TONIGHT: Book Festival’s Friday ‘Bookend’ programs feature Téa Obreht, Joyce Johnson

With the Brooklyn Book Festival just a couple of days away, the festival’s Bookend programming has some exciting events slated for Friday. The PEN American Center’s Obsession series will collaborate with renowned author Téa Obreht, rock bands will go bowling, Brooklyn poets will read, local indie book and magazine publishers will celebrate, and Joyce Johnson – known for her memoir “Minor Characters,” which chronicles her relationship with Jack Kerouac – will read from her work. The events, which are free or low-cost to attendees, are held at bookstores, parks, theaters and libraries across Brooklyn. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 BOOKEND EVENTS:

Iris Wilson presents FELA! Let Music Be The Weapon. Join us for an Author Reading of, FELA! Let Music be the Weapon, written by author, dancer, and educator Iris Wilson and illustrated by her son Nangwaya Gibson. Nangwaya will be demonstrating some of his illustrations from the book. It is a family friendly book about the life of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Released by Kalakuta Sunrise Publishing, FELA! Let Music be the Weapon is written in a poetic format, and introduces children age 6 and above to the life of Fela Kuti; from his education throughout his journey as a musician. Book signing to follow.

Location: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213 (btw. St. Marks Ave. and Prospect Pl.)

Time: 4:00 – 4:40 p.m.

Price: Free with museum admission ($9)

Website: www.brooklynkids.org

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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Are Well and Alive and Living in Brooklyn. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, author and artist Filip Noterdaeme and his partner, entertainer Daniel Isengart, read and compare excerpts from Stein’s legendary conceptual memoir and Noterdaeme’s postmodern homage to it, The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart (2013), a frontline account of the downtown performance scene, a critique of established art world institutions, and a remarkable love story.

Location: Brooklyn Public Library, DWECK Auditorium, 10 Grand Army Plaza.

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: Free

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Poets & Passion - A Caribbean Literary Lime. A book party with a decidedly easy tropical flare! An inviting opportunity for audiences to engage Caribbean and Caribbean-American fiction writers and poets, and position the writers’ work as part of a larger conversation on issues of identity, aspiration, heritage and the immigrant experience. Featuring Hermina Marcellin, David Mills and Ras Osagyefo. Open mic session follows.

Location: Delroy’s Café, 14 Duryea Place (btw. Flatbush & Tilden Aves)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Price: $10

Website: www.caribbeantheatre.org

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World Voices Festival Obsession Comes to Brooklyn with Téa Obreht. PEN’s World Voices Festival sends its popular Obsession series across the river for a special Obsession event in honor of the Brooklyn Book Festival. This conversation series looks to draw a magnifying glass over the relationship between writer and subject. For one night only, audience members will be invited into an intimate and unusual venue for this special nighttime soiree. Expect to be surprised as Téa Obreht speaks off the cuff about the topics that keep her up at night.

 Location: Vertical Player Repertory, 219 Court St. (btw. Wykoff and Warren)

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Price: $15 ($10 for PEN Members)

Website: www.vpropera.org

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A Musical Evening with The Starry Mountain Sweetheart Band. An evening of rock and roll and bowling with writer bands The Starry Mountain Sweetheart Band (Cornell’s MFA program) and the Effin’G’s, and NYC soft rock heroes Sport of Kings.

Location: The Gutter, 200 N 14th St. (btw. Berry and Wythe)

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Price: $5

Website: www.thegutterbrooklyn.com

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Brooklyn Poets Reading Series. Featuring readings by poets Natalie Diaz, Cornelius Eady and Rachel Eliza Griffiths along with a special performance by Cornelius Eady’s band, Rough Magic. Wine, beer and light refreshments will be served.

Location: Studio 10, 56 Bogart St at Harrison Pl

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Price: Free

Website: www.brooklynpoets.org

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Fourth Annual Brooklyn Indie Party! Greenlight partners with some of Brooklyn’s best independent book and magazine publishers to throw a Brooklyn-sized party celebrating the spirit of literary independence in Brooklyn with food, drinks and music! Partygoers will mingle with the borough’s great authors and publishers, discover new works and celebrate Brooklyn Book Festival week.

Location: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., corner of South Portland

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Price: Free

Website: www.greenlightbookstore.com

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Literary Past, Present, Future: Three of Brooklyn's most ardent supporters of literary culture, The Sackett Street Writer's Workshop, LargeHearted Boy music & literature blog and SLICE Literary Magazine, present a night of readings by three critically acclaimed authors—Joyce Johnson (Minor Characters), Alissa Nutting (Tampa) and Gabriel Roth (The Unknowns)—plus giveaways and complimentary refreshments by Brooklyn's own SixPoint Brewery. Hosted by Julia Fierro, David Gutowski, Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson.

Location: BookCourt, 163 Court St. (btw. Pacific & Dean St.)

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: Free

Website: www.bookcourt.comwww.blog.largeheartedboy.comwww.slicemagazine.orgwww.sackettworkshop.com

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Love and Karaoke with Rob Sheffield. Journalist, author and avid karaoke fan Rob Sheffield will host a special karaoke night in honor of his new book, Turn Around Bright Eyes. Tickets are limited and good towards $10 off the book. They include refreshments and a turn at the mic!

Location: WORD, 126 Franklin St. (Franklin St. & Milton St.)

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Website: www.wordbrooklyn.com