Bookend Events

We’ll be announcing the Festival’s Bookend events soon. These literary events take place in all five boroughs including in parks, clubs, bookstores and more.

Bookends
12:00 pm
September 25
12:00 pm

Children

Kick-off Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Week with free books, school supplies, craft workshops, and more. United by a shared mission of building community, increasing book access, and fostering a love of reading, READ 718, Brooklyn Book Bodega, and House of SpeakEasy present a back-to-school celebration for young readers, their families, and booklovers of all ages. Swing by and say hello for books ages 0-12 courtesy of Brooklyn Book Bodega from The SpeakEasy Bookmobile, which will be parked outside of READ 718’s Bed-Stuy location. Craft workshops led by teaching artist Nichelle Ryan. Pre-register for craft workshops, courtesy of Community-Word Project, here: https://bit.ly/bedstuybooks

Location: 336 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11233

www.houseofspeakeasy.org | https://www.brooklynbookbodega.org/ | https://www.read718.org/ | https://communitywordproject.org/

FREE

2022-09-25 12:00:00
September 25

12:00pm

2:00 pm
September 25
2:00 pm

Children

An all-ages multi-media show with authors and illustrators who make picture books. This family-friendly matinee includes slide-show readings, live music, and interactive stories. Plus: prizes from local Brooklyn businesses. Emceed by Camila Jones, featuring Phaea Crede, Joe Dator, Kevin Maher, Julia Sarcone-Roach, and R. Sikoryak. With a special appearance by Santa Claus, reading the upcoming book Santa Doesn’t Need Your Help.

Location: Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn NY 11231

http://www.freebirdbooks.com/

FREE

2022-09-25 14:00:00
September 25

2:00pm

6:00 pm
September 26
6:00 pm

Poetry

This panel features Hanging Loose Press poets who work in other genres/formats—and often blend genres to write in modes that are difficult to categorize in compelling ways. This panel will look at what it means to switch or blend genres/formats as an author. It will also explore the field of hybrid writing and examine its cultural impact and uses. Featured writers will include Wang Ping, Caroline Hagood, Jiwon Choi, Mark Pawlak and Sharon Mesmer.

Location: Mama Tried, 787 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232 

https://www.hangingloosepress.com/

FREE

2022-09-26 18:00:00
September 26

6:00pm

6:00 pm
September 26
6:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Join for a conversation between photographer Baldwin Lee and Imani Perry to discuss the work of Baldwin Lee (b. 1951) who left his home in Tennessee in 1983, with his 4 × 5 view camera for a series of road trips to photograph the American South. The subject of his pictures were Black Americans: at home, at work, and at play, in the street, and among nature. This project would consume Lee—a first-generation Chinese American—for the remainder of that decade, and it would forever transform his perception of his country, its people, and himself. Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of seven books, most recently the New York Times bestselling South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation (Ecco, 2022.)

Location: Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway, New York NY

FREE

2022-09-26 18:00:00
September 26

6:00pm

7:00 pm
September 26
7:00 pm

Creative Activity / Performance

Four storytellers who write for the page and the stage have worked together to develop true stories inspired by the theme “Punch Up”. Come watch as they trade tales and step into each other’s life experiences. Plus, a chance to win Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons’s No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology. Storytellers include Maria Rubio, Matt Storrs, Jenn Wehrung, and Aida Zilelian. This show is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Location: Culture Lab LIC 5-25 46th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

www.noyoutellit.com

FREE

2022-09-26 19:00:00
September 26

7:00pm

10:00 am
September 27
10:00 am

Fiction

Using sound, installation, photography, collage, and selected excerpts, inaugural Rutan-Becket Writer in Residence Stella Fiore presents “Working Title,” an immersive literary exhibition of her work-in-progress. Step inside a love story exploring feminine, sexual, and ethnic identity set in Italy and the US. The private, unseen, years-long process of writing a novel will also be made visible in the show, located in the gallery of a historic home on the grounds of Conference House Park. On view September 27th through September 30th from 10:00AM to 6:00PM or by appointment. Follow along at @fiorstella.   

Location: Rutan-Becket House at Conference House Park, 6 Shore Rd, Staten Island, NY 10307

http://www.fiorestory.com/working-title | https://www.instagram.com/fiorstella/?hl=en

FREE

2022-09-27 10:00:00
September 27

10am

6:00 pm
September 27
6:00 pm

Fiction

Three debut novelists read and discuss craft, process, shared themes and inspiration. Cleyvis Natera’s Neruda On the Park follows a Dominican family in NYC as they face gentrification. Rebekah Anderson’s The Grand Promise depicts the impacts to homesteader and indigenous communities near a public works project during the Great Depression. Mary McMyne’s The Book of Gothel follows a medieval peasant woman who becomes known as a witch, after she leaves her village to live in a tower in the woods without men.

https://rebekahlanderson.wordpress.com/ | https://fb.me/e/2O5q4CNou

FREE

2022-09-27 18:00:00
September 27

6:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

A Public Space invites aspiring writers and editors to a conversation about the art of the editorial dialogue. Bring your questions and join APS managing editor Megan Cummins and Writing and Editorial Fellows Vivian Hu, Crawford Hunt, Taylor Michael, and Ruby Wang as they discuss their early experiences of working with either an editor or a writer, and their questions for each other about the surprises they found on their side of the relationship. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask about career paths for writers and editors. Registration for this online event is required. 

https://apublicspace.org/events/an-evening-with-emerging-writers-and-editors

 

FREE

2022-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27
7:00 pm

Fiction / Food / Non-Fiction

Our September reading series will feature authors Angie Cruz (How Not To Drown In A Glass Of Water), Clare Sestanovich (Objects of Desire: Stories), and Joseph Osmundson (Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between). Each reading will be paired with a dish inspired by the passage, with a conversation among the authors led by TOC founder Evan Hanczor to follow. 

Location: Insa, 328 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

https://www.tablesofcontents.org/

$30

2022-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction

How do environmental storytellers address income disparity, toxic ecologies, nationalism turning violent, climate crisis, or xenophobia? How do they put information into context, turn data into plot, or science into metaphor? How do storytellers marry the environmental with the social, or tether the precision of scholarship with literary prose, or look to the past to imagine our future? The Environmental Storytelling Studio co-founders Kerri Arsenault and Bathsheba Demuth will be in conversation with authors Morgan Talty, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, and Leigh Newman, who contend with such issues in new and imaginative ways.

Location: The Center for Fiction, 15 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

https://centerforfiction.org/event/on-america-environmental-storytelling-with-brooklyn-book-festival/

FREE

2022-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27
7:00 pm

Fiction

POWERHOUSE Arena is proud to welcome back Lucy Ives for the launch of her Graywolf Press debut, Life Is Everywhere. The story of one night in the life of grad student Erin Adamo, locked out of her apartment and taking refuge in her university library with a few manuscripts that just might hold the answer, this novel is Ives’s latest masterpiece and more evidence that she is one of the most innovative and ambitious writers working today.

Location: POWERHOUSE Arena, 28 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207

$10 Gift Certificate or $20 Book Bundle

2022-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27
7:00 pm

Fiction

Mark de Silva discusses his new novel, The Logos, on publication day with Benjamin Hale (The Fat Artist and Other Stories) at Unnameable Books. Jaded and adrift, a young painter in New York joins his fate to a mercurial titan of industry in the hopes of finding a new form—and quite possibly a new life. “Hefty insight on the limits of human perception and the limitlessness of human vanity the likes of which we haven’t enjoyed since William Gaddis was around to make us think.” – The Millions’ Most Anticipated List.

Location: Unnameable Books, 615 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

https://www.clashbooks.com/

FREE

2022-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Join Brooklyn Social Media for this discussion of the art of writing one’s way through catastrophic illness. In Fever of Unknown Origin: A True Tale of Medicine, Mystery and Magic, Judith M. Ford shows what it’s like to lose everything: health, career, family, and the prospect of the future due to a mysterious disease. In Rearranged, Kathleen Watt’s facial bone cancer ended her career as an opera singer and brought her face to face with mortality, disfigurement, the meaning of beauty, and the insidious toll of caregiving on a relationship.   

Location: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

https://brooklynsocialmedia.net/

FREE

2022-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27
7:00 pm

Fiction

Hosted by the Dominican Writers Association and Soho Press, Sofia Quintero (Show and Prove), Francesca Padilla (What’s Coming to Me), and Christine Kandic Torres (The Girls in Queens) discuss the continued need for authentic Latinx fiction that holds up mirrors to real life inequities. While Latinx readers deserve escapist stories and representation in all genres, novels that honestly depict the painful imprints of race and class in the real world remain important as ever to represent the true lived experiences, both positive and painful, of today’s Latinx youth.

https://www.dominicanwriters.com/

FREE

2022-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

7:30 pm
September 27
7:30 pm

Fiction

Join Melville House’s 20th anniversary panel, featuring co-founders Valerie Merians and Dennis Johnson in conversation with authors Steve Stern (The Village Idiot), Rita Zoey Chin (The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern), and Jinwoo Chong (Flux). Register in the link below.

Location: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

FREE

2022-09-27 19:30:00
September 27

7:30pm

7:30 pm
September 27
7:30 pm

Comics / Performance

Join Carousel in presentations of graphic novels, gag cartoons, and comics as performed by the writers and artists, with slide projections. Followed by a book signing. Featuring Abby Denson (Kitty Sweet Tooth Makes a Movie), Katie Fricas (Checked Out), Matthew Thurber (Mr. Colostomy), Victor Varnado (The New Yorker), and more! Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated). For more info: carouselslideshow.com.

Location: The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 

https://carouselslideshow.com/

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

2022-09-27 19:30:00
September 27

7:30pm

8:00 pm
September 27
8:00 pm

Comics / Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

Join The Resort writing community in a discussion with Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Kim Gek Lin Short, and Erin Williams, about what happens when contemporary literature reflects our current reality in ways that illuminate and expand urgent conversations. Roychoudhuri, Short, and Williams are contributors to the multi-genre collection I Know What’s Best for You: Stories on Reproductive Freedom. This collection is a collaboration with the Brigid Alliance, a nationwide service that arranges and funds confidential and personal travel support to those seeking abortion care. 

https://www.theresortlic.com

FREE

2022-09-27 20:00:00
September 27

8:00pm

6:00 pm
September 28
6:00 pm

Performance / Poetry

The Alice Austen House is a historic house and museum presenting the life and work of Victorian, lesbian photographer Alice Austen. The museum provides a platform for multidisciplinary arts programs and has become a home for Staten Island poetry readings, celebrating new voices and raising up the work of long-time Staten Island resident Audre Lorde. On September 28th at 6pm Alice Austen presents a virtual reading from 5 Staten Island Poets: Matt Figgs, Thomas Fucaloro, M.A. Dennis, Julie Bentsen and Nahja Abdul-Qawiyy.

https://aliceausten.org/

FREE

2022-09-28 18:00:00
September 28

6:00pm

6:30 pm
September 28
6:30 pm

Creative Activity / Fiction / Food / International / Poetry

The #YeahYouWrite Reading Series features #LiteraryCocktails, delicious food, brilliant authors, and an open mic in the dreamy Ostrich room at M. Wells, LIC. The atmosphere is relaxed, but the energy is high. September’s event features DISQUIET International Literary faculty Katherine Vaz, Terri Witek, and Cyriaco Lopes and alum Vanessa Chan. Vaz and Chan will read from forthcoming novels, and Lopes (visual artist) and Witek (poet) will lead The Fernando Pessoa Game with audience participation.

Founders: Robin Martin & Lisa Amico Kristel.

Limited Seating. Reservations Required: [email protected]

Location: M. Wells, 43-15 Crescent Street, Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101

https://yeahyouwriteevents.com/

FREE

2022-09-28 18:30:00
September 28

6:30pm

6:30 pm
September 28
6:30 pm

Fiction

The Center for Black Literature will present “Places of the Heart,” a literary salon spotlighting authors who will discuss the intricacies of Black love and how Black authors incorporate and depict those feelings and emotions through their characters in an authentic way in their writing, and how it evolves in their stories. Invited writers are Tiphanie Yanique (Monster in the Middle), Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Take My Hand), and Maurice Carlos Ruffin (The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You).

https://centerforblackliterature.org/

FREE

2022-09-28 18:30:00
September 28

6:30pm

7:00 pm
September 28
7:00 pm

Fiction

Join Revolution Books for an evening of author readings and conversation. In Brother Alive, Zain Khalid tells of three immigrant boys, their adoptive Imam father in Staten Island, and a hallucinatory double. In All This Could Be Different, Sarah Thankam Mathews tells of a 22-year-old Indian immigrant in the U.S. navigating queer romance and her first job in a monstrous economy. Two poignant novels with characters facing crushing forces of capitalism and tradition, and wrestling with issues of love. 

Zain Khalid has published in The New Yorker. Sarah Thankam Mathews was featured in Best American Short Stories 2020.

Location: Revolution Books, 437 Malcolm X Boulevard/Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10037 @132nd St, Harlem

https://www.revolutionbooksnyc.org/

FREE, donations requested

2022-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 28
7:00 pm

Comics

New York Times bestselling cartoonist Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant) brings a fascinating look at the human and environmental toll of the fossil fuel industry in her first full-length graphic narrative, Ducks: Two Years in The Oil Sands. In conversation with journalist Elizabeth Spiers, Beaton discusses her formative experience of earning a living – and navigating survival – in the remote, beautiful, often brutal wilds of Alberta, where East Coast migrants flock to find opportunity in an oil industry that simultaneously exploits their humanity and the riches of the land.

Location: Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238

https://drawnandquarterly.com/books/ducks/

FREE

2022-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 28
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Join history professor Hilary A. Hallett and romance author Sarah MacLean to discuss Hilary’s new book Inventing the It Girl, a biography of early 20th century Hollywood tastemaker, Elinor Glyn. Seating is limited; RSVP below.

Location: WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

FREE

2022-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 28
7:00 pm

Fiction

John Leonard Prize for best first book nominees Torrey Peters, Larissa Pham, and Megha Majumdar join the National Book Critics Circle to talk about what happens after the debut. How have their careers changed? What are they working on now? What are some problems they’ve encountered as they’ve begun to contemplate what’s next?

https://www.bookcritics.org/

FREE

2022-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 28
7:00 pm

Fiction

Join Kew & Willow Books to celebrate debut Latinx authors Christine Kandic Torres (The Girls in Queens) and Alejandro Varela (The Town of Babylon), as they discuss their writing journey and the importance of representing Queens in their books. This conversation will be moderated by Lupita Aquino (better known as Lupita Reads). Register in the link below.

Location: Kew & Willow Books, 81-63 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

FREE

2022-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 28
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry / Theatre

BLR editors Danielle Ofri and Doris W. Cheng are joined in conversation by poet Phillip B. Williams and novelist Weike Wang. With special guests: playwright Sarah Ruhl and scientist/writer Joseph Osmundson. Covid has generated unusual creative pressures: Must writers write about the pandemic? Does bearing witness to inequities impact creative output? How do we make art in a time of suffering? Join Bellevue Literary Review—the award-winning literary journal that bridges healthcare and the arts—for a virtual discussion plus readings from the newest works of these acclaimed writers. RSVP required. 

https://blreview.org/

FREE

2022-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

7:30 pm
September 28
7:30 pm

Creative Activity

Stuck in your writing? In need of a little more time or inspiration? Drink ‘N Draft is a twist on the classic Drink ‘N Draw and is designed to get you out of your head and onto the page. The night includes visual prompts that lead you toward new creative choices in your work. This laptop-free/handwriting exercise means less editing, less judgment, and more writing and discovery. You can write something new, continue a work-in-progress, or see where the evening takes you. All genres welcome, no matter your writing experience.

https://www.thewritersrock.com/

FREE

2022-09-28 19:30:00
September 28

7:30pm

8:00 pm
September 28
8:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Russ Frushtick, Polygon co-founder and senior editor, talks about his new book, The Book of Fun: An Illustrated History of Having a Good Time, which features hysterical and historical stories about the origins of fun, with tips and fun facts about favorite video games, board games, theme parks, festivals, sports, and more! Moderated by BookToker Adrian Cepeda, aka BookPapi on TikTok. Presented with NYU’s 370 J Project.

Free

2022-09-28 20:00:00
September 28

8:00pm

2:00 pm
September 29
2:00 pm

Children

Join Brooklyn Public Library for a special program to promote and model antiracist practices for families and children at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. 

Antiracist Storytimes: Highlighting BIPOC authors, these stories represent diverse identities and perspectives, and will feature songs, rhymes, and opportunities for audience engagement. 

Diverse Books Browsing Cart: Picture books related to the themes of the day: Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Activism. Enjoy in the reading garden or check them out with your BPL Library Card.

Diverse Books Giveaways: We will be giving away 100 new books (1 per child/family) related to the themes of the day!

Location: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

https://www.brooklynkids.org/

FREE

2022-09-29 14:00:00
September 29

2:00pm

5:00 pm
September 29
5:00 pm

Comics / Fiction / Non-Fiction / Performance / Theatre

Readings, theater, comedy, and comics (read live on projector screen!) from writers and artists of MUTHA Magazine, co-sponsored by Pen Parentis, featuring the awesome line-up of Emily Flake (The New Yorker and author of Mama Tried), Ariel Gore (Hip Mama and author of The Wayward Writer), Cheryl E. Klein (celebrating her debut memoir Crybaby), Lisa Lim (MUTHA comics regular), Jessica Phillips Lorenz (previewing the play Best Party Ever), Jade Sanchez-Ventura (Home is Where We… series), and Lauren R. Weinstein (Normel Person and Mother’s Walk) – with MUTHA Editor-in-Chief Meg Lemke and Pen Parentis founder and executive director M. M. De Voe emceeing. 

Location: Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

www.muthamagazine.comwww.penparentis.org

FREE

2022-09-29 17:00:00
September 29

5:00pm

6:00 pm
September 29
6:00 pm

Fiction / Food / Performance / Poetry

Join H.I.P. Lit, Bach & Bacchanalia, and The Coffee House for “Truth & Beauty” at Salmagundi, a social club founded by artists in 1871. Readings from author and philosopher Skye Cleary (How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment), debut novelist John Manuel Arias (Where There Was Fire), and poet Nancy Huang, a concert from violinist Audrey Hayes, Salmagundi’s Annual Fall Art Exhibition, themed cocktails, and mingling. Opt to extend the revelry with a three-course Coffee House Club dinner via VIP ticket. Doors open at 6pm. Register at the link below. 

Location: Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

$15.00 entry / $65 VIP (entry + three-course dinner).

2022-09-29 18:00:00
September 29

6:00pm

6:00 pm
September 29
6:00 pm

Creative Activity / Workshop

Zines are handmade books, typically created by individuals, by hand, with basic materials – paper, scissors, pens, and ideas. Zine-making can facilitate the development of personal and community-based storytelling. In this workshop educators from Booklyn, Inc. will teach the one-sheet bookmaking technique to develop a personal story into a handmade zine. Participants will also be invited to contribute to a collectively made book, using the flag book technique. This is a free workshop, no experience is necessary. For more information and questions, please contact Jako Douglas-Borren at [email protected] 

Location: Brooklyn Community Pride Center – Crown Heights, 1561 Bedford Avenue, Suite Ground A, Brooklyn, NY 11225

www.lgbtbrooklyn.org

FREE

2022-09-29 18:00:00
September 29

6:00pm

6:00 pm
September 29
6:00 pm

Non-Fiction

The climate emergency is unfolding all over the world, hitting those most vulnerable and least responsible hardest. How do we build the political power to beat fossil capitalism? What strategies are most likely to produce a just transition to a clean energy system, both here in NYC and the US, the belly of the capitalist system, and in Global South nations subjected to repeated rounds of extractivism. Join Jen Chantrtanapichate, Ashley Dawson, Ryan Mann-Hamilton, Matthew T. Huber, and Dr. Michael Menser to discuss the way forward for the climate justice movement.

Location: Greenpoint Public Library, 107 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

https://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/greenpoint

FREE

2022-09-29 18:00:00
September 29

6:00pm

6:00 pm
September 29
6:00 pm

Poetry

A roundtable talk between Jenny Xie, Natalie Wee, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and George Abraham on their new collections, the possibilities and limitations of language work, and rest and fatigue from the margins; this talk will be moderated by Asian American Writers’ Workshop editor Yi Wei. Copies of Jenny Xie’s The Rupture Tense, Cynthia Dewi Oka’s Fire Is Not a Country, Natalie Wee’s Beast at Every Threshold, and George Abraham’s Birthright will be sold at and after the event from our partnered bookseller, Yu & Me Books. This program is sponsored by the Battery Park City Authority.

Location: Teardrop Park, Battery Park City, Warren Street, New York, NY 10005

https://aaww.org/

FREE

2022-09-29 18:00:00
September 29

6:00pm

7:00 pm
September 29
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Four debut authors discuss why it’s important for Latinxs to tell their own stories and how they broke barriers to be published. Panel includes Elvira K. Gonzalez (Hurdles in the Dark), Xavier Navarro Aquino (Velorio), Cleyvis Natera (Neruda on the Park) and Vincent Tirado (Burn Down, Rise Up). Moderating is Patricia Gonzalez Armstrong. For more information, please visit our website.

Location: El Barrio’s ArtSpace PS 109, 215 East 99th Street, NY NY 10029

https://latinxinpublishing.com/

FREE

2022-09-29 19:00:00
September 29

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 29
7:00 pm

Poetry

Join Northwestern University Press and TriQuarterly Magazine for an evening of poetry! With performances from Mary Jo Bang, C. Russell Price, Brionne Janae, Megan Fernandes, Hannah Bonner, and Nadalyn Gwendolyn Ismatu Bangura.

https://nupress.northwestern.edu/

FREE

2022-09-29 19:00:00
September 29

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 29
7:00 pm

Fiction

Calling all lovers of indie bookshops for WORD’s two-part event: a screening of a new literary documentary and a panel of Brooklyn’s foremost booksellers. When an author road-trips to bookstores around the country to promote his online-only novel, he discovers a community of readers who buy their books locally. These readers make a case for local bookshops in the short documentary film: “The Bookstour.” The screening will be followed by a conversation among booksellers, moderated by Director Mason Engel.

Location: WORD Bookstore, Greenpoint location, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

https://www.thebookstourfilm.com/

FREE

2022-09-29 19:00:00
September 29

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 29
7:00 pm

Fiction / Performance / Poetry

Come celebrate the thriving Crown Heights literary scene with a reading and mingle hosted by four of the neighborhood’s most exciting arts organizations: The Franklin Park and Big Words, Etc. reading series. World Trans Forum Open Mic, and book-centered garden salon Hypothetical Books. Hear poetry and prose from local authors Simeon Marsalis, Sarah Madges, Cat Fitzpatrick, and Rachel Allen and enjoy happy hour specials at popular area bar and beer garden Franklin Park. Free Admission!

Location: Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden, 766 Franklin Avenue, 618 St Johns Place, 11238

https://www.franklinparkbrooklyn.com/reading-series/

FREE

2022-09-29 19:00:00
September 29

7:00pm

7:30 pm
September 29
7:30 pm

Performance / Poetry / Theatre

Whitman on Walls! takes Walt Whitman’s radical vision and shapes it into a cri de coeur for justice in the world’s community. Using Whitman’s own artistic inspiration from opera, musicals, plays and journalism, WoW! is a hybrid event intermingling over 50 performers and 7 short films with local living poets to accept Whitman’s invitation to step “into the unknown.” WoW! invites us all to ask: what does it mean to break through walls into new understandings?

Conceived and directed by Karin Coonrod with original music by Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna, and Eric Jacobsen. Live Performers include: Myra Lucretia Taylor; Martha Redbone; Michael Potts; Wanda Phipps; Brad Vogel; William Eric Waters; Kyle Bass; and many more!

Location: Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, 162 2nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

https://www.colombari.org/

$10 (suggested donation)

2022-09-29 19:30:00
September 29

7:30pm

7:30 pm
September 29
7:30 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Greenlight Bookstore is delighted to once again welcome Brooklyn-based publisher Akashic Books to our Fort Greene store to celebrate an evening of remarkable publishing with Akashic staff and authors. Akashic Books is an award-winning, Brooklyn-based independent publishing company founded in 1997. Join us in celebrating Akashic’s recent successes with an All-Stars reading event, featuring Michael Imperioli (The Perfume Burned His Eyes), Morowa Yejidé (Creatures of Passage), Joe Meno (Book of Extraordinary Tragedies), Tiphanie Yanique (Monster in the Middle), K’wan (The Reluctant King), and M. Chris Fabricant (Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System). Registration is encouraged but not required. 

Location: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn 11217

FREE

2022-09-29 19:30:00
September 29

7:30pm

7:45 am
September 30
7:45 am

Performance / Poetry

Join the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club for our sixth annual dawn reading in canoes on the Gowanus Canal! Dredgers Captain Brad Vogel and fellow Gowanusian Melody Bates return to lead a crew in a dawn reading of the poetry of Hart Crane. It’s a  morning filled with literary exploration and continuing environmental advocacy. 

Readers can contact [email protected] to RSVP and arrive on event day at 7:00AM. Audience can arrive at 7:45AM and start on the Lowe’s Esplanade (near 9th Street and Gowanus Canal). Instagram Live: @gowanusdredgers. 

Location: 70 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 – Lowe’s Parking Lot along the Gowanus Canal

https://www.gowanuscanal.org/

FREE

2022-09-30 07:45:00
September 30

7:45am

2:00 pm
September 30
2:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Queer Indie and the Writing Community Chat Show will host an interactive, live-streamed panel regarding the use of story as a tool to illuminate the invisible. Topics will include narrative explorations of death and grief, literary treatments of trauma and tragedy, writing as reflection, and approaches to diversity. Panelists include: Dr. Mario Dell’Olio, TT Banks, Ash Knight, A.C. Merkel, Halo Scot, Christopher Aggett, Ross Young, and Anya Pavelle.

https://queerindie.com/ | https://www.thewritingcommunitychatshow.com/

FREE

2022-09-30 14:00:00
September 30

2:00pm

4:00 pm
September 30
4:00 pm

Performance / Poetry

The Walt Whitman Initiative is thrilled to welcome you to the opening of our free, open-access Tane Poetry Library! Come peruse our 600-plus-volume-and-growing-collection, built entirely from donations from our generous supporters. Stay to enjoy performances by Tim Cusack (“I Ping the Body Electric”) and Compagnia de’ Colombari in and around our historic reading space, and to recite your favorite Whitman in full view of Walt’s Brooklyn ferry! Snacks courtesy of our partner Fulton Stall Market, a non-profit public farmer’s marketplace responsibly sourcing local products.

Location: Fulton Stall Market, 91 South Street, Seaport District, New York 10038

https://waltwhitmaninitiative.org/

FREE

2022-09-30 16:00:00
September 30

4:00pm

6:00 pm
September 30
6:00 pm

Poetry / Workshop

Poet and former professional MMA fighter Jenny Liou will read from her debut poetry collection Muscle Memory, and be in conversation with Muay Thai fighter and designer Jess Ng around themes of diaspora, sport, and violence. After the reading, Jess Ng will lead a self-defense class for attendees, which she began teaching this past year after the uptick in violence against Asian American women. 

Location: Gleason’s Gym, 130 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

https://kaya.com/

$10

2022-09-30 18:00:00
September 30

6:00pm

6:00 pm
September 30
6:00 pm

Performance / Poetry

Narratives bring together poets, spoken word artists, musicians and a song stylist. Multi-generational voices united in purpose. Dismantling imposed ageist stereotypes. Telling our stories, how we live and experience our lives and bodies. Creating new paradigms for living, aging and navigating our lives and spaces. Our ensemble of artists and truth tellers are powerful and fiercely authentic in their telling. Stories of the beauty and fierceness of gray magic. Performances by Maria Aponte, Edward D. Currelley, Lorraine Currelley, Bobby Gonzalez, Ngoma Hill, Arlene Klein, and Osunyoyin Alake Ifarike. Please register in advance in the Zoom link below. 

 https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcuf-2gpjsoH9UHkriCCCWIRhc7XRcQ_950

FREE

2022-09-30 18:00:00
September 30

6:00pm

6:30 pm
September 30
6:30 pm

Performance / Poetry

Named one of the best reading series in NYC by Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series takes place six times a year and is free and open to the public. Each reading features three poets, with at least one from Brooklyn and one from outside the borough, pairing emerging with more established poets and focusing on those from underrepresented communities. Our Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend reading will feature Wo Chan, Tawanda Mulalu, and Sarah Ruhl. This in-person event will also be livestreamed via Zoom. All guests—in-person and virtual—should register in the ‘Learn more & register’ link below.

Location: 144 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

https://brooklynpoets.org

FREE

2022-09-30 18:30:00
September 30

6:30pm

7:00 pm
September 30
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Join Courtney Zoffness (Spilt Milk) and Emerson Whitney (Heaven) for a conversation about the future of memoir writing and how each author broke through traditional formats to achieve both critically-acclaimed and highly-effective memoirs. Watch via Instagram Live. 

https://www.instagram.com/mcswys/

FREE

2022-09-30 19:00:00
September 30

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 30
7:00 pm

Comics / Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

A multidisciplinary gathering of authors explores what it means to live, write, and be in community with other writers in Brooklyn. “Stories from Brooklyn” brings together graphic novelists, poets, fiction writers, and essayists to discuss how the borough of Brooklyn inspires writing practice, encourages original literary work, supports writers and independent publishing, but can also feel exclusive of emerging voices. Featuring writers Bishakh Som, Bernard Ferguson, Ghinwa Jawhari, John Dermot Woods, and Sasha Fletcher, the event will be moderated by Margot Atwell, Executive Director of Feminist Press. 

Location: The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

https://radixmedia.org/

FREE

2022-09-30 19:00:00
September 30

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 30
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Drawing on more than a decade of research on four continents, Caroline Elkins demonstrates how and why violence in Ireland, India, Palestine, Kenya and other colonies underwrote Britain’s empire and the country’s imperial identity at home. In short, the blood and bones on which liberal-democratic “civilizations” sit. Rigorous and passionate, exploding myths of Western paternalism and progress. Caroline Elkins is founding director of Harvard’s Center for African Studies; Maya Jasanoff is the author of The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World; Raymond Lotta is a spokesperson for Revolution Books.

Location: Revolution Books, 437 Malcolm X Boulevard/Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10037 @132nd Street, Harlem

www.revolutionbooksnyc.org

FREE, donations requested

2022-09-30 19:00:00
September 30

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 30
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction

Vanessa A. Bee, author of Home Bound: An Uprooted Daughter’s Reflections on Belonging, and Jeanna Kadlec, author of Heretic: A Memoir, read from their forthcoming memoirs and discuss their experiences leaving the evangelical church, finding new definitions of home and community, and then writing about these experiences. From Astra House, in partnership with n+1.

Location: N+1: 37 Greenpoint Avenue #316, Brooklyn, NY 11222

www.astrahouse.com | www.nplusonemag.com

FREE

2022-09-30 19:00:00
September 30

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 30
7:00 pm

Fiction

Join a book launch party for Jewish Noir II: Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds with co-editor Kenneth Wishnia and contributors Jill D. Block, Jen Conley, Robin Hemley, Steven Wishnia, and Joy Mahabir. Panelists will discuss the light and dark sides of religion and culture, the legacy of negative stereotypes amid rising anti-Semitism, the history of prejudice, assimilation, and questions of ethnic identity and political corruption that feed into an exploitative system. This informal gathering will include light refreshments.

Location: Quimby’s Bookstore NYC, 536 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

https://www.pmpress.org/

FREE

2022-09-30 19:00:00
September 30

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 30
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction

To celebrate Bookforum’s special issue on sports and literature, we’re inviting three authors to discuss their favorite players, their bitterest losses, and the best sports books around. Join us as  poet Ross Gay, critic Lindsay Zoladz, and novelist Miranda Popkey talk about the inner game of sports writing. 

https://www.bookforum.com

FREE

2022-09-30 19:00:00
September 30

7:00pm

7:30 pm
September 30
7:30 pm

Fiction

On Friday night, Greenlight Bookstore is delighted to once again partner with CLMP (Community of Literary Magazines and Presses), as well as some of Brooklyn’s best independent book and magazine publishers, to throw a Brooklyn-sized party celebrating the spirit of literary independence in our borough. Partygoers are invited to mingle with Brooklyn authors and publishers, discover new works, enjoy some excellently-curated music, enter for a chance to win a gift bag of featured books and magazines, and kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival weekend!  

Location: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

www.greenlightbookstore.com | www.clmp.org

FREE

2022-09-30 19:30:00
September 30

7:30pm

4:00 pm
October 1
4:00 pm

Fiction

Join Estelle-Sarah Bulle, French novelist, and Naomi Jackson, author of the widely acclaimed novel The Star Side of Bird Hill, for a discussion on Bulle’s bestselling debut novel, Where Dogs Bark with Their Tails. Where Dogs Bark with Their Tails examines the legacies of capitalism and colonialism, the experience of being caught between worlds, the grief of losing our most beloved, and the stories that might help us reconcile the past, present, and future. In English. Free with RSVP.

Location: Albertine, 972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075 (cross street, 79th Street)

FREE

2022-10-01 16:00:00
October 1

4:00pm

4:00 pm
October 1
4:00 pm

Children / Fiction / Non-Fiction / Performance / Poetry

St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague St

157 Montague Street Brooklyn NY 11201 United States

Book bans are on the rise. Last year, the American Library Association tracked 729 attempts to remove library, school, and university materials, involving 1,597 titles—double the number in 2019. Shedding light on the most recent spate of censorship, “Who’s Afraid of Childhood?” explores books set in childhood to highlight denial and resistance to depicting its realities.

The event ends with a TBD musical performance and sing-along. Stay tuned!

Speakers include: Anastasia Higginbotham, Michelle Tea & Drag Story Hour, LaToya Council, & more!

Location: St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

www.dottirpress.com | https://www.stannholytrinity.org/

FREE

2022-10-01 16:00:00
October 1

4:00pm

4:00 pm
October 1
4:00 pm

Food / Non-Fiction

Food is a terrific entry point into the lives of women, one that historians and biographers have increasingly explored. Yet writing about women’s lives through the lens of food presents specific craft challenges. This panel of writers discusses those challenges and opportunities, potential pitfalls and how they work to avoid them, and why this is such a compelling way to approach history and biography. Panelists include Mayukh Sen (Tastemakers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America), Laura Shapiro (What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories), and Alissa Wilkinson (Salty: Lessons on Eating, Drinking, and Living from Revolutionary Women). Lauren Goldenberg, deputy director of the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, will moderate the discussion.

Location: Archestratus Books + Foods, 160 Huron St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

alissawilkinson.com

FREE

2022-10-01 16:00:00
October 1

4:00pm

6:30 pm
October 2
6:30 pm

Non-Fiction / Poetry

Join us for an eclectic evening of Scottish nonfiction and poetry, led by Michael Pedersen (Boy Friends; Oyster) with Glasgow/Cambridge-based poet and author Hollie McNish (Slug: and other things I’ve been told to hate) and New Zealand-based author, playwright and poet Dominic Hoey (Poor People with Money).

Location: The Hunterian, 413 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021

https://www.faber.co.uk/

FREE

2022-10-02 18:30:00
October 2

6:30pm

6:00 pm
October 3
6:00 pm

Fiction / Poetry

In the spirit of the St. Francis College MFA Program’s literary journal Unbound Brooklyn, professors from the St. Francis MFA program will read from work on the theme of that which is unbound: the limitless, the unfettered, the free. This reading will feature work that centers rebellion, rule breaking, taking creative risks, and producing radical innovation. Readers from the MFA faculty will include Theo Gangi, Caroline Hagood, and Jive Poetic.

Location: St. Francis College Auditorium, 179 Livingston St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

https://www.sfc.edu

FREE

2022-10-03 18:00:00
October 3

6:00pm

7:00 pm
October 3
7:00 pm

International

Swearing, joke-telling and sweet-nothings are some of our most fun and powerful moments in communicating with one another. But during conflict, language quickly corresponds with power, and translations can become fraught. Join Stranger’s Guide Magazine and NPR’s Rough Translation podcast in conversation with writers from multilingual societies as they discuss the challenges of living between languages—and tell their favorite insults and jokes. Featuring author Dmitry Bykov, Gregory Warner of NPR’s Rough Translation, and Stranger’s Guide editor-in-chief Kira Brunner Don. Purchase tickets here: https://tickets-ny.fotografiska.com/events/products/Oct3_Brooklyn_Strangers_NPR

Location: Fotografiska, 281 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010

www.strangersguide.com | https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510324/rough-translation

$40 (includes full museum access)

2022-10-03 19:00:00
October 3

7:00pm

7:00 pm
October 3
7:00 pm

Creative Activity / Performance / Poetry

Ten Queens poets will come together to create and perform an Exquisite Corpse poem on the theme of recollection, as well as to discuss our experiences of Queens lit and community. Hosted in partnership with the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing.

Poets: Nadia Q. Ahmad, Moncho Alvarado, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Sherese Francis, Abeer Y. Hoque, Dena Igusti, Hiromi Kiba, Allia Abdullah-Matta, Tori Ashley Matos, and Robert Ostrom.

https://www.lewislatimerhouse.org/events/corpsepoem

FREE

2022-10-03 19:00:00
October 3

7:00pm

7:00 pm
October 3
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction

The Rumpus celebrates its long-running “Funny Women” column and 1st-ever IRL Book Club event with readings by the column’s editor, Elissa Bassist (author of The Rumpus Book Club pick Hysterical), and a few of our favorite contributors, including Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties), Mia Mercado (The Cut, She’s Nice Though), and Jen Spyra (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Big Time: Stories). Join us at McNally Jackson’s Seaport location. This event is free for current Rumpus Members or $5 (redeemable voucher) for non-members. 

Location: McNally Jackson Books Seaport, 4 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

https://therumpus.net/

$5 (voucher redeemable the day of) or FREE to current Rumpus Members

2022-10-03 19:00:00
October 3

7:00pm

7:30 pm
October 3
7:30 pm

Non-Fiction

The Miss Manhattan Non-Fiction Reading Series presents New York Stories, featuring city-inspired nonfiction writing. Created to amplify non-fiction voices, the reading is hosted and curated by Manhattan-based writer Elyssa Maxx Goodman. It is always absolutely FREE! This evening will feature NYT Bestselling Author Annabelle Gurwitch (You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility); LA Times Bestselling Author Ricky Tucker (And the Category Is…Inside New York’s Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community); and Samantha Mann (Putting Out: Essays on Otherness). 

Location: Niagara, 112 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

www.miss-manhattan.com

FREE

2022-10-03 19:30:00
October 3

7:30pm

8:00 pm
October 3
8:00 pm

Non-Fiction

“Remember the Internet” from Instar Books is a complete history of the internet, one book at a time. The series looks at discrete cultural / technological moments in internet history, trying to do internet history the same way that people chronicle specific battles during wars (books so far: Tumblr Porn, Tori Amos Bootleg Webring, Google Glass). Internet history is precarious, weaponized, and unstable: how does one go about soliciting and editing books that try to get at some version of the truth?

Location: Hinterlands Bar at 739 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

http://www.instarbooks.com/

FREE

2022-10-03 20:00:00
October 3

8:00pm

In the meantime, enjoy our gallery of photos celebrating authors, books and publishers.