September 20, 2005


"BPL Author Talks” runs from Sunday, September 25, 2005 through Sunday, November 13, 2005

Brooklyn Public Library presents its “BPL Author Talks” series, which showcases a variety of award-winning authors from various disciplines. “BPL Author Talks” kicks off on Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 4 PM with Victor S. Navasky, publisher of America’s foremost leftist journal, The Nation and continues through Sunday November 13, 2005 with a variety of award-winning authors, including Tananarive Due, Hella Winston, Michael Cunningham, Caryl Phillips and Myla Goldberg.

“BPL Author Talks,” which take place in the Second Floor Meeting Room of BPL’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, are free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 25, 2005, 4 PM

Victor S. Navasky, author of A Matter of Opinion

Publisher and editorial director of the political magazine The Nation, Victor S. Navasky’s dedication to political engagement and to the social and intellectual values of independent cultural activity has always been first and foremost. Navasky’s most recent work,A Matter of Opinion, is an entertaining narrative that expresses the author’s reflections on his journalistic experiences, including unforgettable tales about his heroes, colleagues and opponents.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 7 PM

Tananarive Due, author of Joplin’s Ghost

Tananarive Due is the recipient of the 2002 American Book Award for The Living Blood and has been named Publishers Weekly’s Best Novelists of the Year in 1997 and 2001. Her newest novel, Joplin’s Ghost, tells the story of an aspiring R&B singer who experiences a series of bizarre encounters with a spirit who may be the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin.

Saturday, October 29, 2005, 4 PM

Caryl Phillips, author of Dancing in the Dark

Novelist and non-fiction author Caryl Phillips is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the recipient of the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize. His novel, Dancing in the Dark, examines the remarkable, tragic and relatively unknown life of Bert Williams, the first black entertainer in the United States to reach the highest levels of fame and fortune.

Sunday, October 30, 2005, 2 PM

Myla Goldberg, author of Wickett’s Remedy

Myla Goldberg is the author of the bestselling Bee Season, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and was adapted into a film. Her latest novel, Wickett’s Remedy, is the tale of a woman whose dreams of living a more grandiose life were shattered by the outbreak of the Spanish Influenza in Boston in the early part of the 20th century.

Saturday, November 5, 2005, 4 PM

Michael Cunningham, author of Specimen Days: A Novel

Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Hours, discusses his newest novel, Specimen Days. Set in New York City, Specimen Days is a genre-bending, haunting and transformative ode to life and a meditation on the direction and meaning of America’s destiny.

Sunday, November 13, 2005, 4 PM

Hella Winston, author of Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels

Hella Winston, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology, shares a surprising and controversial exploration of ‘rebel’ Hasidic Jews who long for greater personal and intellectual freedoms than their communities allow. With unprecedented access to a less exposed Hasidic sect, Winston was covertly introduced to Hasidim who are struggling to live within or leave their restrictive communities.

Brooklyn Public Library
Central Library
Second Floor Meeting Room
Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238


Please visit or call 718.230.2100.

If you would like to schedule an interview with BPL staff or the authors participating in “BPL Author Talks,” please contact Ruth A. Wagner: 718.230.2211;

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