Brooklyn Book Festival announces 2016 dates!
Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday, September 18, 2016
Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day Saturday, September 17, 2016
Bookend Events September 12 - 18, 2016

Bookend Events

The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events are literary themed events taking place in clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries. The Bookends kick-off a full literary week with film screenings, parties, literary games and author appearances.


Monday, Sept. 14th


Book Presentation of Ciudades Escritas, by Fabián Soberón

Consulate General of Argentina, Salón Biblioteca
12 West 56th St., N.Y., NY 10019
2015-09-14T00:00:00
18:00
Free

Book presentation of the latest book by the Argentine writer Fabián Soberón. The writer will read excerpts of his novel with actress Gy Mirano. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow.

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Brooklyn Book Festival Opening Night Party

The Bell House
149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY, 11215
2015-09-14T00:00:00
19:00 22:00
Free

Join hosts Catapult, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, PEN America & Tumblr for the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Kick-off party. Free drinks and prizes with music by DJ Shiftee.

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Bushwick Book Club presents A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: New music and performance inspired by the Betty Smith classic

Superfine
126 Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-14T00:00:00
20:00
Free (Donations Welcome)

Local songwriters, musicians, poets, dancers and creative daredevils of all mediums come together at Superfine, a cultural and culinary haven, to present their creative responses to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Performers include songwriters Mark Lesseraux, Peg Simone, Renee Goust, David Lavin, and others. Hosted by founder Susan Hwang.

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Paperback Book Launch: Flings by Justin Taylor

Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-14T00:00:00
19:00 21:00
Free

Justin Taylor’s first story collection, Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, earned him comparisons to Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson, and Philip Roth. The New York Times Book Review recognized “a new voice that readers—and writers, too—might be seeking out for decades.” In Flings, Taylor returns with power and emotional nuance. In this debut collection of twelve interconnected stories, Taylor measures the psychic vibrations of characters who are unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures.

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Sackett St MFA vs. BK

BookCourt
163 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-14T00:00:00
18:30
Free

Can you live in Brooklyn and learn to write? Will getting an MFA truly make you the writer you always wanted to be? Sackett Street Writers' Workshop Founder Julia Fierro hosts a panel discussion about the differences between the lessons learned from living and writing in Brooklyn and those gained from an MFA. Joining her on the panel are Alexander Chee (Queen of the Night, forthcoming from HMH), Rob Spillman (editor of Tin House), Hannah Tinti (founder and editor of One Story), and Jessica Loudis (critic and freelance writer) to offer their take.

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Tuesday, Sept. 15th


A Pope for the Whole World: A Casual Conversation with the Author of Pope Francis in His Own Words

Hullabaloo Books
711 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238
2015-09-15T00:00:00
20:00
Free

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit and first Latin American to occupy the highest office of the Catholic Church, has proven relevant beyond the confines of his faith. From his visits and outreach to people of other faiths to the publication of his incisive encyclical, Laudato Si, about the urgency of climate change, Pope Francis has given us all something to talk about! Hosted by Julie Schwietert Collazo, co-author of Pope Francis in His Own Words, an international bestseller translated into 15 languages.

 

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Celebrate Winsor McCay, with today's foremost cartoonists

Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
2015-09-15T00:00:00
19:00
Free

Join Françoise Mouly of TOON Books and Josh O'Neill of Locust Moon to celebrate the release of Little Nemo's Big New Dreams: A TOON Graphic. Winsor McCay’s legendary comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland, has inspired today’s foremost cartoonists to craft their own dreamlands. From the original broadsheet-sized edition (winner of two 2015 Eisner awards), this new edition includes more than 30 glorious, unforgettable, or even silly dreams. Contributing authors will sign books, including Cliff Chiang, Bishakh Som, Andrea Tsurumi, and R. Sikoryak. TOON Books will also sneak peek new releases including The Suspended Castle: A Philemon Adventure, by Fred, Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure by Nadja Spiegelman (also attending the event!) and Sergio García Sánchez, Flop to the Top by Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing, Windmill Dragons by David Nytra, and Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers. Kid-friendly comics event!

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Explore the Industrial Landscape of John Bartelstone’s The Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
63 Flushing Ave. (at Carlton Ave), Brooklyn, NY, 11205
2015-09-15T00:00:00
18:00
$15

In 2010, Architectural Photographer, John Bartelstone published The Brooklyn Navy Yard, a collection of his black and white photographs--a dreamscape of the Yard--from the prior sixteen years. Today, the industrial landscape that captured his imagination continues to fascinate photographers and architectural enthusiasts. On this talk and tour, Bartelstone will present images from his monograph and guide attendees to these same perspectives. Participants are invited to take photographs and reflect on the transformation of the Yard that continues to develop and thrive as a vital urban industrial park.

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Harlem Shadows - The Legacy of Claude McKay and Caribbean Verse

Caribbean Literary & Cultural Center – Brooklyn Public Library
22 Linden Boulevard, NY 11226
2015-09-15T00:00:00
18:00
Free

A literary conversation in observance of the 126th birthday of Jamaican, Harlem Renaissance poet, Claude McKay led by poet Jacqueline Bishop and scholar Louis Parascandola, PhD.

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LIC Reading with Akhil Sharma, Justin Taylor, and Sam Lipsyte

LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
2015-09-15T00:00:00
20:00
Free

Queens is a vibrant borough full of amazing writers and a thriving literary community. LIC Bar is the oldest bar in Long Island City and a big supporter of reading series and literary events in Queens, including the LIC Reading Series. Hop on over the Pulaski Bridge and check out Long Island City, with readings and Q&A with Akhil Sharma, Justin Taylor, and Sam Lipsyte! Queens-based prizes will be given out!

 

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Très Brooklyn

Be Electric Studios
1298 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237
2015-09-15T00:00:00
19:00
Free

H.I.P. Lit presents "Très Brooklyn," a Parisian-themed evening of readings, conversation, and mingling. Starring Brooklyn-based authors Angie Niles (Bright Lights Paris), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and Julie Orringer (The Invisible Bridge) who have drawn inspiration from The City of Lights. Moderated by H.I.P Lit curators and publishing professionals Erin Harris, Brittney Inman Canty and Kim Perel, the event features book signings, raffle prizes, refreshments, music and more.

 

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Wednesday, Sept. 16th


Book Launch: US(a.) by Saul Williams

Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-16T00:00:00
19:00 21:00
Free

After living abroad for four years, Saul Williams returned to America and found his head twirling with thoughts on everything from race, class, and gender, to finance, freedom, and guns, to cooking shows, dog shows, superheroes, not-so-super politicians, and everything else that makes up our country. In his new full-length book of poetry, “the poet laureate of hip-hop” (CNN) Saul Williams presents his ideas, observations, realizations, dreams, and questions about the state of America and the American psyche. Williams aims to stop and frisk the moment, make it empty its pockets, and chronicle what’s inside.

 

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Books to Movies Event! BLACK MASS

Location printed on pass

2015-09-16T00:00:00
19:00

Special advance screening for Brooklyn Book Festival of BLACK MASS, based on the New York Times Bestseller by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill starring Johnny Depp as James “Whitey” Bulger. In 1970s Boston, FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish gangster Whitey Bulger to help the agency eliminate a common enemy--the Italian mob. Also starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon and Dakota Johnson.

In theaters Friday, September 18.

This film has been rated R. Seating is limited to first-come, first-serve availability. Please arrive early. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Enter to win free passes at this link: http://www.wbtickets.com/Xqrdj81022. Winners will be notified Monday, September 15.

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Enter My Belly

Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
2015-09-16T00:00:00
19:00 20:30
Free (Donations Welcome)

You are what you eat. Listen to chefs and restaurateurs talk about their food origins and what they like to eat. Join Justin Alvarez (Lucky Peach), Tadashi Ono (Ganso), Luca Arrigoni (Sottocasa) and Noah Bernamoff (Mile End). Reception and book signing following the talk.

 

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Graphic novels, The Story of My Tits and Tim Ginger

Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10303
2015-09-16T00:00:00
17:00 21:00
Free

Explore family, grief, and love — plus breast cancer and UFOs — in two stunning new graphic novels. Jennifer Hayden's The Story of My Tits is a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir that Marie Claire calls "beautifully intimate," following her journey from flat-chested childhood to motherhood and beyond. After cancer strikes three times, this sarcastic child of the 70s finally finds a goddess she can believe in. In Julian Hanshaw's Tim Ginger, an ex-government test pilot finds his retirement disrupted by a nosy conspiracy theorist and the reappearance of an old flame. Critics call it "deeply moving, brilliantly witty, and wonderfully written.” Meet these authors at Comic Book Jones, Staten Island’s premier comics bookstore.

 

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Joy Williams in Conversation with Siri Hustvedt

Community Bookstore
143 7th Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11215
2015-09-16T00:00:00
19:00
Free

Join us to celebrate the release of The Visiting Privilege, the first story collection in ten years from acclaimed author Joy Williams. Totaling forty-six stories, this is the largest collection of Williams work, displaying her dark humor and deep empathy for a world gone awry. In conversation with author and essayist, Siri Hustvedt.

 

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Liars’ League's Great Big Low Brow Literary Trivia Challenge

68 Jay Street Bar
68 Jay St.., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-16T00:00:00
19:00
Free

We put a panel of our actors and writers against the audience in a literary trivia contest to decide exactly who’s the nerdiest of them all... Join us for what could very well prove to be the most exciting, lowest brow literary event of the Festival!

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Pitch-a-palooza

Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, 11238
2015-09-16T00:00:00
19:30
Free

Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book in one minute. Judges will help writers improve their pitches and critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace. Authors come away with concrete advice as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry are co-founders of The Book Doctors, a company dedicated to helping authors get their books published. They are also co-authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How To Write It, Sell It, and Market It… Successfully.

 

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Q & A with David Browne and Michaelangelo Matos, hosted by Mick Collins

The Great Georgiana
248 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
2015-09-16T00:00:00
19:30 22:00
Free

David Browne is the author of the new book, So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead. He is also a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and Men's Journal. Michaelangelo Matos is the author of the new book, The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America. Michaelangelo also writes regularly for Rolling Stone, Red Bull Music AcademyMagazine, and NPR. The author of an acclaimed volume (about Prince's Sign "O" the Times) in Bloomsbury’s 33 ⅓ series, he lives in Brooklyn. Mick Collins, of the Dirtbombs, is a legendary musician from Detroit.

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Storytelling and Social Transformation: A Celebration of The Brooklyn Quarterly

61 Local
61 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201
2015-09-16T00:00:00
19:00 21:00
Free

An evening of readings and revelry to celebrate the Festival and mark the importance of storytelling to the public good - a key mission of The Brooklyn Quarterly.  Come mingle with TBQ editors and other readers and savor the words of recent and future contributors to this digital magazine of literature and public ideas. You'll hear from Anna North, author of the novel The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, Robin Beth Schaer, author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking, Chaya Babu, journalist and blog editor of The Brooklyn Quarterly.

 

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Unslain Words: Solidarity for Bangladesh

Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
2015-09-16T00:00:00
19:00
Free

As the fight for freedom of speech in Bangladesh continues, artists of Bangladeshi origin take the stage to commemorate the voices of four recently slain bloggers, and protest the threat looming over more than 70 other Bangladeshi intellectuals, many of whom are in hiding. Join them at Roulette for an evening of solidarity, live music, and readings to condemn the assassinations of Avijit Roy, Oyasiqur Babu, Ananta Bijoy Das, and Niloy Neel, and to celebrate writing. The evening will also feature a statement from Karin Deutsch Karlekar, the Director of Free Expression Programs at PEN America.

 

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Thursday Sept. 17th


Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar at Barnes and Noble

Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 East 17th St., NY, N.Y. 10003
2015-09-17T00:00:00
19:00
Free

Barnes & Noble celebrates the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends week at its flagship store in Manhattan. Come hear actor, comic and author, Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyal, talk about his new book, Yes My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You.

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Book Swap Beer Spectacular!

WNYC’s The Greene Space
44 Charlton St., N.Y., NY, 10014
2015-09-17T00:00:00
19:00
$15

Bring a book or two to swap, grab our hosts' top picks from the WNYC library, and enjoy an evening of literary libations! Hosted by The Takeaway's book critic Mythili Rao, with special guest Naomi Jackson, author of The Star Side of Bird Hill. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and two drinks on us. Cash bar with wine, water, and soda will be available. Beer sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

 

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Carcanet New Poetries VI Reading with André Naffis-Sahely, J. Kates, Nyla Matuk and Brandon Courtney

Berl's Poetry Shop
126A Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-17T00:00:00
19:00
Free

UK-based Carcanet Press began publishing its New Poetries anthology series in 1994 to showcase some of the most engaging and inventive new poets from around the world writing in English. In conjunction with the newly released New Poetries VI, Berl's is hosting North American contributors to the sixth installment. The reading features poets André Naffis-Sahely, J. Kates, Nyla Matuk and Brandon Courtney.

 

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Fiction Reading: Molly Antopol and Clancy Martin

Lillian Vernon Writers House
58 West 10th St., N.Y., NY, 11001
2015-09-17T00:00:00
19:00
Free

Molly Antopol’s debut short story collection, The UnAmericans was longlisted for the National Book Award. Clancy Martin is the author of debut novel How to Sell, the memoir Love and Lies, and the novel Bad Sex, new this fall from Tyrant Books.

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From Runnymede to Philadelphia to Cyberspace: The Enduring Legacy of Magna Carta

Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-17T00:00:00
8:30 18:00
Free with Reservation

Brooklyn Law School marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and Constitution Day with a global gathering of renowned legal scholars, authors, artists, historians, public officials, librarians, and archivists from around the world. Visit website for full schedule and to rsvp.

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Kevin Geeks Out About the Apocalypse

Nitehawk CInema
136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11249
2015-09-17T00:00:00
21:30
$15

In this special edition of Kevin Maher’s comedy-variety show, the host teams up with Freebird Books (home to NY's only post-apocalyptic-themed book club) for an obsessive look at end-of-the-world scenarios across page and screen. The 2-hour multi-media event will include presentations on renowned visions of a dark future and obscure examples of wasteland stories. Special guests include: Emily Asher-Perrin (Tor.com), Peter Miller (founder of The Post-Apocalyptic Book Club), Tenebrous Kate (cult movie blogger/founder of the Heretical Sexts zines), Matt Glasson (filmmaker, editor.) Plus rare film clips, trivia prizes and a post-apocalyptic costume contest.

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NYWC's Writing Aloud Reading Series

BookCourt
163 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-17T00:00:00
19:00
Free

Created by NY Writers Coalition in 2003, the Writing Aloud Reading Series unites NYWC’s community of writers and activists with some of the nation’s most prominent literary figures to share poetry, prose, and other beautiful art forms in a single space. Teaming up with Akashic Books for an evening of daring storytelling from authors Nina Revoyr (Lost Canyon) and Joe Meno (Marvel and a Wonder), plus writing from members of NYWC's workshops.

 

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ringShout: A Place for Black Literature Presents

Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden
618 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, NY, 11238
2015-09-17T00:00:00
19:00 20:30
$6 (includes one free drink)

Join us for a special evening of readings by and conversation with new and notable African-American writers shifting the literary landscape: Angela Flournoy, James Hannaham and Greg Pardlo. Co-hosted by the Franklin Park Reading Series.

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Secrets of the Archives: Why We Preserve Documents in the Digital Age

Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-17T00:00:00
10:15 11:45
Free with Reservation

Preserving physical documents can be costly and time-consuming. Why, then, do we do it, when we could simply scan documents and discard or abandon the originals? Panelists will discuss what, even in the digital age, we can learn from physical documents such as Magna Carta. The speakers will address how researchers use documents, both physical and digital; what information would be lost if we had only digitized documents; and how even digitization causes preservation problems as technology evolves. Moderated by Janet Sinder, Director of the Library and Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School. Panelists: Christopher Beauchamp, Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Fenella G. France, Acting Director & Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress, Christina Mulligan, Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Julia Walworth, Research Fellow and Librarian, Merton College, Oxford University, and Michael Widener, Rare Book Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.

 

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Sweet Reads: The Brooklyn Reading Series With Treats

Joyce Bakeshop
646 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
2015-09-17T00:00:00
18:30
Free

Join NYT bestselling author, Amy Sohn, Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop founder, Cutting Teeth author Julia Fierro, and Lit at Lark founder, The Mermaid of Brooklyn author Amy Shearn for the launch of Sweet Reads at Joyce Bakeshop, where you can enjoy hand-crafted pastries and locally roasted Guerilla coffee with these talented writers.

 

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The Word Is Fresh: Bocas presents new Caribbean poets

Old Stone House
336 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
2015-09-17T00:00:00
19:00
Free

Vladimir Lucien, winner of the coveted 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for his exquisite debut poetry collection Sounding Ground, heads a lineup of the Caribbean’s newest generation of extraordinary poets. Prize-winning writer Tiphanie Yanique previews poems from her forthcoming book Wife, while Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, winner of the 2015 Hollick Arvon Prize for poetry, and exciting newcomer Sassy Ross feature in Coming Up Hot, a new poetry anthology making its U.S. launch.

 

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Friday, Sept. 18th


1040 Lounge: The BreakBeat Poets

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456
2015-09-18T00:00:00
18:30 21:00
Free

Join us in the Bronx to welcome contributors to the new poetry anthology The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, a multi-generational examination of life and poetry in the age of hip hop. The book features 78 poets, born between 1961-1999, who are creating the next and now movement(s) in American letters. Co-presented with Mosaic Literary Magazine and PEN American Center.

 

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A Poetry Reading Featuring Anne Cecelia Holmes, Kelin Loe, Kristen Evans & Zoe Mungin

Berl's Poetry Shop
126A Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-18T00:00:00
19:00
Free

This reading features three Massachusetts poets on tour to celebrate new books -- Anne Cecilia Holmes' The Jitters (Horse Less Press), Kristen Evans' Mammal Room (SpringGun Press), Kelin Loe's These are the Gloria Stories (Factory Hollow Press). They will read alongside two writers with ties to Brooklyn, fiction writer Zoe Rana Mungin and collage artist/poet Victoria Cho, as well as Chicago poet Daniela Olszewska, author of How to Feel Confident with Your Special Talents (Black Lawrence Press) and Citizen J (Artisan Books/Curbside Splendor).

 

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Annual Brooklyn Indie Party!

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
2015-09-18T00:00:00
19:30
Free

Greenlight Bookstore partners with some of Brooklyn’s best independent book and magazine publishers to throw a Brooklyn-sized party celebrating the spirit of literary independence in Brooklyn with food, drinks and music! Partygoers will mingle with the borough’s great authors and publishers, discover new works, and kick off Brooklyn Book Festival weekend.

 

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Brooklyn College Symposium on the Publishing Industry

Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11210
2015-09-18T00:00:00
13:00 15:00
Free

This symposium, open to the public, features perspectives on the rapidly changing publishing industry and practical advice to those seeking to enter the field. Panelists include representatives from a literary agency, trade press, and academic press. They will discuss not only the editorial but also the business, design, and marketing aspects of publishing in today's dynamic environment. Participants: Rakia Clark (Senior Editor, Beacon Books); Gail Hochman (President, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents); Philip Leventhal (Editor, Columbia University Press), and Halimah Marcus (Editor in Chief, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading).

 

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Brooklyn Poets Reading Series

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-18T00:00:00
19:00 21:30
Free

Recently named one of the best reading series in NYC and one of the 50 best free things to do in the city by Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series takes place bi-monthly at select venues in Brooklyn, with a summer stop on Governor’s Island. In collaboration with the Forum at St. Ann's, this reading will feature poets Natalie Shapero, Rachel Eliza Griffiths and 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winner in poetry Gregory Pardlo. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

 

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Granta Presents....

BookCourt
163 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-18T00:00:00
19:00
Free

Join Granta publisher and editor Sigrid Rausing for an evening of readings to celebrate the new issue Granta 132: Possession. Contributors Tracy O'Neill, Greg Jackson, Jesse Ball, Peter Gizzi and A.M. Homes will read selections from recent work.

 

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Kaya Press and Kundiman Present: A #LitinColor Reading

Unnamable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
2015-09-18T00:00:00
19:00
Free

Poets Yesenia Montilla and Angel Nafis join nonfiction writer Amarnath Ravva and fiction writer Gina Apostol to celebrate writers of color. The authors will read from New York-based writers of color who have influenced them, and from their own work. This reading is presented by Asian American literary organizations Kaya Press and Kundiman. #LitinColor is a campaign to draw attention to the influence of writers of color on the national imagination.

 

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PEN Translation Presents: Expressive Expedients

A Public Space
323 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
2015-09-18T00:00:00
18:30 20:30
Free

Carrying ideas across boundaries between language, medium, and culture presents rich challenges. A group of translators and artists will explore the linguistic, visual, temporal, and other kinds of transformational passages their work entails. Artists’ archives, (un)translatability, the analog vs. the digital, and how readers and viewers access works of art and literature will be discussed. Presented by the PEN American Center Translation Committee in conjunction with A Public Space. Robert Bononno, translator, French and Italian to English. Cobina Gillitt, theater practitioner/scholar, dramaturg, and translator, Indonesian to English. Alyson Waters, translator, French to English. Hans Witschi, artist and archivist. Moderated by: Alta L. Price, artist and translator, Italian and German to English.

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Picture This: Visual and Verbal (Re)Imagining of the Contemporary Caribbean

South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
2015-09-18T00:00:00
19:00
$10

An evening of reading and conversations on imagining the contemporary Caribbean in fiction, poetry and photography. The evening features a medley of writers bringing the literary heart and art of Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago: fiction writers Tanya Batson Savage (Pumpkin Belly and Other Stories), Kellie Magnus (Little Lion), and Nandi Keyi-Ogunlade (True Nanny Diaries); urban poets Owen Blakka Ellis (Riddim & Riddles) and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo (41 Times, Amerikkkan Exile, and 40 days n 40 nights of write). Latoya West-Blackwood will journey through the visual imaginings with the book My Jamaica. A book bashment follows.

 

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Saturday, Sept. 19th


A Pocket-Sized Celebration of Words and Illustrations

Union Hall
702 Union Street , Brooklyn, NY 11215
2015-09-19T00:00:00
15:00 17:00
$10 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Sixpenny Magazine is launching its second issue of illustrated stories for your pocket. The celebration will include readings, illustrations, audience participation and more! The talent includes, Brooklyn authors Tanwi Nandini Islam, John Benditt, and Judy Chicurel, and illustrator, Chioma Ebinamaaward-winning author, Bill Roorbach, as well as emerging authors, Eric Boyd and Hannah Nahar.

 

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A POETRY Afternoon with Jenny Zhang

Baby’s All Right
146 Broadway St., Brooklyn, NY, 11211
2015-09-19T00:00:00
13:00 16:30
Free

Join Poetry contributor Jenny Zhang for an afternoon reading and a conversation with Poetry editors at Baby's All Right. DJ Justine D., "one of the best female DJ’s working in New York City" to follow. Jenny Zhang, the author of Hags and Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, is a regular contributor to Rookie, and her fiction, nonfiction and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Fence, Glimmertrain, Pen American, Jezebel, The Guardian and Vice, among others. Plus, Poetry subscription specials and tote bags.

 

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Alice in Wonderland Reading-Brooklyn Expo Center

Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY, 11222
2015-09-19T00:00:00
13:00 and 15:00
$10 (Free with pass at BrooklynBAPD website)

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Lewis Carroll Society of North America will present an interpretive reading by costumed actors of The Mad Tea Party, a colorful chapter from the time-honored classic. This event is one of a series of exhibitions, readings, performances and special events that have been and will be held throughout the world. 


 

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Alice in Wonderland Reading-Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, 11238
2015-09-19T00:00:00
11:00
Free

 In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Lewis Carroll Society of North America will present an interpretive reading by costumed actors of The Mad Tea Party, a colorful chapter from the time-honored classic. This event is one of a series of exhibitions, readings, performances and special events that have been and will be held throughout the world.

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Book Launch: Stamp, Stencil, Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand by Anna Joyce

Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-19T00:00:00
15:00 17:00
Free

Inspired by vintage fabric, folk art, and shapes found in nature, textile artist Anna Joyce believes we should live with color and pattern everyday. In her new book, Joyce shares her signature hand-printing techniques for adding modern patterns to ready-made surfaces such as fabric, ceramics, paper, leather, furniture, walls, and more. The author will lead participants in an activity to customize their own tote bag, generously donated by Dharma Trading.

 

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Haiti Cultural Exchange presents: Café Conversations with Gina Athena Ulysse, author of Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle

Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, 11238
2015-09-19T00:00:00
13:00
Free (Suggestion Donation $10)

Mainstream news coverage of the catastrophic earthquake of 2010 reproduced longstanding narratives and stereotypes of Haiti. Cognizant that this Haiti, as it exists in the public sphere, is a rhetorically and graphically incarcerated one, the feminist anthropology professor at Wesleyan and performance artist Gina Athena Ulysse embarked on a writing spree that lasted over two years. As an ethnographer and a member of the diaspora, Ulysse delivers critical cultural analysis of geopolitics and daily life in a series of dispatches, op-eds and articles on post-quake Haiti.

 

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Kimbilio Loves Brooklyn

MoCADA
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY, 11217
2015-09-19T00:00:00
20:00
Free

Join Kimbilio for an evening of fiction from emerging black writers Miranda McLeod, Dianca London Potts, Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun) and Kim Coleman Foote. Hosted by Victor LaValle (The Devil in Silver), the evening will close with readings from Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and Asali Solomon (Disgruntled). Wine and cheese reception to follow.

 

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Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure with author Nadja Spiegelman

New York Transit Museum
Boerum Place & Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-19T00:00:00
13:30
Free with cost of Museum Admission ($7 Adults, $5 Children ages 2-17)

All aboard a subway adventure! Join TOON author Nadja Spiegelman for a presentation at the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn about her latest book, Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure. This new book has been awarded SIX starred reviews from major reviewers, plus feature review coverage in The NYT and Wall Street Journal. Join us for subway trivia, an art project, and a live book reading! All ages welcome. Ideal for kids ages 6-12. Book signing to follow.

 

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Mellow Pages Summer Vacation @ Silent Barn

Silent Barm
603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
2015-09-19T00:00:00
14:00 16:00
Free

Mellow Pages Summer Vacation is a pop-up library located at Silent Barn. This is the conclusion of their summer program, featuring: Jami Attenberg (Saint Mazie, The Middlesteins), Alice Sola Kim (Tin House & McSweeney's), Sara Nović (Girl at War), Chinelo Okparanta (Under the Udala Trees), and Julia Pierpont (Among the Ten Thousand Things).

 

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The Doctor Is In with Sarah Bennett and Michael Bennett

WORD Bookstore
126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
2015-09-19T00:00:00
16:00
Free

"Feelings are the true F-word," says the F*ck Feelings website, the brainchild of Dr. Michael Bennett and his comedy writer daughter, Sarah. Their new book, F*ck Feelings, is described as "the only self-help book you'll ever need." This afternoon event may then be the only self-help event you'll ever need, as the Bennetts answer questions (which can be submitted anonymously, if you're feeling shy about your feelings) and discuss why you should maybe pay LESS attention to your feelings. And yes, there will be wine.

 

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The Greater New York Independent Publishers Association presents: Self Publishing-from Soup to Nuts, the Nuts and Bolts

61 Local (Mezzanine level)
61 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201
2015-09-19T00:00:00
13:30 15:00
Free

Self-publishing is a $100 million business: not money made by self-published authors, but what authors pay out to have their work produced and promoted. Some is well spent, but much wasted on false promises. Learn to negotiate the challenges and satisfactions of self publishing with members of the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association. Speakers include Amazon-bestseller Perry Brass, author/playwright Norman Beim, spirituality writer Linda Gnat-Mullin, suspense author Kay Williams, with GNYIPA moderator Heidi Russell, arts publisher and founder of International Women Artists' Salon.

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Women’s Voices and Caribbean Literature presented by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, in collaboration with Penguin Press and The Network Journal

MoCADA
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY, 11217
2015-09-19T00:00:00
14:00 16:00
$10

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College presents a literary salon with Naomi Jackson, The Star Side of Bird Hill, in conversation with Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont, The Guyana Contract.

 

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko-CANCELLED

Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, 11238
2015-09-19T00:00:00
16:00
Free

This event has been cancelled. 

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Sunday, Sept. 20th


2015 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize Finalists Reading

BookCourt
163 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-20T00:00:00
18:30
Free

The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is excited to announce the inaugural Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, two awards recognizing the best fiction and nonfiction books of the past year by authors who embody the spirit of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Eagles, the BPL's group of engaged young supporters, in conjunction with The Eagle and The Wren reading series, will host an evening of light refreshments to celebrate the authors, library branches, and borough that we all love. Join us right after the Brooklyn Book Festival to raise a glass to the finalists for the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize!

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Literary Ping Pong Match of the Decade!

St Francis College
180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-20T00:00:00
18:30 20:30
Free

It's a battle for the paddle at the Literary Ping Pong Match of the Decade! In recognition of the 10th anniversaries of both the Brooklyn Book Festival and LIVE From the New York Public Library, the two beloved institutions take each other on in a ping pong match immediately following the Festival.

After a long week of literary readings, panels, talks, and parties, what better way to celebrate than with a few friendly games of table tennis? And by “friendly” we mean down-and-dirty pong. You may not have known that some of your favorite writers and literary personalities are ping pong enthusiasts, some even fiercely competitive, but after watching a few rounds--not to mention hundreds of volleys--you will believe a writer has skills beyond that of a beautiful turn of phrase...

So come cheer as authors wield a paddle and slice and slam their way to the top of the heap!

St. Francis College
180 Remsen St.
Genovesi Center, 4th Floor
6:30-8:30pm

Johnny Temple and Paul Holdengraber, respective captains for BKBF & NYPL

Referees: Halimah Marcus (Electric Literature), Steph Opitz (Texas Book Festival) & Benjamin Samuel (National Book Foundation)

Team BKBF

Michael Datcher
Chris Kluwe
Liz Koch
Jonathan Lethem
Paul Morris
Denise Oswald
Gregory Pardlo
David Simon
Rob Spillman
Johnny Temple
(captain)

Team NYPL

Alex de Campi
Colin Channer
Robert Christgau
Marguerite Van Cook
Geoff Dyer
Mona Eltahawy
Georgi Gospodinov
Paul Holdengarber
(captain)
Marlon James
Fiona Maazel
Zephyr Teachout

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New York's Exciting New Voices

Muchmore's
2 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY, 11211
2015-09-20T00:00:00
19:00 21:00
Free

The Cambridge Writers' Workshop will feature writers including Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, Jonah Kruvant, Brandon Lewis, Elizabeth Devlin, Lisa Marie Basile, Leah Umansky, Gabriella Rieger Lapkoff, Jessica Reidy, Gregory Crosby, Matty Marks, and Emily Smith. Some of our writers are emerging on the literary scene with a bang, and many have recently published their first or second books and have received prestigious awards. Enjoy local, craft beer and food as you hear from some of New York's most exciting, new voices. There will be a raffle for a signed copy of a book too!

 

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Strings and Slams

Brooklyn Bridge Park - Granite Prospect
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
2015-09-20T00:00:00
18:00
Free

A varied and compelling afternoon of poetry and music, pairs string players and poet/MCs. This year's poets are Liza Jessie Peterson and Tongo Eisen-Martin, who will perform with violinists Jennifer Choi and Cornelius Dufallo, presenting music by Randall Woolf, Cornelius Dufallo, Aleksandra Vrebalov and Kenji Bunch, a blend of modern classical, hiphop, and American folk music.

 

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Monday, Sept. 21st


Happiness: The Delight-Tree.

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
2015-09-21T00:00:00
19:00
Free

Poets Meena Alexander, Dara Barnat, Rei Berroa, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Sharon Dolin, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin and others join musicians, singers and friends from the United Nations community to share their contribution to this unique international collection of poetry as well as reflections on peace in honour of 21 September, The International Day of Peace. The program is a collaboration between The United Nations SRC Society of Writers, and St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church.

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Net Lit Unlimited

Goethe-Institut New York
30 Irving Place, N.Y., NY 10003
2015-09-21T00:00:00
18:30 20:30
Free

With Geoff Mak (The Offing), Eric Becker (Words Without Borders), and Katy Derbyshire (translator of German books). How has the way we present literature on the net changed over the past ten years? Has it become more or less inclusive, more or less global? Are we getting a more diverse picture or is literature being reduced to listicles? What are literary websites in the States and Germany doing to draw in and involve their readers? And will they change the world? Presented in cooperation with the German Book Office New York.

 

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