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Friday
Sep102010

Brooklyn Book Festival 2010 Highlights Guide

The 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival is this Sunday--it's a daylong gathering of great authors chit-chatting about ISSUES in a panel formation.  Autograph hounds: bring your Kindles! Here are the highlights:

12PM

Me . . . In The World. When the world around you seems impossible, and you know there’s nothing you can do about it, the literary result is often wry, biting, and funny, as authors respond to yearnings for or against normalcy with disgruntlement, amazement, or amusement. Featuring novelists Kate Christensen (Trouble), Sam Lipsyte (The Ask), and Rakesh Satyal (Blue Boy). Moderated by Greg Cowles of the New York Times.
ST. FRANCIS READING ROOM

3PM

Sarah Silverman and David Rakoff in Conversation. Humorists Sarah Silverman (The Bedwetter) and David Rakoff (Half Empty) discuss their work.
MAIN STAGE

Finding the Funny: The Humor of the Everyday. Humorists John Hodgman (The Areas of My Expertise), Sloane Crosley (How Did You Get This Number), and Kristen Schaal and Rich Blomquist (The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex) discuss their work.
BOROUGH HALL COURTROOM

The Body Electric: The Cult and Culture of Movement in America. Stefanie Syman, author of a new history of yoga (The Subtle Body), humorist and yoga-foe-turned-zealot Neal Pollack (Stretch), and choreographer Elizabeth Streb (How to Become an Extreme Action Hero)discuss the mind/body split and how our approach to stillness and movement shapes who we are—and who we can be.
NORTH STAGE

4PM

Cabaret BBF Style. Four notorious authors shake up the Brooklyn Book Festival with song and comedy. Singing by Rakesh Satyal (Blue Boy) and Melvin Van Peebles (Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha), mixed with a comic presentation by Sam Anderson (New York Magazine) and David Rees (Get Your War On).
MAIN STAGE

5PM

Border Crossings. Three writers with hyphenated identities and whose work crosses and bridges cultural boundaries read from their most recent books. Featuring Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story), Luis Alberto Urrea (Into the Beautiful North), Maaza Mengiste (Beneath the Lion’s Gaze). 
INTERNATIONAL STAGE

All of this year's panels and events

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