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Event for The Believer’s essay collection Read Harder with Heidi Julavits, Megan Abbott, and Lev Grossman (the most delightful trio you could ask for, really). @mcnallyjackson
Pulled out my old journals this weekend. Amazing how many hilarious/disturbing/thrilling moments I’d forgotten. (And yes, I’m a somewhat obsessive journaler.)
Kate Zambreno (GREEN GIRL) and Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre) at Bluestockings tonight!
Ya know how when you have a well-known book on your shelf for many years and finally pick it up and it’s even more brilliant than you anticipated? It’s nice when that happens.
MONDAY: Celebrate National Coming Out Day with contributors of THIS IS A BOOK FOR PARENTS OF GAY KIDS: A QUESTION & ANSWER GUIDE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE, featuring Dannielle Owens-Reid, Kristin Russo, Liam Lowery, Broderick Greer, and Jenny Owen Youngs. [Housing Works]
TUESDAY: The Center for Fiction presents Writing Gothic: A Celebration of the Macabre with Edward Carey and Shelley Jackson, moderated by A.N Devers. [Community Bookstore]
WEDNESDAY: Book launch for feminist anthology ICON, featuring Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre) and Kate Zambreno (GREEN GIRL) reading essays about Andrea Dworkin and Kathy Acker. [Bluestockings]
THURSDAY: National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott will read from her newest work, SOMEONE. [Community Bookstore]
The problem with buying bigass books: they mock you more obviously from your bookshelf when you fail to read them. (I will, though. I swear.)
On Tuesday night I stopped by Housing Works for Harper Perennial’s 50th anniversary, featuring Roxane Gay, Kate Zambreno, Marcy Dermansky, Simon Van Booy, Darragh McKeon, and author and moderator Ben Greenman. Each brought an “enduring” book with them to share, and it felt rather like a writerly show and tell. It was delightful. I’ve named each book and picked a random choice quote from each author (which may or may not be about their book):
—Roxane Gay in answer to the panel question: “Beyoncé: discuss.”
This feminist panel—also featuring Leslie Jamison (THE EMPATHY EXAMS) and Elissa Schappell (BUILDING BLUEPRINTS FOR BETTER GIRLS), and moderated by Feminist Press’s Jennifer Baumgardner, was outstanding. Regarding Roxane’s pro-Beyoncé stance, she spoke more about her appreciation of B bringing the topic of feminism to her huge fanbase of younger girls and women. (“It takes guts. Never in history has feminism been a marketing tool. We cannot underestimate the impact.”) Other topics discussed included:
—LEAN IN (Roxane: “I loved it. It’s not for everyone, but why does it have to be? If you’re Jack Welch and you’re publishing all these business books, you’re not thinking about the working class man.”)
—The ”plague of relatability” in both life and fiction
—Whether or not women should have to offer up their personal stories to inspire change (Jennifer, Leslie and Elissa all spoke about the weirdness of talking about their abortions, but also the necessity of destigmatizing them)
—The difficulties of being a female writer (Elissa spoke about being insecure and unable to call herself a writer until Toni Morrison gave her permission)
—Other writers they’re into (Merritt Tierce, Ashley Ford, Rachel Urquhart, Claudia Rankine, Lindsay Hunter, Saeed Jones)
—What they’re feeling hopeful about. (Roxane: “Feminism! Look how many people are in this room.”)
LOVED these essay collections. New goal: awkwardly befriend Leslie Jamison and Roxane Gay at the #BKBF this weekend.
UPDATE: THEY ARE DOING A PANEL TOGETHER. Whoa. I am 100% there.
Tumblr Takes The Brooklyn Book Festival!
This Sunday, 9/21, hundreds of authors and plenty of your favorite publishers, bookstores, and librarians will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival. If you can be there, you totally should. But if not, our team of Tumblr Correspondents will be able to make you feel like you are with photos, gifs, drawings, quotes, writing tips, advice, reviews and more.
Follow this ace team at lastnightsreading, bookstalker, pith, yeahwriters, brooklynbook, jenhedonia, brooklynbrooke, and twentysomethingvagabond, or stick to books.tumblr.com where we’ll post their highlights all day long.
Are you coming too? Share your coverage with the #BKBF tag.
Sweet. I’ve always wanted to be part of an ace team!