Mark your calendars for September 18th!
I’m thrilled to be hosting an interactive discussion on literature, identity, and geography at the Brooklyn Museum in a special WNYC Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event.
The event is called Brooklyn Bound: Writing Kings County and it centers around writers past and present who have taken inspiration from the expansive borough.
The evening will feature Evan Hughes, author of Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life), plus three emerging writers whose work focuses on three distinct Brooklyn neighborhoods. Yelena Akhtiorskaya‘s debut novel Panic in a Suitcase is set in the Brighton Beach of her immigrant childhood; Jason Reynolds writes about the pressures of life in Bed-Stuy in his young adult novel When I Was the Greatest; and Mark Chiusano (Marine Park: Stories) examines the far reaches of the borough in his new collection of stories.
See WNYC’s events page for details and tickets. I hope to see you there!
I’m mobility-impaired and unfortunately cannot attend. But Brooklyn Book Festival fans will love my latest read, Erica Miles’ DAZZLED BY DARKNESS/SEEING THINGS IN BROOKLYN, about a 1960’s mixed race romance between a highly imaginative, but troubled Jewish girl and a Latino black guy who aspires to be the most controversial artist in America. Many scenes set in Brooklyn neighborhoods (Park Slope, Bed Stuy, Crown Heights) including at the Brooklyn Museum. Available on Amazon.