Writing and Adaptation with Jonathan Lethem, Walter Mosley, Francine Prose, and Daniel Mendelsohn

What happens when literary works are adapted to other media? The complexities of the process are notoriously daunting; the perils, almost a cliché. But in an era when popular media—television, above all—have attained quasi-literary richness and complexity, it is worth reexamining the age-old dilemma and wondering whether there are gains as well as losses. Three novelists whose own work has been adapted will join New York Review editor-at-large Daniel Mendelsohn to discuss the practical and aesthetic questions posed by adaptation, and to ask whether translations from page to screen can make us think productively about genre. Presented as part of the Brooklyn Book Festival 2021.

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