Brooklyn Book Festival 2011 Features Hudson Valley and Westchester County, NY, Authors
Brooklyn’s book festival features several Hudson Valley and Westchester County authors, writers, and filmmakers
By Marisa LaScala
I know, I know. I’m supposed to be a champion of all the arts and culture that goes on outside the purview of New York City’s five boroughs. But this upcoming weekend, everyone — including tons of our neighbors — are heading to Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Book Festival.
The event, which takes place downtown (right outside the courthouse) next Sunday, September 18, gathers writers who’ll read from their most recent works and host panel discussions with fellow wordsmiths. Publishers, journalists, and illustrators also man booths where you can browse and buy their wares. It is a bookworm’s dream.
This year, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Safran Foer, Colson Whitehead, Tom Perrotta, and Joyce Carol Oates will be in attendance. But what local names can we find among the program list? Here are a few:
Sayles — who we profiled alongside partner and producer Maggie Renzi during our coverage of the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival — makes the trip down from Clinton Corners to participate in a discussion about creating characters and stories out of historical events. The A Moment in the Sun author joins novelists Terese Svoboda (Bohemian Girl) and Esmeralda Santiago (Conquistadora), a Katonah resident.
The onetime/part-time Westchester resident reads from her book Cost as part of a panel on “family life gone awry in their fiction.”
The writer lives in upstate New York, where his books often take place. (Case in point: The Reserve, which depicts a high-society sanctuary in the Adirondacks). He’ll be reading from his newest tome, The Lost Memory of Skin, which arrives in October.
I’ve written about how much I enjoyed the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad before — and even moreso because part of it takes place in Crandale, a fictional town in Westchester.
Another Katonah resident, Blundell wrote What I Saw and How I Lied, a young-adult novel that garnered the National Book Award. Blundell is part of a YA panel titled “Reimagining History,” during which authors talk about “what it takes to tap into and re-imagine unforgettable characters that bring us mystery and adventure wrapped in emotional and timeless settings.”
The award-winning author/illustrator, who lives in Westchester’s Rivertowns, heads to the Target Children’s Area to read from The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China.
To get there: Take Metro-North to Grand Central Terminal, then hop on the 4 or 5 train downtown to Borough Hall.
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