Acclaimed authors Jacqueline Woodson and Esmeralda Santiago featured at Brooklyn Book Festival – Our Time Press


By Fern Gillespie
The 2022 Brooklyn Book Festival, which offers more than 100 literary events from September 25 to October 2, will highlight a special conversation between award-winning African-American author Jacqueline Woodson and acclaimed Latina novelist and memoirist Esmeralda Santiago on Sunday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m. at the courtroom of the borough hall, 209, rue Joralemon.
Poet Camille Rankine, co-chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, will host presentations by Santiago, 2022 Bobi winner of the Brooklyn Book Festival and author of When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman and Conquistadora and 2015 Bobi winner Woodson, award-winning writer of books for adults, children and teens, including Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and Another Brooklyn.

Throughout the week, the 2022 Brooklyn Book Festival hosted live and online literature-themed Bookend events that brought poetry, film and performance to all five boroughs. On Saturday, October 1, Children’s Day celebrates with the Live Reading from Childhood featuring workshops, performances, readings and more. This year’s main Festival Day and Literary Marketplace, Sunday, October 2, returns to the parks, plazas and venues surrounding Brooklyn Borough Hall with more than 50 programs and events throughout the day.

Brooklyn Book Festival 2022 features many multicultural authors and poets – Black, Asian and Latino. October 2 is filled with programs. One of the highlights is a panel discussion with black novelists titled “Happily Ever After.” Authors include Adriana Herrera, Une Caraïbe à Paris; KM Jackson, How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days and LaQuette, Vanessa Jared has a man. These writers will examine how far their fiery heroines will go for love. It is moderated by Monique Patterson, Vice President and Editorial Director of St. Martin’s Press.
Several veteran black journalists will present. Linda Villarosa, New York Times health editor and author of Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives. Jabari Asim, former editor of NAACP Crisis and author of 13 books for children and eight for adults. Music journalist and editor Danyel Smith, author of Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop and Kelefa Sanneh, author of Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres.

Exploring the issue of abolition are Mariame Kaba, No More Police: A Case for Abolition, co-authored with Andrea J. Ritchie; Derecka Purnell, Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom, and Marlon Peterson, Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song, and Hafizah Augustus Geter, The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin.
Other high-profile black authors speaking on October 2 are Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming; poet Omotara James, author of Song of My Softening and Daughter Tongue; poet and scholar Naomi Extra, author of the collection Ratchet Supreme; Ladee Hubbard, author of The Rib King and The Talented Ribkins; Ebony LaDelle, author of Love Radio; Nicole A. Taylor writer and home chef, author of Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations; Regine L. Sawyer founder of the Women in Comics Collective International; Alexis Hoag-Fordjour, co-director of the Brooklyn Law School Center for Criminal Justice, Scholastique Mukasonga, author of Our Lady of the Nile and Barefoot Woman; Angela Garbes, author of Like a Mother; Kendra James, founding editor of; Nana Nkweti, author Walking on Cowrie Shells; Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowning and Debbie Rigaud, co-author of Simone Breaks All the Rules. Additionally, Lisa Lucas, Senior Vice President of Pantheon and Schocken Books will moderate the panel.

“As a fearless advocate for literature, I am thrilled to host the 2022 Brooklyn Book Festival, the first in my role as Brooklyn Borough President,” Antonio Reynoso announced. As we witness the banning of our beloved books across the country, know that in Brooklyn, you will still be able to access the books you crave or simply care about.

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