If you’re anywhere near Brooklyn this weekend, the Brooklyn Book Festival promises to be a treat for readers and writers. I’ll be there at the Women’s National Book Association booth, but I hope to get away to hear my favorite authors at some of the talks, panel discussions, and readings scheduled throughout the day.
Some of the highlights of the day, for me: Myla Goldberg talking about her new novel The False Friend; Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (one of my favorites from the past year); Gary Shteyngart (I haven’t read Super Sad True Love Story yet); Adam Haslett (Union Atlantic). The Festival runs from 10-6, rain or shine.
National Reading Group Month is sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association, a networking and educational group founded in New York City in 1917 by a group of women booksellers when the all-male Bookseller’s League chose to remain all-male. There are chapters (not just for women) in cities around the country. All the chapters hold programs in October and I am delighted to be co-moderating the New York program. If you live in the NY metro area, you can come and hear a great panel of authors at 6pm on Wed. Oct. 21st at the Mint Theater in midtown.
The authors are: Eva Hoffman (Appassionata), Christina Baker Kline (Bird in Hand), C.M. Mayo (The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire), Julie Metz (Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal), and Roxana Robinson (Cost). They will speak about their books and answer questions from the moderators and the audience.
If you’re not a WNBA member, the cost is $20 (students, $10), which includes a tote bag of books and other goodies from publishers, great refreshments, and the opportunity to buy the authors’ books, get them signed, and chat. It’s a lovely, informal evening. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.