The Brooklyn Book Festival to present
Two Free Bookend Events
Saturday, September 17, 2016
1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
In the Parish Hall, 157 Montague Street
Queer Conflicts – 1:00 pm
Hosted in collaboration with the Bureau of General Services, Queer Division booksellers. The panel brings together activists, writers, and historians to discuss the changing political and social landscape of the LGBT community. As courtroom battles turn into media frenzies and political wrangling, how are present conflicts redefining attitudes toward the queer experience in America? What conflicts are missing from dominant historical narratives about marriage, national security, social media, and policing of bathrooms, among others? The panel brings together activists, writers, and historians to discuss the changing political and social landscape of conflict in the LGBT community. Panelists include: Alexis De Veaux, James Downs, Sarah Schulman, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Timothy Stewart-Winter; with moderator Hrag Vartanian.
When the Bell Tolls – 4:00 pm
Hosted in collaboration with Green-Wood Cemetery. Are we ever really ready for the time when the bell tolls? If we’re open to talking about it, we might be a least a little more prepared. The panel will explore the complex relationship between death, dying, and the hereafter. Presenters will guide you through with wisdom, direction and even a sense of humor: Dale Allison (Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of Night Comes, published by Erdmans), Amy Cunningham (progressive funeral director at Fitting Tribute NYC and blogger at The Inspired Funeral), and Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Sam Houston State University and co-author of Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife, published by Oxford University Press).