FREE AAWW Food & Books Festival, Oct 5, Brooklyn

Sounds like fun! -Mia

PAGE TURNER: THE AAWW Food & Books Festival

Saturday, October 5th at Roulette and the YWCA in Downtown Brooklyn 
Half kid-friendly indoor street fair, half cultural happening, this free festival is possibly the most ambitious thing that AAWW has ever done. We'll have all-day dumpling-making sessions and a whole floor of food venders, like Bombay Sandwich Shop, Brooklyn Soda Works, and Big Bao. 
Our line-up includes more than 80 writers, intellectuals, and artists, including winners of the Pulitzer, Tony and Guggenheim, and artists who're in the Met and MOMA. We'll have interactive workshops like origami folding and butterfly-making. An NPR show will do live recordings. There will be live dancers. Sound installations. A food-related performance piece. A class on how to write comics by an X-men writer. A pop-up poster gallery. Tarot card readings with a well-known novelist. Free posters. Even a guy in a big dumpling suit. 
RSVPs on Eventbrite are already at 700, so please reserve your spot soon! 

This Saturday, October 5th at Roulette & the YWCA, 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave, Brooklyn NY. 

11AM – 7PM FESTIVAL | 730pm – Midnight AFTER PARTY


1. Your stomach will love you for the rest of your life. We'll have a whole gallery of food venders including Bombay Sandwich Shop, Big Bao, Brooklyn Soda Works, Granola Lab, and Parantha Alley. And dumpling-making.

2. After a long week at work, don't you want to play? We're going to have stations where you can (yes) make your own dumplings, learn how to write a graphic novel, or learn how to write a poem–or just get one written for you. Origami. Poster-making. You can even bring your kids.

3. Your brain will explode from the sheer awesomeness. In a good way.Our line-up includes almost 80 writers, activists and artists over four spaces–like David Henry Hwang, Colorlines publisher Rinku Sen, Rumpus Founder Stephen Elliott, Monica Youn, Monique Truong, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Sergio de la Pava, Ayad Akhtar, Justin Torres, and Madiha Tahir, who's been interviewing drone attack survivors in Pakistan. And a guy dressed as a giant bao.



1. I'm taking it you already know about the AAWW Dumpling-Making Room.

2. Guggenheim Fellow Mark Nowak will be running a MAKE-A-POEM booth, where you too can write a poem.

3. But if you're shy, emerging poets from Kundiman will be taking poetry requests.

4. X-Men writer Marjorie Liu will teach you how to write a graphic novel.

5. Novelist Alexander Chee will be doing Tarot card readings at the AFTER-PARTY.

6. Which will also include live poster-printing by Felipe Baeza and an interactive food art installation by Alison Kuo.

7. A pop-up gallery of pro-immigrant posters at the YWCA Gallery.

8. Live audio recordings by NPR's Latino USA.

9. Did you know that Chinese Americans made up like 50% of the workforce in many states in the 1800s? David Henry Hwang, Brian Leung, and Karen Shepard discuss the Chinese American 19th Century.

10. A sound installation based on poems by Rabindranath Tagore, curated by ((audience)).

11. Hear about the people who disappear with an artist who's been documenting those abducted by the Gaddafi regime, a Guggenheim poetry fellow, and an activist whose grandparents were interned during WWII.

12. A war-time writing panel with Flavorpill Top 100 NYC Writer Said Sayrafiezadeh, Jadaliyya co-founder Sinan Antoon, AAWW homie Amitava Kumar, and Madiha Tahir, who's been interviewing drone survivors in Pakistan.

13. Make wearable butterfly wings with immigration rights activist Sonia Guinansaca.

14. These peeps will help you interpret Muslim American identity: Suheir Hammad, Sohail Daulatzai, Lorraine Adams, and Ayad Akhtar. The last two both won the Pulitzer. All four are badasses.

15. We commissioned a video artist to make filmic walking tours of NYC Asian American neighborhoods.

16. We're fracturing landscapes with legendary avant-garde poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Tamiko Beyer, Janine Oshiro, and Nicola López, whose art has been exhibited at MOMA, The Guggenheim and The Met.

17. The Dim Sum Warriors.

18. Did you know a little-known law requires that the US jail 34,000 immigrants a day? Rinku Sen and Jon Pineda discuss.

19. Is the City apocalyptic or utopian? Answered by Manil Suri, Jess Row, Youmna Chlala, and Tash Aw, the biggest writer of Malaysia.

20. Discover love with a gay manga artist, a biracial stoner, a gay desi, and a National Book Award finalist in poetry.

Did we mention it's free?


This Saturday, October 5th at Roulette & the YWCA, 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave, Brooklyn NY. 

11AM – 7PM FESTIVAL | 730pm – Midnight AFTER PARTY

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