What is the Brooklyn Book Festival?
Every year, more than 40,000 notable authors, editors, publishers, and bookworms from around the world come together to celebrate New York City’s largest literary festival. It features long-week bookend events full of talks, roundtable discussions, author readings, book signings, workshops and other activities meant to serve the literary community.
The festival which started in 2006 culminates with two main attractions. The first one is Saturday’s Children’s day which promotes childhood reading. The other is Sunday’s Festival Day, where hundreds of authors and publishers converge for creative dialogues.
Why Attend the Brooklyn Book Festival?
The Brooklyn Book Festival has a lot of events in store for everyone. Whether you’re a foodie, crime junkie, or a comic book buff, you’re sure to find an activity that will satisfy you.
Last year, attendees got to witness a talk that compared and contrasted the American cuisine today and the bygone years. Food writer Charlotte Druckman, cookbook authors Klancy Miller and Priya Krishna, and academic author Paul Freedman discussed how the rapid change in demographics and the availability of formerly obscure ingredients redefine what is now known as the ‘American Table.’
Other talks for the foodie included how international cuisines were slowly adopted in the American culinary vocabulary, and how cooking for entertainment and sustenance has evolved through time.
Book authors DeRay Mckesson, Anthony B. Thompson, and Dave Cullen, on the other hand, brought individuals passionate about justice reforms in a moving discussion about the tragedy of unlawful murders and mass shootings in America.
Crime junkies also got to witness book launches of fiction novelists Joyce Carol Oates (“My Life as A Rat”), Lauren Wilkinson (“American Spy”), and Nicholas Mancusi (“A Philosophy of Ruin”).
Comic lovers also had a great time meeting their favorite graphic novelists and illustrators showcasing their masterpieces in various dialogues meant to inspire listeners to expand their imaginations.
For a full list of events that have transpired last year, you may check this out.
The Brooklyn Book Festival promises to be a bigger celebration targeting a wider audience. Here are some bookend events across 13 locations in Brooklyn to expect from September 28 to October 5 you may want to pencil in:
For aspiring writers
Join an editors’ roundtable in a moderated discussion on how they review submissions and what are the things they seek in literary pieces. They will also share tips on building community in the arts.
If you’re a brown or a black writer, you might find a discussion about the current struggles of Latinx writers in terms of representation appealing.
Grab the chance to ask how emerging writers can find the necessary mentoring to advance in their careers during an evening with A Public Space Fellows and APS editors.
- Catch your favorite authors in their respective book launches:
- Lauren Duca: How to Start a Revolution
- Peter McGough: I’ve Seen the Future, and I’m not Going
- Nick Flynn: I Will Destroy You
For Feminist and Women Activists
- Join well known female authors such as KaeLyn Rich and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich with publisher Cheryl Willis Hudson and Caldecott awardee Emily Arnold McCully in a motivational dialogue about women empowerment and girls’ activism.
- Listen to radical feminist writers as they talk about current issues concerning displacement, gender identity, sexuality, class, and so forth.
- Be inspired by the stories of Zimbabwean writer Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and Zambian writer Namwali Serpell now deemed as the ‘New Women Voices of African Fiction.’
Those are just some of the highlights of this year’s celebration. For the full list of upcoming events, check this out!
The Brooklyn Book Festival is partially funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with support coming from the City Council, the Kirby Family Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation, and the French Cultural Services. Other sponsors include St. Francis College, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Law School, New York University, Disney, Little A, Brookfield Properties, JP Morgan Chase & Co., NYC Cultural Affairs, Citypoint, ConEdison, The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Windham Campbell Prizes, Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State of Opportunity, Council on the Arts, NYC & Co., NYC Media & Entertainment, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, abc7NY, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, WNYC, and many more.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is undeniably the largest literary celebration in New York. The best part of it is that it is absolutely free! It is pack with different activities that anyone, regardless of age as long as he enjoys words in any form, can appreciate.