New Yorker Festival


If you are going to be in New York City on October 5-7, you have no excuse for missing the New Yorker Festival. This three-day festival brings the public face-to-face with “some of the brightest and most innovative minds, across disciplines and from around the world.” Tickets go on sale September 15.

Here are some highlights of the festival (in my opinion), but I encourage you to look through the schedule yourself because all of the events look fantastic.

Friday, October 5:

  • Jhumpa Lahiri and Edward P. Jones readings, 7pm at the Ailey Citigroup Theater ($16)
  • Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk in conversation, 7 pm at the Highline Ballroom ($25)
  • Miranda July and A.M. Homes in conversation, 9:30 pm at the Anthology Film Archives ($25)
  • Norman Mailer and Martin Amis in coversation, 9:30 pm at the Highline Ballroom ($25)
  • Errol Morris and Philip Gourevitch on film project about Abu Ghraib, 8 pm at the Directors Guild of America, ($25)

Saturday, October 6:

  • Anthony Lane and Simon Shama “Let them eat popcorn: Hollywood does history” 1 pm, Acura Stage at the Helen Mills Theater ($25)
  • Ian McEwan interviewed by David Remnick, 1 pm at the Directors Guild of America ($25)
  • Steve Martin interviewed by Susan Morrison, 4 pm at the Directors Guild of America ($25)
  • “Superheroes” panel with Tim Kring, Jonathan Lethem, Mike Mignola, Grant Morrison, moderated by Ben Greenman, 1 pm at the Highline Ballroom ($25)
  • Preview screening of “The Kite Runner” 7:30 pm at the Directors Guild of America ($25)

Sunday, October 7:

  • expensive, mostly non-literary events that you should check out if you have money

So pull out your wallet and spend that beer money on something good for your brain (and then buy a beer afterwards). You might even find yourself slipping into literary rapture.

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Author: Hannah Johnson

When I first came to New York City, I almost ran over Liza Minelli with my suitcase. Then I got a job in book publishing.

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