New Yorker Festival 2008 Tickets Go On Sale Today

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The New Yorker Festival is an annual three day arts and culture event held in New York City. The 2008 New Yorker Festival will start on October 3 2008 and end on October 5 2008.This will be the festival’s ninth year and like always will see a “congregation of writers, artists, thinkers, strategists, and performers”.With the presidential elections around the corner, this year’s New Yorker Festival will see more political panels and political events than usual.

Tickets for the New Yorker Festival go on sale today, September 12 2008, on the New Yorker Website at A press release from the New Yorker has more details about tickets and highlights of this year’s festival. Here is the complete text from the press release :

Tickets for the ninth annual New Yorker
Festival go on sale this Friday, September 12, 2008, at noon E.T., at or by calling 800-440-6974. The New Yorker
Festival, which will be held October 3-5, 2008, is a three-day series of
events that brings together an eclectic array of writers, artists, actors,
directors, musicians and politicians at venues throughout the city. This
year’s Festival takes place one month before the Presidential election, and
there will be a special emphasis on politics in the Festival’s programming, as
well as a weekend-long voter-registration drive. In past years, Festival
events have sold out quickly, drawing more than seventeen thousand people from
around the world. The full program guide of fifty events is included in the
September 15, 2008, issue of the magazine, on newsstands September 8th, and is
available at This year’s highlights include:

— Right to Vote — The New Yorker Festival will partner with the New York
City Board of Elections for a weekend-long voter-registration effort at all
Festival venues and at Festival HQ, where special guests will be registering

— The annual New Yorker Town Hall Meeting will address the topic of race
and class in America. David Remnick will moderate a discussion among the
journalists Barbara Ehrenreich and Thomas Frank, the linguist John McWhorter,
the political market-research expert Leslie Sanchez, and the scholar Cornel

— A panel on political humor will feature “The Daily Show with Jon
Stewart” correspondents Samantha Bee and John Oliver; the “Saturday Night
Live” writer James Downey; the humor writer Andy Borowitz; and Allison
Silverman, the executive producer of “The Colbert Report.”

— Democratic strategists Donna Brazile and Joe Trippi and Republican
strategists Alex Castellanos and Edward J. Rollins will discuss what they
would do if they were running the Presidential campaigns, in a conversation
moderated by Jeffrey Toobin.

— In “Covering the Candidates,” The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, the New
York Times’s Bill Keller, the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, and Slate’s
Jack Shafer will discuss what the press did right-or wrong-in covering the
Presidential race, in a conversation moderated by Ken Auletta.

— Featured interviews include the TV personality Stephen Colbert;
Republican Senator Chuck Hagel; the attorney and health-care advocate
Elizabeth Edwards; the actor and director Clint Eastwood; the actor Paul Rudd;
the actress Mary-Louise Parker; the guitarist Tom Morello (of Rage Against the
Machine and Audioslave); the soprano Dawn Upshaw; the actor Tommy Lee Jones;
the dancer and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky; the fiction writer Alice Munro;
the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney; and the novelist Haruki Murakami.

— Film events will include Oliver Stone discussing his work with David
Denby and showing clips from his upcoming film, “W,” based on the life of
George W. Bush.

— The “Young Shakespeareans” panel will feature the actors Lauren
Ambrose, Ethan Hawke, Kristen Johnston, Martha Plimpton, and Liev Schreiber,
who will discuss performing in Shakespeare’s plays.

— The magicians Matthew Holtzclaw, Charles Reynolds, Jamy Ian Swiss, and
Johnny Thompson will join Adam Gopnik for a morning of illusions and

— About Town excursions and events throughout the city will include: a
bike tour of Governors Island, led by Paul Goldberger, with a discussion about
the island’s future with the architects Adriaan Geuze and Ricardo Scofidio and
Leslie Koch, the president of the Governors Island Preservation and Education
Corporation; a tour of the Frick Collection, conducted by Peter Schjeldahl,
before public hours begin; Calvin Trillin’s eighth gastronomic walking tour of
Chinatown and Little Italy, with stops at some of his favorite eateries; a
tour of John Currin’s studio, followed by brunch and conversation with Calvin
Tomkins; and a conversation between Claudia Roden and Jane Kramer about
Roden’s latest culinary discoveries, while tastings of her dishes and wine
pairings are served.

— The cartoonists Matt Groening and Lynda Barry will discuss their
careers in cartooning, and Robert Mankoff, the magazine’s cartoon editor, will
host a live version of the Cartoon Caption Contest.

— Friday Night Fiction events will feature writers discussing the themes
in their work: T. Coraghessen Boyle, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Jhumpa Lahiri will
address the ever elusive American Dream; Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, and Tobias
Wolff will uncover family secrets; Sherman Alexie, Shalom Auslander, and Junot
Diaz will talk about home, whether a place or a state of mind; Peter Carey,
Hari Kunzru, and Gary Shteyngart will discuss writing about outlaws; Sana
Krasilov, Yiyun Li, and Manil Suri will discuss writing about their homelands;
and Matthew Klam, Elmore Leonard, and Joyce Carol Oates will talk about the
devils that lurk within.

— A duet of “Worst Nightmares” panels will explore the dark side of film.
Part 1 features scary-movie directors Wes Craven and Hideo Nataka. Part 2
will include a screening of the new animated film “Fear(s) of the Dark” and a
conversation with two of its directors, Charles Burns and Lorenzo Mattotti.

— Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie, Art Spiegelman, and Paul Theroux will
explore topics as diverse as comics and railways in a series of New Yorker

— A series of master classes will feature Steve Brodner and Barry Blitt
on political illustration, Ian Frazier and Mark Singer on humor writing, and
James Wood on literary criticism.

— Sasha Frere-Jones will host the annual New Yorker Dance Party, with
special guest d.j. Ghislain Poirier.

The presenting sponsors of the New Yorker Festival are Acura and Citi.
The event is co-sponsored by the Alliance for Climate Protection, Banana
Republic, BlackBerry, and Westin(R) Hotels and Resorts. Don Julio, SOYJOY,
and Stella Artois are supporting sponsors.

Tickets will also be sold during Festival weekend at Festival HQ, at
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, and at event doors. Updated
Festival information will be available online at

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