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Narrating the Divide: An evening of storytelling and social transformation from The Brooklyn Quarterly

In a recent op-ed for CNN, novelist and local business owner Tanwi Nandini Islam wrote: "Brooklyn is a borough that's divided, but not only between rich vs. poor, old vs. young, liberal vs. progressive...It's divided between the Brooklyn that is celebrated and the Brooklyn that is neglected and ignored."

To narrate a divided city—in all its flawed dimensions—can be an act of revolution, rupture, or reconciliation. To celebrate the third year of The Brooklyn Quarterly and the Brooklyn Book Festival, this event (free and open to the public) will be an evening of readings, provocations, and festive mingling around the question of how to tell the story of a divided borough (and increasingly divided cities across the country) and the impact those stories can have on the everyday lives we live.

Author Bio(s): 

Dvora Meyers is a journalist and writer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, ESPN, and Slate. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, where she lives with her dog, Lizzie. Neither one speaks with a Brooklyn accent.

Tanwi Nandini Islam is the author of Bright Lines, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the inaugural selection of the First Lady of NYC's Gracie Book Club. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch perfume and candle line. A graduate of Brooklyn College MFA and Vassar College, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Andrew Cotto is the award-winning author of two novels: The Domino Effect and Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery. His short fiction has been published by The Brooklyn Voice and Akashic Books. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Parade, Men's Journal, Rolling Stone, Relish, Salon, The Brooklyn Rail, Deadspin, and The Huffington Post. Andrew's work is represented by Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Tim McLoughlin is the editor of the multiple award-winning anthologies Brooklyn Noir and Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics, and is coeditor of Brooklyn Noir 3: Nothing but the Truth. His books have been published in five languages and he is the 2003 recipient of Italy’s Premio Penne award. His short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and his work has been included in Best American Mystery Stories. He lives in Brooklyn. Heart of the Old Country is his latest novel.

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. His short stories and essays have appeared in the Guardian, NPR,, Salon, BuzzFeed, Fireside Fiction, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex, and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniel’s band Ghost Star gigs around New York and he teaches workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis


Brooklyn Quarterly — Narrating the Divide
An evening of storytelling and social transformation from The Brooklyn Quarterly
Wed Sep 14, 7:00PM
Brooklyn Quarterly
Dvora Meyers
Tanwi Nandini Islam
Andrew Cotto
Tim McLoughlin
Daniel José Older
On the Docket: 
Audience Q&A
Book Signing
Panel Discussion