Bookend Events

Experience select programs of the 2021 Brooklyn Book Festival. Enjoy our recorded virtual events with popular and emerging authors.

Bookends
1:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Children

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 books and how he became so dedicated to making art for children.

 

2021-09-27 13:00:00
September 27

1:00pm

1:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Children

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 a popular Hollywood sitcom and becomes an overnight heartthrob. Book #3 continues Buddy’s adventures and is filled with humor, heart, and laugh-out-loud adventures. Henry and Lin will discuss their inspiration from working in Hollywood, how they met, and their writing process for the Alien Superstar series. 

2021-09-29 13:00:00
September 29

1:00pm

1:00 pm
September 30, 2021

International / Poetry

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 Joshua L. Freeman, for a reading and panel discussion of exile, crisis, and resilience in contemporary Uyghur verse. Moderated by Alana Marie Levinson Labrosse.

 

2021-09-30 13:00:00
September 30

1:00pm

8:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction

Water has taken over a hot world and few places survive, but a magical place called Garbagetown and a girl full of love. Greed runs rampant when a powerful new metal arrives on earth in the wake of a meteor shower, spawning a resource frenzy that engulfs a small community. Join Lincoln Michel (The Body Scout) as he leads a conversation with award-winning author Benjamin Percy (The Ninth Metal) and New York Times bestselling author Catherynne  M. Valente (The Past is Red) discuss the environmental critique within their books and the response of human nature in the face of abundance and desperation. 

2021-10-01 20:00:00
October 1

8:00pm

1:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Poetry

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. 

2021-10-04 13:00:00
October 4

1:00pm

1:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

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. WNET’s Jenna Flanagan talks with Hanif about the new book and his creative process and journey.

2021-10-04 13:00:00
October 4

1:00pm

6:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Poetry

Poet Toi Derricotte is this year’s recipient of the BoBi Award, the Brooklyn Book Festival’s highest honor. She is joined in conversation by poet Hafizah Geter to discuss her poetry which examines her life experiences and what it is like to be a Black woman, and Cave Canem and how the community she helped build shaped the future of poetry.

2021-10-04 18:00:00
October 4

6:00pm

What was YOUR Top Festival Moment?

What moments from the Brooklyn Book Festival still get you smiling, ear to ear, when you think back to that fantastic weekend? Here are a few of our memorable moments.