Updated April 9, 2014
KIDS AT McNALLY JACKSON:
10:30AM: Baby and Kids Storytime and Singalong With Amy and Jo (ages 0–4)
Amy Virginia Buchanan and Jo Firestone are taking their weekly Storytime and giving it a downtown New York makeover. Start your day off with some reading, dancing, singing, and plenty of smiles. Geared for the 0–4 year old crowd but plenty fun for the grown ups joining them. To see what else Amy and Jo get up to, go to amyvirginia.com and meatballpresents.com, and come by Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Wednesdays at 10:30am to keep playing with them!
11AM: The Joshua Show (all ages!)
Come celebrate what makes you uniquely you with award winning puppeteer Joshua Holden and his friend, Mr. Nicholas (the sock puppet). A combination of puppets, music, comedy, whimsy, abundant joy, and just a smattering of tap dancing, this modern day Mr. Rogers will keep you smiling throughout the entire show. Perfect for all ages (grown ups too!) The Joshua Show was awarded Best in Performance and Audience Favorite at the Puppeteers of America’s National Festival and you can catch Joshua and Mr. Nicholas online as well at www.theambassadorofjoy.com
11:30AM: Everyone Together Now! With Amelia Robinson (ages 4–8)
Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills invites families with young children to discover a world of music through original interactive songs. She will be playing from the Mil’s Trills debut album, Everyone Together Now, featuring music that dips into the genres of urban funk, blues, honky tonk and calypso. She has previously performed at Lincoln Center, BAM, TriBeCa Film Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was recently featured on Michelle Obama’s “Songs for a Healthier America.” Come sing and dance with us and then see more of Amelia at milstrills.com. Perfect for ages 4–8.
12PM: Storytime With Rafael Jefferson and Guest Author Greg Foley (ages 5–8)
Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire , V Magazine, and VMAN and lives in Greenwich Village, New York. He is also the author-illustrator of Willoughby & the Lion and Willoughby & the Moon.
ONE-ON-ONE EVENTS WITH WRITERS THROUGHOUT THE DAY AT McNALLY JACKSON:
- Photo booth: pose with your favorite book
- Literary advice from Fiona Maazel, Katie Roiphe, Justin Taylor, Adam Wilson
- Alice Notley book club with Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig
- Rosie Schaap recommends drinks to pair with your favorite books and characters
- No Regrets with n+1
- Live tweeting from festival authors
- Signings from festival authors will occur half an hour after their event ends; for example, readers from an event at 1PM will be signing at 2:30PM
BPC = Bowery Poetry Club, HWBC = Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Festival events will start on the hour indicated and last 45 minutes, allowing attendees enough time to move between venues when desired.
BPC 11AM: Natives and Newcomers: How Open Is New York City?
Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, and Katie Kitamura discuss living in the city as a non-native New Yorker and the extent to which it can ever be called home. Moderated by John Freeman.
HWBC 12PM: The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories
Bad roommates, bed bugs, broker fees, slum lords, and more: life in a New York City apartment. With stories from Maggie Serota, Sari Botton, Bob Powers, Jen Doll and Tyler Coates. Hosted by Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Tobias Carroll.
BPC 12PM: Fast Talking: Downtown Writing From the Archives of BOMB, Guernica, Harper’s, and The Paris Review
Nicholas Elliott and Andrew Durbin read from a BOMB piece about John Waters and Dennis Cooper; “How to Be the Black Person Reading How to Be Black” from Guernica; Jesse Barron introduces Francine Prose for Harper’s, and a performance of a James Thurber interview from The Paris Review.
HWBC 1PM: Graphically New York: The City as Character
From superheroes to antiheroes, the cityscape of New York has long played a crucial role in graphic stories. A visual presentation from Gabrielle Bell, MK Reed, and Julia Wertz.
BPC 1PM: Vice and Virtue: Stories of Sin and Salvation
Tales of drink, drug, sex and more with Stephen Elliott, Saeed Jones, Trisha Low, Rosie Schaap, and Elissa Schappell.
HWBC 2PM: Slaughterhouse 90210: Downtown Movies Edition
Maris Kreizman, creator of the mega-popular blog and book-to-be Slaughterhouse 90210, on the intersection of New York City movies and literature, with storytelling by Katie Heaney, Teddy Wayne, and Adam Wilson.
BPC 2PM: “The City Drifting”: Celebrating the Poetry of Alice Notley
Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erika Caufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones read a cherished poem by Alice Notley. The festival celebrates a poet who epitomizes downtown literary culture each year; last year’s inaugural festival featured Frank O’Hara.
HWBC 3PM: Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues
It seems for every new music venue in this city, two close or are shut down. Writers and musicians Stacey D’Erasmo, Mike Doughty, Nelson George, Porochista Khakpour, Nathan Larson, Alan Light, Marc Spitz and more tell stories of the empty pools, DIY spaces, concert halls, and arenas that have closed their doors but live on in the hearts of bands and fans.
BPC 3PM: The Tale of Two Cities: Richard Price and Francine Prose in Conversation
The growing wealth gap has meant that contemporary downtown New York City no longer resembles the affordable, inclusive, and diverse enclave it used to be. Two born-and-bred New Yorkers, authors Richard Price and Francine Prose, discuss the city’s shifting economic landscape.
HWBC 4PM: NYC Through the Decades: The 1950s
The launch of a perennial event for the Downtown Literary Festival, in which each year the festival will focus on a single decade in New York City literary culture. This year, the 1950s: David Gilbert will discuss Hitchcock’s Rear Window; Amor Towles on Robert Franks’ The Americans photographs; David Goodwillie on Delmore Schwartz and Melissa Febos on Lorraine Hansberry.
BPC 4PM: After Hours: A Literary Cabaret
A celebration of literary culture after dark with Charles Bock, Joshua Ferris, Adam Fitzgerald, Heidi Julavits, Uzoamaka Maduka, Rachel Syme, Colm Toibin, and Lucas Wittmann.