The 9th annual Brooklyn Book Festival, slated for September 21, 2014 at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, unveiled a lineup of more than 100 U.S. and international writers that will participate in the annual free literary festival. Among the authors attending this year will be Paul Auster, Colson Whitehead, Jonathan Lethem, Siri Hustvedt, Terry McMillan, Jules Feiffer, Paul Pope, Gabrielle Bell, and R. L. Stine. All will participate in a slate of panels, book receptions and other events held at Borough Hall and nearby venues.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in the city. More than 40,000 visitors and media from around the world converged at the festival last September. The single-day event is held at Borough Hall but panels and presentations are also slated for nearby facilities such as the Brooklyn Historical Society and St. Francis College. The show will feature an international slate of authors (from Australia, Brazil, France, and Israel among other countries) in addition to novelists, comics artists, children’s book authors, poets and New York City publishing figures.
The festival also includes a literary marketplace at the Borough Hall Plaza with exhibiting independent presses and literary organizations from around the country, in addition to independent bookstores. The festival opens with a week-long series of events, among them book receptions, readings and children’s events slated to be held in the weekdays prior to the Sunday event and hosted at Brooklyn bookstores, theaters, clubs and parks.
“Only a few more months to go,” said Johnny Temple, publisher of the Brooklyn indie publisher Akashic Books and chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which cosponsors the Brooklyn Book Festival. “Year nine and kicking at the Brooklyn Book Festival as we continue our mission to produce a free annual world-class literary festival that appeals to huge audiences young and old, New Yorkers and visitors alike. Our pride is our diversity of cutting-edge and iconic authors who grace our stages every year,” he said.