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2012 Brooklyn Book Festival

Date: Sunday - September 23, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: St. Francis College & Brooklyn Borough Hall

St. Francis College is proud to once again two dozen readings and panel discussions by the world's most famous authors for the 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 23 from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

See the schedule of events at St. Francis College

Each year the College hosts several series of panels throughout the day with authors from a variety of genres and mediums, including novels, non-fiction and graphic novels.

Among the writers apeparing at the festival this year are: Kurt Andersen, Paul Auster, Mary Higgins Clark, Billy Collins, Leela Corman, Andrea Cremer, Edwidge Danticat, Thomas Frank, Pete Hamill, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Derek Kirk Kim, Dennis Lehane, Philip Levine, Jaime Manrique, Terry McMillan, Carla Speed McNeil, Joyce Carol Oates, Stewart O'Nan, R.J. Palacio, Francine Prose, Esmeralda Santiago, Sapphire, Jon Scieszka, Adrian Tomine, Colson Whitehead, E.O. Wilson, and James Wolcott.

For more information go to the Brooklyn Book Festival Website and check back here soon for a schedule of speakers.

Saint Francis College Auditorium (180 Remsen Street)

11:00 A.M. Another Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Me Into.  Marie-Helene Bertino (Safe as Houses), Karen Thompson Walker (The Age of Miracles) and Earl Lovelace (Is Just a Movie) plop their characters into almost unbelievable, surreal situations. Join us as they discuss the inspiration behind these settings. Moderated by Anderson Tepper, Vanity Fair.

12:00 P.M. Brooklyn Book Festival presents Pete Hamill, author of the best selling A Drinking Life, and novels Snow in August, Tabloid City and Forever.  In conversation with Bill Goldstein of WNBC-TV’s Bill’s Books.

1:00 P.M. Mystery Writers of America’s New York Chapter presents The Royalty of Suspense. International bestselling suspense writers Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark in a program that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seats. Moderated by Rosemary Harris (Pushing up Daisies).

2:00 P.M. Worlds Built over Time. This all-star panel brings together the narrative geniuses of Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Adrian Tomine (New York Stories) and Gabrielle Bell (The Voyeurs) to discuss how they’ve developed characters, stories, and imagined worlds over serial publications. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos, co-organizer, Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. Featuring screen projection.

3:00 P.M. The Sex Panel: Taboo in Pictures. Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Leela Corman (Unterzakhn), Molly Crabapple (Devil in the Details) and Bob Fingerman (From the Ashes) talk about sex and taboo in comics. What inspires and informs their work and drives their characters (and readers)? From obscenity to art, and the delicious in-between. Featuring screen projection, with viewer discretion advised! Moderated by Heidi MacDonald.

4:00 P.M. Isabel Wilkerson in Conversation with Amy Goodman. Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson discusses themes from her bestselling National Book Critics Circle Award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns, which views the Great Migration of the 20th Century as an epic tale of immigrants journeying to new and unfamiliar lands.  In Conversation with Amy Goodman (The Silenced Majority Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope), host and executive producer of “Democracy Now!” public radio and TV news program.

5:00 P.M. Nothing Ever Breaks But the Heart. Novels that span generations and continents to remind us to tread lightly when following the heart. Stewart O’Nan (The Odds), Gail Tsukiyama (A Hundred Flowers) and Terry McMillan (Getting to Happy) read and discuss their work. Moderated by Jeffrey Lependorf, CLMP. 

Saint Francis College Screening Room (180 Remsen Street)

10:00 A.M. Home Is Not A Place. Four authors read and discuss their books whose protagonists are challenged to create and negotiate their identity in a new homeland--a journey fraught with confusion, rebellion and uncertain outcomes. Graphic novelist Leela Corman (Unterzakhn), and authors Patricia Engel (Vida), Luis Alberto Urrea (Into the Beautiful North) and Jose Prieto Manuel (Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire). Moderated by Tiphanie Yanique (How to Escape from a Leper Colony).

11:00 A.M. Comics by the People: Crowd-funding, Kickstarter, and the Future of Fan-supported Art.  Self-publishing in indie comics has a strong tradition and now Kickstarter has been called the #2 comics publisher in the US. What is the future of comics publishing? What are the benefits and challenges of directly fan-funded models? Molly Crabapple (Week in Hell), Spike (Poorcraft) and Jamie Tanner (The Black Well) discuss what works, what hasn’t and what’s to come. Moderated by Meaghan O’Connell, Kickstarter. Featuring screen projection.

12:00 P.M. Rabble-Rousers: Activist Comics. An unabashedly lefty panel of activist artists discuss the relevance and impact of political cartoons as we enter election season: Peter Kuper, editor and co-founder of World War III Illustrated (Diario de Oaxaca), Mr. Fish (Go Fish) and Fly (Peops). Moderated by Jonathan Gray. Featuring screen projection.

1:00 P.M. Make Believe: Genre Comics for the Next Generation. Derek Kirk Kim (Tune: Vanishing Point), Becky Cloonan (Dracula) and Mark Siegel (Sailor Twain)—three very different and equally fabulous cartoonists—showcase their new work and talk about what makes genre comics so fun to write, draw, and read. Moderated by fantasy author Ellen Kushner. Featuring screen projection.

2:00 P.M. Poetic Visions. Poets and artists Star Black (Velleity’s Shade), Kwame Dawes (Duppy Conqueror), Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Mule & Pear) and Danny Simmons (Deep in your Best Reflection) discuss the relationship of poetry to the visual arts in their own work. Moderated by Bianca Stone.

3:00 P.M. NYC Inked. Peter Kuper (Drawn to New York), shares a diary portrait of 34 years in NYC; James Romberger (Seven Miles a Second) captures the gritty beauty from the LES to uptown, adapting the late David Wojnarowicz haunting memoir; Colleen Doran (Gone to Amerikay) tells the Irish immigrant’s story across three centuries; and newcomer Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats) rewrites Romeo & Juliet in a Blade-Runner-esque landscape. Moderated by Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly Comics World. Featuring screen projection.


4:00 P.M. Reality Denied. Science Fiction authors Carla Speed McNeil (Finder: Voice), Lev Grossman (The Magician King) and Terry Bisson (Fire on the Mountain) read and discuss their books, which are part-medieval, part-magical, part-historical, and all reality bending! Moderated by literary agent Seth Fishman.

5:00 P.M. Enduring Unlikable WomenElissa Schappell (Blue Print), Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) and Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia) write difficult, complex female characters. Join these authors in a reading and discussion that looks at the bad boy and the unlikable woman in literature and how they are reviled or celebrated by their audience and creators. Moderated by Meredith Walters, Brooklyn Public Library.

St. Francis College McArdle Hall (180 Remsen Street)

10:00 A.M. The Geek Squad. Three authors look at how the internet impacts their writing and infiltrates their subject matter. Join Joshua Cohen (Four New Messages), Andrew Blum (Tubes) and Jessica Grose (Sad Desk Salad) in a cross genre discussion about the tangible and intangible ways of the internet. Moderated by Paul Vidich. 

11:00 A.M. Ink and Pressure: The Delicate Art, History and Future of Publishing. Three authors look at the nuts and bolts construction of a comic book empire, the intricacies of what it takes to make magazines, and what journalism means today. These authors share their thoughts on publishing in the past and how it might in the future, but most of all how it informs the work we read today. Victor Navasky (co-ed., The Art of Making Magazines), Sean Howe (Marvel Comics: The Untold Story) and Brooke Gladstone (The Influencing Machine).  Moderated by Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country)

12:00 P.M.  The Politics of Identity—Do They Still Matter? As America grows more diverse, “minorities” will soon be the majority and this shift in demographics affects our culture and the ways we think about it. Can—and should—we move beyond the idea of race in America? Baratunde Thurston (How to Be Black), Rebecca Walker (Black Cool) and Wesley Yang (author of the New York magazine “Paper Tigers” and a forthcoming book on Asians in America) will interrogate the stereotypes we still have of each other, both positive and negative, and examine the ways we run from and cling to various aspects of identity, race, and heritage. Moderated by Amitava Kumar.

1:00 P.M. The Twilight of the Elites. Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another—from Wall Street to Congress, from the Catholic Church to Major League Baseball—imploded under the weight of corruption.  In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions. How did we get here? With Twilight of the Elites, Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer. A conversation with MSNBC host Chris Hayes and Michelle Goldberg, moderated by Richard Kim.

2:00 P.M. Secrets Secrets Are Some Fun. How does a writer decide what to keep from the characters, narrator, or audience? Elizabeth Crane (We Only Know So Much), John Burnham Schwartz (Northwest Corner) and Kurt Andersen (True Believers) discuss how they tell secrets, but they won’t tell them all! Moderated by Ben Greenman (What He’s Poised to Do).

3:00 P.M.  Location, Location, Location. Colin Channer (Kingston Noir), Mark Leyner (The Sugar Frosted Nutsack) and Jessica Hagedorn (Toxicology) discuss themes of violence, drug use and crime in the very different locations of Jamaica, Dubai and Manhattan’s West Village. It just goes to show that almost every place in the world is united by the dark and devious. Moderated by Brigid Hughes.

4:00 P.M. So, You Want to Publish a Book?  It’s never been so easy to publish your own book. Many thousands of writers have done it and some successfully. But before you hit “upload,” come listen to four of the book industry's top editors and publishers discuss the issues facing authors in 2012. Reagan Arthur (Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown), Pamela Dorman (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin), Sean McDonald (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Jane Friedman (Open Road Integrated Media) will discuss what goes into the making of a successful book. Moderated by Ann Rittenberg.

5:00 P.M. The Poet Novelist. Poets and novelists Ben Lerner (Leaving the Atocha Station), Eileen Myles (Inferno: A Poet’s Novel) and Sapphire (The Kid) explore the boundaries, possibilities, divergences and intersections of poetry and prose. Moderated by Camille Rankine, Manhattanville College.



St. Francis College Adjunct Professor Andrew Cotto will also be appearing at two events for the Book Fair:

Tuesday, September 18th - Mystery Night
Andrew Cotto
(Outerborough Blues) and Attica Locke (The Cutting Season) read from their thrillers and talk about writing. Q&A and signings follow. Moderated by Professor Joseph Salvatore, The New School.

Location: St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue (between Dekalb and Willoughby Avenues)
7:00 pm

Sunday, September 23rd - North Stage, Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park

2:00 P.M. There’s A Story in Every Borough. Five authors read from their books and discuss their borough’s New York cred. From Suzanne Corso’s late 1970’s Bay Ridge in Brooklyn Story, to Julian Tepper’s Manhattan in Balls, to the Queens of Andrew Cotto’s The Domino Effect, and finally to the dark corners of S.J. Rozan’s Bronx in Ghost Hero, New York City’s boroughs are represented with the knowledge of a native and discussed for their inspiration. Moderated by Michael Penncavage (Staten Island Noir).