Brooklyn Book Festival 2

For the second year in a row, the Brooklyn Book Festival was held in and around Borough Hall.

Authors, poets, publishers, booksellers, writer’s organizations and (most importantly) readers gathered for discussions, recitations, meetings, entertainment and inspiration. Anyone who believes that the Internet has made the printed word obsolete would have gone into shock as thousands of books were eagerly signed, sold, swapped, coveted and devoured.

The day’s festivities included book-related crafts for kids, a poetry slam, acting troupes performing excerpts from classics, literary triva games and crossword puzzles, and the Brooklyn Public Library kicking off a borough-wide “Big Read” of Harper Lee’s beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Participating authors included:
Chris Abani, The Virgin of Flames, GraceLand, Hands Washing Water
Megan Abbott, Die a Little, The Song is You, Queenpin
Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist and Media Assassin
Sinan Antoon, I’jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, The Baghdad Blues

Doreen Baingana, Tropical Fish: Stories from Entebbe
Dan Barber, Chef’s Story
Wayne Barrett, Rudy!, Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11
Moustafa Bayoumi, coeditor: The Edward Said Reader
Phil Bildner, Barnstormers, Playing the Field
Michael Ian Black, comedian
Shane Book, Gathering Ground, Revival, Breathing Fire 2
David Bouley, East of Paris, Chef’s Story
Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty; Rebel Angels
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Race, Law, and American Society
Michael Buckley, The Sisters Grimm
Marina Budhos, Ask Me No Questions, The Professor of Light

Alyssa Capucilli, Biscuit
Jim Carroll, The Basketball Diaries, Forced Entries, Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems
Dominic Carter, No Momma’s Boy
Stephen Carter, New England White, The Emperor of Ocean Park
Ana Castillo, Peel My Love Like an Onion, So Far from God
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone
Colin Channer, Waiting in Vain, Passing Through
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
Staceyann Chin, Skyscrapers, Taxis & Tampons
Troy CLE, The Marvelous World: The Marvelous Effect (Book One)
Joseph Coulson, The Vanishing Moon, Of Song and Water

Steve Dalachinsky, The Final Nite & Other Poems
Edwidge Danticat, Breath Eyes Memory, The Dew Breaker, Brother I’m Dying
Randall DeSeve, Toy Boat

Daniel Ehrenhaft, The Wessex Papers Volumes 1-3, 10 Things to Do Before I Die

Mike Farrell, Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist
Jeffrey Feldman, Framing the Debate: Famous Presidential Speeches and How Progressives Can Use Them
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End: A Novel
Laura Flanders, Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians
Paula Fox, The Slave Dancer, One-Eyed Cat

Mary Gaitskill, Veronica, Two Girls Fat and Thin, Bad Behavior
Laurie Garrett, Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health
Amitav Ghosh, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide
Myla Goldberg, Bee Season, Wickett’s Remedy, Time’s Magpie
Wayne Greenhaw, King of Country, Ghosts on the Road, The Thunder of Angels
Ben Greenman, A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both, Superbad, Superworse
Eliza Griswold, Wideawake Field: Poems

Kimiko Hahn, The Narrow Road to the Interior: Poems, The Artist’s Daughter: Poems
Ayun Halliday, The Big Rumpus, No Touch Monkey!, Job Hopper, Dirty Sugar Cookies
Pete Hamill, The Gift, Downtown: My Manhattan, Why Sinatra Matters
Dorothy Hamilton, Chef’s Story
Jonathan Hayes, Hard Death, Precious Blood
Tad Hills, Duck and Goose, Duck Duck Goose, Waking up Wendell
Steve Hindy, Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery
Jeff Hobbs, The Tourists: A Novel
A.M. Homes, The Mistress’s Daughter, This Book Will Save Your Life
Charles Hynes, Triple Homicide

Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation

Simon Jacobson, Toward a Meaningful Life
Joyce Johnson, Minor Characters, Missing Men, Door Wide Open

Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: Low Culture Manifesto
Seth Kushner, The Brooklynites

Anthony LaSala, The Brooklynites
John Leland, Hip, Why Kerouac Matters
Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude, Motherless Brooklyn, You Don’t Love Me Yet
Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted, The Fairest, Magic Lessons
Tao Lin, Eeeee Eee Eeee, Bed
Phillip Lopate, Getting Personal, Waterfront, Totally Tenderly Tragically
Errol Louis, Grameen’s Lessons. (Grameen Bank): An Article from: Dollars & Sense

Kam Mak, My Chinatown, The Moon of the Monarch Butterflies
Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely
Bernice McFadden, Nowhere is a Place, Camilla’s Roses, Loving Donovan, Sugar
Joe Meno, Hairstyles of the Damned, Boy Detective Fails, Tender as Hellfire
Susanna Moore, My Old Sweetheart, In the Cut, The Big Girls

Mohammed Naseehu Ali, The Prophet of Zongo Street
Gloria Naylor, 1996, Mama Day, The Women of Brewster Place
Sharyn November, Firebirds, Firebirds Rising

David Ottaway, Afrocommunism, Chained Together

George Packer, The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq, The Village of Waiting
Antonio Pagliarulo, A Different Kind of Heat, The Celebutantes: On the Avenue
Gregory Pardlo, Totem
Christian Parenti, The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq
Matt de la Peña, Ball Don’t Lie
Neal Pollack, Alternadad, Beneath the Axis of Evil
Katha Pollitt, Reasonable Creatures, Virginity or Death!
Francine Prose, Blue Angel, A Changed Man, Reading Like a Writer

Sharon Robinson, Safe at Home, Jackie’s Nine, Promises to Keep
Anthony Romero, In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror

George Saunders, In Persuasion Nation, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
Jon Scieszka, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Cowboy and Octopus
Ken Siegelman, City Souls, Through Global Currents, Urbania
Danny Simmons, I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home
Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith
Justine Simmons, God Can You Hear Me?
Amy Sohn, Run Catch Kiss, My Old Man
Martha Southgate, Another Way to Dance, The Fall of Rome, Third Girl from the Left
Elizabeth Strout, Amy and Isabelle, Abide with Me
Robert Sullivan, Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles…, Rats

Mari Takabayashi, I Live in Brooklyn
Michael Thomas, Man Gone Down
Lynne Tillman, American Genius: A Comedy, This is Not It
David Dante Troutt, The Monkey Suit, The Importance of Being Dangerous, After the Storm

Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Crystelle Morning
Anya Ulinich, Petropolis

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Dirty Girls Social Club, Playing with Boys, Make Him Look Good
Ivan Velez Jr., Blood Syndicate, A Man Called Holocaust, Static

Lauren Weinstein, Inside Vineyland, Girl Stories
Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt
Eric Wight, My Dead Girlfriend
Mo Willems, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Patricia Williams, Open House, Alchemy of Race and Rights
Tia Williams, It Chicks, Accidental Diva
Brian Wood, Channel Zero, Demo, DMZ
Jacqueline Woodson, Feathers, Hush, Locomotion
C.D. Wright, One Big Self: An Investigation, Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil

Actors reciting Walt Whitman’s poetry

The crowd scrambles for tickets to author events

Onstage for discussion of Jack Kerouac

The Brooklyn Public Library brought their bus

Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Public Library
National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read

5 Responses to Brooklyn Book Festival 2

  1. moi says:

    I love, love, love To Kill a Mocking bird…..I can never understand why Ms Lee never wrote another novel….i wish she did just as i wish Margaret Mitchell wrote another……..sounds like just my kinds festival… 🙂


  2. Bill says:

    Thank You for your comment , I hope and pray that these next few months will pass without any problems. The Chemotherapy will start on the 1st of October and she will have a total of 4 sessions each 3weeks apart and if all goes as planned she will be thru with the treatment the 3rd of December. I know it will not be easy but I will be there for her no matter what. I really want her to be a surviver and come out of this cancer free.Again Thank You and take care and have a good one. By the way you have great blog. Bill


  3. Trotter says:

    Brooklyn Book Festival: one more reason to get to NYC in September!


  4. avanta7 says:

    How sad is it that I haven’t heard of the vast majority of those authors? And I call myself a reader….


  5. The style of writing is quite familiar to me. Did you write guest posts for other blogs?


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