The Brooklyn Book Festival Is This Weekend, Moreso Than Other Weekends

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09/10/2010 3:32 PM |

Hubert Selby, Jr. will not be attending.
  • Hubert Selby, Jr. will not be attending.

As you may have heard, all the writers are in Brooklyn these days. So, once a year, all of them get together around Borough Hall to read and discuss their books. And yet, despite the several dozen panels and readings—covering everything from first books, foreign books, sports books, political books, cookbooks, books of poetry, books of art, books for kids, books from literary legends—the spectator-to-participant ratio is actually pretty high: apparently, all the readers are in Brooklyn these days, too.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is this Sunday, from 10-6. The centerpiece event is this year’s special honoree, John Ashbery, in conversation with Paul Auster, but there’s oh! so much more.

For a complete schedule and descriptions of all the events—featuring Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, T Cooper, Will Leitch, Darin Strauss, E Lockhart, Elizabeth Wurtzel, and that’s just at the 10am panels—look here. There’s also “Bookend” events, featuring talks, readings, film screenings, kids’ workshops, quiz nights and more, beginning tonight. See here.

There’ll also be booths set up by local publishers, lit mags and booksellers. No word yet on whether there’ll be any carnival style booths, like, say, a dunk tank featuring Jonathan Safran Foer, or Roll-a-Ball announced in wry monotone by Ben Greenman, or a kissing booth manned, rather eagerly, by Gary Shteyngart.