Brooklyn Book Festival (image courtesy the Brooklyn Book Festival)

Brooklyn Book Festival (all images courtesy the Brooklyn Book Festival)

This Monday marks the start of the Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City. The weeklong festival includes a number of “Bookend Events” throughout the city, a Children’s Day, and a Festival Day and literary marketplace. Some of the headlining authors include Rumaan Alam, Tayari Jones, Carmen Maria Machado, Joyce Carol Oates, Gregory Pardlo, Alexander Chee, and Amber Tamblyn.

The Bookend Events take place all week, with readings, panel discussions, and parties occurring each night. Children’s Day is on Saturday, September 15 and will feature events such as book-making, story hours, comedy performances, musical performances, drawing competitions, and more.

The full list of authors participating in the major event and a complete list of events can be found on the Brooklyn Book Festival website.

The festival’s main event occurs on Sunday, September 16, with a full day of readings and panels deemed Festival Day.

On Festival Day, be sure to check out the “Love and Homelands” reading and discussion at 1pm. Moderated by Ken Chen, the Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, writers Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Amitava Kumar, and Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar will discuss the concept of “home” for immigrants, refugees, and exiles. There’s also the “Seeing the Story: Creating Narratives in Visual Art”  panel discussion  at 3pm. Moderated by Vice photography columnist Elyssa Goodman, artists and photographers will discuss the different ways to tell a story employing alternative storytelling formats.

Brooklyn Book Festival

Both Festival Day and Children’s Day also include the Brooklyn Book Festival Marketplace, which features over 200 publishers, presses, booksellers, and literary organizations. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in books, literature, or publishing.

When: Monday, September 10–Monday, September 17
Where: Citywide

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Deena ElGenaidi is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden in 2016, and her work has appeared in Longreads, Electric Literature,...