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August 2015 Events


Wednesday, August 5, 7pm
Fairleigh Dickinson MFA Faculty & Student Reading

Readers from Farleigh Dickinson’s writing program will include Rene Steinke (Friendswood), David Grand (Mount Terminus), Donna Freitas (The Tenderness of Thieves), H.L. Hix (I’m Here to Dream in Your Language), and Walter Cummins (Telling Stories).



Thursday, August 6, 7pm
Anna Badkhen in conversation with Christopher Beha

Journalist and author Anna Badkhen joined a family of  Fulani herders in their annual migration across Mali’s Sahel grassland. In Walking with Abel, she describes the everyday life of the nomads, from cooking over a manure fire and eating millet and fish paste to sleeping under a plastic tarp, and considers the beauty and wisdom of the group’s unfettered way of life. In conversation with author and editor Christopher Beha.



Thursday, August 27, 7pm
Cynthia Dantzic

Artist and author Cynthia Dantizic’s newest “100” book, 100 New York Calligraphers, focuses on scribes born or educated in the city but includes a broad swathe of calligraphy across many different languages and styles, from letters and documents to graffiti and signs, The book features more than 550 examples of the depth and beauty of New York’s most careful, creative hands, some of whom are expected to be in attendance.

September 2015


Monday, August 31, 10pm, into the wee hours of Tuesday, September 1st
Ferrante Midnight Release Party
We’re celebrating The Story of the Lost Child, the finale to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, with a midnight release party! Come cure your Ferrante fever with music, food, and the new book!



Thursday, September 3, 7pm
Kathleen Alcott in conversation with Alexandra Kleeman
In Kathleen Alcott’s new novel, Infinite Home, an ad-hoc family evicted from its Brooklyn brownstone seeks security, worth, and unity in the wilds of America property. Alexandra Kleeman’s debut, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, is a missing-person mystery steeped in the absurdities of pop culture and aimed at dissecting contemporary womanhood. Join these two dynamic young authors for a conversation about the contemporary novel.



Thursday, September 10, 7pm
David Payne in conversation with Elissa Schappell
David Payne’s debut memoir, Barefoot to Avalon, is an intense, unflinching look at Payne’s relationship with a brother killed in a tragic accident. In 2000, on a move from Vermont to North Carolina, Payne watched in his rear-view mirror as his brother’s truck flipped off the road. Payne was left in shambles, and after a bout of alcoholism and with his marriage disintegrating, he turned to the only thing that might set things straight: writing his brother’s story. In conversation with novelist Elissa Schappell.


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Book Launch: Asian-American by Dale Talde
Tuesday, September 15, 7pm
at Pork Slope
Purchase tickets here
Come celebrate the launch of Chef Dale Talde’s first cookbook, Asian-American. Feast on Pork Slope’s finest and sample Chef Talde’s newest dishes. Tickets are $55 and include a signed copy of Asian-American, booze & bites, and a chance to hang with the Chef himself. Purchase tickets here.



Wednesday, September 16, 7pm
Joy Williams in conversation with Siri Hustvedt
Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event
The Visiting Privilege, the first book by Joy Williams in 10 years, is a definitive collection of new and classic stories, illustrating Williams’s pitch-perfect prose and dark, uncanny take on modern America, and reaffirming her place as one of the most influential short story writers of  our time.  In the words of author Thomas McGuane, “This is an important moment for American writing.” In conversation with novelist, essayist and critic Siri Hustvedt.



Thursday, September 24, 7pm
Georgi Gospodinov
In a rare U.S. appearance, Bulgarian author Georgi Gospodinov reads from The Physics of Sorrow. Labyrinthine and lyrical, Gospodinov’s new novel uses the myth of the minotaur as the foundation for a moving and funny family narrative, weaving in and out of various “side passages” of story to take on the fraught history of Eastern Europe. A New Yorker profile said of the novel, “Georgi’s real quest in The Physics of Sorrow is to find a way to live with sadness, to allow it to be a source of empathy and salutary hesitation.”



Community Bookstore Book Club
Led by Stephanie Valdez (co-owner)
Wedesday, September 9, 7:30pm
The Red and the Blackby Stendhal

Nonfiction Book Club
Led by Philip Goedicke
Monday, August 10, 7:30pm
The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe

Brooklyn By the Book: Fall 2015 Lineup


Brian Selznick
Thursday, October 8, 6:30pm
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Brian Selznick does it again! His new book, The Marvels, is a century-spanning adventure tale of beauty, mystery, and survival told in the signature style of writing and illustration that made young-reader classics of The Adventures of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. The story begins with Billy Marvel, who survives a shipwreck, is taken in by a London theater troupe, and becomes the first of several generations of famous actors. One hundred years later, Joseph Jervis vanishes from school and takes up with his mysterious uncle, Albert Nightingale, whose strange, massive house holds secrets to their family’s past. Tickets are $10 ($7 for BPL/CBE members) and can be used towards a discount on The Marvels.
At Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn NY 11215


Yotam Ottolenghi & Ramael Scully
Thursday, October 22, 7:30pm
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Yotam Ottolenghi, one of the world’s great culinary innovators, returns to Brooklyn for the release of his newest cookbook, Nopi, featuring recipes from his acclaimed London restaurant. Our last event with Ottolenghi celebrated the publication of Jerusalem, one of the most influential and best selling cookbooks of the last several years. His new book, co-written with Nopi head chef Ramael Scully, showcases a different side of Ottolenghi’s cooking, a dazzling mixture of Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Tickets are $10 ($7 for BPL/CBE members) and can be used towards a discount on Nopi: The Cookbook.
At Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn NY 11215



Orhan Pamuk
Wednesday, November 11, 7:30pm
Free with RSVP
From Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk comes A Strangeness in My Mind, a panoramic novel centered around a poor street vendor and his fantasies of a better life. Every night, Mevlut Karata wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and dreaming of riches and fame. But fate is never in his favor, and, after mistakenly eloping with the wrong girl, Mevlut moves from job to job, raising a family and marveling at the transformations of the 20th century. Told through a variety of perspectives, A Strangeness in My Mind is a loving, hopeful tale from one of the world’s most distinguished storytellers. This program is free with RSVP.
At Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11215


Stacy Schiff in conversation with Jodi Kantor
Thursday, November 12, 7:30pm
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff’s new history, The Witches: Salem, 1692, tells how it all began one frigid Massachusetts winter when a minister’s daughter began to shake and convulse. A year later, 19 accused lay dead in one of early America’s darkest periods. In a sweeping account of the men and women, politicians and children caught up in a web of superstitions, Schiff takes on the Salem Witch Trials with the same urgency and erudition that illuminated her previous works, Cleopatra: A Life and Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). In conversation with Jodi Kantor. Tickets are $10 ($7 for BPL/CBE members) and can be used towards a discount on The Witches: Salem, 1692.
At Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn NY 11215


Mary Gaitskill
Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm
Free with RSVP
The Mare, the long-awaited new novel from the critics’ favorite Mary Gaitskill, is a raw, vital American story. Velveteen Vargas is an 11-year-old, Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn, sent to upstate New York. What follows is the story of her ever evolving relationship with her host family–Ginger, a failed artist on the edge of alcoholism, and Paul, a jaded academic–and a stable of horses down the road. With the same energy that charged her books Don’t Cry and Veronica, Gaitskill’s novel is a powerful take on contemporary racial and socioeconomic issues, framed around the classic story of a girl and her horse. This program is free with RSVP.
At Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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