Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

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Michael Imperioli — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Michael Imperioli presents The Perfume Burned His Eyes at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Location TBA. COMING OF AGE IN NYC: Young adulthood is a particularly raw and fraught time, but coming of age in the city where great privilege and ambition abuts great adversity, the stakes are even higher. Khary Lazarre-White’s Passage tells the story of Warrior, […]

Katia D. Ulysse — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Katia D. Ulysse presents Mouths Don’t Speak at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Location: Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon Street. THE AFTERMATH: Psychological, unseen injuries are often the most difficult to identify and treat. As medicine struggles to diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder, literature is recognizing its reality and import. Novelists Shahriar Mandanipour (Moon Brow), Katia D. […]

Bernice L. McFadden, Kevin Holohan — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Bernice L. McFadden presents Praise Song for the Butterflies at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Full details TBA. IN THE FACE OF FEAR: The latest books by award-winning writers Terry McMillan (I Almost Forgot About You), Lee Martin (The Mutual UFO Network), and Bernice L. McFadden (Praise Song for the Butterflies) all feature strong lead characters that are […]

Michael Imperioli — Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Michael Imperioli presents The Perfume Burned His Eyes at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Location TBA. FRACTURED LIVES: The after-life is usually a term reserved for the deceased, but what about the life after you lose someone? Novels by Laura van den Berg (The Third Hotel), Michael Imperioli (The Perfume Burned His Eyes), and Sigrid Nunez (The Friend) […]

Nelson George — Brooklyn Book Festival

Race, Rock, and Appropriation: At the Grammys this year, Adele broke her trophy in half so that she could share it with Beyonce. A month later, Chuck Berry died and much of the media coverage looked at how admirers like the Rolling Stones made a fortune off his riffs. How has the discourse on music, […]

Peter Kimani — Brooklyn Book Festival

The Far Reaches of Empire: Religion, Rebels, and Railroads. From the Kenyan highlands to rural Madagascar and the far northeast of India, the European imperial project was extended in great part through missionary zeal, train lines, and terror. Peter Kimani (Dance of the Jakaranda), Naivo (Beyond the Rice Fields), and Avinuo Kire (The Power to […]

Hirsh Sawhney — Brooklyn Book Festival

Where is Home: “Home” is an idea that invites many definitions and interpretations, but it is especially complex for immigrants and their children. Is home where one’s family is, or one’s family history? Or where their beliefs are accepted and embraced? Dina Nayeri (Refuge), Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (Muslim Girl), and Derek Palacio (The Mortifications) discuss how […]