Star Studded Brooklyn Book Festival Announced for September 12

The Brooklyn Book Festival will take place in Borough Hall Park on September 12 and feature this star studded line-up of authors and guests:

Salman Rushdie, Naomi Klein, Paul Auster, Nelson George, Sarah Silverman, Gary Shteyngart, Mary Gaitskill, John Ashbery, Rosanne Cash, Paul Krugman, Colson Whitehead, Francine Prose, Dennis Lehane, Per Petterson, Esmeralda Santiago, Pete Hamill, Jennifer Egan, Russell Banks, Michael Connelly, John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, Sam Lipsyte, Sloane Crosley, Maaza Mengiste, Paul Harding, Amy Goodman, Marlon James, Sarah MacLean, Jean Valentine, Elizabeth Nunez and many more, as well as children’s and young adult lit stars like Rebecca Stead, Sara Shepard, Jacqueline Woodson, Jon Scieszka, Jenny Han, Nina Crews, Mac Barnett, Tad Hills, Chris Raschka, Michael Rex, Matthew Reinhart and Francisco X. Stork.

There will also be “bookend events” on September 10 &11.  Full details available here.

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  • mbutz

    Doesn’t Diane Ravitch live in Brooklyn Heights? Why isn’t she on the list????

  • Dorothy Josephs

    Diane Ravitch is not the only one. American Book Award winning author of 14 prize winning books of prose and poetry, including ON PREJUDICE; A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, (Anchor/Doubleday) author of a book used all over the world to teach tolerance through literary art, a novelist and a poet and educator, Daniela Gioseffi, is one of the most widely published authors of varied books and genres in Brooklyn, and she is not featured at the fair. Even though she taught with the Poets-in-the-Schools NY State Council for the Arts funded program for many years in the borough as a poet-in-residence in pubic scholls, reaching many Brooklyn students to foster a love of literature. She won a Partner in Education Award from The NY Board of Ed. She taught at Brooklyn College, St. Francis College, Pace U. and Long Island U. and she has a new book out this year WILD NIGHTS, WILD NIGHTS, The STORY OF EMILY DICKINSON’S MASTER with a NON-fiction afterword that solves the greatest mystery in American literature, who the Master Figure of the iconic poet’s letters and poems was– a book praised by America’s top writers, ie. Grace Paley, New York State Award winning author; Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the USA; Galway Kinnell, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author; and Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer and National Book Award winner. Daniela hosted literary series for Brooklyn funded by POETS & WRITERS, Inc., and created the FIRST BROOKLYN BRIDGE POETRY WALK, with a grant award from the NY State Council for the Arts in 1972, as well as CELEBRATING LITERARY BROOKLYN at the Brooklyn Heights Library, and The Walt Whitman Hart Crane Literary Series at the BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, which featured top authors of Brooklyn, and she is not featured either at the Festival, either, even though she has poems on Marty Markowitz Boro Prez. website. It seems a prophet is without honor in his/her own country when it comes to the Brooklyn Book Festival, because Daniela has been featured at the Miami National Book Fair, the Barcelona International Book Fair, on NPR and the BBC at Oxford, on THE POET AND THE POEM, Library of Congress Radio Show sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, and she’s lived in Brooklyn Heights for 45 years, often featured in local papers through the years. Her last new book BLOOD AUTUMN, which won a John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry and was also not featured at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Daniela has donated hours of labor to Brooklyn’s literary life, and she has given thousands of dollars worth of books to the Brooklyn Public Library. She has served literature in the Borough for many years and in more ways than one can tell here, so go figure what “Star Studded” means? Go figure why some Brooklyn authors are overlooked by the festival every year. Daniela is still vitally alive and 70 years old, and has many friends in Brooklyn who would come to hear her, but The Brooklyn Book Festival doesn’t feature her. Many can’t figure out why it’s allowed to happen.

  • Sheeple-Herder

    Dear Ms. Josephs:

    Your literary tastes have a globalist bent to them. Not good.

  • Dorothy Josephs

    Don’t know what a “globalist bent” means to you “Sheeple-Herder,” above, but to be humane, caring, and teach tolerance through literature, to create empathy for other’s lives, is a good thing, and that is what Daniela Gioseffi’s writing does. She’s a humane and meaningful writer, far more than many featured at The Brooklyn Book Festival, and she’s done much to further reading of great literature in Brooklyn, for many many years, and that is a GOOD thing. Plus, her books are fascinating, too.

  • Sheeple-Herder
  • Soulman

    Dear sheep: this is wrong because…?

  • Claude Scales

    Suggested reading for “Sheeple-Herder” (of course, s/he will think it’s just part of the conspiracy).

  • MOT

    No Mo Williams this year? Kids will be distraught.

  • Dorothy Josephs

    Oiiii are globalists people who want earthlings to get along and avoid prejudicial nationalist tendencies? If so let’s all be peaceful earthlings together as the tides are rising and all Sheeple-Herders who suspect conspiracies will drown with the rest of us. Aiiiii. This far right fanatical idea of worldly ideals for a peaceful Earth without wars being a conspiracy is nutty indeed. I didn’t really know there was such an idea of conspiracy afoot, no doubt fostered by the fanatical wing of the far far right who are nutty nationalists in the extreme, and mono-culturalistic, flag-waving, xenophobes.
    Naive of me to think that teaching against prejudice would be a good thing in everyone’s book???!!!!

  • nabeguy

    Ms. Josephs, you’ve actually hit on the one word that drives people like Sheepie-herder to distraction…”teaching”. By which I mean, the opposite of propagandizing, proselytizing, brain-washing etc. Folks like SH may gather wool all day, but it doesn’t necessarily result in an afghan.

  • AEB

    I’m not sure, Nabe, that “afghan” is a word that should be brought into this thread, suggesting, as it does, a certain global entity.

    And Ms. Joseph’s breathless paean to Ms Gioseffi had the opposite of the intended effect for me, causing me dive under the bed….

  • nabeguy

    That’s exactly why I used it AEB. But you knew that.

  • Sheeple-Herder

    I see there’s much learning to be done by the flock of sheeple here. Don’t worry, I have lots of patience.

    @Ms. Josephs: National sovereignty is a check-&-balance against tyrannical government gaining world control. (Did Hitler & Nazis not conspire to take over the world in a most gruesome way merely 70 years ago? Is that a conspiracy theory or a conspiracy fact? What if a Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, Pol Pot, etc., were to gain control of your or one-world utopia?)

    @Nabie: Okay, that was kinda funny.

    P.S. The AP & others are revealing that Fidel Castro (no doubt a hero of some here) is currently reading a book on the Bilderberg Group.

  • Claude Scales

    As they say in Cuba, “El es loco.”