A Bit of Fort Greene’s Lit Life On TV By Ben Fractenberg
Fort Greene has a long literary tradition. Walt Whitman edited The Brooklyn Eagle while living in the neighborhood, and luminaries like Richard Wright and Marianne Moore once called the area home.
A new show called “Open Book,” premiering tonight on Link TV, will feature Fort Greene writers and artists on its first two shows. The pilot episodes include Jeffrey Wright (above, reading Walt Whitman at the Whitman houses), Carl Hancock Rux reading Henry Miller and Tony Award-winning poet Suheir Hammad performing her work.
Executive Producer Ina Howard-Parker said the series seeks “to show how all of us are interconnected through the stories we tell.”
“Open Book” will travel to a different location each week highlighting local writers. Clips of author segments will then be available to social networking sites and blogs through embedded video.
“Our aim is to help writers and publishers reach diverse and diffuse audiences through the media they’re already consuming, and then to bring them back to books,” Howard-Parker said.
The program can be found on Time Warner Cable channel 34 (MNN) at 11 tonight and will be rebroadcast on May 13 at 11:30 p.m. It can also be found on Dish and Direct TV at 8:30 tonight. For cable channels outside of New York, see Link TV’s site.