2014 Brooklyn Book Festival Celebrates Comics And Graphic Novelists With Bestselling And Acclaimed Authors Bookend Parties And Screenings And Diverse, Inventive Festival Events

Featuring Gabrielle Bell, Charles Burns, Roz Chast, Jules Feiffer, Brandon Graham, Robert Mankoff, MariNaomi, Paul Pope, John Porcellino, Anya Ulinich, Julia Wertz and many more! With exceptional vendors including Abrams ComicArts, DC Comics, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Secret Acres, TOON Books and dozens more.

The ninth annual Brooklyn Book Festival, supported by AT&T, will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 10:00 A.M. to 6 P.M. at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park, with Bookend events throughout the borough September 15-22. As in previous years, comics and graphic novel programming is a key element of the festival and this year will feature headlining authors including The New Yorker’s Roz Chast and Robert Mankoff in conversation; Jonathan Lethem talking with Jules Feiffer on the power of satire; stories from the alt-comics universe; top-notch vendors and Bookend events including the “Fantagraphics Family Tour” at Bergen Street Comics and “World War III Illustrated” at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Whether it’s discussing “Coming of Age Comics” with Mike Dawson, Michael Cho, and MariNaomi, moderated by The Paris Review’s Nicole Rudick; asking “What Does the Future Have Against Us? Dystopian Adventure Comics” with Brandon Graham, Farel Dalrymple, and Amy Reeder, moderated by Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid; talking comics that defy classification and delving into history with gorgeous illuminations of always-current historical debates; or hearing stories of heartbreak and healing from beloved artists Gabrielle Bell, John Porcellino, and Anya Ulinich, moderated by Best American Comics editor Bill Kartalopoulos, 2014’s Brooklyn Book Festival revels in the diverse reach and styles of today’s top emerging and legendary graphic artists and storytellers. In between events, festival-goers can visit vendors from across the graphic novel and comics world, from DC Comics to Drawn and Quarterly, Uncivilized Books, Fantagraphics and many more; get a bite from the food trucks and check out the Youth Stoop for more panels and draw-offs with authors including Liz Prince, Ben Hatke, Jerry Craft, and Ursula Vernon.

2014 Brooklyn Book Festival Authors

Gabrielle Bell / Charles Burns / Roz Chast / Michael Cho / Hillary Chute / Jerry Craft / Jennifer Cruté / Farel Dalrymple / Eleanor Davis / Mike Dawson / Jules Feiffer / Liana Finck / Brandon Graham / Jonathan W. Gray / Simon Hanselmann / Ben Hatke / Jonathan Lethem / Lisa Lucas / Heidi MacDonald / Robert Mankoff / MariNaomi / Dan Mishkin / Paul Pope / John Porcellino / Liz Prince / Amy Reeder /  Calvin Reid / Nicole Rudick / Vivek Tiwary / Anya Ulinich / Ursula Vernon / Julia Wertz

Festival Events

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Bookend Events Coming Soon


One of American’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City, the Brooklyn Book Festival attracts tens of thousands of book lovers of all ages and includes a week of Bookend literary-themed events in venues ranging from clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries across the borough. 2014 Bookend events kick-off September 15 and run through the full day of the Festival on Sunday, September 21st. 

The Brooklyn Book Festival is presented by the non-profit Brooklyn Book Festival Inc. and the Brooklyn Literary Council. The festival’s cultural and programming partners are BAM, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Public Library, Cave Canem, National Book Foundation, New York Review of Books, Pen American Center, Poetry Society of America, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, St. Francis College, and The Nation.

AT & T is the major partner with additional support from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Con Edison, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and New York State Council on the Arts. 

For more information about the Brooklyn Book Festival,check out the official Facebook page and follow the Festival on twitter @bkbf. Comics programming updates and more at tumblr

MEDIA CONTACT: Josefine Kals, jkals@penguinrandomhouse.com, (212)572-2565.