The View from the End of the World

A cross-country road trip in an atomic-powered tunnel digger, when everything else has stopped working.. A scavenger hunt for extinct species set against the backdrop of environmental collapse.. Hollywood dreams literally going up in flames, amid nefarious corporate dealings.  Join Jonathan Lethem (The Arrest), Jeff VanderMeer (Hummingbird Salamander), and Alexandra Kleeman (Something New Under the […]

Celebrate Books in Bed-Stuy – In-Person

Brooklyn Book Bodega, READ 718, and House of SpeakEasy invite you to a back-to-school celebration for young readers. United by a shared mission of building community by increasing book access and a love of reading, we will kick-off the Bookends week with children’s author Daniel J. O’Brien and YA author Torrey Maldonado, an interactive mural […]

Mirror on the Wall: the Contemporary American Essay

Humorist Sloane Crosley, award-winning author Rivka Galchen and novelist, memoirist and essayist Clifford Thompson join acclaimed essayist Phillip Lopate (editor of of the anthologies, The Contemporary American Essay, The Golden Age of the American Essay, The Glorious American Essay) to discuss how contemporary essay writing illuminates and challenges beliefs and experiences in the country today.

Inspired by a True Story

Everyday lives and experiences feed into the creative force behind these powerful books, from exploring the Latinx diaspora through fifteen different voices and the trials and triumphs of growing up Black and queer, to the life of a Jamaican-American teen on the cusp of adulthood, a worldwide pandemic, and a tidal wave of social justice […]

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 […]

Mural Making with Katie Yamasaki!

Join muralist and children’s book author Katie Yamasaki as she reads her most recent book, Dad Bakes. Then everyone joins in to create a mural using collage. Get ready to work with colorful construction paper, markers, and glue.  

Make a BKBF Souvenir: Print with Wood Type

Come print wood type on a Kelsey letterpress with Dikko Faust of Purgatory Pie Press. Travel back in time using real antique wood type and make your own BKBF Children’s Day souvenir print. 

Adventure!

 A son in search of his missing father and powerful magician. A bloodthirsty pirate accidentally set loose in today’s world. A powerful damsel to the rescue of a prince who falls from the sky. Come hear New York Times bestselling author David Levithan (The Mysterious Disappearance of Aiden S.) in conversation with Theo Gangi (Kingston […]

Do You Dare?

A mystery grandfather. An abandoned building. A fire-breathing demon girl. An intergalactic lunchbox. Come hear New York Times bestseller Karina Yan Glaser (The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish) in conversation with acclaimed author Torrey Maldonado (What Lane?), Michael Buckley (Finn and the Intergalactic Lunch Box), and New York Times bestseller Sayantani DasGupta (Force of Fire) talk […]

Big Feelings with Alexandra Penfold

Mad! Sad! Excited! Everyone has emotions. In Big Feelings, popular children’s book author Alexandra Penfold brings kids of all backgrounds and abilities together with the message that “big feelings are welcome here.”

Strollercoaster by Matt Ringler 

Rolling, careening, whooshing. How much fun can a stroller be? A lot when Dad feels a rollicking stroller ride is the fastest way to good spirits. Join Matt Ringler for a fun day of strollercoasting through the city. 

What Do We Want From Cookbooks?

Cookbooks were once prescriptive: their primary function was simply to instruct. More recently, both cookbooks and food writing have grown more sophisticated and complicated, acknowledging that how we cook is at once deeply personal and inseparable from the broader contexts of culture and society. As the cookbook industry and food media move towards greater inclusivity […]