Reading the City: Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Lisa Ko, Jacqueline Woodson, and Isaac Fitzgerald

Tue. Oct 26, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
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National Book Award-honored New Yorkers discuss the next chapter for NYC writing, reading, and living.


  • Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Fleishman Is in Trouble, 2019 Fiction Longlist)

  • Lisa Ko (The Leavers, 2017 Fiction Finalist)

  • Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming, 2014 Young People's Literature Winner)

  • Moderated by Isaac Fitzgerald 

  Produced in partnership with the National Book Foundation.

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Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and a contributor to the paper's cultural pages. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller Fleishman is in Trouble, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Women's Prize. She is currently on leave from the Times, adapting her book for ABC Signature and FX into a limited series to air next year. Her second novel, Long Island Compromise, will be published next year. She lives in New York City. 

Lisa Ko's first novel, The Leavers, was a national bestseller, Finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and her essays and nonfiction in The New York TimesThe Believer, and elsewhere. 

Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Award, and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award, and she was the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. She also wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a 2016 National Book Award Finalist. Her dozens of books for young readers include Before Ever AfterNew York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners FeathersShow Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and the picture book Each Kindness, which won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. 

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. After making a bunch of cool things for the internet, he now writes books and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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Taffy Brodesser-Akner © Kathy Ryan

Lisa Ko © Art Streiber

Jacqueline Woodson © John D. & Catherine T., MacArthur Foundation

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