2009 New Yorker Festival Schedule Released Today

New Yorker Festival
2009 New Yorker Festival

The “early” yet official 2009 New Yorker Festival schedule was released today and while there a lot of familiar faces (as always), I think this year’s lineup is a lot stronger than last year’s. Highlights of this year’s festival include: Mad Men panel with Matthew Weiner, Lee Clow, Steve Stoute, Brooklyn Playlist concert at The Bell House with Dirty Projectors, A Conversation with Music with and Neko Case and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Inside the Artist’s Studio with Chuck Close and Adam Gopnik, and the Humor Revue with Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach and a host of others. Tickets for The New Yorker Festival will go on sale at 12 noon ET on Friday, September 18, (the shows I just mentioned should sell out almost instantaneously).

View the entire 2009 New Yorker Festival schedule after the jump.

Friday | October 16

Fiction Night | Paired Readings by New Yorker Writers

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Yiyun Li
7 P.M. (Le) Poisson Rouge ($25)

David Bezmozgis and Jonathan Franzen
7 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($25)

T. Coraghessan Boyle and Mary Gaitskill
7 P.M. Angel Orensanz Foundation ($25)

Daniyal Mueenuddin and Salman Rushdie
7 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($25)

Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz
9:30 P.M. Angel Orensanz Foundation ($25)

Joshua Ferris and Aleksander Hemon
9:30 P.M. (Le) Poisson Rouge ($25)

Jonathan Lethem and Colson Whitehead
9:30 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($25)

George Saunders and Gary Shteyngart
9:30 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($25)

Brooklyn Playlist | A Special Concert Featuring Bands from the County of Kings

With Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy.
Curated by the New Yorker staff writers Sasha Frere-Jones and Kelefa Sanneh.
8 P.M. The Bell House ($25)

Take Out of School | New Yorker Writers on The New Yorker

The Moth and The New Yorker present an evening of stories about life at the magazine.
With Roger Angell, Adam Gopnik, Ariel Levy, Mark Singer, and Judith Thurman.
Hosted by Andy Borowitz.
8 P.M. City Winery ($40)

Saturday | October 17

Writers and Their Subjects

Ricky Jay and Mark Singer
1 P.M. City Winery ($27)

In Conversation With

Annie Proulx interviewed by Deborah Treisman
10 A.M. Florence Gould Hall ($27)

Rachel Maddow interviewed by Ariel Levy
10 A.M. Acura at Stage37 ($27)

Tyler Perry interviewed by Henry Finder
4 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($27)

New Yorker Talks

Malcolm Gladwell | The Curious Case of Michael Vick
1 P.M. Florence Gould Hall ($27)

Simon Schama | Obama and History
4 P.M. Florence Gould Hall ($27)

Screen Gems | New Yorker Film Critics Present Overlooked Masterpieces

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt”
With David Denby.
10 A.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($20)

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s “Quai des Orfevres”
With Anthony Lane.
1:30 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($20)

Jean-Luc Godard’s “King Lear”
With Richard Brody.
5 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($20)


New Math
With Nancy Flournoy, Bill James, Nate Silver, and Sudhir Venkatesh.
Moderated by Ben McGrath.
10 A.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($27)

Mad Men
With Lee Clow, Steve Stoute, and Matthew Weiner. Moderated by Ken Auletta.
10 A.M. City Winery ($27)

The Music Biz
With Jace Clayton, Josh Deutsch, Melvin Gibbs, Danny Goldberg, and Livia Tortella.
Moderated by Sasha Frere-Jones.
1 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($27)

The Political Scene
With Hendrik Hertzberg, Ryan Lizza, and Jane Mayer. Moderated by Dorothy Wickenden.
4 P.M. City Winery ($27)

Character Actors
With Christine Baranski, Joan Cusack, Luis Guzman, Richard Kind, and John Turturro.
Moderated by Nancy Franklin.
4 P.M. Acura at Stage37 ($27)

Early Shift

Loudon Wainwright III talks with Susan Morrison | A Conversation with Music
7:30 P.M. The Bell House ($35)

Wallace Shawn talks with John Lahr
7:30 P.M. City Winery ($35)

Ian Hunter and Graham Parker talk with Ben Greenman | A Conversation with Music
7:30 P.M. (Le) Poisson Rouge ($35)

Neko Case talks with Sasha Frere-Jones | A Conversation with Music
7:30 P.M. Acura at Stage37 ($25)

Saturday Night Sneak Preview

“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
After the screening, Kelefa Sanneh will talk with Sapphire and the film’s director, Lee Daniels.
8 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($27)

Late Shift

Jason Schwartzman talks with Richard Brody
10 P.M. The Bell House ($35)

James Franco talks with Lauren Collins
10 P.M. Cedar Lake Theatre ($35)

Tilda Swinton talks with Hilton Als
10 P.M. City Winery ($35)

Steve Earle talks with John Seabrook | A Conversation with Music
10 P.M. (Le) Poisson Rouge ($35)

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver talks with Sasha-Frere Jones | A Conversation with Music
10 P.M. Acura at Stage37 ($25)

Book Signings

(Please note the schedule of book signings at the bottom of this e-mail.)
12 noon to 6 P.M. McNally Jackson Books (Free)

Sunday | October 18

About Town

Tailing Tilley
A live, interactive game drawing on eighty-four years of New Yorker history.
11 A.M. Galway Hooker ($15)

Morning at the Frick
Peter Schjeldahl will lead a tour of the museum before public hours begin, followed by coffee and conversation.
11 A.M. Frick Collection ($60)

Come Hungry
Calvin Trillin will lead a tasting walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown, concluding with a dim-sum feast.
11 A.M. Ticket buyers will be contacted concerning the starting point. ($100)

Strings Attached
Basil Twist will lead a tour of his studio and talk about the puppeteer’s art with Joan Acocella. Drinks will be served.
12 noon. Ticket buyers will be contacted concerning the location. ($60)

Inside the Artist’s Studio
Chuck Close will show his work and talk with Adam Gopnik at his studio. Drinks will be served.
12 noon. Ticket buyers will be contacted concerning the location. ($60)

Bottoms Up
Sam Calagione will demonstrate the beer-brewing process and discuss his work with Burkhard Bilger. Tastings, paired with meats and cheeses, will be served.
12 noon. The Gate ($50)

New Yorker Talks

James Surowiecki | Tomorrow Never Comes: Why We Procrastinate and How It Matters
11 A.M. City Winery ($27)

Atul Gawande | The Death of the Master Builder: A Story of Risk, Medicine, and Skyscrapers
1 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($27)

Kaffeeklatsch | New Yorker Writers and Artists Up Close

Heroes and Antiheroes
With Donald Antrim, A. M. Homes, George Saunders, and Gary Shteyngart.
Moderated by Cressida Leyshon.
10 A.M. Conde Nast Executive Dining Room ($15)

George Booth interviewed by David Owen
12 noon. Conde Nast Executive Dining Room ($15)

Our Far-Flung Correspondents
With David Grann, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Ian Parker. Moderated by Daniel Zalewski.
2 P.M. Conde Nast Executive Dining Room ($15)

Master Classes

Master Class: Cartooning
With Robert Mankoff.
10 A.M. Conde Nast Auditorium ($35)

Master Class: Photography
With Platon.
12 noon. Conde Nast Auditorium ($35)

Master Class: Copy Editing
With Ann Goldstein, Mary Norris, and Elizabeth Pearson-Griffiths.
2 P.M. Conde Nast Auditorium ($35)


Radical Opera
With Lisa Bielawa, Nico Muhly, Peter Sellars, and Rufus Wainwright. Moderated by Alex Ross.
3 P.M. City Winery ($35)

A Humor Revue

Shouts & Murmurs Live
With Jenny Allen, Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, Yoni Brenner, Ian Frazier, Patricia Marx, David Owen, Amy Ozols, Simon Rich, Paul Rudnick, George Saunders, Paul Simms, and Calvin Trillin. Hosted by David Remnick.
4 P.M. Directors Guild Theatre ($35)

Book Signings

(Please note the schedule of book signings at the bottom of this e-mail.)
12 noon to 5 P.M. McNally Jackson Books (Free)

How to Purchase Tickets

Tickets for The New Yorker Festival will go on sale at 12 noon E.T. on Friday, September 18th. There are several ways to purchase tickets:

Online: Get tickets at newyorker.com/festival.

By phone: Call 800-440-6974.

At Ticket HQ: Ten per cent of tickets to all events will be available at Cedar Lake Theatre, at 547 West 26th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues).
Tickets will be sold on Friday, October 16th, from 12 noon to 4 P.M. First come, first served.

At the door: A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door to each event one hour before start time, with the exception of Morning at the Frick, Come Hungry, Strings Attached, Inside the Artist’s Studio, and Bottoms Up. First come, first served. Cash only.

Book Signings at McNally Jackson Books

12 noon
T. Coraghessan Boyle – “The Women”
Aleksandar Hemon – “Love and Obstacles”

1 P.M.
Junot Diaz – “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”
Mary Gaitskill – “Don’t Cry”

2 P.M.
Annie Proulx – “Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3”

3 P.M.
Malcolm Gladwell – “Outliers: The Story of Success”
Bill James – “The Bill James Gold Mine 2009”

4 P.M.
Paul Rudnick – “I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey”
Wallace Shawn – “Essays”

5 P.M.
Robert Mankoff – “On the Money: The Economy in Cartoons, 1925-2009”

12 noon
Tad Friend – “Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor”
David Grann – “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon”

1 P.M.
John Cassidy – “How Markets Fail: The Economics of Rational Irrationality”
Paul Goldberger – “Why Architecture Matters” and “Building Up and Tearing Down:
Reflections on the Age of Architecture”

2 P.M.
Daniyal Mueenuddin – “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders”
Colson Whitehead – “Sag Harbor”

3 P.M.
Adam Gopnik – “Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern
Hendrik Hertzberg – “One Million”

4 P.M.
George Booth – “About Dogs”
Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly – “The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s

The 2009 program schedule will appear in the September 21st issue of The New Yorker, on newsstands September 14th. The Festival schedule will also be posted on the same date on newyorker.com/festival.