Coming up: Brooklyn Book Festival

September 15, 2011 6:30:11 AM PDT
Book lovers, rejoice!The Brooklyn Book Festival will be taking part from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday, Sept. 18, at various locations throughout the borough. More than 260 top national and international authors and participants will join literary organizations, booksellers and bibliophiles at the following destinations: Brooklyn Burough Hall (209 Joralemon Street), Columbus Park, St. Francis College, St. Ann's Church and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Brooklyn Book Festival "Best of Brooklyn" or BoBi Award for outstanding contributions to literature will be presented this year to Pulitzer Prize recipient Jhumpa Lahiri. In 2010 Lahiri was appointed as a member of President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Lahiri will be in conversation with book critic Liesl Schillinger at 2:00 p.m. at St. Ann's Church.

In addition, more than 100 panels have been confirmed. Panel discussions this year will include "Unholy Paths to Redemption," featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad), James Hannaham (God Says No) and John Burnham Schwartz (Northwest Corner). The authors will look at alternative routes their characters take to lose themselves to find themselves again. The panel will take place at 5 p.m. at St. Francis College.

Furthermore, 30 expanded "Bookend" library-themed events will take place in venues from clubs to bookstores and theaters to libraries across the borough Sept 15-18. All events are free, but some are ticketed admission. Free tickets will be given out one hour before the scheduled program at Festival information booths on Borough Hall Plaza. The complete author and events listings are available at

The Brooklyn Book Festival is an initiative of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented by Brooklyn Tourism and the Brooklyn Literary Council. It presents an array of literary stars and emerging authors representing the exciting world of literature today. One of America's premier book festivals, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages.