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10th Anniversary Brooklyn Book Festival

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Star Lineup for festival includes authors Jessica Abel, Daniel Alarcón, Elizabeth Alexander, Paul Beatty, Chris Hayes, former NYS Poet Laureate Marie Howe, Margo Jefferson, László Krasznahorkai, John Leguizamo, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Terry McMillan, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo, Wendy Pini, Salman Rushdie, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, Adrian Tomine, and hundreds more!

Special 10th Anniversary events: Brooklyn Book Festival “CHILDREN’S DAY” Saturday, 9/19, featuring current best-selling authors Edwidge Danticat, Drew Daywalt, Matt de la Peña, Stuart Gibbs, George O’Connor, R.J. Palacio, Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri,
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Expanded literary-themed “BOOKEND” events happening city-wide!

The Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council continue to add acclaimed and best-selling authors to its sparkling line-up of national and international authors slated to take part in the 10th Anniversary Brooklyn Book Festival, NYC’s and the nation’s hippest event celebrating the written word. The festival welcomes back AT&T as its major sponsor.

The city’s largest free literary festival, the Brooklyn Book Festival began as a start-up festival in 2006, presenting local authors, and has grown exponentially, over ten years, into one of the country’s premier international book festivals, drawing tens of thousands each year to the global creative capital of Brooklyn, NYC.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is presented by the non-profit Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council. 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, Forest City Ratner Companies. New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, New York State Council on the Arts, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and TD Bank. Media sponsors are ABC7, Wall Street Journal and WNYC. The Festival’s cultural and programming partners include BAM, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Public Library, Cave Canem, Center for Fiction, National Book Foundation, Whiting Foundation, New York Review of Books, PEN American Center, Poetry Society of America, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, St. Francis College, and The Nation.


    Kicking off the Brooklyn Book Festival week on September 14th are seven days of BKBF Bookend events, literary-themed activities taking place in clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries throughout the week. Bookends launch the full literary week with film screenings, parties, literary games and author appearances. In celebration of the 10th Anniversary, this year BKBF Bookends will expand beyond Brooklyn, into other boroughs and locations—bringing BKBF’s cultural programming to book-lovers all over the city. The schedule of more than forty Bookends will be announced in August.


    This year – in celebration of its 10th Anniversary – BKBF introduces a dedicated Children’s Day, a full day of activities targeting young readers, on September 19th, from 10AM-4PM. BKBF Children’s Day (for children ages 2 to 11) will showcase invited writers and illustrators at the centrally-located, beautiful MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn, on two tented stages and in the auditorium of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Authors of favorite titles such as The Day the Crayons Quit(Drew Daywalt), Dragons Love Tacos (Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri), the Olympian series (George O’Connor), Press Here (Herve Tullet), the best-selling Spy School series (Stuart Gibbs), will be joined by Edwidge Danticat, Matt de la Peña, current top-ten New York Times bestseller Chris Grabenstein, Kevin Henkes, Lenore Look, Jon Scieszka, and many more! Participating authors will present their popular board books, picture books, chapter books and middle-grade books through readings, performance, puppetry and music. Illustrators will arrive, markers in hand, to participate in a dueling draw-off not to be missed! Books by participating authors and other new and beloved children’s books will be on sale on BKBF Children’s Day with author book-signings after each program. BKBF Children’s Day will also feature other activities, workshops and a children’s marketplace of booksellers and publishers, and much more.


    The weeklong celebration of the written word culminates with the flagship, fourteen-stage Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 20th—when 300 authors of beloved works of fiction and non-fiction (Mona Eltahawy, Lauren Groff, Marlon James, Phil Klay, Dennis Lehane, Jon Ronson), poetry (Nick Flynn, Saeed Jones, Tracy K. Smith), and graphic novels (Wendy Pini, Adrian Tomine) participate in panels, readings and other creative performances of their work, and the center of the literary universe is truly Brooklyn!

See the BKBF author List HERE and below. More authors are being added every day! Be sure to 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 August 4, 2015:

Jessica Abel
Tamar E. Adler
Naja Marie Aidt
Yelena Akhtiorskaya
Elisa Albert
Daniel Alarcón
Elizabeth Alexander
André Alexis
Jami Attenberg
Stanley Aronowitz
Carmiel Banasky
Russell Banks
Jennifer Baumgardner
Mario Bellatin
Paul Beatty
Ari Berman
Alex Blumberg
Kate Bolick
Karl Bollers
Augusten Burroughs
Tina Chang
Colin Channer
Amy Chaplin
Robert Christgau
Alexis Coe
Sloane Crosley
Stanley Crouch
Edwidge Danticat
Michael Datcher
Meghan Daum
Bridgett M. Davis
Alex de Campi
Carola Dibbell
Mark Doten
Mark Doty
Andre Dubus III
Geoff Dyer
Mona Eltahawy
Andrew Ervin
Danielle Evans
Angela Flournoy
Nick Flynn
Jonathan Galassi
Rivka Galchen
Sarah Gerard
Melissa Gira Grant
Yitzhak Gormezano Goren
Vivian Gornick
Georgi Gospodinov
Emily Gould
Greg Grandin
Amelia Gray
Seth Greenland
Ben Greenman
Lauren Groff
Eduardo Halfon
Pete Hamill
James Hannaham
Chris Hayes
Yuri Herrera
Joanne C. Hillhouse
A.M. Homes
Ann Hood
Jessica Hopper
Marie Howe
Pico Iyer
Mitchell Jackson
Naomi Jackson
Marlon James
Leslie Jamison
Margo Jefferson
T. Geronimo Johnson
Kaylie Jones
Saeed Jones

Heidi Julavits
Porochista Khakpour
Phil Klay
Alexandra Kleeman
Christian Kracht
László Krasznahorkai
Peter Kuper
Eka Kurniawan
Kiese Laymon
John Leguizamo
Dennis Lehane
Pierre Lemaître
Jonathan Lethem
Ada Limón
Laura Lippman
Phillip Lopate
Valeria Luiselli
Rebecca Makkai
Kettly Mars
Cate Marvin
Ayana Mathis
Thomas Page McBee
Terry McMillan
Maaza Mengiste
Joe Meno
Lincoln Michel
Ottessa Moshfegh
Fiston Mwanza Mujila
Eileen Myles
Guadalupe Nettel
Andrés Neuman
Sara Novic
George O’Connor
Stewart O’Nan
Joyce Carol Oates
Chinelo Okparanta
Gregory Pardlo
Jennifer Pashley
Helen Phillips
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Wendy Pini
Francine Prose
Kirstin Valdez Quade
Joy-Ann Reid
Nina Revoyr
Christopher Robinson
Jon Ronson
Salman Rushdie
Kent Russell
Luc Sante
Esmeralda Santiago
Taiye Selasi
Akhil Sharma
Jim Shepard
Rosie Schaap
Anakana Schofield
Joel Simon
Mona Simpson
Tracy K. Smith
Asali Solomon
Nick Sousanis
A. K. Summers
Aatish Taseer
Astra Taylor
Zephyr Teachout
Steve Toltz
Adrian Tomine
Vu Tran
Julia Turshen
David Ulin
Marguerite Van Cook
Laura van den Berg
Jean Valentine

Juan Villoro
Julian Voloj
Wendy S. Walters
Lisa Wilde
Patricia Williams
Stephen Witt
Cecily Wong
Wendy Xu
Alejandro Zambra

Youth Authors
Julie Chibbaro
Edwidge Danticat
Kevin Henkes
Emily Jenkins
Brendan Kiely
Sarah Mlynowski
R.J. Palacio
Isabel Quintero
Jason Reynolds
Jean-Marc Superville Sovak
Mariko Tamaki
Linda Urban
Renée Watson
Kat Yeh

Children’s Day Authors
Tracey Baptiste
Edwidge Danticat
Drew Daywalt
Matt de la Peña
Stuart Gibbs
Chris Grabenstein
Abby Hanlon
Corey Ann Haydu
Kevin Henkes
Emily Hughes
Kazu Kibuishi
Lenore Look
Kevin McCloskey
Kate Milford
Frank Morrison
George O’Connor
Kathryn Otoshi
Adam Rubin
Daniel Salmieri
Jon Scieszka
Kevin Sherry
Lauren Tarshis
Hervé Tullet
David Weinstone
Kat Yeh

Jennifer Acker
Greg Cowles
Jason Diamond
Christopher John Farley
Rachel Fershleiser
DW Gibson
Rahawa Haile
Andrew Harwell
Joan Hilty
Paul Holdengraber
Anna Holmes
Brigid Hughes
Nicholas Laughlin
Angela Ledgerwood
Camille Perri
Anica Rissi
Nicole Rudick
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Meredith Walters
Joel Whitney
John Williams