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Brooklyn Book Festival Mainstage
October 1 @ 1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Colson Whitehead | Dwyer Murphy | Astra Taylor | Anand Giridharadas | Chris Hayes | Kevin Chen | Yu Miri | Gerardo Sámano Córdova | Walter Mosley | Joyce Carol Oates | Olivia Rutigliano
1:30pm The Crook Manifesto and The Stolen Coast. Enjoy readings and dialogue with two-time Pulitzer Award-winning novelist and 2017 BoBi Honoree Colson Whitehead as he shares the elaborate layers of his newest book Crook Manifesto. He is joined in conversation by novelist Dwyer Murphy (The Stolen Coast). This intimate conversation promises an exploration of the artistry, intellect and reflections that breathe life into fiction.
2:30 Can the Future Be Saved? A Conversation Between Astra Taylor and Anand Giridharadas. Astra Taylor’s The Age of Insecurity: Coming Together as Things Fall Apart diagnoses a society constructed against its own advancement, wracked by crisis and division. In The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy, Anand Giridharadas profiles organizers, politicians, and ordinary citizens who live there without losing an unyielding faith that they can make the world they want to see one conversation at a time. How do we get there from here? Moderated by Chris Hayes, MSNBC.
3:30pm Of Spirits and Monsters. From the peripheries of death, in a Taiwanese village, occupied Korea, and a decaying Mexican estate, come stories of lives marginalized by sexual orientation and class, and devastated by war and grief. In Kevin Chen’s Ghost Town (translated by Darryl Sterk) and Yu Miri’s The End of August (translated by Morgan Giles), the dead tell and reveal many tales, whereas in Gerardo Sámano Córdova’s Monstrilio, the dead comes back to life, to horrifying effect. Moderated by Jeremy Tiang, novelist, translator, and playwright.
5:00pm Walter Mosley and Joyce Carol Oates: In Conversation Two of the most formidable writers of our time appear in conversation about their life’s work, exploring the creative impulse, writing across genres, and the constant tension between good and evil. In Joyce Carol Oates’ short story collection Zero-Sum, the mystery of interior life manifests in characters striving for both vengeance and seduction. In Touched, Walter Mosley uses a dystopian fantasy to reflect a mirror back on our world. Delve into the minds of these beloved and inimitable writers in this powerhouse conversation. Moderated by Olivia Rutigliano (associate editor, CrimeReads).