Dumplings, DJs Add Spice to Brooklyn Lit Fest

Dumpling-making will be one of the workshops offered at the Asian American Writers' Workshop on Saturday. (Photo from Asian American Writers' Workshop Page Turner Festival)

Dumpling-making will be one of the workshops offered at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop on Saturday. (Photo from Workshop’s website)

New Yorkers looking to make dumplings, fold origami and listen to Pulitzer Prize-winning authors this weekend are in luck – Page Turner, a food and books festival sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW), will offer all that in one place.

The October 5 festival, which organizers are calling “half block party, half book bash,” will combine literature, food and performance in a free, all-day public fair in downtown Brooklyn.

The festival’s schedule of events stretches beyond the bounds of stuffy bookish fare, with workshops and activities ranging from the “Kundiman Poetry Booth,” where a group of up-and-coming poets will create a poem for you on the spot, to “Dim Sum Warriors,” an introduction to graphic novel character design from the creators of the eponymous comic book series.

Visitors can also explore a slew of art and sound installations, and innovative noshes from Bombay Sandwich Company, Granola Lab and Brooklyn Soda Works.

“It’s going to be significantly more awesome than any other literary festival,” said Ken Chen, executive director of AAWW. “It’s basically the most ambitious event we’ve ever done.”

Among the more than 30 featured writers are Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Guggenheim Fellow Lorraine Adams, American Book Award winner Suheir Hammad, and playwright David Henry Hwang, co-author of Broadway musical “Aida” and two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


Page Turner will feature an origami-folding booth. (Photo from Asian American Writers’ Workshop Page Turner Festival website)

Chen said that the festival will be a mash-up of youth culture, literary culture, and pop culture, appealing to a range of demographics. “We have a very inclusive, multiracial perspective,” said Chen. “And lots of cool young artists and musicians will be there.”

Some of the richly varied themes that the dozens of Page Turner speakers and authors will cover include immigration, life during wartime and day jobs. Members of AAWW will also honor their favorite works of the previous year at the 15th Asian American Literary Awards.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Roulette & YMCA, Atlantic and Third avenues, and will culminate with a 7:30 p.m. to midnight after-party, complete with a disc jockey and personalized tarot card readings by award-winning novelist Alexander Chee.

To be part of the bash, register for free online. For more information on the festival and AAWW, visit the Page Turner website.

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