THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

September 14, 2018 at 4:30 am

As PBS’ The Great American Read continues, the Brooklyn Book Festival hits its stride. We have the details on the largest literary event in our area.

Aired on September 13, 2018.

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>> ON SEPTEMBER 16th, BROOKLYN
BORROW HALL WILL BE COVERED IN
BOOKS, PUBLISHERS AND LITTER INS
ALIKE.
JENNIFER EGAN AND HARRY KUNSRU
ARE JUST A FEW OF THE AUTHORS
WHO WILL BE IN THE BROOKLYN BOOK
FESTIVAL OFFERING READINGS AND
DISCUSSIONS.
HOSTING EVENTS RANGING IN
PROGRAMMING AMTED AT LITERARY
LOVERS TO THE WELL RED PARENTS
OF CHILDREN WHO WANT TO FOLLOW
IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS.
>> IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO
BROOKLYN, YOU HAVE OTHER
OPTIONS.
>>> JOINING US TODAY WITH ALL
THE DETAILS IS THE CHAIR OF THE
BROOKLYN LITERARY COUNCIL.
AND EDITOR IN CHIEF, JOHNNY
TEMPLE.
AND CO CHAIR OF THE POETRY
COMMITTEE.
WHO RECENTLY AUTHORED INCORRECT
MERCIFUL IMPULSES.
>> WELCOME TO METRO FOCUS.
>> THANK YOU.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING US.
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS
BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL.
IT'S CALLED BROOKLYN, BUT THIS
ISN'T JUST KINGS COUNTY IN.
>> THAT'S RIGHT.
IT'S AN INTERNATIONAL BOOK
FESTIVAL.
WE HAVE WRITERS COMING HERE FROM
ALL OVER THE WORLD, IN FACT THIS
YEAR WE HAVE WRITERS FROM U
UGANDA, SOMALIA, KENYA,
ARGENTINA, CROATIA, THE FESTIVAL
IS BASED IN BROOKLYN AND HAS A
BROOKLYN FLAVOR TO IT, BUT IN
FACT IT'S -- IT FEATURES WRITERS
FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
PEOPLE TRAVEL FROM ALL OVER THE
WORLD TO THE FESTIVAL AS WELL.
>> YOU ARE GOING TO BE A
FEATURED AUTHOR I BELIEVE.
>> I'M MODERATING A PANEL ON
POETRY AND POLITICS.
>> PEOPLE WHO AREN'T FAMILIAR
WITH YOUR WORK, TELL US ABOUT
THE WORK YOU DO.
>> WELL, I'M A POET.
I JUST HAVE THE BOOK OUT, AND MY
WRITING REALLY ENGAGES WITH
QUESTIONS OF HUMANITY AND HOW
PEOPLE FIT INTO THE CULTURE AND
THEIR CONTEXT.
SO I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN THE
IDEA OF HOW POETRY CAN BE A WAY
OF ENGAGING IN THE WORLD, AND A
WAY OF ENGAGING IN YOUR
POLITICAL MOMENT AS WELL.
THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS I
WANTED TO MODERATE THAT PANEL.
>> THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER EVENTS
THAT WILL BE HAPPENING AS WELL?
>> IT'S A WEEK LONG SERIES OF
EVENTS.
STARTING ON MONDAY AND GOING ALL
THE WAY THROUGH SUNDAY.
THERE'S BOOK END EVENTS ALL WEEK
FROM MONDAY TO SUNDAY.
>> BOOK END EVENTS ARE LITERARY
EVENT THAT IS MIGHT BE IN A
CAFE, A BOOK STORE, A MUSEUM.
>> SO INCREDIBLY INTIMATE
SPACES.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
>> AND THEN THE 15th SATURDAY IS
CHILDREN'S DAY AT METRO TECH
PLAZA IN BROOKLYN, AND THEN THE
16th IS THE MAIN DAY OF THE
FESTIVAL AT BOROUGH HALL PLAZA.
THERE'S 300 OFFICERS
PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAMS ON
THE 15th OR 16th.
I SHOULD SAY THE 16th IN
PARTICULAR.
THERE WILL BE 15 STAGES RUNNING
ALL DAY.
WE HAVE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF
AUTHORS PARTICIPATING.
WE LIKE TO THINK OF IT AS
THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY
AT THIS FESTIVAL.
>> I KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE
ORGANIZING OR CO CHAIRING THE
FESTIVALS -- ARE THERE ANY
PARTICULAR AUTHORS OR EVENTS
YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO.
>> ONE IS A PROGRAM ABOUT
ATHLETES AND ACTIVISM.
THERE'S A FORMAL --
>> THAT'S INCREDIBLY TIMELY.
>> VERY TIMELY.
>> THERE'S A FORMER NBA PLAYER.
A WASHINGTON WIZARD NAMED ETON
THOMAS.
WHO JUST WROTE A BOOK CALLED WE
MATTER.
AND HE'S ON A PROGRAM WITH A
WOMAN, AN OLYMPIAN AS WELL AS
DAVE ZYRAN WHO'S A SPORTSWRITER.
AND THE PROGRAM IS MODERATED BY
SEAN KING.
IT SHOULD BE A SPICY AND FUN
PROGRAM WITH A LOT OF STRONG
OPINIONS BEING EXPRESSED.
>> DEFINITELY IF SEAN KING IS
MODERATING, I WOULD SAY SO.
>> ON THE LITERARY SIDE.
ONE OF THE PROGRAMS, ONE OF OUR
BLOCKBUSTER PROGRAMS FEATURES
ONE OF THE GREAT KENYAN WRITERS.
ONE OF THE GREAT WRITERS OF THE
20th AND 21st CENTURY.
HE'S TRULY A LITERARY ICON,
SHARING THE STAGE WITH JOYCE
CAROL OATES AND SEVERAL OTHERS.
>> THE POETRY OF JOY IS
SOMETHING WE CAN ALL USE RIGHT
NOW, AND SO IT WILL BE POETS
MEDITATING ON THAT, AND THEIR
READINGS.
CHEN CHEN, AMY, AND OSCAR, WHICH
I THINK IS GOING TO BE A FUN
PROGRAM.
>> I THINK THE POETRY OF JOY IS
REASON ENOUGH TO COME OUT.
>> LISTEN, THANK YOU BOTH FOR
GIVING US SOME INFO ON THIS
UPCOMING BOOK FESTIVAL.
>> THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.
>>> FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE
BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL, VISIT US
AT METRO FOCUS.ORG.