Exciting news! This week I’ll be covering some of this week’s National Book Award events for Tumblr (along with the awesome Kate Gavino of Last Night’s Reading). Tonight I’ll be checking out the 5 Under 35 par-tay (hosted by CARRIE BROWNSTEIN, whom I love), and tomorrow I’ll be at the Finalists Reading. I’ll be posting writeups, but will also send some real-time dispatches from the events (if I can figure out how to do so with a glass of wine in hand).
As for other goings-on this week:
MONDAY: In conjunction with the Poetry Society of America, Ann Lauterbach (UNDER THE SIGN) and Ana Bozicevic (RISE IN THE FALL) will read. [McNally Jackson]
TUESDAY: The National Book Awards Finalists Reading is open to the public. For $10! Join me. [Tishman Auditorium]
WEDNESDAY: I don’t knit, but I am strangely intrigued by this: Elissa Schappell (BUILDING BLUEPRINTS FOR BETTER GIRLS) will speak with Ann Hood, who collected essays from 27 writers (including Elissa Schappell, along with Ann Patchett, Barbara Kingsolver and others) about knitting. [Center for Fiction]
THURSDAY: Book launch for Brooklynite Paul Auster’s new memoir, REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR. [PowerHouse]
FRIDAY: Poet Nick Laird (GO GIANTS) will chat with novelist Jayne Anne Phillips (QUIET DELL). [Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House]
Did you know that Donna Tartt used to be a cheerleader?
Dispatches from the BKBF from my splendid writerly friend, Sarah Mucek.
Greetings again! I had the chance to take in the fantastic BKBF Mainstage panel “Poets Laureate Past and Present,” and although it’s nigh impossible to do legendary poets justice by paraphrasing, I shall take my very best and belated stab at it here!
MONDAY: Did anyone else have a huge teen crush on Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd? I sure did. [Barnes and Noble Tribeca]
TUESDAY: A Trip to Fairyland with Catherynne Valente (THE GIRL WHO SOARED OVER FAIRYLAND AND CUT THE MOON IN TWO). [WORD]
WEDNESDAY: Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec) will read from PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE: ONE MAN’S RECIPE FOR DELICIOUS LIVING. [Barnes and Noble Union Square]
THURSDAY: DISH—a night of food related readings—with the New Persian Kitchen, Rosie Schaap (DRINKING WITH MEN), Breuckelen Distilling, and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. [Housing Works]
FRIDAY: Second anniversary of Couplet: Poetry and Music Series. [The Delancey]
My good friend Sarah Mucek (who I’ve known since high school in Wisco) graciously agreed to cover some of the most interesting BKBF events that I, alas, could not. A fiction writer, poet and playright (her play Love Death Brains: A Pete Rydberg Musical Meme was in the 2012 International Fringe Festival), Sarah proved the perfect guest blogger. Part I of II here—the next installment to come soon.
Hello, fellow Bookstalkers, and belated greetings from the Brooklyn Book Festival! While Julia was (alas) out of town last weekend, I had the privilege of experiencing the BKBF for the very first time. I’m a recent transplant to New York and, no joke, the Festival was maybe my favorite event in the five boroughs so far. It was that sunny. The air was that cool. The panels were that fantastic. And yes, there were that many other bibliophiles sharing the love.
For those who didn’t make it or who spent their time at one of the other great events (understandable), the BKBF turned the steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall into their outdoor Mainstage. First up: Celebrate Banned Books Week! featuring YA authors Francesca Lia Block (WEETZIE BAT, BABY BE BOP), Lauren Myracle (THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US), and David Levithan (TWO BOYS KISSING), all of whom face regular challenges to their books in schools and libraries due to sexual and LGBT content.
Liz Rosenberg is an impressively multitalented writer: children’s book author, YA writer, poet, and novelist. A professor at Binghamton University, she’s also taught the likes of Nathan Englander and Josephine Schmidt. Her newest novel, THE LAWS OF GRAVITY, involves two cousins at a life-and-death crossroads: Nicole, who finds out she has cancer, and her cousin Ari, who could potentially save her life with umbilical cord blood he’s been saving for his own children. Liz based the tale on a real-life case she heard about decades ago, in which a man sued his cousin for changing his mind about a bone-marrow transplant. The man died, and Liz wondered what the surviving cousin felt afterwards.
Besides being a terrifically talented writer, Liz is a wonderful human being, and I’m delighted to be able to share some of her most memorable public speaking tales.