From America to Cuba to a dystopian world, at first glance these novels seem like a whirlwind trip through worlds that could not be more different. Yet, novelists Lidia Yuknavitch (The Book of Joan), Jonathan Safran Foer (Here I Am), and Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles) show that no matter the setting, characters share common struggles. Across time and place, these protagonists search for their role in a crisis larger than themselves – whether as rebel fighters in a futuristic police-state, Jewish-Americans coping with the conflict in the Middle East, and Cubans haunted by the islands they inhabit. Moderated by Michele Filgate.
Red Ink is a quarterly series curated and hosted by Michele Filgate. This dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. The next discussion, “Fear,” will feature Julia Fierro (The Gypsy Moth Summer), Megan Stielstra (The Wrong Way To Save Your Life), Pascale Kramer (Autopsy of a Father), Alice Anderson (Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away), and Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties).
This is an official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event!