Labor Day is here. Summer has offered its last Aperol spritz. Now that September has arrived, it’s time to get ready for this year’s New Yorker Festival! It’s the eighteenth annual Festival, and we’re excited to bring you a caffeinated smorgasbord of nearly fifty events over two days and nights, from October 6th through 8th. It’s a weekend when worlds collide, where you can hear the former U.S. director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper on the threat of North Korea, and then lighten up with the optimistic pop of Carly Rae Jepsen.
Andy Borowitz joins Dean Obeidallah, Jessi Klein, and Baratunde Thurston to provide comic relief for your post-Trump stress disorder, and politicians (Senator Al Franken) and activists (Naomi Klein, Chelsea Manning) discuss life and resistance in the Trump era. There is a new film by Rob Reiner about L.B.J., and a conversation between Colm Tóibín and L.B.J.’s biographer Robert Caro. Among the other participants are a revolutionary chef (Yotam Ottolenghi) and a revolutionary artist (Ai Weiwei); fearless athletes (Diana Nyad, Philippe Petit, Alex Honnold) and fêted stars of stage and screen (Glenn Close, Rachel Weisz, Tracee Ellis Ross); people who speak truth to power (Ava DuVernay, the Reverend William J. Barber II, Preet Bharara), and people who find truth in beauty (Kevin Young, Sofia Coppola, Dries van Noten).
You can find the full lineup for this year’s Festival at festival.newyorker.com. We hope you’ll join us for a weekend that grapples with, interrogates, brightens, and pokes fun at the year 2017.