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October 2022

Brooklyn Book Festival: Who’s Afraid of Childhood?

October 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Book bans are on the rise. Last year, the American Library Association tracked 729 attempts to remove library, school, and university materials, involving 1,597 titles—double the number in 2019. Shedding light on the most recent spate of censorship, “Who’s Afraid of Childhood?” explores books set in childhood to highlight denial and resistance to depicting its realities. The event ends with a TBD musical performance and sing-along. Stay tuned! Speakers include: Anastasia Higginbotham, Michelle Tea & Drag Story Hour, LaToya Council,…

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Brooklyn Book Festival: Sacred Memories

October 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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When reflecting upon the past, what exactly makes something “true”? Is there power in the act of actively remembering and honoring what one may long to forget? And to what extent are we willing to sacrifice privacy for human connection? These are just a few of the questions raised in Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House and Julie Otsuka’s The Swimmers. Join these two acclaimed authors for a conversation on the sacredness of memory (or not?). Moderated by Kevin Nguyen (New…

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NBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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National Book Award–honored authors Martín Espada (Floaters, 2021 Poetry Winner), Katie Kitamura (Intimacies, 2021 Fiction Longlist), and Natasha Wimmer (Space Invaders, 2021 Translated Literature Finalist) gather for a cross-genre conversation about the borders of time, place, and language. Moderated by Ruth Dickey, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

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Legacies of Injustice

October 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Two authors craft compelling narratives that paint vivid portraits of America’s shameful past. In Geraldine Brooks’s Horse, two storylines from different time periods are threaded together to reveal America’s enduring legacy of injustice and racism. And in Jabari Asim’s Yonder, a group of strivers connect through love and friendship while fighting to survive the cruel and inhumane conditions of enslavement. Moderated by Gal Beckerman (The Quiet Before).

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A Critical and Constructive Conversation About Elite Power and Change

October 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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From interminable inequalities and injustices to culture wars, our challenges can seem intractable and our discourse stubbornly fixed. Join Bill McKibben (The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon) and Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò (Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics, and Everything Else) as they look with fresh eyes at systemic elitism in America, the roots of our current predicaments, and the urgent need to organize across our differences to fight for and reclaim a fairer future. Moderated…

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Dreams Deferred

October 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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From uncovering injustice, making and breaking relationships, to keeping the secrets of the past buried, these four authors have written characters who aspire and sometimes fail to realize their hopes and dreams. Join Marie Myung-Ok Lee (The Evening Hero), Tobias Carroll (Ex-Members), and Chelsea Bieker (Heartbroke) for this panel about persevering in the face of adversity and danger, from environmental disaster to pandemic isolation to punk rock alienation, moderated by Electric Literature Editor-in-Chief Denne Michele Norris.

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