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—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!
Hope to see you there!
Shhh… go to sleep now. You have to party with all of literary internetty Brooklyn tomorrow…
Good morning! See you soon?
Whoo hoo! The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events kick off tonight. I’ll be hitting up various events throughout the week, and covering the literary frenzy that is the BKBF on Sunday. Expect lots of pix and posts to come.
The first thing you notice when you enter a Pen Parentis reading is the wine. There is a LOT of wine.
Which to me signals a wonderful time. After chatting with M.M. De Voe, founder of the series, it became clear that these events are meant to be rather festive—and friendly. M.M., a parent herself, started Pen Parentis after realizing the unique challenges that writer/parents face: juggling writing/kid responsibilities, the difficulties going away for residencies or tours, and the fears that if they write about parenting, they might be deemed mommy (or daddy) bloggers.
On Tuesday night, in a posh space within the Andaz Hotel, four parents gathered to read from their works. I had originally envisioned this as a short post, but everyone’s stories (read and/or related) were just too good not to share…
Chelsea Cain encountered a strange phenomenon after her Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series started coming out. At events, women would approach her to say, quite earnestly, “I find Gretchen Lowell so inspiring.”
The strange part? Gretchen’s a serial killer.
MONDAY: Megan Abbott (THE FEVER) in convo with Chelsea Cain (ONE KICK). [The Strand]
TUESDAY: Pen Parentis Literary Salon kicks off their twelfth year with Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH), Mira Jacob (THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING), and David Gilbert (& SONS). [Hotel Andaz]
WEDNESDAY: Book launch for PARIS NEW YORK by Fred Stein, with Fred’s son Peter Stein and granddaughter Katherine Freer. [Powerhouse]
THURSDAY: Bridgett M. Davis (INTO THE GO-SLOW) in convo with Tayari Jones (SILVER SPARROW). [Community Bookstore]
I don’t know if other writers face this, but when recently working on the final draft of my novel, I was kind of psychotic about what books I’d allow myself to read.
MONDAY: Books Beneath the Bridge: Celebrate the release of Kate Bernheimer’s newest collection: HOW A MOTHER WEANED HER GIRL FROM FAIRYTALES. With Genevieve Valentine (THE GIRLS AT THE KINGFISHER CLUB). [WORD, Brooklyn Bridge Park]
TUESDAY: Launch for Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIAN’S LAND. With fellow fantasy writers Michelle Hodkin (the MARA DYER trilogy), Lauren Oliver (BEFORE I FALL and the DELIRIUM trilogy), Margaret Stohl (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES), Erin Morgenstern (THE NIGHT CIRCUS), and Lev’s twin brother Austin Grossman (SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE, YOU). [Greenlight, St. Joseph’s College]
WEDNESDAY: Launch for Joshua Wolf Shenk’s THE POWER OF TWO. With editor Eamon Dolan of Eamon Dolan Books. [Powerhouse]
THURSDAY: The Weeklings Live with Elissa Schappell, Nelly Reifler, Diana Spechler and the Editors. [Housing Works]
FRIDAY: Happy weekend!
Well this is a heartwarming lit tale: Edan Lepucki’s novel CALIFORNIA debuted at #3 on the NYT bestseller list, after Stephen Colbert showcased it as a way to fight back against Amazon’s recent tactics against Hachette. When on the show, she, in turn, bumped Stephan Eirik Clark’s SWEETNESS #9.
I haven’t yet the book, but it sounds fascinating: in a post-apocalyptic LA, a pregnant couple who’s been surviving in the woods decides to return to (a potentially dangerous) civilization. Last Wednesday, Greenpoint’s WORD hosted the book’s Brooklyn launch. Edan’s hilarious, self-deprecating, and straightshooting Q&A answers made me like her even more.