Brooklyn Book Festival Begins with Bookends (Starting Sept 17)
The one-day festival itself happens on Sunday, September 23rd. It’s an all-day, open-air event at Brooklyn Borough Hall in beautiful downtown Brooklyn (I’m not kidding).
The BBF is the largest literary gathering in New York City and reminds me of New York Is Book Country, an annual fair that used to be on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Well, this is now and Brooklyn is IT. And the Book Festival positions itself as “a hip, smart diverse gathering that attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.” Think street fair with booths of books instead of socks and zeppoles.
The Bookend events take place the Monday through Saturday before Sunday’s Book Festival on September 23rd. For a full listing of events go here. Here’s a short list of some of the venues that are readings, panels, and performances: Public Assembly, Franklin Park, The Old Stone House, Greenlight Books, Bookcourt, The Bell House, BAM, Littlefield, JACK!, Fort Hamilton Senior Recreation Center, powerHouse, Park Slope Barnes and Noble, the Brooklyn Public Library and on and on.
It’s way ambitious. Just about every literary and or music venue in Brooklyn is taking part. I am so proud to be included on Thursday, September 20th at 7PM with Brooklyn Reading Works Presents Young Writers Night at The Old Stone House.