Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

Akashic Books

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Theodore Hamm — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

American Prognosis: What Does and Does Not Make America Great: What are we to make of this contentious moment in political time and the course of the American republic? In this wide-ranging discussion, muckraking reporter Matt Taibbi (Hate Inc.) explores the media’s dark role in fomenting division and distrust among our populace; sociologist/physician Jonathan M. […]

C.J. Farley — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Fight Songs: Communities of SurvivalIn a fragmented society, what does it mean to survive? C.J. Farley (Around Harvard Square), Joshua Furst (Revolutionaries), and Madeline ffitch (Stay and Fight) explore the many ways in which society’s outcasts build community amongst themselves. From the exclusivity of Harvard, to the confines of sixties counterculture, to a barren Appalachian […]

Ryan O’Callaghan — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

The Paths to Pride: Brothers, sisters, moms, dads, seniors, children, friends and strangers who are LGBTQIA are out or are living secret lives from someone or everyone– often at great personal expense to their health, their sanity and their well being. Samra Habib (We Have Always Been Here), William Dameron (The Lie: A Memoir of […]

Jaime Manrique — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, New York

“Love and Myth”: What drives the human impulse to create myths, and what can these stories tell us about the enduring power of love? Here, literary heavyweights Chigozie Obioma (An Orchestra of Minorities), Jaime Manrique (Like This Afternoon Forever), and Edwidge Danticat (Everything Inside) explore the mythology of love as it traverses borders and cultures. […]

Nina Revoyr — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

“Spirit of California”: Three authors discuss their latest books and how the setting of California has influenced their work. Kathleen Alcott (America Was Hard to Find) and Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami (The Other Americans) both set their novels in the mojave desert, while Nina Revoyr (A Student of History) chooses Los Angeles. This group […]

Justine Bateman — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

LET’S TALK ABOUT BEING FAMOUS: Most dictionary definitions of fame start by noting it is a state of being widely known and widely recognized, which can be both cool and a curse. Does being famous open doors or box one in? Is privacy undervalued in our reality based contemporary times? Actor/authors Justine Bateman (Fame), and […]

Etan Thomas, Dave Zirin — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

ACTIVIST ATHLETES: Over the past years, we’ve seen a number of professional athletes speak out against racism and injustice. The response—from fans, owners, even the President—has ranged from support to outright hostility. Players have been called unpatriotic, accused of disrespecting the military, even blackballed from their leagues. What’s next for this movement? Writer/activist Shaun King […]

Pete Hamill, Tayari Jones, Laura Lippman — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

TOP-SHELF NOIR: Brooklyn’s beloved Pete Hamill (A Killing for Christ) is joined by best-selling authors Laura Lippman (Sunburn; Liza Jane & the Dragon) and Tayari Jones (editor, Atlanta Noir; An American Marriage) in a program of haunting, unforgettable noir fiction. Dwyer Murphy (CrimeReads) will moderate this event featuring short readings and a discussion, followed by […]