Schedule

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Monday
01 May 2017
Tuesday
02 May 2017
Wednesday
03 May 2017
Thursday
04 May 2017
Friday
05 May 2017
Saturday
06 May 2017
Sunday
07 May 2017

United Against Hate

Voices in the arts rally against hate, with performances, readings, and conversations from Patti Smith with her daughter Jesse Smith, Ani DiFranco, Marlon James, Colum McCann, Adonis, and Salman Rushdie.
Marlon James
Patti Smith
​Jesse Paris Smith

Forbidden: Too Punk/ Too Queer

Carrie Brownstein (Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl/Portlandia) and Thomas Meinecke (Tomboy)—both musician-authors—discuss what it means to be heard, loudly.
Thomas Meinecke
Carrie Brownstein

Queer Representation and the Media

Jennifer Finney Boylan, Thomas Page McBee, Eileen Myles, Saeed Jones, and Jennifer Pozner discuss the narratives of transgender issues found—or not seen—in the media.
Jennifer Pozner
Saeed Jones
Jennifer Finney Boylan
Eileen Myles
Thomas Page McBee

Exposure: Gender, Sex and Power

Japanese sculptor/manga artist Rokudenashiko, Bangladeshi installation and performance artist Ali Asgar, and others use their bodies to explore politics of gender and identity, facing persecution at home.
Rokudenashiko

Girl-Powered Fiction

Young female protagonists uncover betrayals, secrets, and sinister motives—from long buried familial conflicts to nefarious classmates—in five novels, set all over the world.
Han Yujoo
Naomi Jackson
Hannah Tinti
Malin Persson Giolito

Forbidden: Too Liberated

A discussion on the ways women are denied equal opportunities. With Sarah Barmak, Jill Filipovic, Mona Eltahawy, and Sabrina Jones.
Sarah Barmak
Sabrina Jones
Jill Filipovic
Mona Eltahawy

Literary Quest: Tenement Edition

Explore the apartments of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum during readings by Laurie Anderson, Teju Cole, Jennifer Egan, Vivian Gornick, Min Jin Lee, Lisa Ko, Mariposa, and others.
Vivian Gornick
Lisa Ko
Jennifer Egan
Teju Cole
Laurie Anderson

Portraying Gay Male Life Today

Artists discuss their take on the post-marriage equality yet homophobic state-of-the-world with Tobin Low, Andrew Solomon, Garth Greenwell, Ali Asgar, and Edouard Louis.
Garth Greenwell
Andrew Solomon

Forbidden: Too Much in Love

What’s it like to write about forbidden love? With internationally celebrated authors Dorit Rabinyan, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Shani Mootoo, and Pajtim Statovci.
Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Shani Mootoo
Dorit Rabinyan
Pajtim Statovci

A Woman’s Place: In Food, Power and Writing

Women writers, entrepreneurs, and artists explore the dramas of culinary history, tradition, and the future of food with vigor and nuance.
Chitrita Banerji
Allison Markin Powell
Rohan Kamicheril
Mariana Enríquez

Forbidden: Too Desirous

A discussion on portraying women’s sexuality in fiction with novelists Yewande Omotoso, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Malin Persson Giolito, and Minae Mizumura.
Yewande Omotoso
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
Minae Mizumura
Malin Persson Giolito

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah

A discussion on straddling multiple cultural identities between Nigerian-born National Book Award winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah, the South African- born host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Photo by Kwaku Alston
Trevor Noah
Chris Jackson

Gender, Power and Authoritarianism in the Dystopian Age

How is controlling reproductive rights at a crossroads? With Marge Piercy and Basma Abdel Aziz.
Marge Piercy

Literary Quest: Westbeth Edition

Residents open their homes for readings by authors and a party in their legendary gallery.
Igor Štiks
Haroon Moghul
Thomas Meinecke
Gabby Rivera
Filip Springer
Oddný Eir
Rita Mae Brown
Idra Novey
Han Yujoo
Abeer Hoque
Emanuel Xavier
Moustafa Bayoumi
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Tanwi Nandini Islam

Comedy Writing in the Age of Trump

Comedy writing in the age of Trump with members of Samantha Bee’s writing team. With Mathan Erhardt, Ashley Black, and Patrick Cassels.
Mathan Erhardt
Ashley Nicole Black
Pat Cassels

Dystopian Wastelands

How do we imagine the world ending? With Claire Vaye Watkins, Jeff VanderMeer and Emily St. John Mandel.
Emily St. John Mandel
Jeff VanderMeer
Claire Vaye Watkins

Argentina on the Edge

Bold new writing is coming from Argentinean writers, at home and abroad. A celebration of Samanta Schweblin (Fever Dream), Mariana Enriquez (Things We Lost in the Fire), and Pola Oloixarac (Savage Theories). Moderated by Lina Meruane.
Mariana Enríquez
Samanta Schweblin
Pola Oloixarac

Art and the End of Times with Molly Crabapple

From Trump to Putin to Erdogan to Dutarte, the world is experiencing a global love affair with fascism. What role can art play in combating political repression and populist demagoguery?...
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Molly Crabapple

Forbidden: Too Nationalistic

The follies of nationalism and art in the former Yugoslavia, both at home and in exile. With Dubravka Ugresic, Aleksandar Hemon, and Igor Stiks.
Igor Štiks
Aleksandar Hemon
Dubravka Ugresic

Women in Ink

Liza Donnelly of The New Yorker brings together editorial cartoonists Roz Chast, Liana Finck, and Emily Flake to discuss the unique challenges of succeeding in a male-dominated field.
Emily Flake
Roz Chast
Liana Finck
Liza Donnelly

Transcendent Obscenity

Renowned comic artists who put the graphic in graphic art talk and illustrate the limits of obscenity, with renowned graphic artists Gengoroh Tagame (Japan), Simon Hanselmann (Australia), and Julia Gfrorer...
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Jennifer Camper
Gengoroh Tagame
Simon Hanselmann

Badass Women: Speaking Your Power

An exploration of social justice, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. With Renee Watson, Lilliam Rivera, and Gabby Rivera. Moderated by Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca.
Lauren Duca
Gabby Rivera
Natalie Diaz
Lilliam Rivera
Renée Watson

The Radical Act of Drawing a Life

Drawing a life can be a radical act if you are a woman, an immigrant, or anyone whose experience exists outside of patriarchal norms. With renowned graphic artists Sandrine Revel...
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Sabrina Jones
Gabrielle Bell
Meg Lemke

Pen vs. Sword: Satire vs the State

With Mo Rocca, Djiboutian novelist Abdourahman Waberi, Bosnian-born novelist Aleksandar Hemon, Russian/American journalist Masha Gessen, and others discuss state powers that often out-satirizes fiction. (Sponsored by Greenlight Bookstore.)
Aleksandar Hemon
Abdourahman Waberi
Mo Rocca

Arthur Miller Freedom To Write Lecture

The culminating festival event has been delivered in the past by such luminaries as Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This year’s lecturer will be announced in the coming weeks.