Bookend Events

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2023 Brooklyn Book Festival!

More than 50 Bookend events took place in clubs, bookstores, libraries and unique locations in all five boroughs. Learn about this year’s authors and events by downloading your free Digital Festival Guide.

Bookends
September 24, 2023
11:00 am

Children

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 reading from some of their newest picture books back to back to back! Stay for a tale or two, or spend the whole morning getting lost in a parade of stories. Perfect for ages 4-8, but all are welcome to attend.

McNally Jackson City Point, 445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn, NY 11201 wheelchair accessible

https://www.mcnallyjackson.com

FREE

2023-09-24 11:00:00
September 24

11:00am

September 24, 2023
11:00 am

Children

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 day at READ 718’s center in Bed-Stuy. Brooklyn Book Bodega will distribute free books for grades K-12 via The SpeakEasy Bookmobile.

336 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11233

https://www.houseofspeakeasy.org

FREE

2023-09-24 11:00:00
September 24

11:00am

September 24, 2023
12:00 pm

Creative Activity

Join photographer Sophie Fenwick, along with Sean Corcoran, curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, writer Eddie Joyce, oral historian Nicki Pombier, and poet Silvina López Medin in conversation. They will be touching on common themes echoed in Fenwick’s unique and evocative portrait of New York’s changing waterfront, a meditation on time and distance, summoning memory and imagination, where dream meets reality in words and images. Published by 5 Continents Editions. Design: Lev Zeitlin, Red Square Design. In collaboration with Albertine Books.

The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

https://www.theinvisibledog.org

FREE

2023-09-24 12:00:00
September 24

12:00pm

September 24, 2023
5:00 pm

Children / Poetry

5pm Seaport Walking Tour CANCELLED
5-6:30pm Enjoy extra Open House Hours at the WWI Tane Poetry Library!

Enjoy a visit to WWI’s Tane Poetry Library, where Curator/Librarian Jay Sherry and Assistant Librarian Emerald Sanjuro will introduce the collection and our cozy reading space.

WWI Tane Poetry Library at Fulton Stall Market, 91 South Street, New York, NY 10038

https://waltwhitmaninitiative.org

FREE

2023-09-24 17:00:00
September 24

5:00pm

September 24, 2023
6:00 pm

Poetry

Join Poets Network & Exchange and the Bronx Book Fair for an intergenerational collective of powerful voices and performances by poets/spoken word performance artists Edward D. Currelley, Lorraine Currelley, and Caroline Reddy. Please register in advance in the Zoom link provided.

https://www.facebook.com/BronxBookFair/

FREE

2023-09-24 18:00:00
September 24

6:00pm

September 25, 2023
1:00 pm

Fiction / Poetry

Origin Stories aren’t just for superheroes. This reading from St. Francis College MFA faculty and students will feature an exciting lineup of writers reflecting on their own origin stories as writers, as well as the origin stories of their writing. Writers, authors, and poets Clarence A. Haynes, Jive Poetic, Keyshawn Griffith, Marielena Gomez, Caroline Hagood, Theo Gangi, and Felice Belle will ponder possible superpowers, and muse on how they got here, and what it is that they fight for. Presented in partnership with Books Are Magic.

St. Francis College, 179 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Auditorium – wheelchair accessible

https://www.sfc.edu/academics/departments/masters-of-finearts-in-creative-writing

FREE

2023-09-25 13:00:00
September 25

1:00pm

September 25, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction / Food / Poetry

Tables of Contents welcomes Isle McEIroy (People Collide), Jamel Brinkley (Witness), and Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Promise) for our September reading series! The evening will feature readings from each author paired with small dishes inspired by their work, followed by a conversation among the authors moderated by Tables of Contents chef and founder Evan Hanczor. Tickets include all food and one complimentary drink, with literary cocktails by Sammi Katz and Olivia McGiff on offer alongside beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Insa, 328 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.tablesofcontents.org/

$35

2023-09-25 19:00:00
September 25

7:00pm

September 26, 2023
6:00 pm

Creative Activity

Zines are handmade books, typically created by hand with basic materials–paper, scissors, pens, and ideas. Zine-making can facilitate the development of personal and community-based storytelling. Join the Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s Zine-Making Workshop in partnership with Booklyn, Inc.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center; 1360 Fulton Street, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11216 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.lgbtbrooklyn.org/

FREE

2023-09-26 18:00:00
September 26

6:00pm

September 26, 2023
6:00 pm

Poetry

The romantic ideation of the half human/half robot is one that we have been musing since computerized sentience in woman/man/creature form has graced our movies and tv shows: Terminator, Blade Runner, Ex-Machina, Metropolis, etc. This longing to understand the Machine-Man, the Maschinenmensch, comes from the fact that we have always had relationships with machines, from our old alarm clocks to our shiniest smart phones and watches. So if robots are learning to be more human, isn’t the reverse true? Humans want to be mechanical über beings. Featuring Caroline Hagood, William Lessard, James Yeh, and Jiwon Choi.

Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.hangingloosepress.com/

FREE

2023-09-26 18:00:00
September 26

6:00pm

September 26, 2023
6:30 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

From Booker Prize-winning poet, novelist, essayist, short-story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright Ben Okri & Africa Center CEO Uzodinma Iweala, comes a fascinating discussion on the role of the artist in a time of crisis. Whether it be climate change, the refugee crisis, racism, philosophy, the pandemic, or any number of varied topics he takes, the canon of Okri’s work raises urgent questions about the role of the artist in times of crisis. A discussion sure to highlight the timelessness and acute relevance of Okri’s writing. 

The Africa Center at Aliko Dangote Hall, 1280 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.theafricacenter.org

FREE

2023-09-26 18:30:00
September 26

6:30pm

September 26, 2023
6:30 pm

Non-Fiction

What’s it like to resurrect a past book and prepare it for a second life in translation? Whether it’s a debut translated into a new language or a special reissue of essays first conceived decades past. What social mores or cues have changed that could impact reception? How do language and geographic location influence the subject and reader connection? Sharing a penchant for the uncanny, mysterious, and novel, longtime chroniclers of the human condition D.T. Max (The New Yorker) and Peruvian journalist Julio Villanueva Chang (Etiqueta Negra) discuss the relaunch of formative works. This event will be primarily presented in Spanish.

Más allá de las fronteras geográficas y de tiempo por la página 

¿Cómo puede resucitar un libro viejo para prepararlo por una vida nueva en traducción? Si es un debut traducido a una lengua nueva o una reedición especial de una colección de ensayos concebidos por primera vez en décadas pasadas. ¿Qué costumbres o síntomas sociales han cambiado y pueden afectar la recepción? ¿Cómo influyen la lengua o la ubicación geográfica en la conexión entre sujeto y lector? Compartiendo una inclinación por todo lo extraño, misterioso y nuevo, los cronistas de la condición humana D. T. Max (New Yorker) y el periodista peruano Julio Villanueva Chang (Etiqueta Negra) discuten el relanzamiento de sus obras formativas. Este evento va a ser presentado por primera parte en español.

Franklin Park, 618 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.instagram.com/franklinparkreadingseries/

FREE

2023-09-26 18:30:00
September 26

6:30pm

September 26, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction

What is an editor’s role? How can an author work with an editor to elevate their writing? Join Writing and Editorial Fellows from A Public Space for a conversation about the editor-writer relationship. They’ll discuss lessons learned and insights gained, formative experiences, and their questions for each other about the surprises they found on their side of the relationship. With Editorial Fellow Lydia Mathis and Writing Fellows Kate Doyle, Cory Howell Hamada, and Kyle Francis Williams. Moderated by Ruby Wang, associate managing editor at A Public Space. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Poetry Society of America, 119 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 – wheelchair accessible

https://apublicspace.org/

FREE

2023-09-26 19:00:00
September 26

7:00pm

September 26, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction / YA

Live and in person with the Astoria Bookshop, at the Tony Bennett Concert Hall, celebrate the conclusion of the Foul Lady Fortune duology by Chloe Gong! Joining her in conversation is Amélie Wen Zhao, author of Song of Silver, Flame Like Night and the Blood Heir Trilogy. This event is ticketed. Tickets include a seat at the event AND a signed copy of Foul Heart Huntsman, PLUS limited edition vinyl sticker with a quote from Foul Heart Huntsman hand-picked by Chloe Gong herself! 

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, 35-12 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11106 – wheelchair accessible

https://astoriabookshop.com/events/launch-event-chloe-gong-for-foul-heart-huntsman

$28

2023-09-26 19:00:00
September 26

7:00pm

September 26, 2023
7:00 pm

International / Poetry

Join Words Without Borders for a virtual multilingual reading and celebration of international poetry in translation, in partnership with the Academy of American Poets. Featuring Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles, Kristine Ong Muslim, Iryna Shuvalova, Uilleam Blacker, Xavier Valcárcel, Roque Raquel Salas Rivera, and more, introduced by Arthur Sze (winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry). Sze selected the poems featured at the reading as part of a special initiative between Words Without Borders and POETS.org’s Poem-a-Day series for National Translation Month.

https://wordswithoutborders.org/

FREE

2023-09-26 19:00:00
September 26

7:00pm

September 26, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction

Brooklyn Social Media invites you to an evening with Francis Levy, author of The Kafka Studies Department, in conversation with Rocco Landesman, Broadway producer and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Kafka Studies Department, with illustrations by Hallie Cohen, is a highly original, quirky collection of short, parable-like stories infused with dark humor, intellect, and insight about the human condition. This event will be held outdoors, weather permitting; please check Brooklyn Social Media for updates prior to arriving. 

Unnameable Books, 615 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

https://unnameablebooks.square.site/

FREE

2023-09-26 19:00:00
September 26

7:00pm

September 26, 2023
8:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Join the Resort writing community as we revisit the old stomping grounds of the LIC Reading Series (2015-’20). Denne Michele Norris (writer & editor-in-chief, Electric Literature), Greg Mania (Born to Be Public), and Matt Ortile (The Groom Will Keep His Name) will be in conversation with Resort & LIC Reading Series founder Catherine LaSota about the ways we have developed community online and in person. What makes a supportive community? How does community play a role in our writing lives? Audience participation is encouraged but not required. Ask questions of our panel and win raffle prizes!

LIC Bar carriage house, 45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101 – wheelchair accessible 

https://www.theresortlic.com/bkbf-2023

FREE

2023-09-26 20:00:00
September 26

8:00pm

September 27, 2023
6:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

Diversity is a call to arms, challenging society to be inclusive. The Black community is richly diverse, comprising many villages. We compare the teachings of forefathers from other places and grandmothers who’d migrated north or across oceans by choice. We are the ancestors in our lineage. We perceive the world differently and filter those experiences through our writing. This reading and Q&A is hosted by the Harlem Writers Guild and features Eartha Watts Hicks, Judy C. Andrews, Angela Dews, Dr. Robert J. Woodbine, Janell Pearson, Marc W. Polite, The Artist Anubis, Minnette Coleman, Kendall Glaspie, and Diane Richards.

Join with the Zoom link provided here. 

FREE

2023-09-27 18:00:00
September 27

6:00pm

September 27, 2023
6:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Performance

Please join the Coffee House Club’s Urbane Conspirators and HIP Lit for an unforgettable night cloaked in Gothic suspense as mysteries abound in readings, conversation, and music. To be held at Salmagundi, a private arts club housed in a historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village. All in celebration of the paperback release of Joanna Margaret‘s The Bequest with author Jessie Chaffee in conversation. The festivities will be punctuated with melodic renditions from Don Giovanni, starring singer Abby Hase. Stay for the mingling and revelry that will ensue. RSVP required in the link below.

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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-of-ancient-mystery-mozart-merriment-registration-720915105487

FREE

2023-09-27 18:00:00
September 27

6:00pm

September 27, 2023
6:30 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

The Alice Austen House, nationally designated site of LGBTQ+ history, will host a virtual reading celebrating the legacy of Audre Lorde’s teaching. Join us as former students Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, Donna Masini, Melinda Goodman, and Rosette Capotorto read their poetry and share memories of their time in Lorde’s literature program.

https://aliceausten.org

FREE

2023-09-27 18:30:00
September 27

6:30pm

September 27, 2023
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction

We all remember Choose Your Own Adventures, but interactive stories have come a long way since the days of page-jumping pulp. What does it mean for a game to be literary in today’s media-saturated landscape? Join game designer and author Sharang Biswas, game editor and narrative designer Jess Haskins, Naomi Clark and game designer and writer Clara Fernandez-Vara as they discuss games inspired by or adapted from literature.

Location: NYU, 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 – wheelchair accessible

 

free

2023-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

September 27, 2023
7:00 pm

Comics / Fiction / Non-Fiction

Publishers from independent presses discuss the imperative of publishing books that uplift marginalized and insurgent voices, create and complicate representation, and spark and amplify movements. This is even more critical during challenging political times when marginalized communities are disempowered, scapegoated, and stripped of their rights. Margot Atwell (Feminist Press), Malav Kanuga (Common Notions Press), Ramsey Kanaan (PM Press), and Cat Fitzpatrick (LittlePuss Press) will speak on the challenges and importance of publishing radical books against political headwinds. They’ll also discuss their dreams for the future of radical indie publishing and indie literary communities. Moderated by Whitney Hu, Director of Civic Engagement and Research at Churches United for Fair Housing.

The Word Is Change, 368 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

https://www.feministpress.org/

FREE

2023-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

September 27, 2023
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction

On May 30, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, 38-year-old white bar owner and Marine veteran Jake Gardner fatally shot James Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black man protesting the murder of George Floyd. Following an indictment, Gardner took his own life. In The Lost Sons of Omaha: Two Young Men in an American Tragedy, Joe Sexton offers a meticulously reported and nuanced account of the two deaths, while disentangling fictions about them on social media. Sexton, a veteran New York Times and ProPublica reporter, is joined by acclaimed actor Dion Graham (The Wire).

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201-3587 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.stannholytrinity.org

FREE

2023-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

September 27, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction / Performance

Filmmaker Ken Burns hosts this sesquicentennial celebration of Willa Cather, one of the most significant and treasured American writers of the 20th century. This special evening of short fiction in performance brings to life the landscapes of the Pulitzer Prize–winning author so masterfully captured in her prose. With performances by Patricia Clarkson (She Said), mezzo-soprano Linda Collazo, Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street), David Strathairn (Nomadland), and more.

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY 10025-6990 – wheelchair accessible

https://symphonyspace.org/events

$19 - $33

2023-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

September 27, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction

What makes for true eco-terror? Join this panel discussion to consider the smart ways storytellers create vivid and disturbing, sometimes prophetic, reflections of our world and detail our small places in them. Insight will be offered by Damir Salkovic (Collapse Years), Theo Gangi (A New Day in America), and Jeff VanderMeer (Veniss Underground) and moderated by Jeffrey Krizman, the Editor-in-chief of the Mad Duck Coalition. Time will be left at the end for Q&A from inquiring minds.

https://themadduckcoalition.org/

FREE

2023-09-27 19:00:00
September 27

7:00pm

September 27, 2023
8:00 pm

Poetry

Three poets, Caitlin McDonnell, Carolyn Steinhoff, and Betsy Andrews (who will be accompanied by art and music), will read from their books of poems published by Nauset Press. Each in her own way, these poets grapple with what it means to write from within the impossibly ramped-up state of perpetual crisis in which we all live: planetary collapse, pandemics, authoritarianism, loneliness, loss. Each finds and relishes the persistent joys that come to us in spite of everything as we live out our days.

Highbury Pub, 1002 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.nausetpress.com/

FREE

2023-09-27 20:00:00
September 27

8:00pm

September 27, 2023
8:00 pm

Non-Fiction

The Keepthings publishes short essays about lost loved ones, inspired by the things they left behind. Co-hosted by Ditmas Lit, this event will feature Keepthings contributors Tara Lindis, Matthew Lansburgh, Rachel Cline, Claudia Zuluaga, and Anja Wood sharing their stories and the objects that inspired them in front of a live audience for an evening of collective remembrance.

Hinterlands Bar, 739 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

https://www.ditmaslit.com/

FREE

2023-09-27 20:00:00
September 27

8:00pm

September 27, 2023
8:00 pm

Fiction / Performance / Theatre

Writer and organizer Theodore (ted) Kerr and Tony award-winning playwright, composer, and lyricist Michael R. Jackson present an informal and far-reaching conversation. Together, they will explore their shared love of 1990s female songwriters, tackle the limits and possibilities of using culture to discuss social issues, and examine the role silence plays in their work. ISSUE celebrates its 20th anniversary with a series of commissioned programs, including inviting past Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellows, such as Kerr, to present work in collaboration with important community members who inspire their practice.

The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

https://issueprojectroom.org/

$15 ($10 ISSUE members)

2023-09-27 20:00:00
September 27

8:00pm

September 28, 2023
5:30 pm

Non-Fiction / Poetry

The Center for Black Literature, in collaboration with MoCada, will present the Killens Literary Salon with contributors to Black Fire This Time: Keisha-Gaye Anderson (Gathering the Waters), James E. Cherry (Edge of the Wind), Judy Juanita (De Facto Feminism), Quincy Troupe (Duende: Poems), and moderator Heather Buchanan (Aquarius Press). Black Fire This Time by Kim McMillon (Editor) and Ishmael Reed (Foreword) explores all facets of the Black Arts Movement and features poets and writers on the theme of “Black is Beautiful, Black is Powerful, Black is Home.” 

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), 80 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

www.centerforblackliterature.org

FREE

2023-09-28 17:30:00
September 28

5:30pm

September 28, 2023
6:30 pm

Fiction

Authors Kerri Schlottman (Tell Me One Thing) and Laura Scalzo (American Arcadia), discuss New York City in the 1980s and how it inspired their recently launched novels. From the dueling crises of AIDS, drugs, and the fall of the middle class, this decade, seemingly so long ago and yet so recent, has stories still to be unraveled and understood. Inspired by the relentless pursuit of creative expression, both novels interweave stories of social justice, privilege, and the myth that art can save us.

Monk McGinns, 57 Murray Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10007

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nycs-1980s-shimmer-and-shadow-tickets-701154210117?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

FREE

2023-09-28 18:30:00
September 28

6:30pm

September 28, 2023
6:30 pm

Fiction / Poetry

Come celebrate the thriving Crown Heights literary scene with a reading and mingle hosted by three of the neighborhood’s most exciting arts organizations: The Franklin Park Reading Series, Big Words, Etc., and The World Trans Forum. Hear poetry and prose from local authors Tyriek White (We Are A Haunting), danilo machado (This is your receipt and is not a ticket for travel), and Anton Solomonik (Realistic Fiction) and enjoy happy hour specials at popular area bar and beer garden Franklin Park.

Franklin Park, 618 St Johns Pl, 11238 – wheelchair accessible

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

FREE

2023-09-28 18:30:00
September 28

6:30pm

September 28, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Join authors and historians Rob MacKay, Seth Bornstein, and Rafael Herrin-Ferri as they dive into Queens history. They will discuss the borough’s built environment and how diversity influences our residences, the people, and their connection to our borough.

Kew & Willow Books, 81-63 Lefferts Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

https://www.kewandwillow.com/

FREE

2023-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

September 28, 2023
7:00 pm

Poetry

National Book Award Winners Nikky Finney (Head Off & Split) and Robin Coste Lewis (Voyage of the Sable Venus) excavate and reimagine family and historical archives as poetry in their recent books Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry and To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness. The authors join National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming) in conversation on the careful work of community archival and the power of Black stories amidst continued book banning. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037-1801 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.nationalbook.org

FREE

2023-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

September 28, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Performance

No, YOU Tell It! storytellers work together to develop true tales on the page, then swap stories to embody their partner’s culture, identity, and life experience on stage. For this special show, four curated storytellers are trading tales inspired by Queens history from the archives of The Greater Astoria Historical Society (astorialic.org). Plus, story trivia for the chance to win fun literary prizes! Storytellers include Robin Gelfenbien, Ben Katzner, Briana McDonald, and Lowell Stephens. Featuring illustrations by Annie Shi. Follow @noyoutellit to learn about the storytellers, Queens history, and more.

Grove 34, 3183 34th St. Astoria, NY, 11106 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.noyoutellit.com/welcome/

$10

2023-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

September 28, 2023
7:00 pm

Children / Comics / Fiction

Latinxs may be underrepresented in publishing, but their numbers are slowly and surely growing, and winning major literary awards like the Pulitzer, John Newbery Medal, National Book, PEN/ Jean Stein Award, Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize, Anthony awards, etc. Join us and meet our Latinx award-winning panelists, including Andrea Beatriz Arango, Juana Martinez-Neal, Alex Segura, and Angie Cruz. Moderated by José Olivarez.

https://latinxinpublishing.com/

FREE

2023-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

September 28, 2023
7:00 pm

Performance / Poetry

Eight Queens poets will come together virtually to create and perform an exquisite corpse poem on the theme of revelation as well as discuss Queens lit and community. Featuring allia abdullah-matta, Moncho Alvarado, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Sherese Francis, Abeer Y. Hoque, Dena Igusti, nadia misir, and René Sing-Brooks. Hosted by the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing, Queens.

https://www.lewislatimerhouse.org/

FREE

2023-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

September 28, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

The Rumpus presents Sapphic Storytelling: Queer eQuinox at McNally Jackson’s Seaport location. Featuring authors Hannah Beresford, Jaquira Díaz, CJ Hauser, Lars Horn, T Kira Madden, and Kelley Van Dilla. Moderated by Rumpus Editor, Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn. In this series, we present writers we adore and use the term “sapphic” as a tongue-in-cheek term to refer to queerness that nods to the writerly and lacunae-filled history of queer people of all sexualities and genders. Please reserve your ticket here. 

McNally Jackson Books (Seaport location), 4 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038 – wheelchair accessible

https://therumpus.net/

$5, free to Rumpus Members

2023-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

September 28, 2023
7:00 pm

Poetry

Join us for a reading at the Poetry Society of America to celebrate the publications of PSA Chapbook Fellowship winners Lauren Aliza Green (A Great Dark House), Emily Lee Luan (I Watch the Boughs), and Margaret Ray (Superstitions of the Mid-Atlantic).

Poetry Society of America, 119 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

https://poetrysociety.givecloud.co/product/57C27E3/reading-series

$5, free for members

2023-09-28 19:00:00
September 28

7:00pm

September 28, 2023
8:00 pm

Comics

Join Carousel for readings of graphic novels, gag cartoons, and comics as performed by the writers and artists, with slide projections. Followed by a book signing. Featuring Grayson Bear (Pokey), Alex Krokus (Loudest and Smartest), Amy Kurzweil (Artificial: A Love Story), Mattie Lubchansky (Boys Weekend), Kimberly Wang (Of Thunder & Lightning), and Julia Wertz (Impossible People). Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated). For more info: carouselslideshow.com.

The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

https://carouselslideshow.com/

 

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

2023-09-28 20:00:00
September 28

8:00pm

September 29, 2023
7:40 am

Poetry

Our 7th annual Gowanus Dawn Reading – we’ll perform Robinson Jeffers’ poetry in canoes on the Gowanus Canal! Readers: 7:00 am report time at Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club’s Bunker Launch Site at 2 19th St, Brooklyn. Confirm spot as a canoe reader: Brad.Vogel[@]gmail.com. Audience: 7:45 am arrival. Watch and listen from 9th Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal (and parking lot northeast of bridge). Dredgers Past Captain Brad Vogel and Gowanus performer Melody Bates lead the crew as they plumb the depths of poet Robinson Jeffers’ work.

9th Street Bridge, Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, NY – wheelchair accessible

https://gowanuscanal.org/

FREE

2023-09-29 07:40:00
September 29

7:45am

September 29, 2023
3:00 pm

Fiction

Queer Indie and the Writing Community Chat Show will host an interactive, live-streamed panel diving into the construction and destruction of fictional worlds and characters. Topics will include harvesting inspiration, various approaches to process, and how to incorporate realistic and relevant conflicts and motivations. Panelists include Dr. Mario Dell’Olio, TT Banks, Ash Knight, A.C. Merkel, Halo Scot, Christopher Aggett, Christopher Hooley, Ross Young, and Anya Pavelle.

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

FREE

2023-09-29 15:00:00
September 29

3:00pm

September 29, 2023
6:00 pm

Fiction

The John Leonard Prize celebrates the year’s best first book. Incredible attention is lavished upon debut authors (the nominees and winners of this prize can attest), but once it’s time to get back to work, how do acclaimed writers work within the limelight and around expectation to carry on with their careers? 2022 finalist Zain Khalid (Brother Alive), 2020 finalist Megha Majumdar (A Burning), and 2018 finalist Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man and Witness) address these lucky obstacles with National Book Critics Circle board member Lauren LeBlanc as moderator.

Community Bookstore, 143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.bookcritics.org

FREE

2023-09-29 18:00:00
September 29

6:00pm

September 29, 2023
6:00 pm

Fiction / YA

From seemingly prestigious boarding schools filled with malicious forces to cutthroat competitions and dark magic in the catacombs of Paris, these young adult authors know how to keep you up at night! Join Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Ace of Spades), Jamison Shea (I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me), Tomi Oyemakinde (The Changing Man), and Kalyn Josephson (This Dark Descent) as they talk all things page-turning thrillers, dark fantasy, and the monsters that go bump in the night. Moderated by Tamara Fuentes, Entertainment Editor at Cosmopolitan.

McNally Jackson City Point, 445 Albee Square West Brooklyn, NY 11201 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.fiercereads.com

FREE

2023-09-29 18:00:00
September 29

6:00pm

September 29, 2023
6:00 pm

Fiction

Translated into English from French by Adriana Hunter and Lylan Dill, Line Papin‘s The Girl Before Her is described by Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) as “A fable, a dream, a nightmare, … a sharp little book that fits like a wedge between the ribs.” Join Kaya Press for an event featuring Papin in conversation with Jean Chen Ho, author of the novel Fiona and Jane, to discuss Asian diasporic identity, girlhood, and more.

Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St, NY, NY 10012 – wheelchair accessible

https://kaya.com

FREE

2023-09-29 18:00:00
September 29

6:00pm

September 29, 2023
6:30 pm

Poetry

Boog City’s Poetry Talk Talk Series has featured various pairs of poets reading and in conversation with one another over the past three decades. This time around we’re excited to feature longtime collaborators and friends Todd Colby and Joanna Penn Cooper. We’ll also have a music set from Todd and guitarist Nick Didkovsky.

Young Ethel’s, 506 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

https://wordpress.boogcity.com/

FREE, $8 suggested

2023-09-29 18:30:00
September 29

6:30pm

September 29, 2023
6:30 pm

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 at 144 Montague St and via Zoom. 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. This year’s Bookend Event reading will feature poets Paul Hlava Ceballos, Yesenia Montilla, and Kwame Dawes

*PROGRAM UPDATE: This event has been moved online due to severe weather conditions. Join with the Zoom link provided here. 

https://brooklynpoets.org/

FREE

2023-09-29 18:30:00
September 29

6:30pm

September 29, 2023
7:00 pm

Comics / Fiction / Non-Fiction

It’s a rager: mother-writers and artists get real, down and dirty, furious and funny about the lives of mothers (and others). Readings at Books are Magic Montague by Minna Dubin (Mom Rage), Amanda Montei (Touched Out), cartoonist Lisa Lim (A Darker Shade of Noir), and Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies). Celebrating 10 years of MUTHA with editor-in-chief Meg Lemke and Pen Parentis’s M. M. De Voe (Book & Baby). More guests TBA at the after-party at Floyd’s–put your name down for bocce ball, because parents can play too. Presented in partnership with Pen Parentis (penparentis.org).

https://www.muthamagazine.com/

 

FEE, either book (bundled options for each author's book) or $10 Books Are Magic gift card

2023-09-29 19:00:00
September 29

7:00pm

September 29, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

Dorothea Lasky’s The Shining is an ekphrastic horror lyric that shapes an entirely unique feminist psychological landscape. In this collection, Lasky guides us through the familiar rooms of the Overlook Hotel, both realized and imagined, inhabiting characters and spaces that have been somewhat flattened in Stephen King’s text or Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptations. Dorothea Lasky will be joined in conversation by Heidi Julavits, author of Directions to Myself.

Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

https://powerhousearena.com

 

$0 - $21 ($5 tier includes $5 gift certificate + free admission; $21 book bundle tier includes the book + free admission; and free limited general admission)

2023-09-29 19:00:00
September 29

7:00pm

September 29, 2023
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction / Performance

In her stunning 2022 debut, This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us, Cole Arthur Riley weaves three generations of family tales and contemplative reflections on belonging, dignity, and liberation. She joins Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts whose books Then They Came for Mine: Healing from the Trauma of Racial Violence and Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience and Restoration celebrate Black Americans’ resilience in the face of racially motivated violence and healing to stave off further trauma. The amazing East Coast Inspirational Singers kick off this spirited event.

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201-3587 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.stannholytrinity.org

FREE

2023-09-29 19:00:00
September 29

7:00pm

September 29, 2023
7:00 pm

Comics / Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

In the contentious battleground of political America, Arab American writers have strived to drown out the divisive rhetoric through compelling, evocative portraits of life in the Arab world, diasporic ache, and subversion of embedded stereotypes. We meet with five Arab American writers to learn the narratives that guide their work, how they write and recollect in America, and the place Arab American literature occupies in the larger literary zeitgeist. Panelists include Hazem Fahmy, Sarah Aziza, Zein El-Amine, George Abraham, and Andrea Abi-Karam. Moderated by Ghinwa Jawhari.*

*PROGRAM UPDATE: This event has been moved online due to severe weather warnings. The Zoom link will be shared in your registration confirmation. Visit @radixmedia on Twitter and Instagram for more updates.

https://radixmedia.org

 

FREE

2023-09-29 19:00:00
September 29

7:00pm

September 29, 2023
7:00 pm

Fiction / Performance / Theatre

LTL’s thrilling adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles the life of Oscar, an overweight science-fiction enthusiast who dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien. Growing up in Paterson, he obsesses over fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Encapsulating magical realism and Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents audiences with an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience as we come to understand the culture of fear and violence resulting from Trujillo’s 30+ year dictatorship.

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-4 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432 – wheelchair accessible

Please visit www.literaturetolife.org or follow @lit2life for event updates.

FREE

2023-09-29 19:00:00
September 29

7:00pm

September 29, 2023
7:30 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

On Friday night, Greenlight is delighted to once again partner with Community of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP), 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! Visit greenlightbookstore.com for more details.

Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.clmp.org/

 

FREE

2023-09-29 19:30:00
September 29

7:30pm

September 30, 2023
4:00 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

In partnership with the Brooklyn Book Festival, Lampblack invites you to share in the launch of our third volume: Lab[our]. Merchandise and copies of the issue will be available for purchase, along with drinks at the Center for Fiction café. There will be live readings from the magazine, featuring t’ai freedom ford, James Stewart III, Mali Collins, and jamilah malika abu-bakare. Please RSVP here. 

The Center for Fiction, 15 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 – wheelchair accessible

https://www.lampblacklit.com/

FREE

2023-09-30 16:00:00
September 30

4:00pm

September 30, 2023
4:00 pm

Fiction

For decades, science fiction has heralded imaginative worlds, opened portals to multiple universes, and invented life and sentience in the unlikeliest of places. Through such rich worldbuilding, the genre has also offered a portentous sneak-peak at civilization’s progress: aggressive climate crises, technological advancement, increased isolation, autocratic governments. Yet, the genre has never been more popular in pop culture, across literature and visual entertainment. But if the future that the genre warned us about feels prescient, then how can science fiction remain a step ahead? Can it really change the world? Panelists include Cadwell Turnbull, Rebekah Bergman, Luke Dani Blue, and Justin C. Key. Moderated by Sheila Williams.

https://radixmedia.org

FREE

2023-09-30 16:00:00
September 30

4:00pm

October 1, 2023
6:30 pm

Fiction / Non-Fiction / Poetry

Books Unbanned: A Night of Artivism is an afterparty with a purpose featuring live performances from acclaimed artists, activists and actors! The event will feature special guest authors including Ibram Kendi, Michael Harriot, Dr. Kaye Whitehead and more. Hosted by author and AAPF Executive Director Kimberle Crenshaw, the event will also feature music by a live DJ, readings from excerpts of banned books, refreshments and banned book giveaways. The event is open to the public. Admission is free or with a donation of your choice.

Innovation Lab at 81 Willoughby Street, #7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11201

For more info visit www.aapf.org.

FREE, donations requested

2023-10-01 18:30:00
October 1

6:30pm

October 2, 2023
6:30 pm

Fiction / Poetry

#YeahYouWrite presents Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Chain-Gang All-Stars), Veronica G. Henry (The Foreign Exchange), Daniel Magariel (Walk the Darkness Down), Terese Svoboda (Dog on Fire), and James Frankie Thomas (Idlewild) in a friendly and relaxed yet high-energy atmosphere. Enjoy “The Bookend,” a Brooklyn-sourced #LiteraryCocktail (and take home the recipe), plus #LiteraryCocktails/Mocktails designed for each author’s work. Read your prose, odes, and anecdotes about Brooklyn at #OpenMic. Come for dinner—or not. There’s no cover or minimum. Books for sale and signing from Greenlight Books. Please reserve: email lisa@yeahyouwriteevents.com

Someday Bar, 364 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 – wheelchair accessible

https://yeahyouwriteevents.com

FREE

2023-10-02 18:30:00
October 2

6:30pm

October 2, 2023
6:30 pm

Fiction / Poetry

Join up-and-coming indie publisher Awst Press for a celebratory reading showcasing Awst’s newest release Scenic Overlook, a stunning debut novel-in-stories by Brooklyn-based author Anne Ray. In addition to a warm reception, a lineup of Awst’s NYC-based authors will give readings exploring the hard choices, chance encounters, and new environments that forge our identities. Readers include Ray, poet and musician Andrew Yoon (We Are Invited to Climb), and Barrelhouse founding editor Mike Ingram (Notes from the Road).

Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

https://awst-press.com/

FREE

2023-10-02 18:30:00
October 2

6:30pm

October 2, 2023
7:00 pm

Non-Fiction / Performance

Henry Threadgill is a towering figure of contemporary American music. His autobiography is a riveting account of the music scene in Chicago in the 1960s, his experiences as a Black soldier in Vietnam, and the ensembles he has led—and is a powerful meditation on history, race, capitalism, and art. Henry Threadgill is one of only three jazz artists to receive the Pulitzer Prize. Brent Hayes Edwards, author of Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination, will be in conversation. Raymond Lotta of Revolution Books will host.

Revolution Books, 437 Malcolm X Blvd at 132nd St, New York, NY 10037 – wheelchair accessible

https://revolutionbooksnyc.org/

 

FREE, donations requested

2023-10-02 19:00:00
October 2

7:00pm

October 2, 2023
7:30 pm

Non-Fiction

Miss Manhattan is excited to join the Brooklyn Book Festival as an official Bookend event with Miss Manhattan Presents: New York Stories. Created to give non-fiction writers a louder voice in the New York literary scene, the Miss Manhattan Non-Fiction Reading Series is hosted and curated by Manhattan-based writer and photographer Elyssa Goodman. This reading will feature fabulous voices of nonfiction sharing their favorite New York Stories, recalling the city in all of its grit, glamour, and glory: Jesse Rifkin (This Must Be the Place, Walk on the Wild Side, Rolling Stone); Maria Smilios (The Black Angels, The Guardian, The Rumpus); and Felicia Fitzpatrick (Playbill, Teen Vogue, The A.V. Club).

Niagara, 112 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

https://miss-manhattan-nyc.blogspot.com/p/reading-series.html

FREE

2023-10-02 19:30:00
October 2

7:30pm

This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival launches on September 24th with our Virtual Festival Day – 12pm – 5pm and citywide Bookend Events. Join us on September 30th at Brooklyn Commons in MetroTech Center for our Children’s Day and on October 1st at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Columbus Park and other nearby venues for our Festival Day & Literary Marketplace.