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Brooklyn Book Festival 2016

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    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert are thrilled to be apart of the Brooklyn Book Festival for our 4th year in a row! Not only will we be representing a tiny sampling of art zines and books at a booth (tbd) on the big Book Festival Day, we’re hosting THREE official Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Events! See details below!

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    Lost Lit is proud to welcome Leland Cheuk, Marie
    Myung-Ok Lee, Sally Kim & Ayesha Pande, with Ed Lin
    moderating, as they dissect the question of the invisible
    minorities in publishing. DETAILS HERE!

    Tues. Sept. 13 – LOST IN SPACE Talk
    Come & get lost at Grumpy Bert’s as we travel through
    space & time for an out of this world discussion.

    Wed. Sept. 14 – ENTER MY BELLY Panel
    Who’s hungry? Grumpy Bert is proud to offer
    another Enter My Belly, Food Talk!

    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert will be sharing a table at the
    Brooklyn Book Festival! Come by and say Hi!

      Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
      Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza
      209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
      Fee: FREE
      Full schedule, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org.

Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd Event: Asian Americans in Publishing Panel


    On Monday, September 12, 2016, Lost Lit can’t wait to host a Brooklyn Book Festival BookEnd Event! Leland Cheuk (Writer), Emi Ikkanda (Senior Editor at Spiegel & Grau), Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Writer) and Ayesha Pande (Literary Agent of Ayesha Pande Literary), with Ed Lin (Writer) moderating, will give a panel talk on the topic of Asian Americans in publishing. They will tackle the question of invisibility, how positive stereotypes like the model minority are still harmful and who is supporting who when it comes to Asian American stories.

      Date: Monday Sept. 12, 2016
      Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm (Panel)
      Place: Grumpy Bert 82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE (donations welcome) Seating is first come, first serve
    LELAND CHEUK is the author of the novel THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (CCLaP Publishing, 2015). He has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared in publications such as The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, [PANK] Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and others. His first story collection LETTERS FROM DINOSAURS is forthcoming in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn. lelandcheuk.com

    EMI IKKANDA is a Senior Editor at Spiegel & Grau, an imprint at Penguin Random House, and she has edited acclaimed authors, including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power, New York Times Bestselling authors Richard Reeves and Julia Angwin, National Bestselling novelist Michael David Lukas, former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, viral sensations Donovan Livingston and Zach Anner, and novelist Lijia Zhang. Before joining S&G, Emi worked as an editor at Henry Holt & Co. In fiction or non-fiction, she loves exploring untold stories and hidden worlds. emiofthecity.tumblr.com (photo credit: Matthew Dunivan Photography)

    MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE is an acclaimed Korean-American writer and author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter. Her next novel, on the future of medicine, is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster. Essays have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, and she is a regular contributor to The Atlantic. She was the first recipient of a creative writing Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea and has won the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiction fellowship and the Richard Margolis award for social justice reporting. She graduated from Brown University and was a Writer in Residence there, before she began teaching at Columbia University’s Writing Division. www.facebook.com/MarieLeeWriter

    AYESHA PANDE heads up a boutique literary agency with an eclectic client list, which include the international bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda, PEN/Bingham winner Danielle Evans, PEN/Bingham Finalist Patricia Engel, and Naomi Oreskes, author of Merchants of Doubt and The Collapse of Western Civilization. She has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before becoming an agent, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. www.pandeliterary.com

    ED LIN a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can’t Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son. www.edlinforpresident.com

Brooklyn Book Festival 2015

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    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival for our 3rd year in a row! Everyone who is anyone knows it’s the biggest Brooklyn literary event of the year. You can find us at booth (#129) where Grumpy Bert will be selling art zines, books and tshirts. And Lost Lit can’t wait to talk to you about writing workshops and lit events in person! Also, Remy-the-Pug will be poised and ready to dole out free kissies! See you there!

    But before then, if you’re free on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at 7pm, swing by the Grumpy Bert shop for an exciting Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Event called Enter My Belly: You Are What You Eat! Can you say yum?

      Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
      Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
      Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza
      209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
      Fee: FREE
      Full schedule, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org.

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Deep into the Universe

On Saturday, March 2, 2013 we stared up in wonder at distant stars and galaxies. What is usually untouchable or incomprehensible even, became crystal clear with the help of Robert Gendler’s Astrophotography and Columbia University’s Public Outreach Astronomy Talk. Here’s just a few photo highlights from another great, thought provoking, awe inspiring event hosted by Grumpy Bert and Lost Lit. To see all of the pictures, check out Lost Lit’s Flickr page or our Facebook Page. And if this short teaser isn’t enough, go to our PAST EVENTS page for a full recap.

Hey, it’s ALF!
Munier Salem-giving Columbia Univ. Astronomy Talk
Universe in Color Photo Exhibit-Opening Reception
Robert Gendler (Astrophotographer), Summer Ash (Dir.Columbia Astronomy Outreach Program)

LOST Show-smashing success!

This past Saturday, January 26, 2013 writers and photographers joined together to explore the theme of LOST. And if you ask me…it was a smashing success. Here are some photo highlights! To see the full set of pictures, please check out Lost Lit’s FACEBOOK PAGE. And if you want to read a full recap of the night, check out the PAST EVENTS page.


(photo credit: Jodi Lynn Concepcion)

(photo credit: Jodi Lynn Concepcion)

LOST writers who rocked the stage.

The hosts of the evening: Lynne of Lost Lit and Albert of Grumpy Bert.

You and Me: LOST


We are all LOST, in the past and present sense. Whether we want to admit it or not. The universal state of being can apply to every aspect of our life from the abstract: Love, innocence, purpose, identity and home.To the concrete: family, friends, jobs, directions and objects.

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, please join Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert as we explore the theme of LOST with the Brooklyn community and beyond through photos and spoken stories.

    Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013

    6:00pm – 8:00pm LOST Reading (RSVP required)
    8:00pm – 9:30pm LOST Reception (no RSVP needed)

    Grumpy Bert
    82 Bond St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11217

Admission: FREE! (donations welcome) Since seating is super limited, you MUST RSVP by emailing lynne (at) lostlit.com and provide the following information:

    *First/ Last name
    *Phone number
    *If you’ll be bringing a guest (limit to +1)
    *How you found out about this event

Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received.
For the Reception, no RSVP necessary.

Grand Opening Event – Nov. 10, 2012

Hi Everyone! It’s finally here! We’re ready to open the doors and welcome you in. Please join Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert as we celebrate our grand opening with a full evening of thought provoking conversation, food and frolic. In collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series and to honor November’s National Adoption Month, we will begin with a film screening of Nicole Opper’s documentary, Off and Running.

The film follows 17-year-old, African-American, Avery Klein-Cloud who, on top of dealing with normal teenage drama (like boys/ friends/ winning the next relay race), must make sense of her diverse family make-up that is the epitome of trans racial adoption. There’s her Jewish, white lesbian moms, her older brother Rafi (African-American/ Puerto Rican decent) and her younger brother Zay-Zay (Korean decent). Then factor in Avery’s hunger to connect with her birthmother and there’s bound to be a simmering pot of issues waiting to explode. Come see Avery navigate, deal and not deal with the questions of identity, race, family and her place in this world.

Following the screening, a live panel discussion will be held with special guests: Sharese Bullock (film producer), and Rafi Klein-Cloud  (featured in the film) with Kacy Ames-Heron (Korean adoptee, therapist) moderating the panel.

Then afterwards, come let loose, get your drink and food on at the Grumpy Bert and Lost Lit’s Opening reception. It’s good times not to be missed!

Date:     Saturday, November 10, 2012

4:00pm – 5:30pm Film Screening
5:30pm – 6:30pm Panel Discussion
7:00pm – 9:30pm Opening reception

Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Admission: FREE! For the film screening and   panel discussion, since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne@lostlit.com and provide: (1) First/ Last name, (2) phone number, (3) if you’re bringing a guest limit to plus-one, (4) adoption affiliation and or why you’d like to attend. (5) how you found out about this event. Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received.

The opening reception – no RSVP required. Just come on by!

This screening would not be possible without the generous help of