Hanif Abdurraqib In Conversation (virtual)

Poet, essayist, and critic Hanif Abdurraqib has been celebrated for the lyricism and intimacy of his writing, as well as the piercing clarity of his insights on music, race, and American culture. His newest work, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, is rightfully being lauded as his strongest to date. […]

Celebrating Toi Derricotte

The Brooklyn Book Festival proudly honors poet Toi Derricotte with its 2021 BoBi Award, the Festival’s highest honor, in recognition of her work as a poet and award-winning writer, and as the co-founder of Brooklyn-based Cave Canem. Award presentation by Literary Council co-chair Camille Rankine with readings and tributes by Hafizah Geter, and other guests. 

Uyghur Poetry in Exile – Virtual

Uyghur poetry has flourished for many centuries, its richness reflecting the cosmopolitanism of a culture at the crossroads of Eurasia. Since 2017, the tradition has been critically threatened by China’s mass internment and cultural genocide of the Uyghur people. Join Uyghur poets Tahir Hamut Izgil and Muyesser Abdel’ehed Hendan, as well as historian and translator […]

Conversation with Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver – Virtual

Actor Henry Winkler and SCBWI executive director Lin Oliver will discuss the next hilarious, action-packed adventure in their New York Times bestselling Alien Superstar series: HOLLYWOOD VS. THE GALAXY. Buddy Burger is a young alien who escapes his planet only to end up in an even wilder place: Hollywood, California. He lands a role on […]

Ziggy Marley in Conversation- Virtual

Ziggy Marley discusses his children’s books with Lisa Lucas. Multiple Grammy Award–winning musician Ziggy Marley has been making music and books for children for many years. In 2021 alone, he has two brand-new children’s picture books, Little John Crow and My Dog Romeo. Lisa Lucas, publisher of Pantheon Books, will interview Ziggy about his new […]

Who? New!

Each season BKBF presents debut authors, who we want to shine the light on for our audience. This year we introduce novelists Priyanka Champaneri (The City of Good Death), Tom Lin (The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu), and Dariel Suarez (The Playwright’s House). Acclaimed author, Jonathan Lethem, will introduce the debut authors and talk about […]

Affairs of the Heart

Desire, power, violence, and forbidden love drive the turmoil within new books by PEN/Faulkner Award winner Azareen van der Vliet Oloomi (Savage Tongues), heralded debut author Robert Jones Jr. (The Prophets), and Edward Lewis Wallant Award winner Joshua Henkin (Morningside Heights). These three novelists come together for a discussion about the desires that lie deep […]

The Meaning of Home

Complex lives and motives are at the core of every home, and in this program, three authors discuss how families embody sacrifice, loss, and renewal. In K’wan’s The Reluctant King, the fun-loving protagonist must live up to his family’s aspirations and secrets. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh situates his second collection of short stories, American Estrangement, amid the […]

Fact or Fiction

At a time when personal opinions are increasingly misconstrued as facts, these novelists examine how truth—and lies—inform our relationships with others, ourselves, and our culture. Amitava Kumar’s A Time Outside This Time, an interrogation of life in a post-truth era, takes place after the 2016 election; The Vixen by Francine Prose is set in the […]

Yoga Under the Trees

All ages of children can learn and enjoy yoga! Join children’s author and yoga instructor Lauren Hoffmeier for two fun yoga sessions, plus a live reading of her debut book, Mula and the Fly. Hear about Mula the sleepy tiger who dreams of tumbling, hopping and standing on her head and the Fly who makes […]

Drawing Characters with Steve Light

 Come hear Steve Light read his book Road Trip. Learn about a wonderful place called Whiskers Hollow and draw along with Steve as he shows how he draws the characters from the book as well as answer any questions.

R.J. Palacio and Gayle Forman in Conversation 

Author of blockbuster mega-hit Wonder R.J. Palacio talks about her new book, Pony, a modern classic about a boy on a courageous quest to rescue his father. #1 New York Times bestselling author Gayle Forman’s debut middle grade book, Frankie and Bug, is about an unexpected friendship, and how to be an ally. Together, they’ll […]

Draw Me a Story

Want to watch a story come to life right before your eyes? Join us as acclaimed author Colleen AF Venable (Katie the Cat Sitter) spins a wacky tale that graphic novelists Mika Song (Apple of My Pie) and Veronica Agarwal (Just Roll With It) will sketch live—and you can make suggestions for every funny, weird, […]

Keeping the City Going with Brian Floca

Caldecott Award-winner Brian Floca’s newest picture book Keeping the City Going is a tribute to essential workers who kept on working. There goes the bus driver, here comes the mail truck, the garbage is still being picked up, throughout the year. Celebrate the workers who kept the city going.