Went to my third Brooklyn Book Festival today - one of my favourite NYC events.

Managed to check out three talks today - all were great with the exception of one woman on the “About Africa” panel.

They were:

1. Planning and Protesting: Cities Evolve! With the city constantly evolving, each major project has its supporters and protesters. Authors Gregory Smithsimonand Benjamin Shepard (The Beach Beneath The Streets - Contesting New York City’s Public Spaces) and Daniel Campo (The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned) and Peter Linebaugh (Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance) discuss how public space is shaped through policy, perspective and protests, how to agree to disagree, and the dynamics of shaping a city’s growth and change. Moderator David Reiss, Professor, Brooklyn Law School.

2. Unbound: Daniel Kehlmann with Zadie Smith, presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore.Daniel Kehlmann, internationally acclaimed author of Measuring the World, in conversation with renowned author Zadie Smith. Kehlmann unpacks his latest work, F, a dazzling and critically lauded tragicomedy about three brothers and their entangled fates, brought to a head during the summer of the global financial crisis.

3. About Africa Susan Minot (Thirty Girls), Dinaw Mengestu (All Our Names), and Bridgett Davis (Into the Go-Slow) discuss love stories, growing up, and the search for meaningfulness across the continent of Africa. Whether writing about war-torn Uganda, the heat of Nigeria or an African transplant in the American Midwest, these masterful novelists transport you to vibrant settings on the other side of the world. Moderated by David L. Ulin.

Highlight of the festival was probably Dinaw Mengestu commenting on how he responded to a recent question, while in Europe, of whether he thinks “there is hope for Africa” — “is there hope for you?”

My favorite 10 images from Brooklyn BEAT Festival Opening at Brooklyn Museum tonight.

For some reason TripAdvisor felt the need to add the continent name behind Kenya…but not anywhere else. 

Africa is not a country.

Source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TripNews-a_ctr.sensationalsunsetsEN

Wine + Image

Decided to stay in tonight and play around with camera and some self-portraits.

Low-light apartment shots

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The brilliant writer Helen Oyeyemi talking about Boy, Snow, Bird to the New York Times. I devoured this novel in 2 days last week and I am still heartbroken that it is over. A brilliant book, beautifully written, which I recommend to all. 

Watch the full interview here: http://youtu.be/AabvJva73FM

Currently my favorite writer. 

Reblogged on wrong blog :-/

My 10 favorite books - International Literacy Day
  1. The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Adichie 
  2. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  3. Immortality - Milan Kundera
  4. Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi
  5. The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster
  6. Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth - Warsan Shire
  7. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  8. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro 
  9. 1984 - George Orwell
  10. The Poetry of Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson

In reality there are many many more than 10…

Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.

A bit of a latergram..Rebel Diaz show at BB Kings in Times Square earlier this year.