Sunday, September 16
10am - 6pm
Festival Day & Literary Marketplace

Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity

Saturday, September 15
10am - 4pm
Children’s Day

MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn

September 10 - 17Bookend Events


Thanks to everyone who joined us in 2017 including our authors, audience, publishers, volunteers, sponsors and our dedicated BKBF interns and staff! The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, the Festival includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling a vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace. This hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. Our 2017 festival welcomed authors including Karl Ove Knausgård, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messud, Chris Hayes, Carolyn Forché, Sarah Dessen, Alexandra Bracken, Thi Bui, Lynn Nottage, Hisham Matar, Maira Kalman and hundreds more. Check back in Summer and Fall 2018 as next year’s #BKBF announcements begin.

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Dates announced for 2018 Festival, Children’s Day and Bookends!

Mark your calendars for September and a weeklong celebration of literature!

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Drag and Gender (audio)

Gender and politics meet in a conversation about drag performance and the cultural climate of our time. Listen!

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How Do You Define “Home?” (audio)

“Home” is … Listen as authors explore definitions and, in doing so, explore beliefs, histories and more.

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Ancient Tragedies and Modern Lessons (audio)

In plays and performances, we explored the relevance of ancient Greek tragedies in current times.

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Searching for Self (audio)

Protagonists embark on a search for self against highly divergent backdrops. Listen to authors from #BKBF 2017.

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