Virtual Festival Events
October 1, 2023
4:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Presented with Brooklyn Public Library’s BPL Presents, three authors discuss new memoirs. Interweaving family stories more enchanting than those in any novel, Ingrid Rojas Contreras writes, in The Man Who Could Move Clouds, a luminous testament to the power of storytelling as a healing art and an invitation to embrace the extraordinary. How to Say Babylon is Safiya Sinclair’s reckoning with Rastafari, the culture that initially nourished but ultimately sought to silence her. Essayist Phillip Lopate’s A Year and a Day is at once a self-portrait, a picture of the times, and a splendid new elaboration of what the essay can be. 

2023-10-01 16:00:00
October 1, 2023
4:00 pm

Poetry

Poets Richie Hofmann (A Hundred Lovers), Cyrée Jarelle Johnson (Slingshot), José Olivarez (Promises of Gold), and Maggie Millner (Couplets) read from their work and discuss desire, the sublime, and heartbreak. Moderated by Parker Menzimer, Poetry Society of America.

2023-10-01 16:00:00
October 1

4:00pm

October 1, 2023
3:00 pm

Fiction

Join these authors in conversation as they confront the pivotal challenges of contemporary life. Brandon Taylor’s The Late Americans follows a group of friends and lovers in Iowa City as they navigate ambition, relationships, and class. Martin Riker’s The Guest Lecture delves into the mind of a young feminist economist through a crisis of the imagination. Sarah Rose Etter’s Ripe centers on a woman working in Silicon Valley who finds herself in constant conflict with the late-capitalist schema surrounding her. This discussion, deeply rooted in the perils of today, promises to be relatable and poignant. Moderated by Maris Kreizman, host of The Maris Review, a literary podcast.

2023-10-01 15:00:00
October 1

3:00pm

October 1, 2023
12:00 pm

Non-Fiction

This summer’s grand celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary was beautiful and affirming for longtime fans and practitioners of this perennially maligned and underestimated genre/subculture. Now that the landmark events have passed, what do we make of not just the story of hip-hop but its evolving place in the public imagination? Jonathan Abrams (The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop), Dan Charnas (Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm), and Kevin Powell (The Kevin Powell Reader: Essential Writings and Conversations) discuss. Moderated by Drew Dixon, former A&R executive and record producer at Arista and Def Jam.

2023-10-01 12:00:00
October 1

12:00pm

October 1, 2023
4:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

Books Unbanned: A Night of Artivism is an afterparty with a purpose featuring live performances from acclaimed artists, activists and actors! The event will feature special guest authors including Ibram Kendi, Michael Harriot, Dr. Kaye Whitehead and more. Hosted by author and AAPF Executive Director Kimberle Crenshaw, the event will also feature music by a live DJ, readings from excerpts of banned books, refreshments and banned book giveaways. The event is open to the public. Admission is free or with a donation of your choice.

Innovation Lab at 81 Willoughby Street, #7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11201

For more info visit www.aapf.org.

2023-10-01 16:00:00
October 1, 2023
4:00 pm

Fiction

Whether it’s disrupting long-held belief systems or accepted historical narratives, three writers challenge readers to reconsider what we think we know. In ten books and 91 chapters, Eve decides it’s time to tell her version of the story of Genesis in Carmen Boullosa’s The Book of Eve (translated by Samantha Schnee). While in Leila Aboulela’s River Spirit, a revolutionary leader rises to power in 1890s Sudan. Soon everyone must choose a side that will determine the future of their country, while deep in Brazil’s neglected Bahia hinterland, two sisters find an ancient knife endowed with mystic power. The violence that follows on the heels of their discovery binds them forever in Itamar Vieira Jr.’s Crooked Plow (translated by Johnny Lorenz). Moderated by Eric M.B. Becker, digital director and senior editor of Words Without Borders.

2023-10-01 16:00:00
October 1, 2023
1:30 pm

Fiction

Enjoy readings and dialogue with two-time Pulitzer Award-winning novelist and 2017 BoBi Honoree Colson Whitehead as he shares the elaborate layers of his newest book Crook Manifesto. He is joined in conversation by novelist Dwyer Murphy (The Stolen Coast). This intimate conversation promises an exploration of the artistry, intellect and reflections that breathe life into fiction.

2023-10-01 13:30:00
October 1, 2023
3:30 pm

Fiction

From the peripheries of death, in a Taiwanese village, occupied Korea, and a decaying Mexican estate, come stories of lives marginalized by sexual orientation and class, and devastated by war and grief. In Kevin Chen’s Ghost Town (translated by Darryl Sterk) and Yu Miri’s The End of August (translated by Morgan Giles), the dead tell and reveal many tales, whereas in Gerardo Sámano Córdova’s Monstrilio, the dead comes back to life, to horrifying effect. Moderated by Jeremy Tiang, novelist, translator, and playwright.

2023-10-01 15:30:00
October 1

3:30pm

October 1, 2023
4:00 pm

Fiction

Two of the most formidable writers of our time appear in conversation about their life’s work, exploring the creative impulse, writing across genres, and the constant tension between good and evil. In Joyce Carol Oates’ short story collection Zero-Sum, the mystery of interior life manifests in characters striving for both vengeance and seduction. In Touched, Walter Mosley uses a dystopian fantasy to reflect a mirror back on our world. Delve into the minds of these beloved and inimitable writers in this powerhouse conversation. Moderated by Olivia Rutigliano (Editor, Lit Hub and CrimeReads).

2023-10-01 16:00:00
October 1, 2023
2:00 pm

Fiction

Journey through the multifaceted realm of class dynamics. In Andre Dubus III’s Such Kindness, a working-class man is forced to redefine his identity when an accident leaves him unable to work and dependent on painkillers. In Jenny Fran Davis’ Dykette, a couple explores the dimensions of normativity and nonconformity when they accept an invitation to another couple’s country house. In Kyle Dillon Hertz’s The Lookback Window, a victim of sex trafficking must re-enter the sites of his past trauma to move forward. Join these three authors for an engaging conversation on the different facets and consequences of class distinction—both social and economic. Moderated by Zain Khalid (Brother Alive)

2023-10-01 14:00:00
October 1

2:00pm

October 1, 2023
11:00 am

Fiction

In this panel, fear takes on new meaning. Allegra Hyde investigates the climate crisis and “global weirdings” as her fictive landscape in the short story collection The Last Catastrophe. Gabino Iglesias centers a hitman’s journey in The Devil Takes You Home. Victor LaValle merges horror, sisterhood, and a mysteriously fatal steamer trunk in Lone Women. Join these authors in conversation to redefine and reexamine the horror genre. Moderated by Lincoln Michel (The Body Scout).

2023-10-01 11:00:00
October 1

11:00am

October 1, 2023
10:00 am

Fiction / Non-Fiction

In facing the rising threats to the freedoms to read and imagine, PEN America convenes a dialogue with beloved writers on the recent and dramatic rise in the efforts to censor and silence Black and LGBTQ+ perspectives. New York Times bestselling author Casey McQuiston and independent publisher and children’s author Cheryl Willis Hudson, will be in conversation with PEN America’s Jonathan Friedman, Director, Free Expression and Education Programs. This event takes place on the first day of Banned Books Week, October 1st-7th, an annual event that celebrates open access to books in our schools, libraries, and communities.

2023-10-01 10:00:00
October 1, 2023
3:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Renowned and bestselling authors Oliver Jeffers (Begin Again) and Roxane Gay (Opinions) discuss the roles art and storytelling play in shaping human identities and communities, how these stories have contributed to prejudices and global conflicts throughout history and today, and where we go from here.

2023-10-01 15:00:00
October 1, 2023
12:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Reading and writing have rarely been as politicized in the US as they are today. While GOP governors and legislators enact bans on books and syllabuses they see as undermining core American values—targeting works that touch on race, gender, and sexuality—some on the Left have argued for purging syllabuses of once-canonical authors and even altering language in texts now perceived as insensitive to those same issues. Join New York Review contributors Francine Prose, Laura Marsh and Julian Lucas in a conversation about today’s crises in reading and writing, moderated by The New York Review of Books Editor-at-Large Daniel Mendelsohn.

2023-10-01 12:00:00
October 1, 2023
1:00 pm

Non-Fiction

The natural world, music and cultural heritage reside in the striking and unique library collections found in some of New York City’s top cultural institutions. Join Rhonda Evans, Director, Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, the largest botanical research library, in the U.S; Dr. John O’Neill, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Hispanic Society of America in Manhattan, who oversees a the largest collection of Spanish rare books outside of Spain and Latin America, and Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, steward of a unique collection spanning books, music and recordings. Hear them discuss their culturally specific libraries and how these collections are developed and maintained. Presented by Bloomberg Connects. Moderated by Sam Roberts, NYT. You can download the Festival’s digital Bloomberg Connects Guide here.

2023-10-01 13:00:00
October 1

1:00pm

October 1, 2023
2:30 pm

Non-Fiction

Can the Future Be Saved? A Conversation with Anand Giridharadas. In The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy, Anand Giridharadas profiles organizers, politicians, and ordinary citizens who live there without losing an unyielding faith that they can make the world they want to see one conversation at a time. How do we get there from here? In conversation with Chris Hayes, MSNBC.

free

2023-10-01 14:30:00
October 28, 2023
1:00 pm

Fiction

Join National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honorees Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black; Chain Gang All Stars), Alexandra Chang (Days of Distraction; Tomb Sweeping), and C Pam Zhang (How Much of These Hills Is Gold; Land of Milk and Honey) to celebrate the recent publication of their second books. The authors discuss what it means for your debut book to find its audience, and then return to the page for a new story. Moderated by Natalie Green, Director of Programs & Partnerships at the National Book Foundation. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation.

free

2023-10-28 13:00:00
October 1, 2023
11:00 am

Food / Non-Fiction

Join Asian American food writers Eric Kim (Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home), Priya Krishna (Indian-Ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family), Abi Balingit (Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed), and Betty Ann Quirino (Every Ounce of Courage: A Daughter’s Reflections On Her Mother’s Bravery) as they talk about what it means to use food as a focal point for one’s personal narrative, redefining cookbooks and memoirs to allow for both recipe and story to shine. Moderated by Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director, AAWW.

free

2023-10-01 11:00:00
October 1, 2023
6:30 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

Books Unbanned: A Night of Artivism is an afterparty with a purpose featuring live performances from acclaimed artists, activists and actors! The event will feature special guest authors including Ibram Kendi, Michael Harriot, Dr. Kaye Whitehead and more. Hosted by author and AAPF Executive Director Kimberle Crenshaw, the event will also feature music by a live DJ, readings from excerpts of banned books, refreshments and banned book giveaways. The event is open to the public. Admission is free or with a donation of your choice.

Innovation Lab at 81 Willoughby Street, #7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11201

For more info visit www.aapf.org.

FREE, donations requested

2023-10-01 18:30:00
September 27, 2023
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction

We all remember Choose Your Own Adventures, but interactive stories have come a long way since the days of page-jumping pulp. What does it mean for a game to be literary in today’s media-saturated landscape? Join game designer and author Sharang Biswas, game editor and narrative designer Jess Haskins, Naomi Clark and game designer and writer Clara Fernandez-Vara as they discuss games inspired by or adapted from literature.

Location: NYU, 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 – wheelchair accessible

 

free

2023-09-27 19:00:00
October 1, 2023
2:00 pm

Fiction

Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St

209 Joralemon Street Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Join us for a special conversation with our 2023 BoBi Honoree, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Hilton Als. Raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Als is the author of The Women, White Girls, and, most recently, My Pinup. He will be joined in conversation by writer and cultural critic Jennifer Krasinski.

2023-10-01 14:00:00
September 24, 2023
2:00 pm

Non-Fiction

What does the natural world reveal about the human one? Join Sabrina Imbler (How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures), astrobiologist Aomawa Shields (Life on Other Planets: A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe), and Ed Yong (An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us) for a discussion of looking to distant places to see ourselves. Moderated by Kasia Chmielinski.

2023-09-24 14:00:00
September 24

2:00pm

September 30, 2023
2:30 pm

Children / Performance

NYU Tandon School of Engineering Auditorium, 5 Metrotech Center

5 MetroTech Center

Join the fun! Cheer, watch, and laugh as four illustrators compete in the year’s most dynamic, dramatic and thoroughly diverting live action drawing competition featuring Abhi Alwar, illustrator of the action-packed graphic novel, Super Pancake, illustrator and muralist Josh Cochran (Sylvester’s Letter) , debut author illustrator Lian Cho (Oh Olive) and Juana Martinez-Neal. Bringing out their silliest and most humor filled illustrations are Jon Scieszka & Steven Weinberg emcees extraordinaire of this popular annual event.

2023-09-30 14:30:00
September 30, 2023
1:00 pm

Children / Performance

NYU Tandon School of Engineering Auditorium, 5 Metrotech Center

5 MetroTech Center

They’re back! The four wacky super-powered Animal Astronauts–AlphaWolf, SmartHawk, LaserShark, and StinkBug–return for their final daring adventure. Join Jon Scieszka & Steven Weinberg for a truly out-of-this-world, and a mostly scientifically-accurate-and-true expose of the secret NNASA (NOT-NASA) program to find a Goldilocks Planet for every human on Earth!

2023-09-30 13:00:00
September 30, 2023
12:00 pm

Children / Performance

NYU Tandon School of Engineering Auditorium, 5 Metrotech Center

5 MetroTech Center

Vital Theatre Company Inc. presents selections from “Flight School the Musical“.  It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind. But he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical parts, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly!

2023-09-30 12:00:00
September 30, 2023
3:00 pm

Children / Creative Activity

Workshop Room 400, NYU Tandon, 5 MetroTech Center

Computer security is one of the most misunderstood technologies.  Bring the kids and learn the principles that are used to design secure systems by examining structures built with Legos that were designed to protect chocolate pieces.  By seeing physical designs with different flaws, participants will be able to understand how design problems lead to weaknesses that attackers can exploit. The presentation will include opportunities for audience participation (and chocolate consumption).

2023-09-30 15:00:00
September 30, 2023
2:00 pm

Children / Creative Activity

Workshop Room 400, NYU Tandon, 5 MetroTech Center

Join Lorraine Nam, illustrator of Wei Skates On, for a magical and wintry project. Participants will create their own ice skating rink diorama and figure skating Wei. This inspirational picture book about facing your fears and finding the joy in sports, no matter the outcome. Space limited.

2023-09-30 14:00:00
September 30, 2023
1:00 pm

Children / Creative Activity

Workshop Room 400, NYU Tandon, 5 MetroTech Center

Join Nikki Grimes and Brian Pinkney for A Walk in the Woods. Author Nikki Grimes will lead a storytime and share how the picture book came to be. Co-illustrator Brian Pinkney will then lead attendees in a map-drawing activity, encouraging them to find treasure in their own backyard.

2023-09-30 13:00:00
September 30, 2023
12:00 pm

Children / Creative Activity

Workshop Room 400, NYU Tandon, 5 MetroTech Center

Some letters can’t be delivered in the usual way… What extraordinary journey will you imagine the letter taking? Join poet Matthew Burgess and artist Josh Cochran for a collaborative poetry & banner-making workshop, inspired by their picture book Sylvester’s Letter.

2023-09-30 12:00:00
September 30, 2023
11:00 am

Children / Creative Activity

Workshop Room 400, NYU Tandon, 5 MetroTech Center

How do you tell a story without using a single word? This was artist Balint Zsako’s challenge when creating Bunny & Tree, a 184-page wonder of purely visual storytelling. Act and draw to communicate wordlessly in this fun workshop with Balint!

2023-09-30 11:00:00
September 30, 2023
12:00 pm

Children / Creative Activity

Makers and Creators Area, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

The beloved Kelsey letterpress returns! Come print real antique wood type on a vintage Kelsey letterpress with Dikko Faust of Purgatory Pie Press. Travel back in time and make your own BKBF Children’s Day keepsake.

2023-09-30 12:00:00
September 30

12:00pm

September 30, 2023
10:00 am

Children

Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

Come over and take a spin on the Festival’s kid lit wheel. Every reader is a winner. Everyone wins a prize.

2023-09-30 10:00:00
September 30

10am

September 30, 2023
3:00 pm

Children / Creative Activity

Makers and Creators Area, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

Finnish children’s book illustrator Marika Maijala will share Rosie Runs, her “triumphant escape story” of a racing dog who dreams of forests, meadows, hares, and freedom. She will guide an interactive drawing workshop in which kids can use crayons and oil pastels to create their own beautiful works of art.

2023-09-30 15:00:00
September 30, 2023
2:00 pm

Children / Creative Activity

Makers and Creators Area, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

Join award-winning illustrator Christopher Silas Neal, co-creator of the Over and Under picture book series, this time exploring the rich, interconnected ecosystem of the ocean in Over and Under the Waves! Create pictures of your favorite animals using cut paper, glue, and markers and colored pencils. Learn how simple shapes, a few wiggly lines and a little imagination can transform into a beautiful piece of art.

2023-09-30 14:00:00
September 30, 2023
1:00 pm

Children / Creative Activity

Makers and Creators Area, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

Join Brazilian author Ana Matsusaki for a captivating reading of The Collector of Heads. After the storytime, kids are invited to an introspective exploration of their own heads through an imaginative art activity inspired by the artwork of the book, combining drawing and collage.

2023-09-30 13:00:00
September 30

1:00pm

September 30, 2023
12:00 pm

Children / Creative Activity

How to Make Books and Making Books with Kids author Esther K. Smith and Jane Sanders who illustrated Making Books with Kids will show you how to fold, cut and pop your own book. Then YOU can draw + write your story!

2023-09-30 12:00:00
September 30

12:00pm

September 30, 2023
11:00 am

Children / Creative Activity

Makers and Creators Area, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

Watch a children’s book artist at work! Or, attempting to work. Elisha Cooper will try to create an ink & watercolor illustration before your eyes (a painting of a large dog, sitting under a tree, from his new book Emma Full of Wonders). Will he mess up? Possibly, yes! He will discuss how he makes art, and help children create art of their own. Things could get interesting…

2023-09-30 11:00:00
September 30, 2023
3:00 pm

Children

Young Readers Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

Join authors Isi Hendrix (Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans), P. Djèlí Clark (Abeni’s Song), and Corey Ann Haydu (The Widely Unknown Myth of Apple & Dorothy) as they discuss their world building and epic quests that each of their characters take in their middle grade stories, in conversation with Brigid Martin (Totally Psychic!)

2023-09-30 15:00:00
September 30, 2023
2:00 pm

Children / Comics

Young Readers Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

Be part of the audience that helps #1 New York Times bestselling author Dan Poblocki (More Tales to Keep You Up at Night) weave a story that beloved author and illustrator Alyssa Bermudez (Big Apple Diaries) and acclaimed illustrator Chris Danger (The Inflatables in Splash of the Titans) will draw right in front of your very eyes! Anything can happen!

 

2023-09-30 14:00:00
September 30

2:00pm

September 30, 2023
1:00 pm

Children

Can Navajo stepsiblings take down a dangerous Water Monster? What is causing a mysterious memory swap between two strangers? Will a magical medieval kingdom accept a nonbinary knight? And can a young boy survive the new friends, classes, and experiences that accompany the first year of middle school? Join Emmy Award–nominated creator Jorge Cham (Oliver’s Great Big Universe), beloved author Gordon Korman (Mixed-Up), and stellar newcomer Esme Symes-Smith (Sir Callie and The Champions of Helston) as they discuss how their characters embark on some of the most exciting and emotionally gripping adventures a kid could ever face. Moderated by award-winning author Brian Young (Healer of the Water Monster).

2023-09-30 13:00:00
September 30

1:00pm

September 30, 2023
12:00 pm

Children / Fiction

Young Readers Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

First crushes, friendship breakups, big moves, complicated family dynamics and following your dreams : life is full of highs, lows and everything in-between! Come join New York Times bestselling author Janae Marks (On Air With Zoe Washington) critically-acclaimed author and illustrator Stephanie Rodriguez (Doodles from the Boogie Down) and critically-acclaimed and award-winning author Andrew Eliopulos (Will on the Inside) where they discuss the inspirations for their relatable stories, how they tackle the tough stuff and the importance of community. Moderated by APALA-award-winning author Susan Tan (Ghosts, Toasts and Other Hazards).

2023-09-30 12:00:00
September 30

12:00pm

September 30, 2023
2:30 pm

Children

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

When a new baby is introduced to the family, Pepita, the puppy of the house, has a lot to get used to. Not only are Mami and Papi busier than ever, but how will Pepita and the new Bebita get along? Join award-winning author Ruth Behar and her son, Gabriel Frye-Behar, for a story about the power of growth and love through change.

2023-09-30 14:30:00
September 30, 2023
1:30 pm

Children

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

The return of Bruce! Bruce is a grumpy bear, and he does not like Halloween. His family of mice and geese try to get Bruce in the Halloween spirit, but the day takes a scary turn when they are visited by a ghostly figure! Will Bruce ever learn to like Halloween? Join best-selling author Ryan Higgins in reading this spooky addition to the Mother Bruce series.

2023-09-30 13:30:00
September 30, 2023
1:00 pm

Children

It’s the Bronx in the 1970s, and new dance rhythms like Toprock, Drop of the Six-step, and Wiggle of the Worm are on the rise. For Manolo, a shy boy, this new dance style called breaking is motivation to overcome his insecurities. Linda J. Acevedo’s energetic debut picture book is an ode to the Hip Hop movement that permanently shifted the world of music and dance.

2023-09-30 13:00:00
September 30, 2023
12:30 pm

Children

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

This dog is hot and needs an escape from the sizzling city summer! Join this pup and his owner on a trip to the beach, where they find their calm restored by the waves, sand, and fresh air. This Caldecott Medal picture book by Doug Salati is a playful read that breathes calm into a hectic world.

2023-09-30 12:30:00
September 30

12:30pm

September 30, 2023
12:00 pm

Children

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

What makes a princess? A crown, of course! The princess of Sabina Hahn’s debut picture commands her not-so-obedient subjects with a… rotting pineapple crown? Join this Pineapple Princess as her reign falls into hilarious and sticky chaos.

2023-09-30 12:00:00
September 30

12:00pm

September 30, 2023
11:30 am

Children

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

Liddy can’t sleep—all she can think about is going to Dim Sum Palace with her family. While lying in bed, Liddy begins to smell something delicious and opens her door to find an actual palace of dim sum—dumplings, baos, and buns everywhere! In this whimsical debut picture book, X. Fang turns memories of childhood feasts into a fantastical world full of food, family, and culture.

2023-09-30 11:30:00
September 30, 2023
11:00 am

Children

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

Anjali isn’t too happy with her name. She doesn’t like how it’s “different” from other names, especially when she is being teased by other kids. When Anjali demands that her parents let her change her name and they refuse, she must look closely at her identity, what it really means to be “different,” and how being different can actually be wonderful. This picture book by activist and actress Sheetal Sheth is a touching story of embracing what makes you you.

2023-09-30 11:00:00
September 30, 2023
10:30 am

Children

Picture Book Stage, Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons

What makes a very good hat? Can a raspberry be a good hat? What about pajama pants? In Emma Straub’s debut picture book, anything can be a hat, as long as you believe in it. Very Good Hats is an innovative and joyful read that will inspire you to look at everyday objects through a whole new perspective.

2023-09-30 10:30:00