A Woman’s World

“Women are no longer willing to shut up,” the best-selling Japanese novelist Mieko Kawakami has said, and in her latest work, All The Lovers In The Night (translated by David Boyd), she continues to examine female agency in traditionally patriarchal societies, while Best of Friends, the latest novel from prize-winning Pakistani-British writer Kamila Shamsie, tracks […]

Oh, the Horror

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. […]

Wordless storytelling with Balint Zsako!

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!

Artist in Action: Award-winning illustrator Elisha Cooper

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 […]

Storytime: Dim Sum Palace by X. Fang

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 […]

Storytime: Always Anjali by Sheetal Sheth

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 […]

Back-to-School in Bed-Stuy (In-Person)

Join READ 718, Brooklyn Book Bodega, and House of SpeakEasy for a back-to-school event celebrating young readers. United by a shared mission of building community, increasing book access, and fostering a love of reading, we invite families and booklovers to kick off the Bookends series. Featuring readings by Brooklyn authors and art-making workshops throughout the […]

New Works: A Poetry Reading

Poets Elisa M. Gonzalez (Grand Tour), Jen Levitt (So Long), and Airea D. Matthews (Bread and Circus) read from their new volumes of poetry. Introduced by Nikay Paredes, Academy of American Poets.

Looking Within

Across fiction and real life, self-actualization can start early. Whether it’s the story of a humanoid robot whose consciousness is awakened when he falls in love, the memoir of a biracial American trying to connect with their Mexican family, or a young adoptee whose passion for cosplay, comics, and animation helps them accept the monster […]

Echoes of Artistry

Join four authors whose books embrace creativity as a character. Catherine Lacey’s The Biography of X unravels an intricate tale of identity and speculative history; and John Wray’s Gone to the Wolves resounds with the rhythm of friendships forged through heavy metal. Explore how these authors weave the essence of music, art, and human connection into […]

Maggie Smith in conversation with Lauren Christensen

Author of You Could Make This Place Beautiful, Maggie Smith, uses her own personal experiences and expands to dissect traditional modern womanhood, patriarchal dynamics and power structures. She will be joined by moderator Lauren Christensen, New York Times book editor. Together, they will discuss self-exploration, what it means to discover power after loss and writing your own narrative.

Oh, the Horror

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. […]

BKBF Presents: Story Time Mini-Marathon at McNally Jackson City Point (In-Person)

McNally Jackson and the Brooklyn Book Festival are thrilled to present story time as you’ve never experienced it before! Please join us on Sunday, September 24th from 11:00AM to 1:00PM as McNally Jackson hosts a free marathon story time event! Multiple best-selling local authors, including Galia Bernstein, Cindy Eagan, Frances Cha, and Monique James-Duncan, will be […]