Experience the Virtual 2021 programs

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Downtown Brooklyn

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech

September 25, 2022
 — October 3, 2022

We are planning the 2022 Festival!  Mark your calendars!

We are reviewing hundreds of books, confirming an exciting lineup of authors, brainstorming our ideal panel discussions, and  preparing for our outdoor Literary Marketplace. It’s a big, inclusive and exciting Festival to plan and we look forward to sharing the news with you soon.

The Festival this year will be in person with our celebratory Festival Day and Literary Marketplace held in the parks and plazas surrounding Brooklyn Borough Hall. Plus, our Virtual Festival Day will include authors and audience from around the world. Children’s Day will again celebrate childhood reading with workshops, performances, readings and more. Bookend events will again take place in all five boroughs during the Festival week. 

Some exciting announcements are ahead of us. At the end of July, we will announce the authors for this year’s Virtual Festival Day, Festival Day and Children’s Day, plus our annual BoBi Honoree – an author whose body of work speaks to the spirit of Brooklyn. 

In 2021, we were thrilled to have authors appearing in virtual programs and in person on stages in Downtown Brooklyn including Hanif Abdurraqib, Rumaan Alam, Paul Auster, Alison Bechdel, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Sophie Blackall, Michelle Bowdler, Melissa Broder,  Michael Buckley, Mary H.K. Choi, Jorie Graham, Lauren Groff, Candice Iloh, Donika Kelly, Rachel Kushner, K’wan, Talib Kweli, Jonathan Lethem, Darcie Little Badger, Elizabeth Lim, Heather McGhee, Walter Mosley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, George Packer, R.J. Palacio, Nate Powell, Francine Prose, Phoebe Robinson, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jess Walter, Carl Zimmer, and many more!

We welcome you to continue to enjoy our virtual programs!

Enjoy the Festival in Photos!

We were thrilled to return to a live Festival in 2021, in addition to presenting a  full slate of virtual events. Experience select virtual events from the 2021 Festival HERE

Plus, enjoy our gallery of photos celebrating authors, books and publishers.

Updates & News

2021 author announcement
The Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council announced a blockbuster lineup of 140-plus authors from around the world who will gather for its 16th Broo…