Book it to Brooklyn: Festival Season Starts with a Literary High

Brooklyn Book Festival Reading Room

What: 3rd Annual Brooklyn Book Festival: Poets and Authors in conversation, Readings for adults, Performances for children.

Where: Borough Hall

When: Sunday, September 14th, 10a.m.-6p.m.

Why: In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “You can’t live without books.” This Sunday afternoon, surround yourself with the people who have given us a reason to read addictively and write more better. You could spend the entire day at the Brooklyn Book Festival hobnobbing with the likes of Russel Banks, Joan Didion, Jonathan Franzen, A.M. Homes, Michael Moore, David Rakoff, Jonathan Lethem, Dorothy Allison, the list goes on.

A few events of note: At 3 p.m. in the Borough Hall Courtroom, a panel of authors will discuss “Identity and Struggle in Contemporary Fiction,” which will include readings by Elizabeth Nunez (Prospero’s Daughter) and Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale).  At 5:00 p.m., international bestseller Jonathen Franzen (The Corrections) will read and be among a discussion on “Top Shelf Fiction.” On the South Stage, BAM will present a snippet of its Puppet Play, “A Quarreling Pair.” On the Youth Stoop at 5 p.m., author Will Wright will present a dramatic reading of “When the Black Girl Sings” with performances by members of the cast of The Color Purple and Coram Boy.

Bring a journal, notebook or iphone; this festival is sure to inspire you to continue burning the midnight oil penning that next great American novel. For a full list of stages, panels and times, visit

Cost: Free, although some events are ticketed. Tickets can be claimed at festival booths one hour in advance of the program.

Photos: Courtesy of Brooklyn Borough President’s Office

How to get there: Take the 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall; R to Court Street; A, C, F to Jay Street/Borough Hall and pray it’s not raining.

(Borough Hall Plaza, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, 718.802.3852,