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The New Yorker Festival

The New Yorker Festival is taking place September 30 - October 2, 2011 at the SVA new-yorker-Fest-logoTheatre, Directors Guild Theatre, SIR Stage 37, New York by Gehry and (Le) Poisson Rouge in Manhattan, New York City.

The New Yorker Festival is all about writing -- doing it, reading it, watching the film adaptations, and meeting the scribes themselves.

Tales out of School 3: A New Yorker Night with The Moth
The Moth once again teams up with The New Yorker for an evening of stories about life at the magazine. With Ian Frazier, Raffi Khatchadourian, Jane Kramer, Robert Mankoff and Michael Specter, hosted by Andy Borowitz.

Discussions with Writers focuses on Fiction with these writers, among others:

  • T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Joyce Carol Oates new-yorker-borowitz
  • George Saunders
  • Chang-rae Lee
  • Tim O’Brien
  • ZZ Packer
  • Junot Díaz 
  • Jennifer Egan
  • Yiyun Li
  • Karen Russell
  • Gary Shteyngart
  • Colson Whitehead
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Aleksandar Hemon 
  • Hisham Matar
  • Robert Baer 
  • Martin Kemp
  • William Oldham
  • Stacy Schiff

Conversations include: new-yorker-JC-Oates

  • Nancy Pelosi talks with Jane Mayer
  • Mavis Staples talks with Lawrence Wright
  • Peter Schjeldahl talks with Steve Martin
  • Janet Malcolm talks with Ian Frazier
  • David Cronenberg talks with David Denby
  • Amy Poehler talks with Ariel Levy
  • Barbara Cook talks with Nancy Franklin
  • Zach Galifianakis talks with Andy Borowitz
  • Owen Wilson talks with Michael Specter
  • Scissor Sisters talk with John Seabrook
  • Aziz Ansari talks with Kelefa Sanneh
  • Ellen Barkin talks with John Lahr

The feature About Town takes attendees on tours of various spots in New York City, guided by a notable:

Frank Gehry will lead a guided tour of his first skyscraper, at 8 Spruce Street, anew-yorker-Amy-Poehlernd discuss the building with Paul Goldberger.

Peter Schjeldahl will lead his fourth annual tour of the Frick Museum before public hours begin.

Calvin Trillin returns to lead a tasting walk through Chinatown and Greenwich Village, stopping at his favorite eateries.

April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman will talk with Lauren Collins about the rise of the New York gastropub, as a multi-course brunch is served.

Two films will be screened, both dealing with William Shakespeare:

A special screening of Anonymous, the new film that asks: who really wrote Shakespeare‛s plays? After the screening, Larissa MacFarquhar will talk with the film’s director, Roland Emmerich, and the Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro.

A special screening of a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes. Following the screening, Anthony Lane will talk with

Also on hand will be authors for book signings, including:

  • Joyce Carol OatesA Widow’s Story
  • Andy Borowitz – The Fifty Funniest American Writers*: A Humor Anthology from Mark Twain to The Onion (*according to Andy Borowitz)
  • Karen RussellSwamplandia!
  • Calvin Trillin – Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin
  • Richard DawkinsThe Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True
  • Roz ChastWhat I Hate: From A to Z

Here is a pleasant chance to show appreciation for the caliber of writers that make The New Yorker a magazine in a class by itself -- and likely to outlast most other magazines.

For more information, go to

The New Yorker Festival
September 30 - October 2, 2011

SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York City

Directors Guild Theatre
110 West 57th Street
New York City

SIR Stage 37
508 West 37th Street
New York City

New York by Gehry
8 Spruce Street
New York City

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York City

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