Brooklyn Book Festival, September 22, 2013
This was the most fun I’d had in a while.
- Audrey Niffenegger, Frank Santoros and Anders Nilsen on History, Myth and Fable.
I was there about half an hour late, but it was still really cool to just be there and see how Audrey Niffenegger is just as eccentric and wonderful as her books. Anders Nilsen had just published a graphic novel in an accordion book format about Gods in the 21st century. I ended up buying it.
- Jasper Fforde, Sheila Turnage and Catherine Jinks on Dazzling Heroines. It was overall pretty interesting; this was the only panel that talked about tropes using the word. Fforde said that he liked to blow the trope out of proportion and let it play in his books. I hadn’t even realised that.
Afterwards I queued up for the signing without a book, and I got a picture and a signed postcard instead. He was the nicest guy, and I had jelly legs when I ran to the next event.
- Chuck Klosterman and Rob Sheffield in conversation. This was my favourite part of the festival, because the two authors are actually really close friends who are incredibly well-versed in each other’s work (and the fact that they’re talking about their own reactions to pop culture). They’re also incredibly animated speakers (Rob especially), and it was just such a pleasure to watch two guys — two people who write about how great it is to be alive — interact the way they do.
- Teddy Wayne, Tom Wolfe and Christina Garcia on Idols, Gods and Kings. The whole thing was about statuses and even though there wasn’t a lot of time to really delve deep and discuss them in relation to each other (which was disappointing), the three authors did manage to sell their books quite well. I liked them, and can’t wait to read them.
All in all, a great day. I really hope I’ll be here for the next one.