The flagship 14-stage Festival Day is New York City’s largest free literary event, attracting tens of thousands each year. This year’s festival features more than 300 writers of beloved works of fiction and nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels who will participate in panels, readings and other creative performances. Attendees are welcome to take a stroll through the vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace, hosting more than 200 independent booksellers and publishers. This year’s Festival themes address pressing contemporary social and literary topics from refugees and immigration to music writing, science fiction and the always relevant topic of love.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is as international as New York City itself—this year’s slate of authors represent nations and cultures the world over: Australia(Ali Cobby Eckermann), Bolivia (Rodrigo Hasbún), Brazil (Fernanda Torres), Canada/Trinidad (André Alexis), Colombia (Santiago Gamboa), Haiti(Kaiama L. Glover, Yanick Lahens), India (Avinuo Kire), Jamaica (Erna Brodber, Kei Miller), Kenya (Peter Kimani), Kosovo/Finland (Pajtim Statovci), Libya (Hisham Matar), Madagascar (Naivo), Norway (Jostein Gaarder, Karl Ove Knausgård and Maja Lunde), Pakistan (Sorayya Khan), Poland (Wioletta Greg), South Korea (Young-ha Kim), and Switzerland(Pascale Kramer).
Teen readers will also find their favorite authors on the main Festival Day, Sunday, September 17, where they can experience diverse and vibrant conversations about storytelling at the Brooklyn Law School Student Lounge. Start the day with a Sneak Peek Trivia Giveaway for a chance to win prizes including early, not-yet-published YA novels and festival swag. YA readers can check out panels including Jay Asher, Veronica Chambers, Ibi Zoboi, and Mitali Perkins discussing why fitting-in isn’t a necessity; get cozy with Sarah Dessen, Lilliam Rivera, Gabby Rivera, and Adam Silvera talking about some romantic reads; then go a bit darker with E. Lockhart, Danielle Vega, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Barry Lyga’s panel on secrets; among other YA panels!
“There’s simply no way to fully absorb all that is happening at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival,” said Johnny Temple, Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council. “From our stalwart stars like Colson Whitehead and Joyce Carol Oates to first-timers like Hisham Matar and Marita Golden and hundreds of other beloved authors, the literary bounty gathering in the Borough of Kings has the power to both reflect and impact our city, nation and world.”