Full Lineup Announced For Brooklyn Book Festival, Sept. 16-23

Full Lineup Announced For Brooklyn Book Festival, Sept. 16-23
Brooklyn Book Festival 2019 poster by Raúl Colón

Today is #NationalReadABookDay and aside from curling up with a good book, there’s no better way to celebrate than to prepare for the upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival.

The full schedule for the 14th edition of the Brooklyn Book Festival was released this week including the jam-packed lineup for the Festival Day on Sunday, September 22 and the Bookend Events taking place across New York City from September 16 – 23.

Starting on Monday, September 16 the Bookend Events will offer more than 60 readings, book launches, discussions, salons, books-to-movies screenings, games, and performances presented in bookshops, parks, libraries, theaters, and clubs in all five boroughs. See the list of the 27 Bookend Events happening in Brooklyn below. Most Bookend Events are free unless noted.

Declaraciones: Latinx Writing Carving Out a Space at Cafe con Libros – Sept. 16
Memoir Monday: Pastiloff, Belc, Bernard at Powerhouse Arena – Sept. 16
Whitman After Dark meets at High Street subway station (Cadman Plaza West) – Sept. 16
1619-2019 African-American Commemoration: 400 Years of Perseverance at BPL Central Library Branch – Sept. 17
Book Launch: I’ve Seen The Future and I’m Not Going by Peter McGough at Powerhouse Arena – Sept. 17
Radical Women Writers, presented by the Franklin Park Reading Series, HIP Lit, Women Writers in Bloom, and Big Words at Franklin Park – Sept. 17
Whitman in Canoes on the Gowanus at Dawn at Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse – Sept. 18
Book Launch: I Will Destroy You by Nick Flynn at Powerhouse Arena – Sept. 18
Four Way Books & Nightboat Books Reading at McNally Williamsburg – Sept. 18
An Evening with Emerging Writers at A Public Space – Sept. 18
Flutter Echo: Living Within Sound – David Toop & Tania Chen at ISSUE Project Room – Sept. 18 [$15 / $12 members]
Poetry from Prison & Probation & Beyond at St. Francis College – Sept. 19
Latinx Speculative Fiction at the Forefront at Mil Mundos Bookstore – Sept. 19
A Literary Salon: Bold New Voices Explore Race and Relationships at Restoration Plaza – Sept. 19
Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul at BPL Central Library Branch – Sept. 19
Panels to the People at Vinyl Fantasy – Sept. 19
Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson Books – Sept. 19
NYRB Classics 20th Anniversary at Murmrr Ballroom – Sept. 19
Jericho Brown + Tina Chang at Books Are Magic – Sept. 19
Reading & Eating with Andrew Cotto at Dino Restaurant – Sept. 20 [$80, includes food/wine/service]
Hidden in Plain Sight: Secrets in the Age of Transparency at Books Are Magic – Sept. 20
Annual Brooklyn Indie Party at Greenlight Bookstore – Sept. 20
Brooklyn Writers Space Reading Series at Brooklyn Writers Space – Sept. 21
Readings, Rum & Reasoning – Discovering Where You Come From at South Oxford Space – Sept. 21 [$15]
McSweeney’s Issue 57—Release Party! at Books Are Magic – Sept. 21
Bushwick Book Club presents new song, art and snacks inspired by Mira Jacob’s GOOD TALK at Barbès – Sept. 22 [by donation]
Book Launch: How To Start A Revolution by Lauren Duca at Powerhouse Arena – Sept. 23

Children’s Day takes place on Saturday, September 21 at MetroTech Commons from 10am to 4pm. Families are invited to a day of free author readings, art projects, musical performances, a costume parade, and many more fun activities.

Beloved children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems is this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival BoBi Award recipient. The BoBi—Best of Brooklyn—is awarded each year to a writer whose work best exemplifies the spirit of Brooklyn. Willems will be on hand at 10am on Children’s Day for a discussion with fellow children’s author Robie Harris during a reception for educators. At 11:30am Willems will read from some of his books and offer a sneak preview of his upcoming work, Who is the Mystery Reader? (Unlimited Squirrels).

On Sunday, September 22, the Festival Day and Literary Marketplace will take over the open space surrounding Brooklyn Borough Hall from 10am to 6pm, presenting dozens of free literary events on multiple stages and showcasing nearly 300 national and international authors. The outdoor Literary Marketplace will feature a sea of stalls hosting more than 250 independent booksellers and publishers from around the world.

Among the authors participating on Festival Day are Alexander Chee, Ted Chiang, Susan Choi, Edwidge Danticat, Sarah Dessen, Akwaeke Emezi, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jenny Han, Aleksandar Hemon, Mira Jacob, Marlon James, N.K. Jemisin, Lucy Knisley, Laila Lalami, Jessica Lange, DeRay Mckesson, Bill McKibben, Mary Norris, Joyce Carol Oates, Ben Passmore, Matt Taibbi, Meg Wolitzer, Nell Zink, and many more! See the full author list here and click here to see the full schedule of Festival Day events.

Launched in 2006, the Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City. Visit brooklynbookfestival.org to learn more and to plan your week.


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