The New Yorker Festival Hosts Writers, Musicians and Chefs

Appearing at the New Yorker Festival, clockwise from top left: Ruben and Isabel Toledo; Christian Louboutin, by Stephan Galdieu; Norah Jones; Rene Redzepi, by Sara Galbiati/Polfoto.

From novelists to designers, musicians to chefs, the 13h annual New Yorker Festival will include an eclectic array of talent to suit the myriad interests of the magazine’s culturally diverse namesake. Naturally, the series, which kicks off on October 5th and runs through the 7th, highlights world-renowned authors and long-time contributors to The New Yorker. Novelist Zadie Smith, whose book White Teeth was listed as one of Time’s 100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to 2005, speaks on the theme of money in literature, while Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz discusses love and marriage. The festival also bridges writers and musicians with a conversation series featuring, amongst others, Grammy Award-winning platinum-selling singer/songwriter Norah Jones, as well as indie-rock Columbia graduates Vampire Weekend. Of course, music calls for fabulous dancing shoes, which is why Parisian designer Christian Louboutin (of the iconic red soles) discusses his creations and his new beauty line, Christian Louboutin Beauté. Meanwhile, dynamic design duo Isabel and Ruben Toledo discuss their latest collaboration with Judith Thurman at their atelier. Fans of the wildly popular Emmy-nominated television series Girls will enjoy seeing star/creator Lena Dunham, who holds forth on the subject of “girl power.” The New Yorker knows how influential and important the subject of food is to its readers, and so Danish chef Rene Redzepi—co-owner of the Nordic-style restaurant Noma, which has been awarded the title of Best Restaurant in the World by San Pellegrino for three years running, as well as a Michelin star every year since 2007—will let New York foodies in on what it is like to be perhaps the most talked-about chef in the industry. By the last day, festivalgoers may have worked up an appetite, so the About Town Series offers a tour with New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, who will lead his 12th annual walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown for a dim sum lunch. Events sell out quickly, so it is wise to purchase tickets in advance.