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Brooklyn Book Festival

September 18, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

Brooklyn Book Festival 
Sunday, September 18 (10am-6pm, rain or shine)

Alternative Comics’ authors appearing include: Josh Neufeld, Tom Hart, Sari Wilson, Gregory Benton & Nick Bertozzi.


11:00am | Revolutionary Art
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St

History comes to life in graphic biographies of revolutionary figures, who forever changed the course of America’s politics, culture, and art–and whose messages resonate in our current troubled time. Kyle Baker (Nat Turner–reissued to coincide with the major motion picture release), Sabrina Jones (Our Lady of Birth Control) and Nick Bertozzi (Becoming Andy Warhol, The Masochists). Moderated by Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle).

1:00pm | Otherworldly
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St.

By drawing the out-of-this-world, these comics share essential truths about humanity. Marjorie Liu (Monstress) writes comics about gore, sex, and horror–which reflect deep socio-cultural/historical inspiration. Tyler Cohen (Primahood) blends surrealism and memoir to explore what it means to be a queer person in a straight world (particularly as a parent). Gregory Benton (Smoke) illuminates the struggles of immigrant farm-workers in a graphic novella with ghostly elements. Moderated by award-winning author Ellen Kushner.

3:00pm | Can You Draw the Meaning of Life?
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St

Three comics creators take on big questions–philosophical, scientific, spiritual. Lauren Redniss (Thunder & Lightning) explores the past, present, and controversial future of our world through weather phenomenons. Best-selling French creator Cyril Pedrosa (Equinoxes) reflects on the connections made between people over time and space. And Tom Hart (Rosalie Lightning, She’s Not Into Poetry) asks in a tragic yet beautiful memoir about his young daughter’s death: can you capture the meaning of a life, as you mourn its loss? Moderated by cartoonist and choreographer Kriota Willberg ((No) Pain!).

3:00pm | Flash Fiction Workshop: Comics > Prose
St. Francis College Workshop Room 4202, 180 Remsen St

Novelist Sari Wilson and cartoonist Josh Neufeld (A Few Perfect Hours)— co-editors of FLASHed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose — lead a multimedia flash fiction workshop. Flex your storytelling muscles as you write your own piece of flash fiction inspired by an original comic. One story created in the workshop will be published on the official FLASHed website.

5:00pm | The Art of War
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St

Compelling comics can be drawn from conflict zones. Journalist Sarah Glidden (Rolling Blackouts), ex-Marine Maximilian Uriarte (The White Donkey), and historical graphic novelist Ethan Young (Nanjing) discuss war stories. Moderated by Josh Neufeld (Flashed and AD).


September 18, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm