The Brooklyn Book Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary yesterday with a full day of author panels and other events—all of which concluded with a Ping Pong tournament, of course. Contestants included Jonathan Lethem, Fiona Maazel, PEN’s Paul Morris, Pico Iyer, Robert Christgau, Marlon James, David Simon, and Geoff Dyer, who reached the final round to play New York Public Library’s Paul Holdengraber, who had earlier in the day interviewed Salman Rushdie. Dyer won.
The poet C.K. Williams, whose many honors include a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, died yesterday. He was seventy-eight.
Author Richard Dawkins, whose book Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science will be released in the US this week, has been criticizing Ahmed Mohamed, the fourteen-year-old Texas student who was recently arrested at his school for building a clock. Why is Dawkins so bent out of shape about the teen? “Because he disassembled & reassembled a clock (which is fine) & then claimed it was his ‘invention’ (which is fraud),” Dawkins writes.
Olive Kitteridge, the HBO miniseries that was based on the book by Elizabeth Strout, won six Emmys last night, while Game of Thrones, based on the novel series by George R.R. Martin, won twelve, more than any other show has won in a single year.