Sunday Sep 16

Festival Day & Literary Market

Borough Hall, Brooklyn

Saturday Sep 15

Children’s Day

MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn

September 10 - 17

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Festival Info


Our vendor space is sold out for Children’s Day and Festival Day. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please fill out the application below. We will contact you if space becomes available.

Information about prices, restrictions and table options are listed below.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Only the Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. registers and accepts fees from vendors and registrants. We do not engage agents or third-party representatives to sell space or participation at the Festival. No third party is authorized to represent itself as an agent of the Festival or sell space or participation at the Festival. The Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue and cannot honor promises or agreements made by unrelated parties seeking to profit from the Festival.

About the Marketplace: Each year, the Festival welcomes more than 200 publishers, presses, booksellers and literary organizations to its popular Festival Day Literary Marketplace (September 16) in Downtown Brooklyn, and its BKBF Children’s Day (September 15) in MetroTech Commons for children ages 2 – 11. The festival attracts passionate book readers from all five boroughs and beyond and is a true celebration of books and authors.

Please contact Jerry Allred at [email protected] if you need additional information or have any questions.

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Prefer to manually fill out a paper form? Download Vendor Application

Brooklyn Book Festival Exhibitor Registration Information

Festival Day – September 16, 2018, Brooklyn Borough Hall & Vicinity

Children’s Day – September 15, 2018, MetroTech Commons

Exhibitor Package – Table with Canopy

  • one canopy 10 x 10
  • one 8 foot table with 2 chairs
  • one I.D. sign
  • one exhibitor listing in event publication and one listing on event website

Exhibitor Package – Table without Canopy

  • one 8 foot table with 2 chairs
  • one I.D. sign
  • one exhibitor listing in event publication and one listing on event website

Please be aware that spaces for the Brooklyn Book Festival sold out last year by April 15.

Early Registration Discounted Fee: Subtract $100 per booth or table from prices listed below: January 23 to February 16.

Standard Registration Fee

  • Major publisher, universities and bookstore chain (table with canopy) $975
  • Independent press, literary magazines, authors, non-profit literary organizations and independent bookstores (table with canopy) $525
  • Table without Canopy $425
  • Shared table with canopy (no more than three exhibitors) $575
    includes additional I.D. signs and exhibitor listing
  • Shared table without canopy (no more than three exhibitors) $475
    includes additional I.D. signs and exhibitor listing
  • One extra table for your booth may be rented for $30

No more than three exhibitors may share a table. The festival will accept only one application per table. The submitting applicant must designate the company or companies with whom they are sharing the table and assume responsibility for the full payment. Under no circumstances may the submitting Exhibitor who paid the Festival registration fee collectively charge partnering publishers or authors more than the amount paid by the Exhibitor for the table.

Please note:

  • Exhibitors may not bring and use their own canopy.
  • Exhibitors may not resell their space or part of their space.

No exhibitor may not hold itself out in any way as an agent or representative of the Brooklyn Book Festival or in any way involved in the official programming of the Festival.

In order to exhibit at the Brooklyn Book Festival, you must either sell books or book related/literary materials, or represent a literacy program. You must be a bookseller, publisher, literary magazine, author or literacy organization.

Registration Schedule

  • Early Registration Discounted Fee: Subtract $100 per booth or table: January 23 to February 16, 2018).
  • Standard Registration Fee: February 17 – June 15, 2018
  • Late Registration Fee(as available): Add $100 per booth or table (June 16 – August 5, 2018). No registrations accepted after August 5, 2018.
  • Cancellation Fee: 50% through August 5, 2018.
  • No refunds for cancellations after August 5, 2018.
  • All cancellations must be submitted in writing.
  • Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, but does not guarantee your location.
  • Full payment is due with your completed registration form. Registrations are not considered complete unless payment has been received.
  • Placement of exhibitors is determined by festival organizers and will be posted on-line on August 15, 2018.
  • The Brooklyn Book Festival will take place rain or shine. Refunds will not be issued due to inclement weather.

Register Now

Prefer to manually fill out a paper form? Download Vendor Application

Six of our most popular panels for your listening pleasure!

Here’s an early holiday gift from us to you: audio clips from SIX of our most popular #BKBF programs! Listen to them and recall the day-long literary extravaganza, thanks to the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership. Enjoy!


The New Green Light: Views From America
Stephanie Powell Watts (No One Is Coming To Save Us), Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (A Kind of Freedom), and Julia Fierro (The Gypsy Moth Summer) cover many dimensions of the American landscape, from small towns to a destroyed city. In these novels, the interaction between one’s location and one’s aspirations heighten issues of race, love, and ambition. Moderated by Garrard Conley (Boy Erased).


Moral Culpability in Global Crises
Novelists Lidia Yuknavitch (The Book of Joan), Jonathan Safran Foer (Here I Am), and Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles) show that no matter the setting, characters share common struggles. Across time and place, these protagonists search for their role in a crisis larger than themselves – whether as rebel fighters in a futuristic police-state, Jewish-Americans coping with the conflict in the Middle East, and Cubans haunted by the islands they inhabit. Moderated by Michele Filgate.


Theater of War, presented by Brooklyn Public Library
What do ancient Greek tragedies about violence and war have to say to veterans and their communities today? New York City Public Artist in Residence Bryan Doerries advocates for theater as a safe way to start difficult conversations. Actors Amy Ryan (Bridge of Spies, Birdman), Zach Grenier (Fight Club, The Good Wife, Dead Wood) and New York City Council member Jumaane Williams perform short scenes from plays by Sophocles and Euripides, and New York City veterans discuss the power of ancient dramas to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.


Where Is Home?
“Home” is an idea that invites many definitions and interpretations. Is home where one’s family is, or one’s family history? Or where your beliefs are accepted and embraced? Dina Nayeri (Refuge), Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (Muslim Girl), and Derek Palacio (The Mortifications) discuss how they approached these questions and more in their new novels. Moderated by Hirsh Sawhney (South Haven).


Performing Gender, presented by BAM
Author, director, and actor Olivier Py is joined by performer, writer, and founding member of Split Britches Peggy Shaw for a ranging discussion about drag performance and about the broader politics of performing gender. Moderated by performance artist, playwright and educator Daniel Alexander Jones and presented in conjunction with this season’s Olivier Py Sings Les Premiers Adieux de Miss Knife, as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival.


Working with Amazon Publishing: Author and Editor Perspectives
Marc Levy (P.S. from Paris), Kimberly Rae Miller (Coming Clean and Beautiful Bodies), and Jimin Han (A Small Revolution), discuss their experiences working with Amazon Publishing and how they create a community of readers through Amazon, social media, and events. Moderated by Carmen Johnson, an Amazon Publishing Editorial Director.