Thursday, September 18: Rene Steinke and Bret Anthony Johnston
René Steinke (Friendswood) and Bret Anthony Johnston (Remember Me Like This) will read from their latest work and discuss past and contemporary literature from Texas. Photo credit: Michele Ocampo (Steinke) and Nina Subin (Johnston). RSVP here.
Sunday, September 21: 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival Panel: Fantastical Thrillers: Face Your Fears, or Else…
Confronting the evils of the past, deliberately pushing into the unknown, and even stealing the moon. Join NYT bestselling author Lev Grossman (Magicians Trilogy: The Magician’s Land), Jeff VanderMeer (The Southern Reache Trilogy: Acceptance) and debut novelist Deji Olukotun (Nigerians in Space) in a conversation about traveling to the brink and back, and what redemption means in magical worlds. Moderated by Noreen Tomassi, Center for Fiction.
The panel will take place at the North Stage (Columbus Park) at 4:00 P.M.
This event is part of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Visit The Center for Fiction booth (#203) for information on The Center and a chance to win prizes!
For more information, please visit the BBF website.
Thursday, September 25: Notes on Fiction: Marie-Helene Bertino
This event will be both a reading and concert to celebrate the publication of 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow Marie-Helene Bertino’s debut novel, 2 A.M. At The Cat’s Pajamas. The program will feature jazz music performed by pianist Keenen McCracken & friends to complement the reading, selected by the author herself! Learn more & RSVP here
[Photo by Jennifer May Hires]
In retrospect, it was not a big moment, my first reading of Jo Ann Beard. We had been assigned one of the essays from her book The Boys of My Youth to read for a creative writing class at the University of Iowa in my first year as an undergrad. If you are familiar with that collection, perhaps you can guess which one. In that hazy time between the shattering horror of Columbine and the devastating shootings at Virginia Tech, most of the students in the class, myself included, were completely unaware that years before, Iowa had been the site of a similar tragedy, one that would become all too common for my generation. Beard’s essay exploring the event, “The Fourth State of Matter,” is the sort of ruminative, elliptical, webby work that can catch a reader prepared for melodrama unawares.
Check out this article on reading Jo Ann Beard by our Awards and Programs Manager Sara Batkie!