Simpson (The Drag Explosion, Artforum, Out), William Berger (Metropolitan Opera, Seeking Opera’s Sublime Cache, NPR), Erica Campbell (SPIN, NME, Glamour), John Sherman (BuzzFeed, Hyperallergic, Longreads)

Location: Niagara 112 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Organization’s Website: https://miss-manhattan-nyc.blogspot.com/p/reading-series.html

2021-10-04 19:30:00
7:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

Kew and Willow Books invites you to a lively virtual discussion with Jo Napolitano, author of The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America, who will be in conversation with a member of Libraries for Liberation, an organization that distributes books that raise awareness of diversity and systemic racism to neighborhoods and libraries across the United States. They will discuss the book and how their missions overlap, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Organization’s Website: https://www.kewandwillow.com/

2021-10-04 19:00:00
6:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

Feminicide and Global Accumulation brings us to the frontlines of an international movement of Black, Indigenous, popular, and mestiza women’s organizations fighting against violence—interpersonal, state sanctioned, and economic. Join Silvia Federici, Susana Draper, and Liz Mason-Deese as they discuss how these struggles against racism, capitalism, and patriarchy show how crucially linked the land, water, and resource extraction projects crisscrossing the planet are to devaluing labor and nature and how central Black and Indigenous women and trans leadership is to resisting them. The new edition of Family, Welfare, and the State will also be celebrated.

Location: The Word Is Change, 368 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216

Organization’s Website: https://www.thewordischange.com/

2021-10-04 18:00:00
4:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Fiction / Poetry

Featuring Argentine author Michel Nieva and Cuban author Dainerys Machado Vento, with translators Natasha Wimmer and Will Vanderhyden. Moderated by writer and translator Esther Allen and co-hosted by Open Borders Books.

Location: Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St, Queens, NY 11373

Organization’s Website: https://granta.com/

2021-10-02 16:00:00
7:30 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

For our 12th annual Brooklyn Indie Party, Greenlight once again partners with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and some of Brooklyn’s best independent book and magazine publishers to kick off Brooklyn Book Festival weekend! The virtual event channels the spirit of past in-person parties with music, drink-making demos, and a pub quiz-style Brooklyn literary trivia contest! Attendance is free with registration, and the trivia winner receives a Greenlight tote bag full of publications from partnering indie presses!

Organization’s Website: https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/

2021-10-01 19:30:00
3:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Fiction

Mukoma wa Ngugi will present Unbury Our Dead With Song, a tale of four talented Ethiopian musicians entering a competition. Part mystery, part political-philosophical inquiry, this is a love letter to African music. Mukoma teaches at Cornell. Wanjiku wa Ngugi will present Seasons in Hippoland, about a rebellious child and her brother in an authoritarian land who are sent as punishment to Hippoland. A call to rebellion, an ode to the power of the imagination. Wanjiku was born in Kenya and lives in Finland. 

Location: Revolution Books, 437 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037

Organization’s Website: https://revolutionbooksnyc.org/

Donation Requested

2021-10-02 15:00:00
7:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Poetry

QUEENSBOUND is a group of Queens poets who have previously collaborated and will come together to create and perform an exquisite corpse poem as well as discuss our experiences of Queens lit and the theme of ritual. Poets: Nadia Q. Ahmad, Pichchenda Bao, Sherese Francis, Abeer Y. Hoque, Joseph O. Legaspi, Robert Ostrom, Sahar Romani, KC Trommer

Organization’s Website: https://www.queensbound.com/

2021-10-01 19:00:00
7:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Poetry

Astra House celebration of the forthcoming release of the novel-in-verse, Dreaming of You, by poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva, who will be joined by author and editor Nadja Spiegelman for a wide-ranging conversation about poetry, narrative, celebrity, Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla, feminism, Latinx identity, the occult, and more. Hosted by Cafe Con Libros.  

Organization’s Website: https://astrahouse.com/

2021-10-01 19:00:00
6:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Lampblack, an organization created by Black writers to support the advancement of Black literature, launches its eponymous literary magazine featuring the works of its founding members. Hosted by writer Simeon Marsalis, the event will include presentations by Founders Issue editors Paige Aniyah Morris and India Lena Gonzalez, readings by contributors Bronwyn Douman, Ananda Naima Gonzalez, Cheswayo Mphanza, and Marcus Scott Williams, and a panel discussion with founding members Cole Cage, Zack Graham, and Darise JeanBaptiste moderated by award-winning author Rigoberto Gonzalez. Founders Issues copies will be available for purchase.

Location: The Center for Fiction, 15 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Organization’s Website: https://www.lampblacklit.com/

2021-10-01 18:00:00
6:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

St. Francis College MFA Program touts that the future of the Brooklyn literary landscape is here. A group reading with the St. Francis College MFA community brings you dispatches from the new Brooklyn, vibrant, confident, and gritty. Take a tour through new writing about or from the future of the borough from the writers who are charting the Brooklyn renaissance. Hosted by MFA director Theo Gangi with: Felice Belle, Mark Chiusano, Vincent Longobardi, Jive Poetic,  Adela Sinclair and Jason Starr.

Location: St. Francis College, Maroney Theater, 180 Remsen St #4305, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Organization Website: sfc.edu/mfa

2021-10-01 18:00:00
6:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Performance / Poetry

This presentation is a multi-discipline united expression of spoken word, music, drums, visual art, and video. The performances are strong, empowering and liberating. These artists proclaim  via artistic expression John Lewis’ words “good trouble” and James Baldwin’s words “artists are here to disturb the peace.” It is through these words Poets Network & Exchange Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend participating artists Colie Aziza, Edward Currelley, Lorraine Currelley, Janice Nahshal and Yodi Vaden seek the liberated and free self, social justice and equity.

Organization’s Website:https://bronxbookfair.com/

2021-10-01 18:00:00
5:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Non-Fiction

Author Personal Appearance and Book Signing

Michael Gericke is one of the most influential graphic designers in the world today. This much anticipated monograph covers four decades of work by the acclaimed graphic designer and Pentagram partner. Lavishly illustrated throughout at close to 500 pages, the book is driven by a celebration of places, telling stories, and making images and symbols – predominantly through Gericke’s work with projects for buildings, civic moments, exhibitions and visual identities.

Location: McNally Jackson at City Point, 445 Albee Square West Brooklyn, NY 11201

Organization’s Website: citypointbrooklyn.com

2021-10-01 17:00:00
6:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Poetry

Often called the forgotten borough, you will not forget about these amazing poets. Staten Island is known for its trash – that’s why we have so many poets, to help clean it all up with the spoken word. Join us for an hour of poetry from Kofi Antwi, Ellen T. Dotts, Najah Abdul-Qawiyy, and Thomas Fucaloro, who will offer a new memory of Staten Island.

Organization’s Website: https://aliceausten.org/

2021-09-29 18:00:00
4:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Free event that will feature Queer Indie (Qi) and the Writing Community Chat Show (WCCS). Topics will include the ingenuity of indie publishing, bold and brave ideas, paving the future for diverse and inclusive stories, and breaking narrative boundaries. This interactive show will be live-streamed on WCCS’s YouTube channel and feature discussions along with real-time questions. Authors Dr. Mario Dell’Olio, TT Banks, Ash Knight, A.C. Merkel, Christopher Aggett, Ross Young, and Anya Pavelle will be appearing.

Organization’s Website: https://queerindie.com/ https://www.thewritingcommunitychatshow.com/

2021-10-01 16:00:00
7:00 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

BPL presents Kia Corthron, winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and author of Moon and the Mars, the highly anticipated new novel that examines NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the Civil War through the eyes of a young biracial girl, discusses her new book, as well as what happens when the forces of gentrification and history collide in the city, with Sarah Schulman, acclaimed author of Let the Record Show, which Alexander Chee calls, “a masterpiece of historical research and intellectual analysis….” 

Organization’s Website: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/

2021-09-30 19:00:00
2:00 pm
September 30, 2021

Children

A family event that promotes and models age-appropriate anti racist practices for families and young children, including celebrating and affirming different races and identities, talking about injustice/things that are fair and unfair in our society, and promoting/modeling ways young children can engage in activism.

Location: Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Organization’s Website: https://www.brooklynkids.org/

2021-09-30 14:00:00
8:00 pm
September 30, 2021

Performance / Poetry

ISSUE Project Room presents acclaimed poet Anne Waldman – with bassist William Parker and saxophonist Devin Brahja Waldman – performing from Waldman’s album Sciamachy and other recent works making use of melodic themes, improvisations, earth strings, woodwind, and throat. Derived from Greek, ‘sciamachy’ means “shadow war,” and as such the album contains a formidable political message — dealing with subjects such as ecological ruin and war-mongering. The program also features Carolina Partamian, performing an original composition based on her own interpretation of Khaz, an ancient notation system of Armenian musical neumes. 

Location: First Unitarian Congregational Society, 116 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Price: 15$ Fee

Organization’s Website: https://issueprojectroom.org/

$15

2021-09-30 20:00:00
7:00 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

How can storytelling contend with the legacies of resource extraction, toxic industries, and systematic disenfranchisement? How can storytellers bear witness to people harmed by such legacies — legacies that continue to manifest with each passing day? How can storytelling address the broader psychological, social, emotional, and cultural landscapes of such contested ecologies? Kerri Arsenault, John Freeman, Emily Raboteau, Sarah Smarsh, Garnette Cadogan, and Sumanth Prabhaker will discuss the possibilities and limits of environmental stories, how they are taught and created, and whose voices are elevated and whose are not. 

Organization’s Website: https://orionmagazine.org/

optional donation

2021-09-30 19:00:00
7:30 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction

Nalo Hopkinson (Skin Folk, Sister Mine) and Kim Bo-Young (On the Origin of Species, I’m Waiting for You) will discuss their science fiction in relation to colonialism, feminism, neurodiversity, Afrofuturism, techno-orientalism, and more. Moderated by Seo-Young Chu (Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep?), and featuring readings by Kim’s translators Sunyoung Park and Joungmin Lee, this event explores the power of world-building across identities and borders—from Jamaica to South Korea. 

Organization’s Website: https://kaya.com/

2021-09-30 19:30:00
7:30 pm
September 30, 2021

Non-Fiction

Join Greenlight Bookstore for the belated paperback launch of Caoilinn Hughes’ The Wild Laughter and Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness. These award-winning authors will together discuss the shared themes of their novels, including an exploration of citizens’ relationships with land and ownership, and the changing equipment parents must give their children to help ensure their survival. Join them for a virtual conversation about legacy, dependency, intergenerational tensions and cop-outs, and the ways we prove our love and commitment to our family, including an audience Q&A.

Organization’s Website: https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/event/diane-cook-caoilinn-hughes

2021-09-30 19:30:00
7:00 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Join Kundiman, No Tokens, and The Rumpus for an inspiring evening of readings and conversation! Featuring Rohan Chhetri, Aaliyah Daniels, Pik-Shuen Fung, Robin Gow, Myriam Gurba, and Terese Mailhot and co-hosted by T Kira Mahealani Madden, Marisa Siegel, and Kyle Lucia Wu. This free event is brought to you via Zoom with thanks to our friends at Books Are Magic. Live ASL interpretation will be provided courtesy of Pro Bono ASL.

Organization’s Website: https://therumpus.net/

 

free

2021-09-30 19:00:00
6:30 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction

The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with The Harlem Writers Guild, will present Black Women Writers at Work: A Literary Salon. The program will spotlight dynamic women authors of the African diaspora who will discuss their inspiration for creating the complex characters and memorable storylines at the heart of their narratives. Panelists will include Karla FC Holloway (Gone Missing in Harlem), Ladee Hubbard (The Rib King), and Morowa Yejidé (Creatures of Passage). Jennifer Baker, senior editor, Amistad Books/HarperCollins, will moderate. 

Organization’s Website: https://centerforblackliterature.org/

2021-09-30 18:30:00
1:00 pm
September 30, 2021

International / Poetry

Uyghur poetry has flourished for many centuries, its richness reflecting the cosmopolitanism of a culture at the crossroads of Eurasia. Since 2017, the tradition has been critically threatened by China’s mass internment and cultural genocide of the Uyghur people. Join Uyghur poets Tahir Hamut Izgil and Muyesser Abdel’ehed Hendan, as well as historian and translator Joshua L. Freeman, for a reading and panel discussion of exile, crisis, and resilience in contemporary Uyghur verse. Moderated by Alana Marie Levinson Labrosse.

 

2021-09-30 13:00:00
8:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Non-Fiction / Poetry

PEN America is proud to present Maggie Nelson in conversation with Cathy Park Hong in celebration of Nelson’s latest book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint. In her new book, Nelson focuses her deft, boundary-pushing writing on freedom within the realm of art, sex, drugs, and climate. Nelson will explore the concept of freedom and the ethics that drive the book with Cathy Park Hong, author of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography-winning book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Organization Website: https://pen.org/

 

2021-09-29 20:00:00
7:30 pm
September 29, 2021

Fiction

John Leonard Prize winners and nominees – Raven Leilani, Brandon Taylor, and Julia Phillips – and the National Book Critics Circle come together for a reading celebrating the resilience of the New York City literary scene.

Location: The Center for Fiction, 15 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Organization’s Website: https://www.bookcritics.org/

2021-09-29 19:30:00
7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Non-Fiction

Revolution Books honors one of the most influential radical texts of the second half of the 20th century, Wretched of the Earth, which analyzes the dehumanizing effects of colonialism-imperialism on the oppressed of the Third World…and is a powerful call to revolt. Cornel West’s introduction to the 60th anniversary edition addresses the book’s legacy and continuing relevance. Andy Zee of Revolution Books will be in conversation with Cornel West discussing a central question: what is the content of national liberation and revolution in today’s world.  Donation requested. 

Location: Revolution Books, 437 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037

Organization’s Website: https://revolutionbooksnyc.org/

donation requested

2021-09-29 19:00:00
7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Non-Fiction

On the occasion of her new book BAM…and Then It Hit Me, a chronicle of her 36 years at BAM, Karen Brooks Hopkins and John Turturro will shoot the breeze and converse about theater, Brooklyn, the arts and of course – BAM, an institution near and dear to both of them. Karen will read some passages from the book followed by an audience Q+A.

Location: Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Organization’s Website: https://powerhousearena.com/

2021-09-29 19:00:00
7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Performance

Normal service has been on hold for Liars’ League NYC since the start of the pandemic – so we’re delighted to return for the 2021 Brooklyn Book Festival with a selection of stories from our archive that reflect all of our experiences over the past year and a half – anxiety, isolation, and grief on the one hand; resourcefulness, community, and resilience on the other. Join us live via Zoom as our actors once again bring the very best new fiction to life!

Organization’s Website: https://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/

 

2021-09-29 19:00:00
7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Poetry

Latinx Publishing presents six queer Latine/x poets who come together for a night of healing through poetry and community. Join them for a special reading, discussion, and Q&A to follow. Authors include: Alejandro Heredia (You’re the Only Friend I Need), Grisel Y. Acosta (Things to Pack on the Way to Everywhere), Ariana Brown (Sana, Sana), Alán Pelaez Lopez (Intergalactic Travels: Poems from a Fugitive Alien),  Gabriel Ramirez (The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: Latinext), and Goddexx (Butterfly: Una Transformacion). 

Live ASL translation will be provided.

Organization’s Website: https://latinxinpublishing.com/

2021-09-29 19:00:00
7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Poetry

Named one of the best reading series in NYC as well as one of the 50 best free things to do in the city by Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series takes place bimonthly at select venues in Brooklyn. Readings are free and open to the public. Each reading features three poets, with at least one from Brooklyn and one from outside the borough, pairing emerging with more established poets and focusing on those from underrepresented communities. This reading features Carlie Hoffman, Michael Chang and Adrian Matejka.

Organization’s Website: https://brooklynpoets.org

 

free

2021-09-29 19:00:00
1:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Children

Actor Henry Winkler and SCBWI executive director Lin Oliver will discuss the next hilarious, action-packed adventure in their New York Times bestselling Alien Superstar series: HOLLYWOOD VS. THE GALAXY. Buddy Burger is a young alien who escapes his planet only to end up in an even wilder place: Hollywood, California. He lands a role on a popular Hollywood sitcom and becomes an overnight heartthrob. Book #3 continues Buddy’s adventures and is filled with humor, heart, and laugh-out-loud adventures. Henry and Lin will discuss their inspiration from working in Hollywood, how they met, and their writing process for the Alien Superstar series. 

2021-09-29 13:00:00
7:30 am
September 29, 2021

Poetry

Join the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club for the fifth annual Dawn Reading in canoes on the Gowanus Canal! We’ll be reading the work of Audre Lorde. *New location this year.* Readers meet in the parking lot of the Gowanus Lowe’s at the canal at 7AM; listeners arrive on the 9th Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal (or the back of the Lowe’s parking lot esplanade at the canal) at 7:45AM. Contact [email protected] to be a reader in a canoe. This will be broadcast on Instagram live too.

Location: 9th Street Bridge on Gowanus Canal, 9th St, Brooklyn, 07030

Organization’s Website: https://www.gowanuscanal.org/

2021-09-29 07:30:00
8:00 pm
September 28, 2021

Poetry

Building an Online Community and Writing Through a Pandemic: The Resort brings you a special event with writer Leigh Stein, whose poetry collection What to Miss When was conceptualized, sold, written, & published during the pandemic. In the first half of our event, Leigh will read briefly from and talk about the process of realizing her new book. In the second half of our event, we will hear from Resort members who have attended courses taught by Leigh at The Resort, and talk about building a writing community online.

Organization’s Website: https://www.theresortlic.com/

2021-09-28 20:00:00
7:00 pm
September 28, 2021

Non-Fiction

Lambda Literary has teamed up with nonfiction series No, YOU Tell It! for a special evening of queer storytelling with a twist. Four curated storytellers have worked together to develop their true tales inspired by the theme “Defiant” on the page. Come watch as they swap and present each other’s stories on stage. Plus, a chance to win fun literary prizes from The Astoria Bookshop! Storytellers: Moncho Alvarado, Bobby Hankinson, Marcos Stafne, Desi Waters.

Location: Culture Lab LIC In Gallery B, 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101

Organization’s Website: http://www.noyoutellit.com/

2021-09-28 19:00:00
7:00 pm
September 28, 2021

Non-Fiction

Money – we love to read about it, few of us understand it. We’ll hear from authors with popular books taking us behind this year’s big finance stories. Gender diversity in hedge funds, crypto, and the drama at Caesar’s Palace are all on the table for a lively reading and discussion that’s relevant to all of our interests.  Grey Horse presents Dominique Mielle (Damsel in Distressed) Max Frumes, Sujeet Indap (The Caesars Palace Coup) and Laura Shin (The Cryptopians), moderated by Kate Gardiner, Founder/CEO of Grey Horse Communications.

Organization’s Website: www.greyhorse.com

2021-09-28 19:00:00
7:00 pm
September 28, 2021

Poetry

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop will convene a reading of local poets drawing on the experience of being SWANA in America, from daily resistance to categorization, to partaking in protest movements in support of a homeland half a world away, our poets will move and inspire you. This event is co-curated by AAWW Margins Fellows Ghinwa Jawhari and Sahar Romani, and will feature Threa Almontaser, Mariam Bazeed, and Hala Alyan. The title of this event is by the Palestinian poet Fadwa Touqan.

Organization’s Website: https://aaww.org/

2021-09-28 19:00:00
10:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Two acclaimed authors discuss their hybrid mode. In The Devil’s Treasure, the iconic author Mary Gaitskill has created a chimerical hybrid of fiction, memoir, essay, criticism, and visual art that transcends categorization. This collage of four novels, interspersed with a single short story, is a kind of director’s cut revealing the personal and societal forces that inform each individual piece of work. In The Empathy Diaries, Sherry Turkle ties together her coming-of-age and her path breaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Growing up in postwar Brooklyn, Turkle searched for clues to her identity in a house filled with mysteries. Before empathy became a way to find connection, it was her strategy for survival.

2021-10-03 22:00:00
10:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Getting by is never easy, especially when the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against you. Join Publishers Weekly’s “Writer to Watch” Dantiel Moniz, whose Florida-based story collection Milk Blood Heat explores lives interrupted by violence; award-winning novelist Francisco Goldman, who illuminates the profound challenges of living between worlds in his new novel Monkey Boy; and New York Times bestselling author Morgan Jerkins, whose novel Caul Baby depicts women who don’t give up the fight. These three authors explore what it means to survive and the pursuit of perseverance in their novels. Moderated by Natalie Green, National Book Foundation.

2021-10-03 22:00:00
10:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

In Nudes, Elle Nash’s short stories traverse the lives and desires of working-class women, from ex-sex workers to brides-to-be. Brontez Purnell’s 100 Boyfriends follows queer men across the country as they navigate messy relationships and emotional minefields. And Melissa Broder’s Milk Fed follows a woman who obsessively counts calories as she severs ties with her mother and finds herself on an unexpected spiritual journey. Join these authors for a conversation about their new books and how the sexiest stories are sometimes also the funniest. Moderated by Rakesh Satyal (No One Can Pronounce My Name).

2021-10-03 22:00:00
10:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Each season BKBF presents debut authors, who we want to shine the light on for our audience. This year we introduce novelists Elizabeth Gonzalez James (Mona at Sea), Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (The Theory of Flight), and Colleen Van Niekerk (A Conspiracy of Mothers). Acclaimed author, Jonathan Lethem, will introduce the debut authors and talk about his own debut experience some 40 books ago.

2021-10-03 22:00:00

1003

10:00pm

7:30 pm
September 27, 2021

Comics

Carousel: Comics Performances. Presentations of graphic novels and comics as performed by the artists: Emily Flake, R. Kikuo Johnson, Arielle Jovellanos, Matt Madden, Robyn Smith, and Jeremy Sorese. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. The event will be followed by a book signing.  

Location: The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 

Organization’s Website: https://carouselslideshow.com/, https://www.cityreliquary.org

2021-09-27 19:30:00
10:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / YA

A power outage. A sweltering summer night. The glowing warmth and electricity of Black teens in love. Come celebrate the beauty and magic that can be found on a starry night in New York City at this blockbuster panel as six bestselling and award-winning authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—discuss their novel, Blackout. Moderated by author Jasmine Guillory (While We Were Dating).

2021-10-03 22:00:00
9:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Comics

From creating slice-of-life cyclops and mermaid stories to horror-infused dramas and Afrofuturist epics, worldbuilding—complete with specific rules, cultures, and logic—is no small feat. Join creators Tim Fielder (Infinitum), Kat Leyh (Thirsty Mermaids), John Jennings (After the Rain), and Aminder Dhaliwal (Cyclopedia Exotica) as they discuss the unique challenges and joys of speculative storytelling and how fantastical worlds can say more about our own. Moderated by writer and editor Danny Lore (Queen of Bad Dreams, FIYAH Magazine).

2021-10-03 21:00:00
7:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Poetry

Words Without Borders invites you to a multilingual reading and celebration of our 2021 Poems in Translation Contest winners, in partnership with the Academy of American Poets. Join us for an evening of poetry from São Tomé and Príncipe and El Salvador, with readings by Conceição Lima and translator David Shook, and Lauri García Dueñas and translator Olivia Lott. The free event will be hosted by our contest judge, 2020 Pew Fellow and poet Airea D. Matthews

Organization’s Website: https://www.wordswithoutborders.org/ 

2021-09-27 19:00:00
9:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / International

Sexuality, in its various forms—as a source of self-assertion and defiance, mystery and wonder, power and control—is a crucial feature of modern identity. From the refugee camps of Eritrean-Ethiopian author Sulaiman Addonia’s Silence Is My Mother Tongue to the magical landscapes of British-Jamaican author Leone Ross’s Popisho and the gritty French milieux of Virginie Despentes’ Vernon Subutex series, characters often redefine themselves through their personal visions of the erotic and taboo. Moderated by Nadja Spiegelman, Astra Magazine.

2021-10-03 21:00:00
9:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

A dystopian London, a child caught in the midst of a deadly epidemic, and a grieving taxi driver in a ghostly Washington, D.C. Join the authors of A River Called Time (Courttia Newland), Phase Six (Jim Shepard), and Creatures of Passage (Morowa Yejidé) for a conversation on what draws them to speculative fiction, from world-building to the mechanics that make a story tick. Moderated by Carolyn Kellogg.

2021-10-03 21:00:00
7:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Fiction

In 2021, major presses bet big on trans writing, enabling, in novelist Roz Kaveney’s words, a “Year of Trans Creativity.” It’s a signal that our writing is moving from the margins of literature to the center, a shift that redefines and complicates “trans literature” as a project. Blustocking’s Cooperative presents authors Casey Plett, Jackie Ess, Jeanne Thornton, Jules Gill-Peterson, Andrea Lawlor, and Alex McElroy as we voice hopes and fears for the future of trans publishing and literature. Moderated by Riley MacLeod.

Organization’s Website: https://sohopress.com/

2021-09-27 19:00:00
9:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

When critical analysis and even basic facts of American history are under attack, regarding events of four centuries ago or from earlier this year, what can we learn from stories of Black life that have been distorted, immortalized, or lost? How can African American storytelling traditions help charge and change what we understand about our lives today? Join us for a conversation on the intersecting power of Black cultural legacies and America’s national collective memory, with Farah Jasmine Griffin (Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature), Tiya Miles (All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake), and Clint Smith (How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America). Moderated by arts leader Rob Fields.

2021-10-03 21:00:00
9:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Join award-winning mystery authors Naomi Hirahara and Walter Mosley for a discussion about their prolific and versatile writing livest. Hirahara’s latest mystery, Clark and Division, revolves around a Japanese American family building a new life in 1940s Chicago after their release from mass incarceration during World War II. Mosley’s indefatigable detective, Easy Rawlins, returns in Blood Grove, solving a new mystery on the streets of Southern California in 1969. Moderated by Dwyer Murphy, editor in chief of CrimeReads.

2021-10-03 21:00:00
8:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

How is writing about intimacy shaped by recent changes in how we hold emotional and physical space? On this panel Melissa Febos (Girlhood), Jeremy Atherton Lin (Gay Bar: Why We Went Out), Larissa Pham (Pop Song), and Sarah Schulman (Let the Record Show) will discuss the experience of writing about intimacy on the page, how writing can shape our experiences andunderstanding of what intimacy means, and how it has been affected by an era of social distancing. Moderated by poet and writer Naomi Extra (Glamour, Ms., Lit Hub).

2021-10-03 20:00:00
8:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

Though they are often overlooked, the burdens of prison do not fall only on prisoners. The friends, loved ones, and communities of people who are incarcerated—and even those who have served their time and returned home—often find their lives reshaped. Sociologist Reuben Jonathan Miller (Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration) with Jaime Lowe (Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires) and Ashley C. Ford (Somebody’s Daughter) will discuss how assumptions about life inside and outside of prison may change our understanding of freedom. Moderated by The Marshall Project’s Keri Blakinger.

2021-10-03 20:00:00
8:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Comics / Non-Fiction

Education, agitprop, individual testimonies, evidence. There are many ways to break cycles of oppression. These authors combine their personal histories and talents with a determination to illuminate and challenge social inequities lingering from the past. Join authors Nate Powell (Save it for Later), Sharon Lee De La Cruz (I’m a Wild Seed), Beka Feathers (Re: Constitutions), and Dr. Rebecca Hall (Wake), in a wide-ranging discussion on understanding the historical roots of contemporary life in an effort to chart new and equitable social pathways into the future. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly).

2021-10-03 20:00:00
8:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Join two of today’s most celebrated writers, Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and National Book Award finalist Lauren Groff, for a wide-ranging  conversation about their craft. Nguyen’s latest novel, The Committed, follows “the man of two minds” as he takes refuge in 1980s Paris, only to find himself immersed in the city’s criminal underworld. In Groff’s Matrix, a young woman in early medieval Europe is sent to oversee an impoverished order of nuns, finding an unexpected sense of purpose in the sisterhood. Exploring eternal questions of power, morality, friendship, and faith, these surprising and often subversive works reveal writers at the peak of their talents. Moderated by Leigh Haber, books director for Oprah Daily and O Quarterly.

2021-10-03 20:00:00
8:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Poetry

Poets Camonghne Felix (Build Yourself a Boat), Taylor Johnson (Inheritance), Naomi Shihab Nye (Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems), and Khadijah Queen (Anodyne) will discuss how poetry provides us with new ways to reckon with and understand our intersecting pasts, presents, and futures, and in doing so, builds new pathways towards hope and possibility. Moderated by Hafizah Geter.

2021-10-03 20:00:00
7:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Fiction

Last year, the author Yiyun Li hosted an online book club about Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace, and a conversation about ways of reading, the writer’s craft and techniques, and how reading shapes and influences our own creative work. Join A Public Space for a discussion of Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace with Yiyun Li. Audience members will have an opportunity to participate. The event coincides with an encore book club this fall, reading War and Peace with Yiyun Li. 

Organization’s Website: https://apublicspace.org/

2021-09-27 19:00:00
7:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Comics / YA

Most days that happen to all of us are ordinary . . . but sometimes, something magical happens (especially if you’re the protagonist of a book). Authors Nidhi Chanani (Jukebox), Shing Yin Khor (The Legend of Auntie Po), Molly Ostertag (The Girl from the Sea), and Olivia Stephens (Artie and the Wolf Moon) talk about how characters deal with unanticipated departures from the mundane, and how they conceptualize writing and drawing book-worlds where life becomes unexpectedly fantastical or supernatural. Moderated by MJ Franklin (New York Times).

2021-10-03 19:00:00
7:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Poetry

Nandana Dev Sen, Anselm Berrigan, and Catherine Barnett delve into their bodies of work, reading from their poetry and speaking to how their political beliefs and familial relationships have influenced their writing lives. Presented by Archipelago Books.

Location: McNally Jackson Seaport, 4 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

Organization’s Website: https://archipelagobooks.org/

2021-09-27 19:00:00
7:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

Grieving the loss of a loved one can feel like a tangle of contradictions: an experience at once intensely personal and subjective while also deeply, fundamentally human. Join Kat Chow (Seeing Ghosts), Adam Mansbach (I Had a Brother Once), and Nadia Owusu (Aftershocks) as they share their own journeys navigating this fraught yet fertile terrain—and explore the shadowy meaning(s) of loss, beyond the platitudes and clichés. Moderated by Lauren Christensen.

2021-10-03 19:00:00
7:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Comics / Non-Fiction

Groundbreaking Eisner Award-winning graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) discusses her lifelong fascination with fitness crazes, and the search for self-transcendence that she found beneath it, with cartoonist Eric Orner, author of the forthcoming Smahtguy. Her new book The Secret to Superhuman Strength, documenting this journey with everyone from Jack LaLanne to Adrienne Rich in the back seat, is a heartrendingly comic chronicle for our times.

2021-10-03 19:00:00
7:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

What forces—both internal and external—cause a mind to dangerously fray and unravel? For the groundbreaking scientists in Chilean author Benjamin Labatut’s When We Cease to Understand the World, knowledge comes at a high cost. In Brazilian writer Beatriz Bracher’s Antonio, meanwhile, social constraints and family secrets combine to doom an idealistic, wayward son to madness; and in Catalan poet Eva Baltasar’s debut novel, Permafrost, a fiercely independent woman’s search for personal freedom nearly drives her over the edge. Moderated by author and translator Adrian Nathan West.

2021-10-03 19:00:00
7:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Authors Vanessa Riley (Island Queen), Piper Huguley (Sweet Tea), and Marcella Bell (The Wildest Ride) discuss the sustained importance of the contemporary and historical romance novel in their books set in the 1800s Caribbean, the American South and Texas. In Island Queen, a freed slave rises to entrepreneurial heights and power, while juggling the competing attentions of men in her life.  A high-powered attorney returns to her southern small town and meets and meets an unexpected love interest in Sweet Tea.  And in The Wildest Ride , an undefeated rodeo champ is challenged by a worthy opponent, but their relationship might end up being an even wilder ride than the rodeo itself. Moderated by Sarah MacLean (Bombshell).

2021-10-03 19:00:00
6:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Food / Non-Fiction

Writing about family or historical figures presents a delicate challenge: How can a new work remain faithful to the work and words of others? How can it retain their voices, and the spirit that animates their efforts? How much should the themes of these personal stories transcend their subjects? And, of course, what can you do to avoid cliche or sentimentality? Mayukh Sen (Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America), Matthew Raiford (Bress ‘n’ Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer), and Laurie Woolever (Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography) discuss their recent books with oral historian, cookbook writer, and biographer Sara B. Franklin (ed. Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original).

2021-10-16 18:00:00
6:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

A family wrestles with the decision of whether or not to have a child in Peter Ho Davies’s A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself. In Brandon Hobson’s The Removed, a fractured family mourns the killing of their teenage son as their annual family bonfire approaches. Two mothers reckon with their marriage and their relationship with their troubled son in With Teeth by Kristen Arnett. These authors discuss how threads of joy, tragedy, and family conflict are woven into their latest novels. Moderated by Kendall Storey, senior editor at Catapult and Soft Skull Press.

2021-10-03 18:00:00
6:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

The long arm of history reverberates through the fiction of three international stars—from internationally acclaimed Icelandic novelist, Sjón, who imagines how a young man turns to Nazi-inspired fascism in the 60s in his forthcoming novel, Red Milk; to Sheng Keyi, whose parable of Tienanmen Square’s official erasure, Death Fugue, is, ironically, banned in China; to Havana’s crime master, Leonardo Padura, whose new novel, The Transparency of Time, travels through time to solve the mystery of a missing Black Madonna statue. Moderated by Eric Banks, Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities.

2021-10-03 18:00:00
1:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Children

Ziggy Marley discusses his children’s books with Lisa Lucas. Multiple Grammy Award–winning musician Ziggy Marley has been making music and books for children for many years. In 2021 alone, he has two brand-new children’s picture books, Little John Crow and My Dog Romeo. Lisa Lucas, publisher of Pantheon Books, will interview Ziggy about his new books and how he became so dedicated to making art for children.

 

2021-09-27 13:00:00
6:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Poetry

Poets Kendra Allen (The Collection Plate), Jorie Graham (Runaway), Donika Kelly (The Renunciations), and Mai Der Vang (Yellow Rain) discuss their explorations of survival and human resilience in the face of political and personal trauma/struggle. Moderated by Jamia Wilson (This Book is Feminist).

2021-10-03 18:00:00
6:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Comics / Fiction

What makes the personal universal? No matter how different or niche, somehow, deeply personal stories always find a way to resonate with audiences large and wide. Join moderator Mariko Tamaki (Surely Books) and panelists Kristen Radtke (Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness), Hiromi Goto (Shadow Life), Lee Lai (Stone Fruit), and Julia Kaye (My Life in Transition) as they share the inner workings of portraying inner lives and what it takes to bare one’s soul through the art of specificity.

2021-10-03 18:00:00
5:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Three writers whose acute sense of place is often sharpened by reflections about home—whether one they’ve left, one they’ve found (sometimes on the way to somewhere else), or ones their writing has brought to life for themselves. A conversation with Rachel Kushner (The Hard Crowd), Jerald Walker (How to Make a Slave and Other Essays), and Aminatta Forna (The Window Seat). Moderated by Merve Emre, Professor of English at the University of Oxford, critic, and editor of The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway.

2021-10-16 17:00:00
5:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Contemporary Latin American authors frequently explore the tension between horror and humanity, unearthing personal and historical trauma while examining the dark side of our interconnected world. From those intimately affected by violence in Colombian Juan Gabriel Vásquez‘s Songs for the Flames to the sociopolitical horror of Argentine Mariana Enríquez‘s The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, these two leading authors of their generation illuminate the daily realities of the macabre. Moderated by Idra Novey.

2021-10-03 17:00:00
5:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Scientists and science writers discuss what it means to be alive in a world where life can be created, is under threat, and is still being discovered. Neil Shubin (Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA), Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred) and Carl Zimmer (Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive) on the science, philosophy, and practice of drawing the line between life and everything else. An apple tree is alive—is an apple? Do extinct animals forecast the future of the Anthropocene? In an era when the definitions of life are being reconsidered, it is critically important that science education become more inclusive for all to be part of that discussion. Moderated by Bina Venkataraman, The Optimist’s Telescope.

2021-10-03 17:00:00
5:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

In three astonishing new novels, the past hovers over the present like a ghost. In Italian writer Andrea Bajani’s If You Kept a Record of Sins, a mother’s abandonment lingers on in the memory of her grown son. Meanwhile, the protagonist of Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam’s A Passage North, contends with the echoes of the country’s thirty-year civil war. And in Haitian writer Myriam J.A. Chancy’s What Storm, What Thunder, the island’s devastating 2010 earthquake is recalled with an eerie relevance.

2021-10-03 17:00:00
5:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

Presented by the Center for Fiction and the Poetry Society of America. The work of Richard Wright has never felt more necessary and prescient, with the recent publication of his restored novel The Man Who Lived Underground and the launch of Seeing Into Tomorrow, a major public art project in Brooklyn featuring haiku he wrote in the last years of his life. Malcolm Wright, the author’s grandson, who wrote the afterword to the newly published novel, joins writer and activist Kevin Powell and Kimiko Hahn (Foreign Bodies) in a conversation about Wright’s poetry and prose and its relevance today. Moderated by Ama Codjoe (Blood of the Air).

2021-10-03 17:00:00
4:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / YA

St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen St

180 Remsen St Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Join authors Darcie Little Badger (A Snake Falls to Earth), Loan Le (A Pho Love Story), and Elizabeth Lim (Six Crimson Cranes) as they discuss the strange and unexpected but somehow fated encounters that shape and define the people we are and the people we become. Moderated by acclaimed author Phil Stamper (As Far As You’ll Take Me).

2021-10-03 16:00:00
3:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen St

180 Remsen St Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Presented by the New York Review of Books. What happens when literary works are adapted to other media? The complexities of the process are notoriously daunting; the perils, almost a cliché. But in an era when popular media—television, above all—have attained quasi-literary richness and complexity, it is worth reexamining the age-old dilemma and wondering whether there are gains as well as losses. Three novelists whose own work has been adapted will join the New York Review of Books‘ editor-at-large to discuss the practical and aesthetic questions posed by adaptation, and to ask whether translations from page to screen can make us think productively about genre. Moderated by Daniel Mendelsohn.

2021-10-03 15:00:00
2:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen St

180 Remsen St Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

At the turn of the 20th century, brothers travel the country by freight train in search of work in Jess Walter’s The Cold Millions. In Nicole Krauss’s To Be a Man, a series of short stories takes us from modern-day Japan to Tel Aviv to Switzerland to South America and beyond while exploring what masculinity really is. Gordo, a debut collection of short stories by Jaime Cortez, explores the lives and families of migrant workers living in 1970s California. Join Walter, Krauss, and Cortez for a conversation on migration, expat life, and identity. Moderated by Hilary Leichter (Temporary).

2021-10-03 14:00:00
12:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

Center Stage (Columbus Park)

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY United States
“Black music is black music and it’s all good,” Common rhymes in his classic “I Used to Love HER.” But the story of African-American musical expression is ever-changing, its evolution and impact, titans and forgotten geniuses, routinely debated and reassessed. WNET’s Jenna Flanagan explores this, with Yale professor Daphne Brooks, whose Liner Notes for the Revolution looks at the tangled roles and perceptions of Black women in music, and Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli (Vibrate Higher), who offers his own unique angle on Black music, and particularly hip-hop, as a vehicle for resistance.
2021-10-03 12:00:00
12:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Comics / Fiction / Non-Fiction

St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen St

180 Remsen St Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

The triumphs and tribulations of America’s first Black lieutenant governor. The fight against internment through the eyes of three Japanese Americans during World War II. A Quaker defying his pacifist community by joining the Union Army during the Civil War. When the KKK descended upon a small immigrant-populated town outside Pittsburgh. Undoubtedly, documenting and learning from the past is key to understanding our present. But how can we use it to chart our future? Dive deeper into this topic and more with panelists Brian Keith Mitchell (Monumental), Frank Abe (We Hereby Refuse), Bill Campbell (The Day the Klan Came to Town), and Dash Shaw (Discipline). Moderated by Lara Saguisag (College of Staten Island).

2021-10-16 12:00:00
2:00 pm
September 26, 2021

Non-Fiction

A conversation about changing the way we think about the end of life and on books that are informing this change. David R. Roth, author of The Femme Fatale Hypothesis, speaks with RN and Master of Divinity student Marcy Tardio and End-of-Life Midwife Martha Roth-Irwin about death as our final act of life. The premise: Given the privilege, we have an obligation to our loved ones and ourselves to honor our lives with the way we approach our deaths. Presented by The Old Stone House/Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Social Media.

Organization’s Website: https://theoldstonehouse.org/ 

2021-09-26 14:00:00
11:00 am
October 3, 2021

Fiction

St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen St

180 Remsen St Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

A cross-country road trip in an atomic-powered tunnel digger, when everything else has stopped working.. A scavenger hunt for extinct species set against the backdrop of environmental collapse.. Hollywood dreams literally going up in flames, amid nefarious corporate dealings.  Join Jonathan Lethem (The Arrest), Jeff VanderMeer (Hummingbird Salamander), and Alexandra Kleeman (Something New Under the Sun), as they discuss visions of our world and how we’ll manage to keep living in it. Moderated by Alice Sola Kim.

2021-10-03 11:00:00
10:00 am
October 3, 2021

Poetry

St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen St

180 Remsen St Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Poets Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (A Treatise on Stars), Patrick Rosal (The Last Thing: New and Selected Poems), Pamela Sneed (Funeral Diva), and Phillip B. Williams (Mutiny) read from their new volumes of poetry. Introduced by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado.

2021-10-03 10:00:00
3:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

Brooklyn Law School Stage

250 Joralemon Street Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Join two of America’s most insightful thinkers—Heather McGhee (The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together) and George Packer (Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal)—as they trace the roots of our seemingly intractable divisions and inequities, diagnose the intertwined maladies afflicting our fragile republic, and offer their realistic yet hopeful prescriptions for a path forward together.

2021-10-03 15:00:00
2:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

Brooklyn Law School Stage

250 Joralemon Street Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Paul Auster and Joyce Carol Oates are two of the most prolific, well-known and distinguished contemporary American authors, who both write across genres from novels to nonfiction and poetry to plays. Join them as they talk about reading and writing and what compels them to choose amongst genres and topics when they write. Auster’s new book is itself about a celebrated author who wrote across genres, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane, and Oates has both a new book of poetry, American Melancholy: Poems and a new novel, Breathe.

2021-10-03 14:00:00

1003

2:00pm

11:00 am
September 26, 2021

Children / YA

Brooklyn Book Bodega, READ 718, and House of SpeakEasy invite you to a back-to-school celebration for young readers. United by a shared mission of building community by increasing book access and a love of reading, we will kick-off the Bookends week with children’s author Daniel J. O’Brien and YA author Torrey Maldonado, an interactive mural led by Bed-Stuy artist Michela Martello, Community-Word Project craft workshops by Nichelle Ryan and free coloring books courtesy of Pen + Brush. Brooklyn Book Bodega book giveaways will take place throughout the day at READ 718’s Bed-Stuy center from The SpeakEasy Bookmobile.

Location: 336 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11233 

Organization’s Website:

https://www.read718.org/

https://www.brooklynbookbodega.org/ 

https://www.houseofspeakeasy.org/

 

2021-09-26 11:00:00
4:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Brooklyn Law School Stage

250 Joralemon Street Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

What do Amistad Books and Zora Neale Hurston have in common? They both help to broaden the narrative landscape of the African diaspora. Join Amistad’s Tracy Sherrod, VP & Editorial Director and Jennifer Baker, Senior Editor, with author and journalist Herb Boyd (Black Detroit, Pound for Pound) and Lucy Ann Hurston, sociologist and niece of Zora Neale Hurston, for a conversation about the influence of Amistad’s 35 plus years dedicated to developing extraordinary work by Black authors and their latest efforts to connect new audiences to popular and lesser known work of acclaimed author, anthropologist, and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960).

2021-10-03 16:00:00
1:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Brooklyn Law School Stage

250 Joralemon Street Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Each season BKBF presents debut authors, who we want to shine the light on for our audience. This year we introduce novelists Priyanka Champaneri (The City of Good Death), Tom Lin (The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu), and Dariel Suarez (The Playwright’s House). Acclaimed author, Jonathan Lethem, will introduce the debut authors and talk about his own debut experience some 40 books ago.

2021-10-03 13:00:00

1003

1:00pm

12:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

Brooklyn Law School Stage

250 Joralemon Street Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

One of the first words a child learns is “mine” but immediately it is challenged by the word “ours”. American law has struggled since the Constitution was written to balance, respect and protect individual rights within the structure and laws of a democratic society. Author Jamal Greene, How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession With Rights Is Tearing America Apart, and Wilfred U. Codrington III, co-author of The People’s Constitution: 200 Years, 27 Amendments, and the Promise of a More Perfect Union, discuss America’s struggles to achieve proportionality between individual and societal rights beginning with the Bill of Rights and continued contemporary challenges. Presented by the Brooklyn Law School and moderated by their Ruth Bader Ginsburg Professor of Law and past President of American Civil Liberties Union, Susan N. Herman.

2021-10-03 12:00:00
11:00 am
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

Brooklyn Law School Stage

250 Joralemon Street Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Humorist Sloane Crosley, award-winning author Rivka Galchen and novelist, memoirist and essayist Clifford Thompson join acclaimed essayist Phillip Lopate (editor of of the anthologies, The Contemporary American Essay, The Golden Age of the American Essay, The Glorious American Essay) to discuss how contemporary essay writing illuminates and challenges beliefs and experiences in the country today.

2021-10-03 11:00:00
4:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Center Stage (Columbus Park)

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY United States

Presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW). How does the entertainment world of our home cultures impact the work we do? Writers Nisha Sharma (Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance) and Kat Cho (Wicked Fox, Vicious Spirits) and journalist Regina Kim will discuss the influence of international industries such as Bollywood and K-Pop on their work as Asian writers in the diaspora, and how transnational solidarities through media can impact our communities. This conversation will be moderated by Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

2021-10-03 16:00:00
3:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Center Stage (Columbus Park)

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY United States

A young woman’s publishing job takes an unusual turn when a mysterious new coworker arrives. An unambitious 22-year-old’s life changes when he joins a cultish tech startup. A woman’s new role working as an interpreter at The Hague is violently unsettled by crime and emotional turmoil. Join Zakiya Dalila Harris (The Other Black Girl), Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck), and Katie Kitamura (Intimacies) for a conversation on how their characters navigate conflict-ridden, toxic, and possibly dangerous workplaces. Moderated by Lauren Wilkinson (American Spy).

2021-10-03 15:00:00
2:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Center Stage (Columbus Park)

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY United States

Is the past actually inescapable? These three authors illuminate how storytellers can shape narratives of culture, class, and race and change how we understand our present and future. Jonathan Lee’s novel The Great Mistake captures New York City at the turn of the 20th century and revisits the murder of an influential city planner. Rivka Galchen’s Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch examines community and family amid the aftermath of accusations of witchcraft in the German duchy of Württemberg. Danielle Evans’s The Office of Historical Corrections, a collection of short stories and a novella, dissects race and belonging and how history affects ongoing generations. Moderated by Ken Chen.

2021-10-03 14:00:00

1003

2:00pm

1:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Center Stage (Columbus Park)

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY United States

Desire, power, violence, and forbidden love drive the turmoil within new books by PEN/Faulkner Award winner Azareen van der Vliet Oloomi (Savage Tongues), heralded debut author Robert Jones Jr. (The Prophets), and Edward Lewis Wallant Award winner Joshua Henkin (Morningside Heights). These three novelists come together for a discussion about the desires that lie deep within us, tackling subjects such as eroticism, identity, and infidelity, and their outcomes. Moderated by Emma Straub.

2021-10-03 13:00:00

1003

1:00pm

1:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen St

180 Remsen St Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Complex lives and motives are at the core of every home, and in this program, three authors discuss how families embody sacrifice, loss, and renewal. In K’wan’s The Reluctant King, the fun-loving protagonist must live up to his family’s aspirations and secrets. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh situates his second collection of short stories, American Estrangement, amid the intricate family dynamics and thorny conflicts of contemporary America. And in The Five Wounds, debut novelist Kirstin Valdez Quade focuses on a multigenerational family’s reckoning with addiction, religion, and rebirth. Moderated by Catherine LaSota.

2021-10-03 13:00:00

1003

1:00pm

11:00 am
October 3, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction / YA

Center Stage (Columbus Park)

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY United States

Everyday lives and experiences feed into the creative force behind these powerful books, from exploring the Latinx diaspora through fifteen different voices and the trials and triumphs of growing up Black and queer, to the life of a Jamaican-American teen on the cusp of adulthood, a worldwide pandemic, and a tidal wave of social justice activism. Saraciea Fennell (Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed), George M. Johnson (All Boys Aren’t Blue), and C. J. Farley (Zero O’Clock) discuss how real-life events can inspire moving, unforgettable storytelling. Moderated by David Levithan (Take Me With You When You Go).

2021-10-03 11:00:00
4:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Theatre

Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Join us for a discussion featuring five Whiting Award winners: playwright Jordan E. Cooper (Ain’t No Mo’, The Ms. Pat Show); actress and playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Where We Stand, Last Night and the Night Before); poet and nonfiction writer Joshua Bennett (Owed, Being Property Once Myself)); playwright Sylvia Khoury (Power Strip and – premiering in New York this fall – Selling Kabul); and fiction writer Steven Dunn (water & power, Our Migrations). The event will be moderated by poet, playwright, nonfiction writer, performer, and dramaturg Lauren Whitehead, who adapted Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award winning memoir, Between the World and Me, for staging at the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and for the TV adaptation on HBO.

2021-10-03 16:00:00
3:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Non-Fiction

Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Comedy famously helps us tell the truth about ourselves and the world around us. In their comedic memoirs, Phoebe Robinson (Please Don’t Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes), Sophie Santos (The One You Want to Marry (And Other Identities I’ve Had)), and Greg Mania (Born to Be Public) contemplate life’s trials and tribulations with intelligence, wit, and zest, reminding us there’s often nothing more true than a joke. In this panel, they’ll discuss the role of comedy in their writing, how it helps them shape the stories they want to tell, and how they honed their voices on and off the page. Moderated by comedian, storyteller, and artist Nadia Pinder (Vulture, Channel Zeitgeist).

2021-10-03 15:00:00
2:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry / YA

Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

What do books that investigate bodies, Blackness, the judicial system, and the end of the world have in common? Join 2020 National Book Award–honored authors Rumaan Alam (Leave the World Behind, Finalist, Fiction), Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (Travesty Generator, Longlist, Poetry), Michelle Bowdler (Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto, Longlist, Nonfiction), and Candice Iloh (Every Body Looking, Finalist, Young People’s Literature) for a cross-genre conversation on the intersections of contemporary literature, recognition, and community—behind and beyond computer screens. Moderated by Ruth Dickey, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

2021-10-03 14:00:00
1:00 pm
October 3, 2021

Fiction

Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

At a time when personal opinions are increasingly misconstrued as facts, these novelists examine how truth—and lies—inform our relationships with others, ourselves, and our culture. Amitava Kumar’s A Time Outside This Time, an interrogation of life in a post-truth era, takes place after the 2016 election; The Vixen by Francine Prose is set in the glamorous world of 1950s publishing, where the infamous Rosenberg trial morphs into a steamy novel; and in Lauren Oyler’s Fake Accounts, the protagonist discovers her boyfriend is a popular internet conspiracy theorist. Moderated by Halimah Marcus (Electric Literature).

2021-10-03 13:00:00

1003

1:00pm

1:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Creative Activity

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

All ages of children can learn and enjoy yoga! Join children’s author and yoga instructor Lauren Hoffmeier for two fun yoga sessions, plus a live reading of her debut book, Mula and the Fly. Hear about Mula the sleepy tiger who dreams of tumbling, hopping and standing on her head and the Fly who makes her dreams come true. Photo opportunities and book signings are also included.

2021-10-02 13:00:00

1002

1:00pm

11:00 am
October 2, 2021

Children / Creative Activity

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

All ages of children can learn and enjoy yoga! Join children’s author and yoga instructor Lauren Hoffmeier for two fun yoga sessions, plus a live reading of her debut book, Mula and the Fly. Hear about Mula the sleepy tiger who dreams of tumbling, hopping and standing on her head and the Fly who makes her dreams come true. Photo opportunities and book signings are also included.

 

2021-10-02 11:00:00

1002

11:00am

2:30 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Creative Activity

Makers and Creators Corner, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Join the creators of the picture book biography Make Meatballs Sing: The Life & Art of Corita Kent for an exciting workshop melding poetry and artmaking! Author Matthew Burgess and illustrator Kara Kramer lead a lively session of making and creating in the spirit of Corita, inspired by her boldness and sense of fun, her philosophies on PLORK (play + work) and creativity, and her wondrous Pop Art, which invites us to see the world with fresh eyes and imagine new possibilities.

 

2021-10-16 14:30:00
1:30 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Creative Activity

Makers and Creators Corner, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

 Come hear Steve Light read his book Road Trip. Learn about a wonderful place called Whiskers Hollow and draw along with Steve as he shows how he draws the characters from the book as well as answer any questions.

2021-10-02 13:30:00
12:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Creative Activity

Makers and Creators Corner, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Have you seen Gordon?  Or any of his friends? We need your help to find them! Ruth Chan will read Have You Seen Gordon? to introduce you to the cast of characters.  Then follow the clues and embark on a little adventure around the Brooklyn Book Festival’s grounds to find the whole gang. When you’re able to spell out Gordon’s secret message, he’ll have a little prize waiting for you!

2021-10-02 12:00:00

1002

12:00pm

12:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Creative Activity

Author Esther K Smith and illustrator Jane Sanders, creators of Making Books with Kids, will highlight simple projects and show you how to fold, cut, and pop your own book. Then draw or write your story. 

 

2021-10-02 12:00:00
11:30 am
October 2, 2021

Children / Creative Activity

Makers and Creators Corner, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Join muralist and children’s book author Katie Yamasaki as she reads her most recent book, Dad Bakes. Then everyone joins in to create a mural using collage. Get ready to work with colorful construction paper, markers, and glue.  

2021-10-02 11:30:00
3:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Performance

Center Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Watch, laugh and cheer as artists Lucy Ruth Cummins (Vampenguin) and Ruth Chan (Thank You, Neighbor) presides over the year’s most dynamic live action drawing competition featuring Steve Light (Road Trip! A Whiskers Hollow Adventure), Nina Mata (Everything Grows), Dasha Tolstikova (The Bad Chair), Ruth Chan (Thank You, Neighbor), and Gracey Zhang (Lala’s Words). 

2021-10-02 15:00:00

1002

3:00pm

2:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Performance

Center Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Join Harmonica Sunbeam of Drag Queen Story Hour NYC for stories and songs for kids of all ages. Through storytelling and creativity, DQSH teaches children about gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable. 

2021-10-02 14:00:00
1:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Fiction

Center Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Author of blockbuster mega-hit Wonder R.J. Palacio talks about her new book, Pony, a modern classic about a boy on a courageous quest to rescue his father. #1 New York Times bestselling author Gayle Forman’s debut middle grade book, Frankie and Bug, is about an unexpected friendship, and how to be an ally. Together, they’ll discuss how their characters dig deep to discover themselves within our world.

2021-10-16 13:00:00
12:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Performance

Center Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

A books-to-music show featuring professional trumpeter and author, Augie Haas(Little Augie and His Trumpet) and family music artist, Flor Bromley singing songs from Akashic Books LyricPop series, 59th Street Bridge Song (Paul Simon) and Strawberry Swing (Coldplay) with the singing Emcee, Mary Kate Petsky, joining the fun with a version of the series book, Good Times Roll (The Cars).

2021-10-02 12:00:00

1002

12:00pm

11:00 am
October 2, 2021

Children / Fiction

Center Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

 A son in search of his missing father and powerful magician. A bloodthirsty pirate accidentally set loose in today’s world. A powerful damsel to the rescue of a prince who falls from the sky. Come hear New York Times bestselling author David Levithan (The Mysterious Disappearance of Aiden S.) in conversation with Theo Gangi (Kingston and Magician’s Lost and Found), Victor Piñeiro (Time Villains) and Eisner Award-nominated author Nadja Spiegelman (Blancaflor: The Hero with Secret Powers) about the journeys their characters face as each one embarks on a daring and thrilling adventure.

2021-10-02 11:00:00

1002

11:00am

2:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Creative Activity

Young Readers Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Jump start your autumn with some jump scares and great gags!  In this workshop, 826NYC facilitators and teen leaders will take young writers on a storytelling journey to create their own spooky or silly fall-themed stories. Whether you want to turn that frown to fright or fun, this workshop has it all!

2021-10-02 14:00:00
1:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Performance

Young Readers Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Want to watch a story come to life right before your eyes? Join us as acclaimed author Colleen AF Venable (Katie the Cat Sitter) spins a wacky tale that graphic novelists Mika Song (Apple of My Pie) and Veronica Agarwal (Just Roll With It) will sketch live—and you can make suggestions for every funny, weird, and totally silly thing you want to happen!

2021-10-02 13:00:00

1002

1:00pm

12:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Performance

Young Readers Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

It’s an epic battle between good and evil, and you get to decide who wins—and who the contestants are! Will you create an evil skateboarding vampire hamster or a brave bunny with hypnotic ears? Award-winning author Carole Lindstrom (We Are Water Protectors) will help you create your very own characters as amazing illustrators Veronica Mang (Secret Spy Society: The Case of the Missing Cheetah) and John Patrick Green (The InvestiGators) draw them into existence.

2021-10-02 12:00:00
11:00 am
October 2, 2021

Children / Fiction

Young Readers Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

A mystery grandfather. An abandoned building. A fire-breathing demon girl. An intergalactic lunchbox. Come hear New York Times bestseller Karina Yan Glaser (The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish) in conversation with acclaimed author Torrey Maldonado (What Lane?), Michael Buckley (Finn and the Intergalactic Lunch Box), and New York Times bestseller Sayantani DasGupta (Force of Fire) talk about risks their characters take, and the twists and turns that result in each of their middle grade novels. 

2021-10-16 11:00:00

1002

11:00am

3:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children / Performance

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Join in the fun with Canticos and Encantos, where stories come to life and kids learn through play! Catch our roaming puppet performance, then head to the stage to hear Susie Jaramillo read her book, La Bamba, in English and Spanish. Afterward, singer and songwriter Flor Bromley will perform the song for kids to sing along! Stick around for the chance to have your books signed by Susie, artist, entrepreneur, and creator of Canticos, a bilingual preschool publisher. 

2021-10-02 15:00:00
2:30 pm
October 2, 2021

Children

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Yoomi the cat is excited for what she thinks will be a perfect day in Koreatown with her dad. Things don’t go as planned, with tricky mishaps along the way, but Yoomi ends up having an exciting, adventure-filled day where she visits family, and tries some delicious dishes (recipe included!).

2021-10-02 14:30:00
2:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Children

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

We Are Water Protectors, winner of the Caldecott Medal, celebrates water in our life and draws on Indigenous-led movements to save the environment that sustains us. Join author Carole Lindstrom as she reads from her bold and lyrical book, a rallying cry to protect the earth’s water. 

2021-10-02 14:00:00