Saturday post brought me a local townhall paper, Brooklyn!! where new york city begins, with a main-page news of an upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival September 16-22. Glancing through events and names of various writers I realize that I am a complete and utter illiterate savage: I heard just a handful of names and actually read only one – P. Hamill. Among those the paper calls celebrities is a guy called Jonathan Ames; the name ringed a bell and I now know why. That was a delightful speech, seemingly uncontrolled but, I suspect, in reality as strategically and craftily constructed as an inauguration oration.
Ah, what a charmer (and he plays it). Maybe I will go listen to him read his stories at St. Ann’s :
ST. ANN & THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH (157 Montague Street), Sept.22
2:00 P.M. Writers Who Read: These stories come alive on paper, but nothing’s better than hearing Jonathan Ames (Wake Up, Sir!), Sapphire (The Kid) and Tao Lin (Taipei) read their vivid prose aloud. Colorful, memorable characters riddled with tragedy and emotional issues truly come to life when embodied by their brilliant, charismatic creators.
Reading the events schedule, besides all the mysterious participants (whom, evidently, every culturally-aware reader should know …sigh) – which of the topics you find interesting? Which panels would you attend?