Brooklyn Book Festival Announces 2016 Authors and Events!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

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BROOKLYN, NY—Thursday June 16, 2016
—At a lively “Literary Mingle” soiree at Issue Project Room in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, the Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council announced the first 180 national and international authors slated for this fall’s 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival, NYC’s and the nation’s hippest event celebrating the written word. This year the festival welcomes back AT&T as its major sponsor.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is New York City’s largest free literary festival, attracting tens of thousands from around the world to experience spirited discussions between emerging and iconic writers, and a lively Literary Marketplace.

This fall’s week-long run-up to the September 18 event begins the Monday before the festival, with five weeknights of literature themed “Bookend” programs presented all over New York City. These “Bookends” lead up to a spectacular weekend.

Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day is Saturday, September 17, 2016 and will feature authors including Peter Brown, Nick Bruel, Soman Chainani, Mike Curato, Gordon Korman, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Christian Robinson, Rebecca Stead and Rita Williams-Garcia. Theatrical performances, a dueling draw-off, workshops, picture book and young readers stages, and a Literary Marketplace just for kids are all part of the day’s celebration of childhood reading.

The flagship fourteen-stage Brooklyn Book Festival takes place Sunday, September 18. On festival day, 300 writers of beloved works of fiction and nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels will participate in panels, readings and other creative performances of their work.

The crowd at the Lit Mingle was treated to an additional surprise in the form of a video announcement featuring celebrated book jacket artist, graphic designer and author Chip Kidd. Kidd has been tasked with designing a dynamic, representative image for the festival’s 11th year, to be premiered in July.

“Among creative cities, Brooklyn is unique in its combination of highly concentrated talent and unparalleled diversity,” said Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books and Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council. “BKBF, which showcases both the local and global giants of the literary world, perfectly encapsulates Brooklyn’s cosmopolitan vibrancy.”

The full preliminary BKBF author List is HERE and below. More authors are being added every day! Visit and check out the official Facebook page, follow BKBF on Instagram (@bkbookfest), on Twitter (@BKBF), and on Tumblr.

“AT&T is proud to continue in its role as the major supporter of the Brooklyn Book Festival, New York City’s largest, free literary festival,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President, New York — AT&T. “For 11 years, the festival’s extraordinary roster of authors and programs, vibrant Literary Marketplace, and celebration of reading and ideas have created an unparalleled literary experience for New Yorkers of all ages.”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said “As a bibliophile, I am excited to once again participate in the Brooklyn Book Festival, the preeminent celebration of literature and literary culture in our nation. In historic venues across Brooklyn, festival-goers will congregate to celebrate the written word and our borough’s role in facilitating the dynamic literary culture which the Festival celebrates.”
Authors this year represent nations and cultures the world over—South Africa (Imraan Coovadia and Masande Ntshanga) to Australia (Helen Garner), Cameroon (Imbolo Mbueand Patrice Nganang), Chile (Lina Meruane), Czech Republic (Magdaléna Platzová), Denmark (Dorthe Nors), Egypt (Yasmine El Rashidi), France (Maylis De Kerangal and Cyril Pedrosa), India (Jerry Pinto), Israel (Sayed Kashua), Mauritius (Ananda Devi), Mexico (Álvaro Enrigue), Nigeria (Okey Ndibe), and Sri Lanka (Anuk Arudpragasam)—with more international authors on the way.

About the Brooklyn Book Festival
BKBF is presented by the non-profit Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council. AT&T is the major sponsor with additional support from Amazon Literary Partnership, Boar’s Head, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office/NYC & Company Foundation, Con Edison, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Forest City Ratner Companies, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, NYU Tandon School of Engineering and TD Bank. The festival’s media sponsors are abc7NY, and WNYC.

Cultural and programming partners include BAM, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Public Library, Cave Canem, Center for Fiction, The Nation, National Book Foundation, New York Review of Books, PEN American Center, Poetry Society of America, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, St. Francis College, The Times Literary Supplement, Whiting Foundation.

For more information about the Brooklyn Book Festival, visit or check out the official Facebook page, follow the Festival on Instagram (@bkbookfest), on Twitter (@BKBF), and on Tumblr.

Confirmed BKBF Authors as of June 16, 2016:

Allison Amend
M.T. Anderson
Anuk Arudpragasam
Margaret Atwood
Russell Banks
Kyle Baker
Imam Baksh
Glen Baxter
Moustafa Bayoumi
Robert Jackson Bennett
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Charles Bock
Libba Bray
Chester Brown
Joseph Bruchac
Ken Bruen
Horacio Castellanos Moya
Tina Chang
Alexander Chee
Desiree Cooper
Imraan Coovadia
Zoraida Cordova
Gregory Cowles
Molly Crabapple
Elizabeth Crane
Lynn Crosbie
Stephanie Danler
Maylis De Kerangal
Mark De Silva
Alexis De Veaux
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Ananda Devi
Susan Daitch
Andre Dubus III
Mitchell Duneier
Sarah Beth Durst
Geoff Dyer
Yasmine El Rashidi
Helen Ellis
Patricia Engel
Álvaro Enrigue
Louisa Ermelino
Ali Eteraz
Emily Flake
Angela Flournoy
Gayle Forman
Helen Garner
Sarah Glidden
Phoebe Gloeckner
Manuel Gonzales
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Maja Haderlap
Tessa Hadley
Pete Hamill
Tom Hart
Adam Haslett
Faith Erin Hicks
A.M. Homes
Ann Hood
Hua Hsu
Pico Iyer
Mitchell S. Jackson
Margo Jefferson
N.K. Jemisin
Tyehimba Jess
Fred Kaplan
Sayed Kashua
Ben Katchor
Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Phil Klay
Alexandra Kleeman
Yusef Komunyakaa
Brett Fletcher Lauer
Jonathan Lee
J. Robert Lennon
Marjorie Liu
Kekla Magoon
Karen Mahajan
Alexander Maksik
Alex Mar
Imbolo Mbue
Bernice L. McFadden
Lina Meruane
Sharon Millar
Goldy Moldavsky
Rick Moody
Wesley Morris
Tim Murphy
Okey Ndibe
Josh Neufeld
Ann Neumann
Patrice Nganang
Dorthe Nors
Idra Novey
Masande Ntshanga
Elizabeth Nunez
Tracy O’Neill
Joyce Carol Oates
Daniel José Older
Cyril Pedrosa
Amanda Petrusich
Helen Phillips
Darryl Pinckney
Jerry Pinto
Magdaléna Platzová
Sarah Porter
Camille Rankine
Lauren Redniss
Irina Reyn
Gabby Rivera
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Salman Rushdie
Hirsh Sawhney
Kate Scelsa
Bruce Schneier
A.O. Scott
Olive Senior
Rob Sheffield
Steve Sheinkin
Larry Siems
Karin Slaughter
Rob Spillman
Emma Straub
Peter Straub
Michelle Tea
Rebecca Traister
Tony Tulathimutte
Julia Turshen
Maximillian Uriarte
Jessica Valenti
Cecily von Ziegesar
Ocean Vuong
Teddy Wayne
Kriota Willberg
Sari Wilson
JJ Amaworo Wilson
Ben Winters
Jacqueline Woodson
Ken Wright
Sunil Yapa
Monica Youn
Ethan Young
Manoush Zomorodi

Children’s Day Authors
Sherman Alexie
Gabrielle Balkan
Cassie Beasley
Sam Bosma
Anna Breslaw
Peter Brown
Nick Bruel
Soman Chainani
Ruth Chan
Raúl Colón
Lucy Ruth Cummins
Mike Curato
Ame Dyckman
Joel Christian Gill
Paul Griffin
Ayun Halliday
Michael Hearst
Gordon Korman
Kate Milford
Tim Miller
Il Sung Na
Zachariah Ohora
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Christian Robinson
Isabel Roxas
Sergio Ruzzier
Julia Sarcone-Roach
Bob Shea
Esther K. Smith
Rebecca Stead
James Sturm
Jude Watson
Rita Williams-Garcia
Elizabeth Zunon

Gregory Cowles
Ayun Halliday
Katie Milford
Wesley Morris
Amanda Petrusich
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Ken Wright
Manoush Zomorodi