Sep 22, 2019 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Village People: Rural Lives in a Global World

Brooklyn Book Festival

209 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

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. Moderated by Emily Nemens, editor of The Paris Review. Read more


Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo is one of France’s most exciting and ambitious young writers. He is the author of PornographiaLe sel, and Une education libertine, which won the Goncourt First Novel Prize. Animalia, his fourth novel, is his first to appear in English.

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.