As part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, Freebird and impresario Kevin Maher host a "bookend" event this coming weekend at the neighboring Adam Frank studio on Columbia Street, with refreshments from Calexico:
An evening with GENRE BUSTERS: Writers who refuse to phone it in
Saturday, September 11 @ 8pm
The Studio of Adam Frank Incorporated
Freebird Books and Kevin Maher present an evening with four authors doing amazing work in disrespected genres.
The presenters include:
TED RALL talks about cartoons, showing some of his favorite work. He's authored several comics collections, experimental graphic novels, a post-modern "classics illustrated" re-telling of George Orwell's nightmarish distopia , and the no-holds-barred illustrated memoir The Year of Loving Dangerously. After the show, Ted will be signing copies of his new book.
Jezebel.com's LIZZIE SKURNICK talks about the history of Y.A. books. She knows a lot about the subject, having written 10 teen novels, including Sweet Valley High, Love Stories and Alias. She is also the author of Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading. Her literary blog, Old Hag, is a Forbes Best of the Web pick. She's on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and has writen on books and culture extensively for the New York Times Book Review, LA Time and NPR.org.
REBECCA ROGERS MAHER embraces the melodrama of Romance Novels. Critics described her new book (I'll Become the Sea) a "beautiful heart-wrenching and heart-warming story." Rebecca will read an excerpt and talk about writing a traditional love story that includes family violence, urban school decay, Jungian psychology and heavy metal.
MIKE EDISON shares true-life tales from his days of editing wrestling magazines and writing 28 smut books. Edison will look back on his career exploits, bringing to life passages from his autobiography I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.
And host KEVIN MAHER geeks out about his favorite genre busters in B-grade monster movies, gimmicky kids' records and 1950's pulp paperbacks.
The 90-minute variety show will include readings, mini-lectures, live music, video clips, audience Q&A, and more.
Plus prizes from local Brooklyn businesses, including food from CALEXICO (2008 Vendy Award Winner for Best Street Food in NYC).