“I’ve just always loved books, and I love the idea that we’re all just really made of stories. I do also like the idea that anyone can love books. Books don’t care how educated you are or what you do for a living.”
It’s the third week of classes and everyone is starting to get back into their own schedule of working. For those who recently just moved to the Big Apple, or moved back, many authors have a lot to say about it. However, Walt Whitman, a past resident of Long Island and Brooklyn, has something unique to say about the place that most of us are calling “home”.
“There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a man’s bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die.” — Walt Whitman
Sherman Raskin retired at the end of August after 55 years of service to the university. Continue reading “Sherman Raskin’s Retirement”
The Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) is one of the biggest festivals in New York City and this year it is featuring over 300 authors. Originally meant to showcase the unique “voice” of Brooklyn, because of the variety of authors that resided there, the event has taken off allowing other authors outside of Brooklyn to be celebrated as well.
The Festival starts on Monday, September 10 and will primarily be in downtown Brooklyn. There will be different panels, themed readings, author signings, and vendors that will be present. More recently, the festival has gown to include two special days during the festival: Children’s Day (Saturday, September 15) and Festival Day (Sunday, September 16th).
They are also presenting the Bobi Award, which is the Best of Brooklyn award for the author “whose work best exemplifies or speaks to the spirit of Brooklyn”. This year, the winner is N.K Jemisin who is the first author to win with speculative fiction.
The full schedule for the Brooklyn Book Festival can be found here.
This week, we’re celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday (September 13th, 1916). Dahl was the author of many well-known children’s books including, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda which became a Broadway play in 2013. While many know him for his children’s stories, he also wrote screenplays (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and was an avid writer of adult fiction as well. Dahl was known for his darkly comic and unsentimental tales for children and adults.
“So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.”
-Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Roald Dahl”