Author Lois Lowry to Receive 'Best of Brooklyn' Award at 2013 Brooklyn Book Festival, 9/22
Lois Lowry, Brooklyn Book Festival, Best of Brooklyn
Today, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn Literary Council and Brooklyn Tourism announced that the eighth annual Brooklyn Book Festival, which takes place on September 22nd, 2013, will bestow its Best of Brooklyn, BoBi award on Newbery Award Medalist, Lois Lowry. The BoBi is presented to an author whose has had a significant impact on the field of literature and whose body of works exemplifies and speaks to the spirit of Brooklyn.
Lowry is also one of this year's five collectible bookmark authors together with Nick Flynn, Sapphire, the late Harvey Shapiro and Adrian Tomine. "Bookmarks" are a yearly distinction given to literary figures whose heritage and work connect back to Brooklyn. The collectible bookmarks can be picked up beginning this week at all independent bookstores in Brooklyn, as well as every branch of the Brooklyn, Queens and New York Public Library systems.
"Read all about it - the greatest literary minds hail from Brooklyn, USA!" said Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz. "This year's Bookmark honorees exemplify our local excellence in literature, poetry, comics and playwriting. They are an inspiration to aspiring authors and illustrators, young and old, who wish to put ink to paper and fingers to keyboards in the pursuit of artistic greatness. They are helping us write the next chapter in Brooklyn's great story!"
"We are so proud to add Lois Lowry to the prestigious list of BoBi winners, which includes Edwidge Danticat, Pete Hamill, Jhumpa Lahiri, Walter Mosley, John Ashbery and Paul Auster," said Johnny Temple, chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council. "Ms. Lowry is our first winner whose books are primarily geared toward young readers, and she combines so well with our other 2013 bookmark honorees Sapphire, Nick Flynn, the late great Harvey Shapiro, and Adrian Tomine to beautifully represent Brooklyn's literary legacy."
Lowry, two-time Newbery Medal winner, is one of the most important writer in children's literature today. As the author of Number the Starsand the dystopian novel, The Giver, her work has influenced and inspired young readers throughout the country, where her books are widely read and discussed for taking on brave subject matter. She has written 41 books overall. Lowry lived in Brooklyn as a child and went to high school in the borough as well.
"My first memories of Brooklyn are the war years...searchlights in the sky, and air raid wardens on the streets...along with neighborhood playmates in Bay Ridge," said Lowry. "That is all so long ago. It's lovely to come back now to a grown-up Brooklyn, changed-as I have-and to be honored in this way."
Nick Flynn is an innovative and influential poet and playwright who may be most famous for his memoir-turned-film, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which recounts the story of how he crossed paths with his absent father at a homeless shelter. Before he won any prestigious fellowships and watched Robert DeNiro play his on-screen father, he worked as a social worker and a ship's captain. Flynn spends half the year in Brooklyn.