As in previous years, this year's New Yorker festival, held October 5th through 7th, will draw some of the biggest names in journalism, fiction, politics, acting and just about any artistic profession you can put a name to. The lineup, which will officially be posted Monday, features the likes of Martin Amis, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Lena Dunham. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, September 14th—and here are the five events we'll be waiting in line for.
Sneak Preview: Cloud Atlas
brotherssiblings have adapted the cult novel Cloud Atlas, which will have its hotly-anticipated U.S. premier at the festival. If you're wondering whether the higher-than-normal ticket price for a New Yorker event ($50) is worth it, you can get more than a glimpse of the film in its 5-plus minute trailer here:
In Russia, Novel Writes You
Like many young New Yorkers of Eastern European descent, Jonathan Safran Foer, Téa Obreht and Gary Shteyngart have wondered about, perhaps even considered making a pilgrimage to the old country—the one with ladies in babushkas and farm animals all around, where people drink hard liquor and endure cold winters. That "Old Country." Only difference between them and most New Yorkers is, they wrote novels about it. This panel, moderated by Adam Gopnik, will bring the three young writers together to discuss the countries of their ancestors. Whether borscht will be served is yet to be announced.
The Financial Page
Martin Amis, the literary leading man of Brooklyn Heights, will join fellow English transplants John Lanchester and Zadie Smith for a panel on "Money." All three have new novels out this summer, so expect the panel, moderated by New Yorker staffer Deborah Treisman, to smell somewhat of book tour. Still, the writers, whose novels each deal in their own way with money and London, should offer a unique perspective, having moved across the pond from one financial capital to another.
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will help close out the festival with Portlandia Live!, the live show of their IFC hipster-hit series Portlandia. The duo last took the show on the road in January, with a New York stop at the Bowery Ballroom. At that performance, they were joined by musicians St. Vincent and Hugh Cornwell, of punk group The Stranglers. So expect some guest appearances at the show, whose description promises "songs, sketches and surprises," as well as a conversation with New Yorker staffer Margaret Talbot.
The Requisite Gladwell Talk
What would a New Yorker festival be without a talk from their golden boy perennial bestseller Malcolm Gladwell. Last year, Gladwell spoke on "The Virtue of Obnoxiousness." This year, the Tipping Point author will take a more historical approach, with a planned topic of "Birmingham: Fifty Years Later"—likely about the civil rights movement and its zenith in the Alabama city that year. The talk will not be an Outlier—it's priced like every other at $30, and will likely sell out.