Sep 22, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Brooklyn Book Festival with Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, Jérôme Tubiana, Patrice Nganang, Ben Philippe, and Scholastique Mukasonga

Brooklyn Book Festival

209 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

Five authors from the French diaspora will take part in talks during this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival: Jean-Baptiste Del Amo (Village People: Rural Lives in a Global World, 10am), Jérôme Tubiana (Everything is Horrible: Comics as Satire and Witness, 12pm), Ben Philippe (Hero's Journey, 12pm), Patrice Nganang (In the Shadow of War: African and Indian Perspectives, 1pm), and Scholastique Mukasonga (Looking Back: Memoir, Auto-Fiction and the Worlds that Shape Us, 3pm).

10:00am Village People: Rural Lives in a Global World
What becomes of rural life and literature in an overwhelmingly urbanized world? The verse of Windham Campbell Prize author Ishion Hutchinson’s House of Lords and Commons evokes a Jamaican countryside of revolutionary cane cutters and brilliant musical magpies. Maxim Osipov’s story collection Rock, Paper, Scissors updates the rich literature of Russia’s provinces with contemporary woes like medical tourism and nationalist politics. And in Jean Baptiste del Amo’s Animalia, a French peasant smallholding evolves, over generations, into a hellish factory farm. Moderator: Emily Nemens, editor of The Paris Review.
Location: Brooklyn Borough Hall Media Room (209 Joralemon St)

12:00pm Everything is Horrible: Comics as Satire and Witness
A psychedelic chronicle of 1970s New York paves the road for even trippier Washington D.C. satire; a meditation on casual bigotry feeds a gentrification horror story; and a daily conversation in an African hotel blossoms into the epic survival story of one of Guantanamo Bay's youngest detainees. Ben Passmore (BTTM FDRS), Jérôme Tubiana (Guántanamo Kid), and Mark Alan Stamaty (MacDoodle Street) discuss the art of stepping outside reality in order to depict it. Moderated by Sarah Glidden (Rolling Blackouts).
Location: Brooklyn Historical Society Library (128 Pierrepont Street)

12:00pm Hero's Journey
A hero can be many things: an ugly stepsister fighting to upend expectations and destiny; a Filipino-American teen uncovering the truth behind his cousin's murder; a princess, disguised as a rebel, aiding a revolution that's about to turn into war. Bestselling author Jennifer Donnelly (Stepsister), Randy Ribay (Patron Saints of Nothing), and bestselling author Cora Carmack (Rage: A Stormheart Novel) talk about what it really means to be a hero, for yourself and for others. Moderated by Ben Philippe (The Field Guide to the North American Teenager).
Location: Brooklyn Law School Student Lounge (210 Joralemon Street)

1:00pm In the Shadow of War: African and Indian Perspectives*
World War II is one of the most written about wars—often depicted as a heroic battle against the forces of global fascism. But from Africa and India a more nuanced picture emerges, complicated by the legacy of colonialism and homegrown movements for independence. Patrice Nganang captures the dilemma of Cameroonian recruits in When the Plums Are Ripe. Maaza Mengiste celebrates the resistance of Ethiopian women to Mussolini in The Shadow King. And Windham Campbell Prize author Raghu Karnad explores the saga of Indian brothers divided by conflicting allegiances in Farthest Field. Moderator: Eric Banks, NYU Center for Humanities.
Location: Brooklyn Borough Hall Media Room (209 Joralemon St)

3:00pm Looking Back: Memoir, Auto-Fiction and the Worlds that Shape Us
How do you write about the past—childhood and youth—when so much has disappeared or been transformed, often tragically? Aleksandar Hemon recaptures life in Sarajevo before war forced his parents to emigrate to Canada in the double memoir This Does Not Belong to You/ My Parents: An Introduction. A writer named Amit Chaudhuri wanders the evocative lanes of Bombay after the 2008 terrorist attack in Amit Chaudhuri’s novel Friend of My Youth. And Scholastique Mukasonga lovingly remembers her mother, who perished during the Rwanda genocide, in The Barefoot Woman. Moderator: Amitava Kumar (Immigrant, Montana).
Location: Brooklyn Borough Hall Media Room (209 Joralemon St)

*All of these programs will be followed by a half-hour book signing.

Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival celebrates reading, authors, discussion and published literature through free and low-cost programs that bring readers together with local, national and international authors, publishers and booksellers. As New York City’s largest free literary festival, BKBF presents programs that are hip, smart, diverse and inclusive and include its annual city-wide Bookend Events, BKBF Children’s Day and flagship Festival Day when more than 300 authors participate. The festival presents challenging, engaging and thoughtful programming in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, youth and children literature.