On Sunday, September 17 Brooklyn’s literati descend on Borough Hall for a full day of talks, shopping and even literary yoga at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The event is the single largest book festival in the borough, and rivals NYC's annual BookCon, which takes place every spring. But before the 17th, there's a full week of festival-related events to keep even the most voracious readers satisfied. Here are the ones you should have on your radar:
Monday, September 11: Just Kids scribe Patti Smith reads from her new book Devotion at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church ($25); Brooklyn Poets Yawp hits 61 Local ($5–$10); and the festival opening night party goes down at Kings Beer Hall (free).
Tuesday, September 12: Nicole Krauss discusses her new book Forest Dark at Congregation Beth Elohim ($33); John Leguizamo joins Literary Death Match for an insane night of comedy at the Bell House ($12–$15); and the Metrograph screens In a Lonely Place ($15).
Wednesday, September 13: Read Virginia Woolf's The Waves at 6:30am on the Gowanus Canal (free); Join Call Me Ishmael for outdoor storytelling by the Brooklyn Bridge (free); and head to RaR Bar in Queens for a feast inspired by Akhil Sharma's book A Life of Adventure and Delight ($70, includes book and meal).
Thursday, September 14: Litro Magazine celebrates Latino culture with food, music and more at La Palapa ($150); Books Are Magic hosts feminist literary panel "Power Moves: Sex, Violence and Feminism" at 61 Local (free); My Struggle author Karl Ove Knausgaard chats about his new book Autumn at St. Joseph's College ($30).
Friday, September 15: Star Superman scribe Gene Luen Yang hits the Chatham Square Library (free); Dreiser Community Damage presents Long Winded Woman: An Evening with Caribbean Women Writers (free); and the Prose Bowl hosts drinks at the Richardson (free).
Saturday, September 16: Expert authors gather at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity for "From the Inside Out: America's Broken Criminal Justice System" (suggested $10) and Concrete & Water hosts a spontaneous reading party (free).
Sunday, September 17: Catch events going down from 10am–6pm at Borough Hall, with guests including Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, Andre Aciman, Jacqueline Woodson, Jonathan Lethem and more. Head to the festival’s website for more details.