A Literary Fairytale: The Brooklyn Book Fair

By Sarah Lipkis

Oh, book fair in Brooklyn, you think you’re fancy, huh?

For the past six years the Brooklyn Book Festival has been held at Borough Hall. This festival, a four-day event, celebrates various forms of literary achievement in non-fiction, fiction, graphic novels, children books, poetry, and literary magazines.

The week begins with various eccentric events held all over Brooklyn Heights, which include spoken-word poetry, literary pop quizzes, readings, cooking demonstrations, children’s events, local musicians creating songs based on classic passages from Frankenstein and Madame Bovary, and smaller events held in bookstores all over Brooklyn.

Shark week may be over, but the casualties
caused by shark children’s books continue.

Every year, the last day of the festival includes a street fair-like extravaganza where book publishers and literary magazines pitch tents surrounding Borough Hall and sell all sorts of books and magazines. This year, Sunday, September 18th, that day was also full of talks and readings from various different topics and authors. Authors Jodi Kantor, Touré and Marc Lamont Hill spoke about the representation of the Obama administration in American culture, and Jonathan Safran Foer and Joyce Carol Oates read from their newly published works.

The festival finally wrapped up with the Closing Night Party, which included authors, DJs and other VIPs. Anyone with an interest in literature should think about attending next year, because let’s face it, is there anything better then having “mocktails” with your favorite author?

Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated.

If you are sad that you missed the Brooklyn Book Festival, than fear not, because MoMA PS1 will be hosting its annual NY Art Book Festival from September 30th to October 2nd. Though different in nature, the NY Art Book Festival offers a wide range of events centered around art exhibitions, lectures, panels, book signings and of course the opportunity to buy art books, exhibition catalogues, monographs and magazines at reduced prices.

Sarah is a junior at Barnard and Photography Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing. She is also obsessed with Jonathan Safran Foer.

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