Brooklyn Book Festival Held Sunday on Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza

Brooklyn Borough Hall

Brooklyn Borough Hall

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International Stage

International Stage

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Parks Department Logos Abound!

Parks Department Logos Abound!

A free public event, the annual Brooklyn Book Festival was held yesterday, Sunday, September 13th, honoring writing and publishing with focus on a wide range of literary stars but also emerging authors.  You can find information about new authors, books and indie publishing companies at the many booths and there is a day long program of talks and panels, all mostly outdoors.  There’s a very open, electric – and very Brooklyn! – feeling to the event and it is worth checking out.

All the Brooklyn ‘stars’ come out (Jonathan Lethem, Jonathan Ames, Paul Auster, Amy Sohn, etc.) and Haitian-born, Brooklyn-raised novelist Edwidge Danticat was honored with a “Best of Brooklyn” award.  Other appearances:  Naomi Klein, Amy Goodman, Pete Hamill, Lewis Lapham, and many more! The event is held once a year on the Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza and apparently the New York City Parks Department is proud to be a sponsor (note: excessive signage)!  But, nonetheless, I applaud this over some of their other ventures.

Photo #1: Tom_Hoboken

Photo #2: Jon Nalley

Photo #3: minicloud

Photo #4: Jon Nalley

Photo #5: Cat

Updated: Today’s Los Angeles Times reports back on the Brooklyn Book Festival here.

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2 Comments

  1. Meg Feeley

     /  September 14, 2009

    Hey Cathryn: Yes, what fun — I bought a copy of Wallace Shawn’s book and he signed it, very sweet. It’s getting so large, though, that you really have to plan your day.

  2. Hi Meg,

    Nice! I got there towards the end of the day but that worked out well. Maybe I’ll see you next year!

    Cathryn.

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