The Brooklyn Book Festival, which drew 30,000 people last year, is fine-tuning the 2010 celebration, which will take place on Sunday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in and around Borough Hall and Columbus Park. In addition to an outdoor literary marketplace with 175 booksellers, publishers, presses, and organizations, over 200 authors will participate in panels and readings, including Per Petterson, Paul Harding, Gary Shteyngart, Jennifer Egan, Sarah Silverman, and this year’s book festival BoBi award winner, poet John Ashbery.
“Over the past five years, the Brooklyn Book Festival has grown into one of the world’s premier literary destinations,” says Johnny Temple, chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council and publisher and cofounder of Akashic Books. “The festival continues to support the diverse literary community, as well as publishers big and small.”
One new addition this year are “Bookend” events at venues like BookCourt, Boulevard Books & Café, and powerHouse Books on Friday and Saturday leading up to the festival and later in the day on Sunday. Among the Bookends are: a celebration of Brooklyn’s indie presses at Greenlight, John Waters at WORD, and PW’s own Mark Rotello at Pizza D’Amore.
For a complete schedule, go to the festival Web site.