2014 Brooklyn Book Festival Panel
Sunday September 21, 2014
Fantastical Thrillers: Face Your Fears, or Else...
Confronting the evils of the past, deliberately pushing into the unknown, and even stealing the moon. NYT bestselling author Lev Grossman (Magicians Trilogy: The Magician's Land), Jeff VanderMeer (The Southern Reache Trilogy: Acceptance) and debut novelist Deji Olukotun (Nigerians in Space) discussed traveling to the brink and back, and what redemption means in magical worlds. Moderated by Noreen Tomassi, Center for Fiction.
The panel took place at the North Stage (Columbus Park) at 4:00 P.M.
Lev Grossman is the book critic and lead technology writer for Time magazine and a widely published cultural critic. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. You can learn more about Lev Grossman on his website www.levgrossman.com and follow him on Twitter @leverus.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s best fantasists, Jeff VanderMeer grew up in the Fiji Islands and spent six months traveling through Asia, Africa, and Europe before returning to the United States. These travels have deeply influenced his fiction. He is the recipient of an NEA-funded Florida Individual Artist Fellowship for excellence in fiction and a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant. VanderMeer’s book-length fiction has been translated into 20 languages, while his short fiction has appeared in several year’s best anthologies and short-listed for Best American Short Stories. Jeff live in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife Ann and four cats.
Deji Bryce Olukotun became the inaugural Ford Foundation Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center, a human rights organization that promotes literature and defends free expression. His work has been published in Guernica, Joyland, Words Without Borders, World Literature Today, Molussus, The London Magazine, Men’s Health, Litnet, and international law journals. Nigerians in Space is his first novel.
Noreen Tomassi became Director of The Center for Fiction in December 2004.