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10.26.2011

page turner - the asian american literary festival, october 29



Lovers of literature, this one's for you. Make plans to be at the Asian American Writers' Workshop's Page Turner 2011, the third annual Asian American literary festival. They have a great lineup that includes Junot Diaz, Amitav Ghosh, Jessica Hagedorn and more, as well as a Korean taco truck, a staged play reading, and a kickass afterparty. It's happening this Saturday, October 29 at powerHouse Arena and Melville House in Brooklyn. Here are some more details:
PAGE TURNER FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011, 11AM-7PM

POWERHOUSE ARENA, 37 MAIN STREET, BROOKLYN

$5 PER EVENT / $20 ALL-DAY PASS / $30 ALL-DAY PASS (W/ AFTERWORD PARTY)

Come rub elbows and knock knees with your favorite writers at one of Brooklyn's best alternative literary festivals: the third annual PAGE TURNER: The Asian American Literary Festival. Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, the festival features a Korean taco trunk, two stand-up comedians, five National Book Award finalists, seven Guggenheim Fellows, a killer afterparty with the best playlist of all time, and you!

  • An all-star line-up featuring: Junot Díaz, Amitav Ghosh, Jessica Hagedorn, Kimiko Hahn, Hari Kunzru, Jayne Anne Phillips, Suketu Mehta, Min Jin Lee, Mark Nowak, Amitava Kumar, Granta Editor John Freeman, and Guernica editor Joel Whitney


  • Your favorite new voices: Teju Cole (author of Open City), Danielle Evans (NBA 5 Under 35 winner), Booker finalist Hisham Matar, Pen Faulkner winner Sabina Murray, Whiting Award winner Alexander Chee, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, National Book Award finalist Monica Youn, and NBCC finalist Brenda Shaughnessy.


  • Multi-dimensional program includes: a staged reading directed by Ralph Peña; artist Wangechi Mutu (MOMA, Guggenheim) talking about immigration; an open mic featuring Jen Kwok (Date an Asian), Negin Farsad (Nerdcore Rising) and others; stories from twenty years of the Workshop; and hard-hitting conversations about Occupy Wall Street, Islam and the West, the rise of China and India, and the national crackdown on immigration.
  • And now you've got something to do this Saturday. For further information, and to see the full schedule of events and writers, go to the Page Turner website here. For more information about the Asian American Writers' Workshop, go here.