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 […]
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. […]
Three individuals, who had to push out of proscribed roles (in the NFL, as a Muslim woman, and in the CIS based society) Ryan O’Callaghan (My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended up Saving My Life) Samra Habib (We Have Always Been Here) and Jacob Tobia (Sissy: A […]
The Walt Whitman 200th Celebration featuring Nina Revoyr (A Student of History, The Necessary Hunger), Nick Flynn, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cohen, Mahogany L. Browne, and more.
“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. […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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) […]