Bookend Events

Bookends
11:00 am
September 26, 2021

Children / YA

Brooklyn Book Bodega, READ 718, and House of SpeakEasy invite you to a back-to-school celebration for young readers. United by a shared mission of building community by increasing book access and a love of reading, we will kick-off the Bookends week with children’s author Daniel J. O’Brien and YA author Torrey Maldonado, an interactive mural led by Bed-Stuy artist Michela Martello, Community-Word Project craft workshops by Nichelle Ryan and free coloring books courtesy of Pen + Brush. Brooklyn Book Bodega book giveaways will take place throughout the day at READ 718’s Bed-Stuy center from The SpeakEasy Bookmobile.

Location: 336 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Organization’s Website: https://www.read718.org/ https://www.brooklynbookbodega.org/ www.houseofspeasy.org/ 

 

2021-09-26 11:00:00

0926

11:00am

2:00 pm
September 26, 2021

Poetry

Matt Brogan, Executive Director of the Poetry Society, and poet Kimiko Hahn (Foreign Bodies) lead a walking tour of the PSA’s new public art project, featuring the haiku of Richard Wright. The tour will begin at Willoughby Plaza and wind its way through Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene, culminating at the home where Wright wrote his famous novel Native Son. The tour will explore Wright’s life in Brooklyn and the story behind this public art project, and will include a reading of his poems. Limited Capacity, Reservations Required.

Location: Willoughby Pedestrian Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Corner of Adams and Willoughby)

 

free

2021-09-26 14:00:00

0926

2:00pm

2:00 pm
September 26, 2021

Non-Fiction

A conversation about changing the way we think about the end of life and on books that are informing this change. David R. Roth, author of The Femme Fatale Hypothesis, speaks with RN and Master of Divinity student Marcy Tardio and End-of-Life Midwife Martha Roth-Irwin about death as our final act of life. The premise: Given the privilege, we have an obligation to our loved ones and ourselves to honor our lives with the way we approach our deaths. Presented by The Old Stone House/Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Social Media.

Organization’s Website: https://theoldstonehouse.org/ 

2021-09-26 14:00:00

0926

2:00pm

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.

Organization’s Website: https://www.brooklynbookfestival.org

2021-09-27 13:00:00

0927

1:00pm

6:30 pm
September 27, 2021

Poetry

St. Francis College Justice Initiative presents an event that features poetry and spoken word performances from men and women directly impacted by the criminal justice system. The poems and performances highlight the human and emotional costs of our draconian mass incarceration policies in creative ways – while helping the performers share and communicate their experiences. Participants include students in the St. Francis College (SFC) Justice Initiative Program and members of Free Verse.

Location:  Founder’s Hall at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St. Brooklyn NY 11201.

Organization’s Website: https://www.sfc.edu/academics/institutescenters/postprison

2021-09-27 18:30:00

0927

6:30pm

6:30 pm
September 27, 2021

Non-Fiction

Author Matthew Clair, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law, Stanford University, is joined by Brooklyn Law School Professors Jocelyn Simonson and Alexis Hoag to discuss his book, Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court

Organization’s Website: https://www.brooklaw.edu/

2021-09-27 18:30:00

0927

6:30pm

7:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Poetry

Nandana Dev Sen, Anselm Berrigan, and Catherine Barnett delve into their bodies of work, reading from their poetry and speaking to how their political beliefs and familial relationships have influenced their writing lives. Presented by Archipelago Books.

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

Organization’s Website: https://archipelagobooks.org/

2021-09-27 19:00:00

0927

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Fiction

Last year, the author Yiyun Li hosted an online book club about Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace, and a conversation about ways of reading, the writer’s craft and techniques, and how reading shapes and influences our own creative work. Join A Public Space for a discussion of Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace with Yiyun Li. Audience members will have an opportunity to participate. The event coincides with an encore book club this fall, reading War and Peace with Yiyun Li. 

Organization’s Website: https://apublicspace.org/

2021-09-27 19:00:00

0927

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Fiction

In 2021, major presses bet big on trans writing, enabling, in novelist Roz Kaveney’s words, a “Year of Trans Creativity.” It’s a signal that our writing is moving from the margins of literature to the center, a shift that redefines and complicates “trans literature” as a project. Soho Press presents authors Casey Plett, Jackie Ess, Jeanne Thornton, Jules Gill-Peterson, Andrea Lawlor, and Alex McElroy as we voice hopes and fears for the future of trans publishing and literature. Moderated by Riley MacLeod.

Organization’s Website: https://sohopress.com/

2021-09-27 19:00:00

0927

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 27, 2021

Poetry

Words Without Borders invites you to a multilingual reading and celebration of our 2021 Poems in Translation Contest winners, in partnership with the Academy of American Poets. Join us for an evening of poetry from São Tomé and Príncipe and El Salvador, with readings by Conceição Lima and translator David Shook, and Lauri García Dueñas and translator Olivia Lott. The free event will be hosted by our contest judge, 2020 Pew Fellow and poet Airea D. Matthews

Organization’s Website: https://www.wordswithoutborders.org/ 

2021-09-27 19:00:00

0927

7:00pm

7:30 pm
September 27, 2021

Comics

Carousel: Comics Performances. Presentations of graphic novels and comics as performed by the artists: Emily Flake, R. Kikuo Johnson, Arielle Jovellanos, Matt Madden, Robyn Smith, and Jeremy Sorese. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. The event will be followed by a book signing.  

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

Organization’s Website: https://carouselslideshow.com/, https://www.cityreliquary.org

2021-09-27 19:30:00

0927

7:30pm

7:00 pm
September 28, 2021

Poetry

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop will convene a reading of local poets drawing on the experience of being SWANA in America, from daily resistance to categorization, to partaking in protest movements in support of a homeland half a world away, our poets will move and inspire you. This event is co-curated by AAWW Margins Fellows Ghinwa Jawhari and Sahar Romani, and will feature Threa Almontaser, Mariam Bazeed, Ghinwa Jawhari, Hala Alyan, and Sahar Romani. The title of this event is by the Palestinian poet Fadwa Touqan.

Organization’s Website: https://aaww.org/

2021-09-28 19:00:00

0928

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 28, 2021

Non-Fiction

Money – we love to read about it, few of us understand it. We’ll hear from authors with popular books taking us behind this year’s big finance stories. Gender diversity in hedge funds, crypto, and the drama at Caesar’s Palace are all on the table for a lively reading and discussion that’s relevant to all of our interests.  Grey Horse presents Dominique Mielle (Damsel in Distressed) Max Frumes, Sujeet Indap (The Caesars Palace Coup) and Laura Shin (The Cryptopians), moderated by Kate Gardiner, Founder/CEO of Grey Horse Communications.

Organization’s Website: www.greyhorse.com

2021-09-28 19:00:00

0928

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 28, 2021

Non-Fiction

Lambda Literary has teamed up with nonfiction series No, YOU Tell It! for a special evening of queer storytelling with a twist. Four curated storytellers have worked together to develop their true tales inspired by the theme “Defiant” on the page. Come watch as they swap and present each other’s stories on stage. Plus, a chance to win fun literary prizes from The Astoria Bookshop! Storytellers: Moncho Alvarado, Bobby Hankinson, Marcos Stafne, Desi Waters.

Location: Culture Lab LIC In Gallery B, 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101

Organization’s Website: http://www.noyoutellit.com/

2021-09-28 19:00:00

0928

7:00pm

8:00 pm
September 28, 2021

Poetry

Building an Online Community and Writing Through a Pandemic: The Resort brings you a special event with writer Leigh Stein, whose poetry collection What to Miss When was conceptualized, sold, written, & published during the pandemic. In the first half of our event, Leigh will read briefly from and talk about the process of realizing her new book. In the second half of our event, we will hear from Resort members who have attended courses taught by Leigh at The Resort, and talk about building a writing community online.

Organization’s Website: https://www.theresortlic.com/

2021-09-28 20:00:00

0928

8:00pm

7:30 am
September 29, 2021

Poetry

Join the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club for the fifth annual Dawn Reading in canoes on the Gowanus Canal! We’ll be reading the work of Audre Lorde. *New location this year.* Readers meet in the parking lot of the Gowanus Lowe’s at the canal at 7AM; listeners arrive on the 9th Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal (or the back of the Lowe’s parking lot esplanade at the canal) at 7:45AM. Contact [email protected] to be a reader in a canoe. This will be broadcast on Instagram live too.

Location: 9th Street Bridge on Gowanus Canal, 9th St, Brooklyn, 07030

Organization’s Website: https://www.gowanuscanal.org/

2021-09-29 07:30:00

0929

7:30am

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

0929

1:00pm

6:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Poetry

Often called the forgotten borough, you will not forget about these amazing poets. Staten Island is known for its trash – that’s why we have so many poets, to help clean it all up with the spoken word. Join us for an hour of poetry from Kofi Antwi, Ellen T. Dotts, Najah Abdul-Qawiyy, and Thomas Fucaloro, who will offer a new memory of Staten Island.

Organization’s Website: https://aliceausten.org/

2021-09-29 18:00:00

0929

6:00pm

7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Poetry

Named one of the best reading series in NYC as well as one of the 50 best free things to do in the city by Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series takes place bimonthly at select venues in Brooklyn. Readings are 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. This reading features Carlie Hoffman, Michael Chang and Adrian Matejka.

Organization’s Website: https://brooklynpoets.org

 

free

2021-09-29 19:00:00

0929

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Poetry

Latinx Publishing presents six queer Latine/x poets who come together for a night of healing through poetry and community. Join them for a special reading, discussion, and Q&A to follow. Authors include: Alejandro Heredia (You’re the Only Friend I Need), Grisel Y. Acosta (Things to Pack on the Way to Everywhere), Ariana Brown (Sana, Sana), Alán Pelaez Lopez (Intergalactic Travels: Poems from a Fugitive Alien),  Gabriel Ramirez (The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: Latinext), and Goddexx (Butterfly: Una Transformacion). 

Organization’s Website: https://latinxinpublishing.com/

2021-09-29 19:00:00

0929

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Performance

Normal service has been on hold for Liars’ League NYC since the start of the pandemic – so we’re delighted to return for the 2021 Brooklyn Book Festival with a selection of stories from our archive that reflect all of our experiences over the past year and a half – anxiety, isolation, and grief on the one hand; resourcefulness, community, and resilience on the other. Join us live via Zoom as our actors once again bring the very best new fiction to life!

Organization’s Website: https://www.liarsleaguenyc.com/

 

2021-09-29 19:00:00

0929

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Non-Fiction

On the occasion of her new book BAM…and Then It Hit Me, a chronicle of her 36 years at BAM, Karen Brooks Hopkins and John Turturro will shoot the breeze and converse about theater, Brooklyn, the arts and of course – BAM, an institution near and dear to both of them. Karen will read some passages from the book followed by an audience Q+A and book signing.

Location: Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Organization’s Website: https://powerhousearena.com/

2021-09-29 19:00:00

0929

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Non-Fiction

Revolution Books honors one of the most influential radical texts of the second half of the 20th century, Wretched of the Earth, which analyzes the dehumanizing effects of colonialism-imperialism on the oppressed of the Third World…and is a powerful call to revolt. Cornel West’s introduction to the 60th anniversary edition addresses the book’s legacy and continuing relevance. Andy Zee of Revolution Books will be in conversation with Cornel West discussing a central question: what is the content of national liberation and revolution in today’s world.  Donation requested. 

Location: Revolution Books, 437 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037

Organization’s Website: https://revolutionbooksnyc.org/

donation requested

2021-09-29 19:00:00

0929

7:00pm

7:30 pm
September 29, 2021

Fiction

John Leonard Prize winners and nominees – Raven Leilani, Brandon Taylor, and Julia Phillips – and the National Book Critics Circle come together for a reading celebrating the resilience of the New York City literary scene.

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

Organization’s Website: https://www.bookcritics.org/

2021-09-29 19:30:00

0929

7:30pm

8:00 pm
September 29, 2021

Non-Fiction / Poetry

PEN America is proud to present Maggie Nelson in conversation with Cathy Park Hong in celebration of Nelson’s latest book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint. In her new book, Nelson focuses her deft, boundary-pushing writing on freedom within the realm of art, sex, drugs, and climate. Nelson will explore the concept of freedom and the ethics that drive the book with Cathy Park Hong, author of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography-winning book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Organization Website: https://pen.org/

 

2021-09-29 20:00:00

0929

8:00pm

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

0930

1:00pm

2:00 pm
September 30, 2021

Children

A family event that promotes and models age-appropriate anti racist practices for families and young children, including celebrating and affirming different races and identities, talking about injustice/things that are fair and unfair in our society, and promoting/modeling ways young children can engage in activism.

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

Organization’s Website: https://www.brooklynkids.org/

2021-09-30 14:00:00

0930

2:00pm

6:30 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction

The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with The Harlem Writers Guild, will present Black Women Writers at Work: A Literary Salon. The program will spotlight dynamic women authors of the African diaspora who will discuss their inspiration for creating the complex characters and memorable storylines at the heart of their narratives. Panelists will include Karla FC Holloway (Gone Missing in Harlem), Ladee Hubbard (The Rib King), and Morowa Yejidé (Creatures of Passage). Jennifer Baker, senior editor, Amistad Books/HarperCollins, will moderate. 

Organization’s Website: https://centerforblackliterature.org/

2021-09-30 18:30:00

0930

6:30pm

7:00 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Join Kundiman, No Tokens, and The Rumpus for an inspiring evening of readings and conversation! Featuring Rohan Chhetri, Aaliyah Daniels, Pik-Shuen Fung, Robin Gow, Myriam Gurba, and Terese Mailhot and co-hosted by T Kira Mahealani Madden, Marisa Siegel, and Kyle Lucia Wu. This free event is brought to you via Zoom with thanks to our friends at Books Are Magic. Live ASL interpretation will be provided courtesy of Pro Bono ASL.

Organization’s Website: https://therumpus.net/

 

free

2021-09-30 19:00:00

0930

7:00pm

7:00 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

BPL presents Kia Corthron, winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and author of Moon and the Mars, the highly anticipated new novel that examines NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the Civil War through the eyes of a young biracial girl, discusses her new book, as well as what happens when the forces of gentrification and history collide in the city, with Sarah Schulman, acclaimed author of Let the Record Show, which Alexander Chee calls, “a masterpiece of historical research and intellectual analysis….” 

Organization’s Website: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/

2021-09-30 19:00:00

0930

7:00pm

7:30 pm
September 30, 2021

Non-Fiction

Join Greenlight Bookstore for the belated paperback launch of Caoilinn Hughes’ The Wild Laughter and Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness. These award-winning authors will together discuss the shared themes of their novels, including an exploration of citizens’ relationships with land and ownership, and the changing equipment parents must give their children to help ensure their survival. Join them for a virtual conversation about legacy, dependency, intergenerational tensions and cop-outs, and the ways we prove our love and commitment to our family, including an audience Q&A.

Organization’s Website: https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/event/diane-cook-caoilinn-hughes

2021-09-30 19:30:00

0930

7:30pm

7:30 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction

Nalo Hopkinson (Skin Folk, Sister Mine) and Kim Bo-Young (On the Origin of Species, I’m Waiting for You) will discuss their science fiction in relation to colonialism, feminism, neurodiversity, Afrofuturism, techno-orientalism, and more. Moderated by Seo-Young Chu (Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep?), and featuring readings by Kim’s translators Sunyoung Park and Joungmin Lee, this event explores the power of world-building across identities and borders—from Jamaica to South Korea. 

Organization’s Website: https://kaya.com/

2021-09-30 19:30:00

0930

7:30pm

7:30 pm
September 30, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

How can storytelling contend with the legacies of resource extraction, toxic industries, and systematic disenfranchisement? How can storytellers bear witness to people harmed by such legacies — legacies that continue to manifest with each passing day? How can storytelling address the broader psychological, social, emotional, and cultural landscapes of such contested ecologies? Kerri Arsenault, John Freeman, Emily Raboteau, Sarah Smarsh, Garnette Cadogan, and Sumanth Prabhaker will discuss the possibilities and limits of environmental stories, how they are taught and created, and whose voices are elevated and whose are not. 

Organization’s Website: https://orionmagazine.org/

optional donation

2021-09-30 19:30:00

0930

7:30pm

8:00 pm
September 30, 2021

Performance / Poetry

ISSUE Project Room presents acclaimed poet Anne Waldman – with bassist William Parker and saxophonist Devin Brahja Waldman – performing from Waldman’s album Sciamachy and other recent works making use of melodic themes, improvisations, earth strings, woodwind, and throat. Derived from Greek, ‘sciamachy’ means “shadow war,” and as such the album contains a formidable political message — dealing with subjects such as ecological ruin and war-mongering. The program also features Carolina Partamian, performing an original composition based on her own interpretation of Khaz, an ancient notation system of Armenian musical neumes. 

Location: First Unitarian Congregational Society, 116 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Price: 15$ Fee

Organization’s Website: https://issueprojectroom.org/

$15

2021-09-30 20:00:00

0930

8:00pm

4:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Free event that will feature Queer Indie (Qi) and the Writing Community Chat Show (WCCS). Topics will include the ingenuity of indie publishing, bold and brave ideas, paving the future for diverse and inclusive stories, and breaking narrative boundaries. This interactive show will be live-streamed on WCCS’s YouTube channel and feature discussions along with real-time questions. Authors Dr. Mario Dell’Olio, TT Banks, Ash Knight, A.C. Merkel, Christopher Aggett, Ross Young, and Anya Pavelle will be appearing.

Organization’s Website: https://queerindie.com/ https://www.thewritingcommunitychatshow.com/

2021-10-01 16:00:00

1001

4:00pm

5:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Non-Fiction

Author Personal Appearance and Book Signing

Michael Gericke is one of the most influential graphic designers in the world today. This much anticipated monograph covers four decades of work by the acclaimed graphic designer and Pentagram partner. Lavishly illustrated throughout at close to 500 pages, the book is driven by a celebration of places, telling stories, and making images and symbols – predominantly through Gericke’s work with projects for buildings, civic moments, exhibitions and visual identities.

Location: McNally Jackson at City Point, 445 Albee Square West Brooklyn, NY 11201

Organization’s Website: cityppointbrooklyn.com

2021-10-01 17:00:00

1001

5:00pm

6:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Performance / Poetry

This presentation is a multi-discipline united expression of spoken word, music, drums, visual art, and video. The performances are strong, empowering and liberating. These artists proclaim  via artistic expression John Lewis’ words “good trouble” and James Baldwin’s words “artists are here to disturb the peace.” It is through these words Poets Network & Exchange Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend participating artists Colie Aziza, Edward Currelley, Lorraine Currelley, Janice Nahshal and Yodi Vaden seek the liberated and free self, social justice and equity.

Organization’s Website:https://bronxbookfair.com/

2021-10-01 18:00:00

1001

6:00pm

6:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

St. Francis College MFA Program touts that the future of the Brooklyn literary landscape is here. A group reading with the St. Francis College MFA community brings you dispatches from the new Brooklyn, vibrant, confident, and gritty. Take a tour through new writing about or from the future of the borough from the writers who are charting the Brooklyn renaissance. Hosted by MFA director Theo Gangi with: Felice Belle, Mark Chuisano, Vincent Longobardi, Jive Poetic,  Adela Sinclair and Jason Starr.

Location: St. Francis College, Maroney Theater, 180 Remsen St #4305, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Organization Website: sfc.edu/mfa

2021-10-01 18:00:00

1001

6:00pm

6:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Lampblack, an organization created by Black writers to support the advancement of Black literature, launches its eponymous literary magazine featuring the works of its founding members. Hosted by writer Simeon Marsalis, the event will include presentations by Founders Issue editors Paige Aniyah Morris and India Lena Gonzalez, readings by contributors Bronwyn Douman, Ananda Naima Gonzalez, Cheswayo Mphanza, and Marcus Scott Williams, and a panel discussion with founding members Cole Cage, Zack Graham, and Darise JeanBaptiste moderated by award-winning author Rigoberto Gonzalez. Founders Issues copies will be available for purchase.

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

Organization’s Website: https://www.lampblacklit.com/

2021-10-01 18:00:00

1001

6:00pm

6:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Power in the Pen Writing Workshop will feature Live! Members of the PIP Writing Workshop reading from their manuscripts and receiving feedback from their fellow members and the facilitator, author/professor Cathie Wright-Lewis, who will also offer writing tips on grammar and conventions. Readers are Tayllor Johnson, Lenora “NIecy” Fine, Betty Boney, Zechariah Jackson, Diane Ortiz, Katonya Trent, Katheann Woodroffe aka WM Dacosta, Daphne Denis aka Dee Journey, Ashle` Gardner, Carolyn Pilgrim, Ansel Pitcarin, and Caroline Miller.

Organization’s Website: https://powerinthepenww.org/

2021-10-01 18:00:00

1001

6:00pm

7:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Poetry

Astra House celebration of the forthcoming release of the novel-in-verse, Dreaming of You, by poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva, who will be joined by author and editor Nadja Spiegelman for a wide-ranging conversation about poetry, narrative, celebrity, Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla, feminism, Latinx identity, the occult, and more. Hosted by Cafe Con Libros.  

Organization’s Website: https://astrahouse.com/

2021-10-01 19:00:00

1001

7:00pm

7:00 pm
October 1, 2021

Poetry

QUEENSBOUND is a group of Queens poets who have previously collaborated and will come together to create and perform an exquisite corpse poem as well as discuss our experiences of Queens lit and the theme of ritual. Poets: Nadia Q. Ahmad, Pichchenda Bao, Sherese Francis, Abeer Y. Hoque, Joseph O. Legaspi, Robert Ostrom, Sahar Romani, KC Trommer

Organization’s Website: https://www.queensbound.com/

2021-10-01 19:00:00

1001

7:00pm

7:30 pm
October 1, 2021

Fiction / Non-Fiction

For our 12th annual Brooklyn Indie Party, Greenlight once again partners with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and some of Brooklyn’s best independent book and magazine publishers to kick off Brooklyn Book Festival weekend! The virtual event channels the spirit of past in-person parties with music, drink-making demos, and a pub quiz-style Brooklyn literary trivia contest! Attendance is free with registration, and the trivia winner receives a Greenlight tote bag full of publications from partnering indie presses!

Organization’s Website: https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/

2021-10-01 19:30:00

1001

7:30am

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. 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

1001

8:00pm

3:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Fiction

Mukoma wa Ngugi will present Unbury Our Dead With Song, a tale of four talented Ethiopian musicians entering a competition. Part mystery, part political-philosophical inquiry, this is a love letter to African music. Mukoma teaches at Cornell. Wanjiku wa Ngugi will present Seasons in Hippoland, about a rebellious child and her brother in an authoritarian land who are sent as punishment to Hippoland. A call to rebellion, an ode to the power of the imagination. Wanjiku was born in Kenya and lives in Finland. 

Location: Revolution Books, 437 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037

Organization’s Website: https://revolutionbooksnyc.org/

Donation Requested

2021-10-02 15:00:00

1002

3:00pm

4:00 pm
October 2, 2021

Fiction / Poetry

Featuring Argentine author Michel Nieva and Cuban author Dainerys Machado Vento, with translators Natasha Wimmer and Will Vanderhyden. Moderated by writer and translator Esther Allen and co-hosted by Open Borders Books.

Location: Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St, Queens, NY 11373

Organization’s Website: https://granta.com/

2021-10-02 16:00:00

1002

4:00pm

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

1004

1:00pm

2:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature presents Adam Kirsch, author of Come and Hear: What I Saw in My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey through the Talmud and Aviya Kushner, author of Wolf Lamb Bomb and The Grammar of God, discuss how the ancient can inform the contemporary—and how centuries of Jewish text and thought shape their work as writers. Kirsch writes regularly for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and Tablet, and Kushner is The Forward‘s language columnist.

Organization’s Website: https://www.samirohrprize.org/

2021-10-04 14:00:00

1004

2:00pm

6:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

Feminicide and Global Accumulation brings us to the frontlines of an international movement of Black, Indigenous, popular, and mestiza women’s organizations fighting against violence—interpersonal, state sanctioned, and economic. Join Silvia Federici, Susana Draper, and Liz Mason-Deese as they discuss how these struggles against racism, capitalism, and patriarchy show how crucially linked the land, water, and resource extraction projects crisscrossing the planet are to devaluing labor and nature and how central Black and Indigenous women and trans leadership is to resisting them. The new edition of Family, Welfare, and the State will also be celebrated.

Location: The Word Is Change, 368 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216

Organization’s Website: https://www.thewordischange.com/

2021-10-04 18:00:00

1004

6:00pm

7:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

Kew and Willow Books invites you to a lively virtual discussion with Jo Napolitano, author of The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America, who will be in conversation with a member of Libraries for Liberation, an organization that distributes books that raise awareness of diversity and systemic racism to neighborhoods and libraries across the United States. They will discuss the book and how their missions overlap, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Organization’s Website: https://www.kewandwillow.com/

2021-10-04 19:00:00

1004

7:00pm

7:00 pm
October 4, 2021

Fiction

Join Books Are Magic for an unforgettable evening with luminaries Colson Whitehead (Harlem Shuffle) and Kevin Young (Stones), who will each present from their new book in conversation with one another. This event is ticketed, and all guests must be vaccinated in order to attend. Ticket purchase required.

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

$10.00 plus sales tax or with purchase of books

2021-10-04 19:00:00

1004

7:00pm

7:30 pm
October 4, 2021

Non-Fiction

The Miss Manhattan Non-Fiction Reading Series welcomes fabulous writers to read about their experiences living in and/or loving the city. Join us for a phenomenal night of truths celebrating everything bodacious and bananas about the five boroughs. Readers: Linda Simpson (The Drag Explosion, Artforum, Out), William Berger (Metropolitan Opera, Seeking Opera’s Sublime Cache, NPR), Erica Campbell (SPIN, NME, Glamour), John Sherman (BuzzFeed, Hyperallergic, Longreads)

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

Organization’s Website: https://miss-manhattan-nyc.blogspot.com/p/reading-series.html

2021-10-04 19:30:00

1004

7:30pm

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.