Several Columbia Affiliates to Appear at Brooklyn Book Festival

September 13, 2017

More than a dozen School of the Arts alumni and faculty members will appear at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, which takes place from Mon., Sept. 11 to Sun., Sept. 17. School of the Arts affiliates will appear on myriad panels, with topics ranging from the literary comic books to the influence of David Lynch on contemporary fiction. Below is a list of their appearances. All events are free except where indicated.

Clarence Coo '10
Coo, an alumnus of the Theatre Program and a staff member of the Writing Program, is a recent Whiting Award recipient. He will appear on a panel called “All Talk: Whiting Award-Winning Novelists and Playwrights on How the Spoken Word Brings Stories to Life,” alongside authors John Guare, Writing Program faculty member Deborah Eisenberg, Matthew Klam, and James Ijames. Sept. 17, 3:00 PM, Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza.

Gregory Cowles '00
Cowles, an alumnus of the Writing Program and an editor at the New York Times Book Review, will moderate a panel called “Literary Lions,” featuring authors Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jonathan Lethem. Sept. 17, 11:00 AM, St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen Street.

Mark Doten '10
Doten, a Writing Program alumnus and adjunct faculty member, will appear on a panel called “Between Two Worlds: David Lynch and Contemporary Fiction,” alongside Writing Program alumna and faculty member Alexandra Kleeman, author Lincoln Michel, and moderator Jeremy M. Davies. Sept. 17, 5:00 PM, Center Stage (Columbus Park).

Deborah Eisenberg
Writing Program faculty member Eisenberg will appear on a panel called “All Talk: Whiting Award-Winning Novelists and Playwrights on How the Spoken Word Brings Stories to Life,” alongside authors John Guare, Writing Program staff member Clarence Coo, Matthew Klam, and James Ijames. Sept. 17, 3:00 PM, Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza.

Rivka Galchen '06
Galchen, a Writing Program alumna and faculty member, will host a conversation with author Nicole Krauss about Krauss’s new novel, Forest Dark. Sept. 12, 7:30 PM, Congregation Beth Elohim, Garfield Place, Brooklyn. ($33 general admission)

Later in the week, Galchen will moderate a panel called “The Wisdom of the Mundane,” featuring authors Karl Ove Knausgaard, Osama Alomar, and Jana Beňová. Sept. 17, 5:00 PM, St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen Street.

Alexandra Kleeman '12
Kleeman, a Writing Program alumna and faculty member, will appear on a panel called “Between Two Worlds: David Lynch and Contemporary Fiction,” alongside Writing Program alumnus and faculty member Mark Doten, author Lincoln Michel, and moderator Jeremy M. Davies. Sept. 17, 5:00 PM, Center Stage (Columbus Park).

Catherine Lacey '10
Lacey, an alumna of the Writing Program and the author of the recent novel The Answers, will appear on a panel called “Mind/Body Connections,” alongside authors Jess Arndt and Gabe Habash and moderator Ashley Ford. Sept. 17, 1:00 PM, North Stage, Cadman Plaza East.

Victor LaValle '98
LaValle, a Writing Program alumnus and faculty member, will appear on a panel called “Disappearing Act,” alongside authors Katie Kitamura and Lindsay Hunter and moderator Lucie Shelly. Sept. 17, 1:30 PM, Congregation Mt. Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West.

Later in the day, LaValle will appear on a panel called “Shapeshifters: Novelist Write Comics!,” alongside authors Gabby Rivera and Ben Percy and moderator Alitha E. Martinez. Sept. 17, 4:00 PM, Brooklyn Historical Auditorium, 128 Pierrepont Street.

Phillip Lopate
Writing Program Faculty member Phillip Lopate will appear on a panel called “The Art of Family Stories,” alongside author Hisham Matar and moderator Sujatha Gidla. Sept. 17, 3:00 PM, St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen Street.

Lynn Nottage
Nottage, a member of the Theatre Program faculty and a Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, will appear on a panel called “Best of Brooklyn,” in conversation with author Colson Whitehead and moderator Johnny Temple. Sept. 17, 3:30 PM, St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street.

Camille Rankine '09
Rankine, a Writing Program alumna and adjunct faculty member, will participate in a reading event called “Transcending Spaces: A Literary & Aerial Spectacular,” alongside authors Hala Alyan, Alana Massey, Alissa Nutting, and Téa Obreht and emcee Elissa Bassist. Sept. 15, 7:30 PM, The Muse, 350 Moffat Street, Brooklyn. (Suggested donation $8-$15 per ticket)

Elissa Schappell
Writing Program faculty member Schappell will moderate a panel called “Lust for Life: The Search for Meaning, Inside and Outside Family,” featuring authors Jonathan Safran Foer, Fernanda Torres, and Rodrigo Hasbún. Sept. 17, 4:00 PM, Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon Street.

Parul Sehgal '10
Sehgal, an alumna of the Writing Program and a book critic for the New York Times, will moderate a panel called “Broken Pieces: Finding and Losing Love in a Troubled World,” featuring authors André Aciman, Elif Batuman, and Cara Hoffmann. Sept. 17, 11:00 AM, Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon Street.

Mai Der Vang '14
Vang, an alumna of the Writing Program and the author of the recent poetry collection Afterland, will appear on a panel called “Poetry as History, History as Poetry,” alongside authors Carolyn Forché, Robin Coste Lewis, and Erika L. Sánchez and moderator Ricardo Maldonado. Sept. 17, 3:00 PM, Brooklyn Historical Society Library, 128 Pierrepont Street.

Monica Youn
Youn, an adjunct instructor in the Writing Program, will appear on a panel called “An Afternoon with the National Book Awards,” alongside authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Ibram X. Kendi, and Karan Mahajan and moderator Lisa Lucas, the executive director of the National Book Foundation. Sept. 17, 11:00 AM, Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza.