Brooklyn Book Festival – Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017
Children’s Day – Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

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. 12th


​WNDB Presents Storytellers & City Dwellers: A Million Stories for Young Readers.

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, NY, NY 10011
Mon, September 12
18:00
Free

WNDB Presents Storytellers & City Dwellers: A Million Stories for Young Readers. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) presents a discussion with local authors who write about characters seeking to learn more about themselves and their environment, and how that shapes them as well as their overall stories. Discussion/reading will be followed by a signing by Sona Charaipotra (Shiny Pretty Things), Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Two Naomis), Sofia Quintero (Show & Prove), Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath), and Eric Velasquez (Looking for Bongo).

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After Adderall screening

Videology Cinema Bar
308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Mon, September 12
19:00
Free

The New York Premiere of After Adderall. A movie about what happens when James Franco makes a movie about you. Praised by Michael Cunningham as "The most literary movie of all time." Directed by Stephen Elliott and featuring Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, Jerry Stahl, Susan Orlean, and Michael C. Hall.

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Asian Americans in Publishing: The Invisible Minorities

Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Mon, September 12
19:30
Free (Donations appreciated)

 Marie Myung-Ok Lee (writer), Leland Cheuk (Writer), Emi Ikkanda (Senior Editor at Spiegel & Grau) and Ayesha Pande (Literary Agent of Ayesha Pande Literary), with Ed Lin (Writer) moderating, will give a panel talk on the topic of Asian Americans in publishing. They will tackle the question of invisibility, silent, unheard voices, how positive stereotypes like the model minority are still harmful and who is supporting who when it comes to Asian American stories.


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Brooklyn Book Festival Opening Night Party.

The Bell House
149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Mon, September 12
19:00
Free

Come dance your face off at the 5th annual Brooklyn Book Festival Opening night party with prizes, a special guest DJ, and free drinks for the first hour, or while supplies last. Co-sponsored by Catapult, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, PEN America, and Tumblr. This event is 21+.

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Brooklyn Poets Yawp.

61 Local
61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Mon, September 12
19:00
$5 (free for Brooklyn Poets students and members)

Touted as the “best poetry event in the borough” by Brooklyn Magazine and “one of the most innovative literary events in the city” by Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Poets Yawp is a monthly poetry workshop & open mic held at 61 Local on the second Monday of every month. Workshop starts at 7, open mic at 8. Each poet gets 3 minutes max on the mic. Sign up early on our website, as space is limited! Founder/Executive Director Jason Koo will lead this month's workshop.

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Carousel: Comics Performances

Union Hall
702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Mon, September 12
20:00
$8

 Presentations of graphic novels and comics as read by the artists Kyle Baker (Nat Turner, Why I Hate Saturn), Emily Flake (The New Yorker, Mama Tried), Amy Kurzweil (Flying Couch), Jeremy Nguyen (Stranger Than Bushwick), Andrea Tsurumi (Why Would You Do That?) and more. Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions)


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Jacqueline Woodson presents Another Brooklyn.

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Mon, September 12
19:30
Free

 

Another Brooklyn, the first novel for adult readers in twenty years from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson, is a spare, poetic, and revelatory story of memory and loss. Set in 1970s Brooklyn, the haunting narrative unfolds through the dream-like recollections of one woman, which slowly disclose the shared coming-of-age story of four girls, inseparably bound, who collectively imagine a brighter future beyond Bushwick. Carl Hancock Rux, award- winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and recording artist, joins Woodson for conversation.

 

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Tuesday, Sept. 13th


Ann Patchett presents Commonwealth

St. Joseph's College,
245 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Tue, September 13
19:30
$30 (Includes book)

Greenlight is thrilled to welcome bestselling author and beloved independent bookseller Ann Patchett back to Brooklyn for the launch of her seventh novel, Commonwealth. In this absorbing story of two families, Patchett brilliantly captures the mistakes and messiness of contemporary life, the power of family, and the unbreakable ties that bind us together. Patchett talks about her work with Brooklyn author J. Courtney Sullivan. Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Commonwealth.

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Clara Bingham: Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul—Author Reading and Conversation

Revolution Books
437 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
Tue, September 13
19:00
$10 Suggested Donnation

Author Reading and Conversation. Clara Bingham is an author, journalist, and film producer. Her new book Witness to the Revolution is an oral history, based on more than 100 interviews, of incredible, tumultuous times--focusing on 1969-70. How fitting that the history, legacy, and lessons of the 1960s would take place at Revolution Books in Harlem.

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Erased Architectures

ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tue, September 13
20:00
$20

In 2014, actor and writer Steve Buscemi and composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp created a collage of sound and words from texts by William Burroughs, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the writer's birth. In honor of the release of the recording of this performance, ISSUE has invited Buscemi & Sharp to return to present excerpts of the work. The evening will also feature a new collaboration between current ISSUE Artist-in-Residence, Cecilia Corrigan and past Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz’s The Anagram Ensemble. Their piece integrates musical compositions with text from Corrigan’s books.

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Four Way Books Fall Launch

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
Tue, September 13
19:00
Free

Join Book Culture on Columbus on Tuesday, September 13th at 7pm as we celebrate the newest poetry collections published by Four Way Books. The event will feature readings from Four Way Books poets Grace Bonner, Jen Levitt, Megan Staffel, and Bruce Willard. Joining them for the reading is Ginger Murchison.

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Franklin Park Reading Series & Brooklyn Public Library Present: The 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize Finalists.

Franklin Park Bar
618 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Tue, September 13
20:00
Free

Franklin Park Reading Series and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) are teaming up to feature the finalists for BPL’s Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, which recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction books of the past year by authors who embody Brooklyn ideals. In its second year, the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize is awarded by the Brooklyn Eagles, BPL’s group of engaged young supporters. In addition to the finalist readings, the judges for the 2016 prize will be announced at this event. For more info, visit: bklynlib.org/literaryprize.

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I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi in conversation with Crissle West

St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tue, September 13
19:00
Free

Comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger at AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi, serves up necessary advice for the common senseless in this hilarious book of essays.

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LIC Reading Series presents: Phil Klay, Irina Reyn, Julian Tepper

LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101
Tue, September 13
20:00
Free

The LIC Reading Series presents a very special event featuring writers of Queens! National Book Award Winner Phil Klay (Redeployment); novelist, essayist, and book critic Irina Reyn (The Imperial Wife); and Oracle Club co-founder Julian Tepper (Ark) will share stories about the borough of Queens, read from their work, and take part in a panel discussion. All featured writers were raised in Queens, currently live in Queens, and/or run a writers’ space in Queens. Prizes for the audience!

 

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Lost in Space

Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tue, September 13
19:30
Free, Donations appreciated

Come and get lost with us as we travel through space and time for an out of this world discussion. Please join Miriam Kramer (Senior Space Reporter | Mashable) in conversation with Caleb Scharf, author of The Copernicus Complex (Director of Astrobiology | Columbia University), as they make outer space more accessible and grounded for us earthlings.

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Mike Lupica at Book Court

Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Tue, September 13
19:00
Free

Mike Lupica, is one America’s most prominent sports writers. He is a syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and a TV anchor for ESPN. Lupica has added magazines, novels, sports biographies, other non-fiction books on sports, as well as television to his professional resume. He will be reading from his new YA book, Last Man Out.


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R.L. Stine at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Granite Prospect
Pier 1 Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tue, September 13
18:00
Free

One of the bestselling children’s authors in history with more than 400 million books sold to date, R.L.Stine created the popular Fear Street series and Goosebumps series. He will hold a reading from his just released
new book, Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story! Q&A, and book signing.

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The Farm on the Roof: A reading and farm tour

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Tue, September 13
18:00
Free

In The Farm on the Roof, the founding members of the Brooklyn Grange—the world’s largest green rooftop farm—share their inspirational story of changing the world through entrepreneurship. Anastasia Cole Plakias, author and founding member, will read an excerpt from this new book and then lead participants on a tour of their farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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Wednesday, Sept. 14th


​Managerial Liberalism and Our Discontent

A Public Space
323 Dean Street, Brooklyn, New York
Wed, September 14
19:00
Free

Conservative America has lost its mind, swooning into the short-fingered grasp of a corrupt reality-TV strongman. But among liberals, there’s a distressing absence of passion and moral imagination. We at The Baffler propose that this liberal exhaustion is a product of managerial liberalism—an approach to government that regards our leaders as results-driven professionals. If they were the type of political actors to have slogans, theirs would be Don’t organize—instruct! Join Barbara Ehrenreich, Thomas Frank, Eddie Glaude, Chris Lehmann, and Win McCormack in conversation, for our new issue, Presented by Baffler no. 32.

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Author Spotlight: Edward Paulino at Grandchamps Kitchen & Market

Grandchamps Kitchen & Market
197 Patchen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Wed, September 14
18:00
Free

Celebrate the publication of Dividing Hispaniola and discuss the border campaign against Haiti with Edward Paulino, assistant professor of history at CUNY John Jay and cofounder of Border of Lights, an organization that promotes solidarity between Haitians and Dominicans. Grandchamps Author Spotlight is an open discussion of literary works highlighting Haitian affairs. Writers, scholars, and folks of the community gather for a conversation over Haitian fare  at Grandchamp Kitchen & Market.
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Banned But Translated

WORD Bookstore
126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Wed, September 14
19:00
Free

Members of the PEN America Translation Committee read from translations of books that have been banned in other countries, to raise awareness about free expression and translation. Literary translators Alex Zucker, Allison Markin Powell, Chip Rossetti, Jenny Wang Medina and Daniella Gitlin read from the works of authors Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt), Orhan Pamuk (Turkey), Yan Lianke (China), Magdy El Shafee (Egypt), and Anna Politkovskaya (Russia). An open discussion will follow the readings, and audience members are invited to bring banned texts that they would like to hear read.

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Book Launch: Black Wave by Michelle Tea in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald

Powerhouse Arena
28 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Wed, September 14
19:00
Free

Book Launch: Black Wave by Michelle Tea in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald. Acclaimed author Michelle Tea presents her new memoir, a meta-textual exploration which tackles addiction, doomsday, and disastrous romance. Isaac Fitzgerald of Buzzfeed Books joins. Presented by Powerhouse Arena.

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Bushwick Book Club presents new music and performance inspired by Jonathan Lethem's FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE.

Archway Under The Manhattan Bridge

Wed, September 14
19:00
Free (Donations Welcome)

Bushwick Book Club is a performance series inspired by literature, presenting new music and art of all mediums inspired by books. Join us at The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge for a performance of new song, dance and film inspired by Jonathan Lethem's FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE. The series was created by songwriter and performer, Susan Hwang at Bushwick venue Goodbye Blue Monday in 2009 and now exists in cities around the world including Seattle, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Malmo, Sweden.

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Cave Canem at the National Book Awards

Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Wed, September 14
19:00
$10 Suggested Donation

Join the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem, and Weeksville Heritage Center as we celebrate 20 years of Cave Canem poets at the National Book Awards. Cave Canem’s influence on American poetry has profoundly expanded the canon, bringing fresh diction, form, and imagery to our poetics. Year after year, Cave Canem poets have been winners and finalists for the National Book Awards. NBA winners & finalists Terrance Hayes, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Marilyn Nelson read and discuss their work.

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Enter My Belly

Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Wed, September 14
19:30
Free, Donations Appreciated

Enter My Belly. You are what you eat. Listen to chefs/restaurateurs talk about their food origins and what they like to eat. Please join us this evening with Sarah Zorn (Food Editor/Brooklyn Magazine), Harris Salat (Ganso), Zahra Tangorra (Brucie/High Five Girl) and Peter Entner (BOOMwich).

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Grimm's Fairy Tales All-Star Cast Reading

Bank Street Bookstore
2780 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Wed, September 14
17:00
Free

Once upon a time has never sounded quite like this...for their exciting new audio collection of "Grimm's Fairy Tales", Listening Library assembled an award-winning cast. Now you can enjoy a thrilling live performance by award-winning voice actors Edoardo Ballerini, Katherine Kellgren, January LaVoy and Dion Graham, followed by a discussion moderated by Random House Vice President of Content Production, Dan Zitt.
This "Grimm's Fairy Tales" audio collection features, in all, 21 acclaimed narrators, and contains some of the most timeless folk and fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm.

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Kaya Press & Kundiman Literary Pub Quiz

Asian American Arts Alliance
20 Jay St # 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Wed, September 14
18:30
Free

Join Kundiman and Kaya Press for their first-ever literary pub quiz celebrating writers of color! As part of the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends series, the Asian American Arts Alliance will host us for a night of drinks and low-key competition in their Dumbo space. Winners will receive books from Kaya Press and by Kundiman Faculty and Fellows, as well as other prizes. Feel free to create a team of five in advance, or just show up and we’ll help you form one!

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Mara Wilson on Where Am I Now?

The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st St, New York, NY 11106
Wed, September 14
19:00
Free

 Mara Wilson, perhaps best known as the little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda, is "the coolest girl to ever dump Hollywood" (Refinery29). Join us for a reading and signing from Wilson's new memoir, Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame, in which she discusses with wit and candor: her life as a child star, losing her mother at a young age, and her bumpy journey into womanhood.

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Narrating the Divide

BookCourt, 163 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wed, September 14
19:00
Free

Narrating the Divide. In an op-ed for CNN, Tanwi Nandini Islam wrote: "Brooklyn is a borough that's divided, but not only between rich vs. poor, old vs. young, liberal vs. progressive...it's divided between the Brooklyn that is celebrated and the Brooklyn that is neglected and ignored." To narrate a divided city can be an act of revolution, rupture, or reconciliation. Readings, provocations, and festive mingling around the question of how to tell the story of a divided borough and the impact it can have on our lives. Presented by The Brooklyn Quarterly.


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Narrating the Divide

BookCourt, 163 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wed, September 14
19:00
Free

In an op-ed for CNN, Tanwi Nandini Islam wrote: "Brooklyn is a borough that's divided, but not only between rich vs. poor, old vs. young, liberal vs. progressive...it's divided between the Brooklyn that is celebrated and the Brooklyn that is neglected and ignored." To narrate a divided city can be an act of revolution, rupture, or reconciliation. Readings, provocations, and festive mingling around the question of how to tell the story of a divided borough and the impact it can have on our lives. Presented by The Brooklyn Quarterly.


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The Liars' League Short Story Songbook

68 Jay Street Bar
68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Wed, September 14
19:00
Free

For this year's Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends program, Liars’ League NYC for the first time adds music to our usual lineup to create the Short Story Songbook - a selection of short stories performed by actors, each with a musical accompaniment. Join us for an evening of great stories, fantastic performances, and live music!

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What Women Want:

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
Wed, September 14
19:00
Free

Catapult celebrates the release of Jane Alison's Nine Island with readings and discussion on desire by Alana Massey, Jane Alison, and others. Moderated by Julie Buntin. Co-presented with WORD Brooklyn. “Nine Island is a crackling incantation, brittle and brilliant and hot and sad and full of sideways humor that devastates and illuminates all at once.” —Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies.

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Write This in Fire: Bocas Presents Five Burning Voices from the Caribbean

Old Stone House
336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Wed, September 14
18:30
Free

Celebrated Jamaican writer Olive Senior, winner of the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, heads a lineup of extraordinary, incendiary Caribbean writers of prose and poetry. Also featuring Tiphanie Yanique of the US Virgin Islands (author of Wife, winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for poetry), and Jamaican Jacqueline Bishop, (The Gymnast and Other Positions) winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for non-fiction, alongside two searing talents from Trinidad: prizewinning fiction writer Sharon Millar (The Whale House) and poet Shivanee Ramlochan (featured in the anthology Coming Up Hot).

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Writing about Terror

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Wed, September 14
19:30
Free

 Molly Crabapple (Drawing Blood) and Ali Eteraz (Native Believer) talk about transgressing taboos, banning Muslims, guerrilla calligraphy, Richard Wright, torture, and the intersection of art, creativity, underground culture, and activism in the age of Guantánamo Bay. Moderated by Ibrahim Ahmad, Senior Editor, Akashic Books. Presented by the PEN American Center, Akashic Books, and the Muslim Writers Collective.

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Thursday Sept. 15th


​Beyond Ellis Island

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10036
Thu, September 15
18:30
Free

A round table discussion of the past, present, and future of Italian/American literature that includes readings and discussion with writers Anthony Julian Tamburri, Fred Gardaphe, Robert Viscusi, Louisa Ermelino, Maria Lisella, Mark Ciabattari and Mark Rotella.

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​Chinelo Okparanta: A Reading, and Conversation With Andy Zee

Revolution Books
437 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY, 10037
Thu, September 15
19:00
$10 suggested donation

Chinelo Okparanta is a Nigerian-American writer. Her novel Under the Udala Trees was described by The Guardian (UK) as "a gripping novel about a young gay woman’s coming of age in Nigeria during the Nigerian civil war.” A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, one of NPR's top 15 books of 2015, and winner of the 2016 Lambda Lesbian Fiction award. Andy Zee is spokesperson for Revolution Books.

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​First Second 10th Anniversary Party

Mama Says Comics Rock
306 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11231
Thu, September 15
19:00
Free

Come join us Thursday, September 15th at 7 PM to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of First Second Publishing at Mama Says Comics Rock! This bookend event will feature Faith Erin Hicks (Demonology 101, Zombies Calling, The Nameless City), along with others so you're not going to want to miss this. Grab a bite, grab a book, or just swing by to say hello!

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​Sweet Reads: A Brooklyn Reading Series with Treats

Joyce Bakeshop
646 Vanderbilt Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238
Thu, September 15
18:30
Free

Join Amanda Filipacchi (The Unfortunate Importance of Beaut), Elizabeth Isadora Gold (The Mommy Group), and Jeff Bartsch (Two Across) for a special edition of Sweet Reads at Joyce Bakeshop where you can enjoy hand-crafted pastries and locally roasted coffee while these talented writers showcase their craft!

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African Synergy: A Literary Salon

The Center for Arts & Culture At Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Skylight Gallery
1368 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11216
Thu, September 15
18:30
Free

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and The Center for Arts & Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation present a literary salon with authors Okey Ndibe and Imbolo Mbue. This literary gathering will include music, a reception, and a roundtable discussion with Mbue and Ndibe discussing their works and the ways African-born narratives fit with African-American narratives. The writers will also read from their works and sign their books.

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Book Launch: The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

Powerhouse Arena
28 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Thu, September 15
19:00
Free

This unflinching debut novel gives readers an intimate view of the brutal civil war that tore Sri Lanka apart for nearly three decades. Meet the author at this launch event!

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Brooklyn By the Book presents Patti Smith

Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Thu, September 15
19:30
$22-25

Brooklyn By the Book presents Patti Smith for the paperback release of M Train, which describes the odyssey of this legendary artist through cafes and haunts around the world and is illustrated with her personal polaroids!

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Cuban Heavy Metal Sci-Fi: An Evening with Yoss

ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Thu, September 15
20:;00
$15

One of Cuba’s bestselling science fiction authors, Yoss is a notorious literary rocker, as the lead singer for Havana band Tenaz. Co-hosted by BOMB Magazine, ISSUE Project Room, and Restless Books, the event will begin with a discussion of the Cuban literary and metal scenes, and the role that science fiction plays in the culture. Then, Yoss takes the stage to perform some metal classics. Ticket price includes a free drink and a copy of Yoss’ intergalactic space opera, Super Extra Grande.

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Seven Ways of Looking At War

Humboldt & Jackson
434 Humboldt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Thu, September 15
19:00
Free

Seven short readings from seven authors writing from center, edge and the aftermath of endless wars: Elliot Ackerman (Green on Blue), Deni Ellis Bechard (Into the Sun), Benjamin Busch (Dust to Dust: A Memoir), Lea Carpenter (Eleven Days) Matt Gallagher (Youngblood), Jen Percy (Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism) and Roxanna Robinson (Sparta) Readings to be followed by book signings and drinks with authors. Presented by Milkweed Editions.

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Teddy Wayne at Book Court

Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Thu, September 15
19:00
Free

Join Teddy Wayne, the award winning author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, as he reads from his new novel, Loner, a novel about collegiate privilege, class and gender politics as a new kid at Harvard takes his shot at happiness by trying to fit into a tribe of high achievers.


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The Ever Expanding World of Literary Criticism

Center for Fiction
17 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017
Thu, September 15
19:00
Free

Writing about books-- starting a conversations about a novel, a poem, a literary career- combines passion with dedication. Five active literary and cultural critics, all members of the National Book Critics Circle board, discuss the art of writing about books. These panelists differ in background and experience; some write for legacy newspapers, others for online venues. All represent criticism as an engaging activity that challenges each to be perpetually in search of the new.

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Friday, Sept. 16th


​The Seventh Annual Brooklyn Indie Party!

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Fri, September 16
19:30
Free

Greenlight once again partners with CLMP, as well as 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, enter for a chance to win a gift bag with a book from each of the featured presses, and kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival weekend!

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Cecily Von Ziegesar at BookCourt

Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Fri, September 16
19:00
Free

Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar celebrates the release of her new novel Dark Horses. Ziegesar's newest novel is the story of Merritt Wenner, a young girl acting out after the tragic deaths of her horse and grandmother, sending her on unforgettable journey to an equine therapy program and eventually into the world of cutthroat, competitive riding.



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Dark Nights, Bright Words.

Be Electric Studios
1298 Willoughby Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Fri, September 16
21:00
$5

Celebrate literature and savor the last days of summer with "Dark Nights, Bright Words," presented by H.I.P. Lit and The Rumpus. A fun and intimate night, featuring readings from the powerful voices of: Molly Crabapple, Stephanie Danler, Eliah Eason*, Yahdon Israel, Morgan Jerkins, and Matthew Yeager. Music, mingling, and dancing to follow!

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Darryl Pinckney in conversation with Vinson Cunningham

Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Fri, September 16
19:00
$7

Join Kimbilio Fiction at Weeksville Heritage Society for a compelling conversation between The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham and novelist-critic Darryl Pinckney of New York Review of Books on lost black literary legacies, Baldwin’s enduring vision and the work ahead for cultural producers.


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What Is Political Writing?

n+1
68 Jay Street #405, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Fri, September 16
19:00
Free

The state of political writing is strong. A new generation of left-wing magazines is ascendant, and even Vox is running stories about socialism. But what should contemporary political writing do? Should it build movements, or create them? Or should it stand apart and assess the world critically? Join n+1 coeditor Dayna Tortorici; NewYorker.com contributing writer Jia Tolentino; MTV News writer Doreen St. Félix; and LRB contributing editor Adam Shatz for a discussion of the present and future of political writing, moderated by Nikil Saval, n+1 coeditor and author of Cubed.

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Writing and Motherhood/Writing on Motherhood

Book Culture on Columbus
450 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
Fri, September 16
19:00
Free

Authors Rivka Galchen (Little Labors) and Heidi Julavits (The Folded Clock) will discuss writing about motherhood and writing while mothering. There's an art to both, and a process, in addition to a lot of hard work and love. Moderated by Giulia Melucci (Harper's Magazine/I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti)

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Saturday, Sept. 17th


​Experience BIRDING AT THE BRIDGE

Freebird Books
123 Columbia Street, Brooklyn 11231
Sat, September 17
9:00 10:30
Free

Join author and birding expert, Heather Wolf,BIRDING AT THE BRIDGE: In Search of Every Bird, as she leads a tour from Freebird Books along the Columbia Street waterfront highlighting the rich variety of birds making the park their home.(130 species) She will point out the hotspots from Piers 1-6 to best observe the fall migration. .

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​Far From Home: Naomi Jackson and Masande Ntshanga in Conversation

TBD

Sat, September 17
15:00
Free

Join hosts Africa is a Country and Chimurenga Magazine for a conversation between two acclaimed writers—Naomi Jackson, whose The Star Side of Bird Hill was longlisted for the NBCC's John Leonard Prize and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, and winner of the PEN International New Voices Award, Masande Ntshanga (The Reactive)—to be streamed live on Pan African Space Station.

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​Literati Present: The Comedy Book Fair 2016

Union Hall
702 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sat, September 17
14:30
$6 in advance, $8 at door

The Comedy Book Fair 2016 is a tribute to elementary school book fairs and features writers and comedians including hosts: Literati: Colin O'Brien, Michael Wolf, Mark Vigeant along with Jim Tews, Tim Platt, Priya Patel, and more!" Produced by Tara Beppe, the book fair will not only be a place to check out some of the most hilarious writing in the city, but an immersive comedy experience with live readings, presentations, and your favorite teachers making sure you don't misbehave.


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POETRY magazine and the Brooklyn Rail present : Poetry on Art

Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378
Sat, September 17
15:00
Free

POETRY magazine and the Brooklyn Rail present a Brooklyn Book Fair Bookend event with readings from and conversation with contributors Ken Chen and Elaine Equi on the intersection of poetry and visual art. Hosted by the editors.

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Queer Conflicts

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Sat, September 17
13:30
Free

As courtroom battles turn into media frenzies and political wrangling, how are present conflicts redefining attitudes toward the queer experience in America? What conflicts are missing from dominant historical narratives about marriage, national security, social media, and policing of bathrooms, among others? The panel brings together activists, writers, and historians to discuss the changing political and social landscape of conflict in the LGBT community. Panelists include: Alexis De Veaux, James Downs, Sarah Schulman, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Timothy Stewart-Winter; with moderator Hrag Vartanian.

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Readings, Rum & Reasoning - A Caribbean Literary Lime

South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Sat, September 17
19:00
$10

Whether it's the fantastic or the realistic, six Caribbean writers gather to reason and lime about how writers shape society and how society shapes what they write. Featuring Imam Baksh (Guyana), Nicole Dennis-Benn (Jamaica), Bernice L. McFadden (US/Barbados), Carol Ottley-Mitchell (St. Kitts - Nevis), Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad & Tobago), Olive Senior (Jamaica). Co-presented by Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Caribbean Reads, and Read Jamaica in celebration of the 10th Anniversary Season of the Poets & Passion - A Caribbean Literary Lime. And yes, we have rum…

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Transformation & Disobedience: Stories, Poetry & Song

Molasses Books
770 Hart St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Sat, September 17
20;00
Free

The Cambridge Writers' Workshop will be hosting our "Transformation & Disobedience: Stories, Poetry & Song" reading at Molasses Books on 9/17 at 8 pm. The event will feature prose and poetry readings from writers like Stephen Aubrey, Rita Banerjee, Madeleine Barnes, Anna-Celestrya Carr, Ellaraine Lockie, Kate McMahon, Ben Pease, AM Ringwalt, Emily Smith, Bianca Stone and Diana Norma Szokolyai. The event will also feature original folk music performances by Elizabeth Devlin and Erica Buettner.

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When The Bell Tolls

157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY

Sat, September 17
16:00
Free

Are we ever really ready for the time when the bell tolls? If we’re open to talking about it, we might be a least a little more prepared. Our panel will explore the complex relationship between death, dying, and the hereafter. Presenters will guide you through with wisdom, direction and even a sense of humor: Dale Allison (Night Comes, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), Amy Cunningham (founder of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services), and Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife, published by Oxford University Press).

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Sunday, Sept. 18th


​Aliens of Extraordinary Talent

LMHQ
150 Broadway 20th Floor New York, NY 10038
Sun, September 18
19:00
Free

3 acclaimed novelists-- Horacio Castellanos Moya, Israel Centeno, and Yaghoub Yadali-- do short readings from the novels causing their exile and discuss the impact of exile on their writing. Moderated by novelist Akhil Sharma. Presented by City of Asylum.

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​Roald Dahl 100: A Celebration for Kids and Families

Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Sun, September 18
13:30 16:00
Free

Join us for a Roald Dahl Trivia contest; a staged reading from James and the Giant Peach with Michelle Schusterman (I Heart Band, The Kat Sinclair Files) and Tim Miller (Snappsy the Alligator); a screening of the movie Matilda; and Roald-Dahl themed activities. Free cookies will be provided by Baked Ideas and the Library's onsite Four & Twenty Blackbirds café. This event is part of Wondercrump Weekend, an international celebration of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.

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Web Safe 2k16 Live

Littlefield
622 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY
Sun, September 18
19:00
Free

Web Safe 2k16, Live celebrates the completion of Web Safe 2k16, a literary/graphic project which explores our memories of the pre-broadband Internet and related technologies. The project made use of Lynda Weinman’s Web Safe color palette as a field of reference constraining a large and heterogeneous archive of personal recollections: 216 authors wrote 216 words each, inspired by a specific color in the web safe range. Starting on February 16th, WS2K16 began publishing one short story daily, authors were asked to consider a historical span of roughly 20 years,starting with the widespread availability of VGA monitors and modems in the early ‘80s, through O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 Conference (2004). Authors interpreted the prompt a number of ways, touching on sharing, censorship, anonymity, exposure, sexuality, love and fear. Tonight we'll come together to hear around 50 of them read live. WS2K16 is a project by Ben Sisto, Josephine Livingstone, and Joe Bernardi.



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Yoga & Poetry presented by the Brooklyn Public Library

Issue Project Room
22 Boreum Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Sun, September 18
8:30
Free

Start your BKBF Festival Day at the launch of this new Brooklyn Public Library monthly initiative that features yoga instruction paired with the added joy of live poetry. Yoga instructor, Karen Shelly, calls out a pose, followed by a poem read by BKBF poets including Yusef Komunyakaa, Cynthia Cruz and Monica Youn which will enhance wakefulness for your experience of poetry and yoga. Note: Bring your own mat.


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