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Brooklyn Book Festival Debuts Official 2017 Festival Art Poster with Illustration by Adrian Tomine and Design by Rodrigo Corral
BROOKLYN, NY—Tuesday, August 15, 2017—The Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF), New York City’s largest free literary festival, has unveiled this year’s poster created by award-winning illustrator Adrian Tomine and award-winning designer Rodrigo Corral.
From posters to online portals and social media streams, the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival is beautifully branded with Tomine and Corral’s dynamic design: book-toting New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds swirling around the subway kiosk that serves Brooklyn Borough Hall. The poster is truly a celebration of the written word and an homage to the borough where the international festival takes place.
Tomine and Corral continue a tradition inaugurated last year when famed author and designer Chip Kidd produced his original design for the first-ever festival poster.
“The Brooklyn Book Festival is thrilled to have renowned cartoonist and illustrator Adrian Tomine design the 2017 Festival poster,” said Liz Koch, co-producer of the Brooklyn Book Festival. “His beautifully rendered image captures the vibe — hip, smart, diverse — of the Festival, and of book lovers from all walks of life who turn out each year. Graphic designer Rodrigo Corral developed Adrian’s spirited image into a full-fledged classic art poster.”
“I’ve been to the Brooklyn Book Festival as a featured author, an on-stage interviewer, a browsing customer, and a beleaguered dad, and it’s been an unfailingly great experience every time,” Adrian Tomine said. “It’s my annual reminder that not only do people still care deeply about books, they care about the people who make the books, and most importantly, they care about browsing and buying books in the physical realm. The Festival is pretty high on my list of things that make me glad I live here, so it was an honor to illustrate the poster.”
The Brooklyn Book Festival attracts 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 festival begins on September 11 with five weeknights of literature themed “Bookend” programs presented all over New York City. Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day is Saturday, September 16, 2017 and will feature music performances, a dueling draw-off among illustrators, picture book and young readers stages, workshops, an interactive art making “Artspot,” and a Literary Marketplace just for kids — all part of the day’s celebration of childhood reading. The flagship 14-stage Brooklyn Book Festival takes place Sunday, September 17, 2017. 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. From its inception in 2006, the Brooklyn Book Festival has celebrated visual storytelling, with renowned illustrators, cartoonists and graphic novelists regularly a part of the festival.
This year, Children’s Day will include author, illustrator and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang. Prominent local and international illustrators and cartoonist appearing on Festival Day include Kristen Radtke (Imagine Wanting Only This); R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics and Terms & Conditions); Pénélope Bagieu (California Dreamin’); Gabrielle Bell (Everything is Flammable); Seymour Chwast, co-founder and director of influential Push Pin Studios; cross-genre creative Jonathan Coulton (“Solid State” album and accompanying graphic novel), and Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl), among other prominent artists will be part of panel discussions and screen their work.
Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve when he was sixteen, and in 1994 he received an offer to publish from Drawn & Quarterly. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’s, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and his graphic novel “Shortcomings” was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. He has won the Eisner Award, the comics industry’s top honors, multiple times. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His most recent book, Killing and Dying, is a New York Times bestseller. Tomine lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters.
Rodrigo Corral is responsible for some of the most iconic visuals in publishing. He is a celebrated designer, partnering with talent such as Junot Diaz, Jay-Z, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra, Chuck Palahniuk, Tory Burch, Gianna Angelopoulos, Gary Shteyngart, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and organizations such as the Criterion Collection, New York magazine and The New York Times. In addition to running the Rodrigo Corral studio, he is also the Creative Director for Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Creative Director at Large for New Directions.
About the Brooklyn Book Festival
BKBF is presented by the non-profit Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council. The Festival is made possible with the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office/NYC & Company Foundation, Con Edison, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Forest City Ratner Companies, LaVazza, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, New York State Council on the Arts, St. Francis College, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and WeWork. The festival’s media sponsors are abc7NY and WNYC.
Cultural and programming partners include BAM, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Fiction, The Nation, National Book Foundation, New York Review of Books, New York University, Poetry Society of America, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, St. Francis College, The Times Literary Supplement, Whiting Foundation, and Windham Campbell Prizes.