The daytime portion of the 2008 New York Book Festival will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Central Park. The event will be staged in front of the Naumburg Bandshell in the park, which is located near the Bethesda Fountain at the Eastern end of the park.
Authors and musicians announced for the day festival include:
10:30 a.m. Brooklynite Nina Malkin is a cat person and author of “An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle” (Globe Pequot), a memoir of her efforts to serve, protect and defend the cats in her backyard.
11:00 a.m. Judith Matloff, author, “Home Girl: Building A Dream House On A Lawless Block.” After twenty years as a foreign correspondent, Judith Matloff and her family bought a brownstone in West Harlem. She soon discovers that “fixer upper” is an understatement.
11:30 a.m. Jann Klose, music
12 noon Richard Barone, “Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth” - Barone, the former leader of Hoboken's famed The Bongos, delivers a non-fiction account of life on the road.
12:30 p.m. New York Mets hero Art Shamsky is the author of "The Magnificent Seasions," a book about the magical 1969-1970 span when the New York Jets, New York Mets and New York Knicks won championships for the first time.
1:00 p.m. Eddie Einbinder, author, "How To Have Fun and Not Die," the NYBF grand prize winner
1:30 p.m. George Kreuscher, author, "Fireman," NYBF biography/autobiography winner
2:00 p.m. Abiola Abrams is the author of “Dare,” (Simon & Schuster, 2007), a romp through the world of two women who play by their own rules, and host of BET’s “The Best Shorts,” an independent film competition.
2:30 p.m. Diana Holquist, author, “Sexiest Man Alive,” NYBF romance winner
3:00 p.m. Steve Wynn, music
3:30 p.m. Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, author, “The Knock at the Door,” NYBF Historical Memoir Winner
4:00 p.m. Tom Quinn Kumpf, “Haiku and Other Words,” NY Book Festival Poetry Category Winner
4:30 p.m. Anton Haardt, “Moset, A to Z,” NYBF Photography/Art WInner
5:00 p.m. Lydia Davis, music
5:30 p.m. Tanner Stransky, “Find Your Inner Ugly Betty” - Entertainment Weekly writer Stransky advises on the message of the popular TV show.
11:00 a.m. Carissa Halston, author, “A Girl Named Charlie Lester”
11:30 a.m. Penny Weigand, “Surfer Girl” – NY Book Festival Teenage Category Winner
12:00 noon Michael Teitelbaum has written more than 200 children’s books based on such pop culture icons as “Men in Black,” “X-Men” and “Spider-Man.” He will do a reading from his “Scary States of America” work.
12:30 p.m. Headsoup, musicc
1:00 p.m. David DeVries, author, “Monster Engine”
1:30 p.m. B.J. Moesner, “Monty the Traveling Cat” – NY Book Festival Children’s Category Winner
2 p.m. Brett Grunow, music
2:30 p.m. Michael Albert, author of “An Artist’s America” (Henry Holt) covers his noted collage career from the “cerealism” depictions of cereal boxes through his more recent explorations of large scale historical scenes.
3:00 p.m. Tommy Grasso, music
3:30 p.m. Charlotte Noruzi, author, “Grow, Watermelon, Grow”
4:00 p.m. Lizabeth Zindel, author, “Girl of the Moment”
4:30 p.m Kathy Byers, music
5:00 p.m. Big Jeff - music