On Friday, December 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m., St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Film and Art Festival, will present a program of readings and discussions on the subject “Brooklyn in Literature, 1855-2010″. The speakers are:
Dr. Ian Maloney, professor of English at St. Francis, and author of Melville’s Monumental Imagination;
Tim McLoughlin, author of Heart of the Old Country and editor of the Brooklyn Noir series, who will discuss and read excerpts from three short stories, H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘Horror at Red Hook’, Thomas Wolfe’s ‘Only the Dead Know Brooklyn’ and Irwin Shaw’s ‘Borough of Cemeteries’;
Tao Lin, a Brooklyn resident writer, who will “[p]rovid[e] a bridge between blog-lit and performance art” by reading excerpts from his recently published book, Shoplifting from American Apparel;
Nelson George, whose memoir City Kid examines the effects of his Brooklyn childhood on his later career in Manhattan, Los Angeles, and Detroit (George is also the author of Hip Hop America); and
Johnny Temple, publisher and editor-in-chief of Brooklyn based Akashic Books, an independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction, who will discuss the state and context of Brooklyn literature.
The program is open to the public, and admission is free.