Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rockaway Literary Arts Festival

Friends, I'm going to be at an exciting new event on Sunday, April 22, and I hope you can come. There'll be great things going on for writers, readers and filmmakers. Here are the details:

Rockaway Literary Arts Festival

Sunday, April 22, 10am - 5pm

at Fort Tilden in the Gateway National Recreation Area
Rockaway, New York

Books & Authors
Films & Filmmakers
Poets, Editors, Agents and Booksellers

The Rockaway Literary Arts Festival of 2007 is the first ever literary event of its type in Rockaway. Brought to you by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, it brings writers and readers, filmmakers and filmgoers together for the first time to share interests and information and provide a unique cultural experience in South Queens. Here you will find authors and various publishing professionals participating in a series of activities and panel discussions touching on the art and challenge of the literary life.


Book Sales and Author Signings

sTudio 6 (Small Gallery)

Book sales by Borders Bookstore available all day, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Author signings scheduled as announced during the course of the day. Food and drink available for purchase in the book store area.

Panel Discussions

sTudio 7 (Main Gallery)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Women in Literature
Moderated by Debbi Honorof, monthly columnist on books & authors for Long Island Woman.
Debra (Feldman) Borden (Lucky Me; A Little Bit Married)
Carol Hoenig (Without Grace)
Ellen Meister (Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA)
Ellen Shanman (Right Before Your Eyes)
Bibi Wein (The Way Home: A Wilderness Odyssey, Yes, Escapade in El Dorado)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Eating Our Words (The Art of the Cookbook)
Moderated by Restaurant Consultant Michael Whiteman.
Arthur Schwartz (Arthur Schwartz’s New York City Food; Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish recipes revisited)
Rozanne Gold (Kids Cook 1-2-3)
Brian Yarvin (Farms and Foods of the Garden State: A New Jersey Cookbook; Cucina Piemontese: The Cooking of Italy´s Piedmont; A World of Dumplings)

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Writing on the Edge (Horror & Suspense)
Moderated by Renee Rosenberg (author of Achieving the Good Life After 50: Tools and Resources to Make it Happen).
John Birch AKA Jonathan Linn (Dadah Means Death; A Corpse Called Icarus)
Sarah Langan (The Keeper; The Missing/Virus )
Jay Lillie (Havana Passage; The Pacific Affair)
Thomas O'Callaghan (Bone Thief; The Screaming Room; No One Will Hear You)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Writing for the Ages (Historical Fiction)
Moderated by award winning novelist and poet Robert Viscusi, author of Astoria: A Novel and Professor of Literature at Brooklyn College.
Ellis Avery (The Teahouse Fire; The Smoke Week: September 11-21 2001)
Michael Drinkard (Green Bananas; Disobedience; Rebels; Turn Out Your Dead)
Jeff Janoda (Saga: A Novel of Medieval Iceland)
George Leal (Desire Provoketh; Horses of the Sea)
Steven Porter (Hannes Klaar; The Senator's Son)
Stuart W. Mirsky (The King of Vinland's Saga)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM New Paradigms in Publishing
Moderated by Jim Correnti, New Voices Bookstore.
Stacey Barney, editor, Putnam Books for Young Readers
Michael Bourret, literary agent, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Roger Chiocchi, author (Mean Spirits)
Willa Correnti, co-owner/marketing director, New Voices Bookstore
John Feldcamp, CEO/founder, Xlibris Corporation
Michaela Hamilton, executive editor, Kensington
Marian Lizzi, Editor-in-Chief, Perigee Books; Senior Editor , G.P. Putnam’s Sons

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Children's Literature
Moderated by Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director, Queens Council on the Arts.
Amalia Hoffman (Purim Goodies; Friday Night with the Pope)
Julie Markes (Shhh, Everybody’s Sleeping; Where’s the Poop?; Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus)
JT Petty (Clemency Pogue; The Squampkin Patch; The Scrivener Bees)
Bonnie Timmermann (Chocolate at the Four Seasons)
Stephen S. Yaeger (Ian and the Woodins)

Panels will be followed from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM by an AWARDS CEREMONY to recognize the winning student writers in the peninsula wide writing competition. Free one year subscriptions to Writers Digest awarded to winners, plus publication in the Rockaway Music and Arts Council Best Writing of the Rockaways Anthology, plus free publishing packages provided courtesy of iUniverse and Xlibris to the schools of the winning entries.

Screenwriting Symposium – The Literature of the Silver Screen

Ft. Tilden Post Theater

Interviews and Panel Discussions with Screenwriters and Filmmakers Moderated by George Rodman, Chair of the Brooklyn College Department of Television & Radio:

Robert Sarnoff – Documentaries: The Irish Ropes
Kevin Breslin – Documentary: Women of Rockaway
Kevin Boyle – Documentary: Wounded Warriors
Yisrael Lifschutz – H.A.G. A tongue-in-cheek feature film: An Hasidic Actor Meets Hollywood
Pamela Popeson – Mixing stage and screenwriting: The Bigger Thing and What Comes Next?
Beth Lauren – Immaculate Concoction, Getting Ned, Clean
Jennifer Callahan and Elizabeth Logan Harris – Documentary: The Bungalows of Rockaway
Jesse Moss – Full Battle Rattle
Debra Eisenstadt – The Limbo Room
Brett Morgen – Documentary: Chicago Ten

Poetry Readings in the Open Air

The Moon Stage

Original poetry readings by the authors throughout the day:

Dan Guarino
Susan Hartenstein
Robert Viscusi


ROCKAWAY CENTER FOR THE ARTS (ROCA),FORT. TILDEN, QUEENS, NY EXHIBITIONS AND MONTHLY MEETINGS By Car From Belt Parkway, Exit 11S, go straight across Marine Parkway Bridge, stay right, follow sign to Breezy Point off bridge. Make left into park at first traffic light. From Woodhaven Blvd. to Crossbay Blvd. Go over Crossbay Bridge, go west on Beach Channel Drive. Follow sign to Breezy Point (bear right). Make left into park after first traffic light (Just past the entrance to the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge). See Mapblast for complete map and directions.

By Public Transportation From the Flatbush Ave/Brooklyn College subway stop (2 and 5 subway lines) take the Q35 to Fort Tilden. From Beach 116th Street, take the Q35 or Q22 to Fort Tilden. See the MTA for Bus and Subway maps.

For more information, please contact Stuart W. Mirsky

1 comment:

Myfanwy Collins said...

This sounds fabulous, Ellen!