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“A dud article from Breitbart reaches more people than all the books we've talked about combined,” lamented LA Kauffman, gesturing to the dozens of pulp-and-spine texts recommended to the audience at the morning panel of Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival. Kauffman unearthed the slinking undercurrent of the day: What do books matter in the age of fake news and impending fascism? It was hardly an auspicious opening to the festival's eleventh annual celebration of the vital...
Camille Rankine, poet and general griot, does everything in her power to cultivate a creative community where inclusivity, vibrancy and literature of all varieties abound. Though teaching at institutions such as Columbia and Brown have undoubtedly helped Rankine achieve notoriety in her field, she has derived a great deal of inspiration organizing poetry programs for the Brooklyn Book Festival and chairing the board of The Poetry Project. At the crux of her ideology is...
You probably think that’s clickbait. It’s not. And it’s true. I don’t read books. You wouldn’t know it from all the books I own. They’re overwhelmingly nonfiction and run the gamut: everything from fellatio, cunnilingus, and African-based class war movements to educational psychology, LGBTQ+ microaggressions, and Black feminism. I love to read and I do it often. I just don’t read books. I used to read them all the time. In fact, as a child I...
There’s no better time to be a book nerd in Brooklyn than September, when the annual blockbuster Brooklyn Book Festival takes over town. With a week’s worth of offsite “Bookend” events and a full day of free panels, readings, discussions, as well as a bustling book fair, if anything there is too much to take in. Let us guide you through the busy, and sometimes bewildering, field of parties and panels. Secure your bookmarks...

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