The New Yorker Festival is a diverse event that features various people and celebrities from all forms of media, coming together in a unique blend of panel discussions, intimate interviews and rare conversationalist lectures.
Typically the event hosts actors, playwrights, authors, musicians, comedians, screenwriters, directors, cartoonists, illustrators, political board members, filmmakers, and general faces from modern popular culture. However, what all participants tend to have in common are being writers, from all walks of life.
For example, last year’s participants included Tyler Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Rachel Maddow, Anthony Lane, Danny Goldberg, Woody Allen, Neko Case, the Dirty Projectors, Joan Cusack, Joshua Ferris, Peter Sellars and James Franco.
When the festival began in 2000, featured guests included T.C. Boyle, Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Earle, Richard Ford, Arthur Miller, Laura Linney, Malcolm Gladwell, Nick Hornby, Cassandra Wilson, George Saunders, Paul Simon, Michael Specter, Jon Stewart and Alec Wilkinson.
This year’s eleventh annual event will take place October 1, 2 and 3rd in New York City.
So far this year’s lineup consists of Paul Reubens (aka PeeWee Herman,) Steve Carell (actor,) Neil Gaiman (writer,) James Taylor (musician,) Patricia Clarkson (actress,) Werner Herzog (filmmaker,) James Surowiecki (journalist,) Seth Meyers (SNL writer,) David Remnick (editor,) Stephen King (writer,) Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter,) Dick Armey (FreedomWorks chairman,) Rick Santelli (CNBC host,) Jill Lepore (writer,) and more.
Specific panel discussions announced include “Saturday Night Live,” featuring Meyers and several other SNL cast members, as well as political discussions, including Armey, Lepore and Remnick, as well as Anthony Weiner and Rick Santelli. Other discussions and lectures include “Vampires in Pop Culture,” led by King and Rosenberg (who specifically screen-wrote for Twilight,) as well talks on architecture, bass instruments in music, elderly care, talent pools, and the effect of the Internet on various forms of media. This year’s festival will also include a cartoon caption contest, book signings, a food sampling tour and poetry readings.
An official line-up is due to be released in less than two weeks. You can purchase tickets from the New Yorker’s website starting September 10th.