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.[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". The 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. ^ "Home" Brooklyn Book Festival Official Site. (New York). Retrieved August 23, 2015.

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