8 Virtual Events
Thursday - Sunday September 10 to September 13, 2020
The 2020 Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival is dedicated to the memories of Barbadian giants, Paule Marshall and Edward Kamau Brathwaite.
The theme for this year is ‘Nation Language: Prose, Poetry and Sound’ and it brings together three of the most vital literary expression forms. For the 2020 installment, the BCLF will settle its gaze on the power and beauty of ‘nation language’, a term coined by Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados-born poet- extraordinaire and father of post-colonial Caribbean literature) to uplift and validate the language forms of Caribbean people.
Brooklyn-born, Barbados-proud Paule Marshall was a vocal admirer of the linguistic rhythms and patterns of Barbadian speech, and credited much of her writing influence to her mother’s relationship with language: “It served as therapy, the cheapest kind available to my mother and her friends. It restored them to a sense of themselves and reaffirmed their self-worth. Through language, they were able to overcome the humiliations of the work day. Confronted by a world they could not encompass, they took refuge in language.”
Interested in Caribbean literature? Join our reading groups!
- September 24 – December 17
Haitian Fiction: The Story of a World with Kaiama L. Glover
- October 11 – December 13
Caribbean Women and Their Stories with Dr. Regina A. Bernard
Story/Teller with Jess Walter and David Duchovny$30
Thursday, 7:30 pm EDT October 29, 2020
On America: A Performance of James Baldwin's "The White Problem"Free
Thursday, 7:30 pm EDT November 5, 2020
The Art of the Short Story: Nicole Krauss on To Be a Man with Julie Orringer$30
Monday, 7:30 pm EDT November 9, 2020
Story/Teller with Jonathan Lethem, Edward Norton, and Kim Stanley RobinsonFree
Monday, 7:30 pm EDT November 16, 2020
Story/Teller with Zeyn Joukhadar, Samy Nour Younes, Leila Buck, and Jenn Baker
Tuesday, 7:30 pm EDT November 24, 2020
The Center for Fiction Annual Awards Benefit
Thursday, 7:30 pm EDT December 3, 2020