Brooklyn Book Festival

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Paul Auster and John Ashbery discuss their work at the 2010 festival.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is an annual book fair held in Brooklyn, New York.[1] It was begun in 2006 by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who wanted to showcase the "Brooklyn voice" in literature, as numerous authors reside in the borough.[2] However, in subsequent years the fair has expanded its scope and hosted many non-Brooklyn writers, including Joan Didion, Dennis Lehane, John Reed, Rosanne Cash and Dave Eggers.[3]

Unlike most book fairs, the Brooklyn Book Festival caters to the adult readership, although they also feature numerous activities and readings for children.[4] In 2009, attendance reached 30,000.[5] Also in 2009, St. Francis College established a biannual Literary Prize worth US$50,000 to support a mid-career writer.[6] The winner of the prize is announced by a panel of authors during the Brooklyn Book Festival every other year in September.

The festival includes themed readings, panel discussions, vendors, and author signings. The 2013 festival will be Sunday, September 22, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, with "bookend events" elsewhere in the borough from September 16-22.[7]


  1. ^ Smith, Dinitia (September 15, 2006). "The Brooklyn Book Festival A Literary Voice With a Pronounced Brooklyn Accent". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Smith, Dinita (September 15, 2006). "A Literary Voice With a Pronounced Brooklyn Accent". New York Times.
  3. ^ Lazarowitz, Elizabeth (June 3, 2010). "Joyce Carol Oates, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding bound to show up at Brooklyn book fest". Daily News (New York).
  4. ^ Graeber, Laurel (September 9, 2010). "Spare Times: For Children". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Rosen, Judith (September 3, 2010). "Brooklyn Book Festival to Take Place September 12". Publishers Weekly.
  6. ^ "SFC Literary Prize". 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  7. ^ [1] Brooklyn Book Festival Official Site (New York)

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