A free public event, the annual Brooklyn Book Festival was held yesterday, Sunday, September 13th, honoring writing and publishing with focus on a wide range of literary stars but also emerging authors. You can find information about new authors, books and indie publishing companies at the many booths and there is a day long program of talks and panels, all mostly outdoors. There’s a very open, electric – and very Brooklyn! – feeling to the event and it is worth checking out.
All the Brooklyn ‘stars’ come out (Jonathan Lethem, Jonathan Ames, Paul Auster, Amy Sohn, etc.) and Haitian-born, Brooklyn-raised novelist Edwidge Danticat was honored with a “Best of Brooklyn” award. Other appearances: Naomi Klein, Amy Goodman, Pete Hamill, Lewis Lapham, and many more! The event is held once a year on the Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza and apparently the New York City Parks Department is proud to be a sponsor (note: excessive signage)! But, nonetheless, I applaud this over some of their other ventures.
Photo #1: Tom_Hoboken
Photo #2: Jon Nalley
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Photo #4: Jon Nalley
Photo #5: Cat
Updated: Today’s Los Angeles Times reports back on the Brooklyn Book Festival here.