101 Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Summer

05/09/2012 3:00 AM |


#66 franklin park reading series
Our favorite monthly literary event-held-in-a-most-commodius-bar continues apace this summer, with marquee readers Diane Williams and Patrick Somerville in June, and a “Travels and Journeys” theme in July. May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, franklinparkbrooklyn.com

#67 literary upstart

The L’s own short fiction competition features unknown NYC writers reading their stories for a judging panel of literary luminaries, vying for publication and the love and respect of their peers. May 10, May 24, June 6, June 27 at the Wythe Hote, Literaryupstart.com

#68 lit crawl nyc
At the Brooklyn edition of this bar-crawl style reading (the Manhattan one bookends the summer, in September) local and national lit mags, MFA programs and literary organizations curate readings staggered across bars, restaurants and even a bookstore in the heart of Cobble Hill. May 19, litcrawl.org

#69 kurt andersen at bookcourt
The thinking man’s Spy cofounder reads from his new book, True Believers, a novel of the 1960s. August 1, bookcourt.com

#70 karen walker thompson at greenlight
A launch reading for the Brooklyn author’s debut novel, The Age of Miracles, a buzzed-about tale of adolescence and apocalypse. June 28, greenlightbookstore.com

#71 walter mosley at the powerhouse arena
The prolific, charismatic Mosley turns his attention to a new genre with The Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin, a new collection of two speculative-fiction novellas which he’ll read from and discuss. May 30, powerhousearena.com

#72 lev grossman at word
Rub Lev’s head for good luck at The Magician King’s paperback launch. May 29, wordbrooklyn.com

#73 fort greene park literary festival
The annual daylong festival pairs established local authors with kids of all ages from the free workshops held in the Park by the NYC Writers Coalition. August 18, nycwriterscoalition.org

#74 pete’s 3rd annual mini zine fest
In which local writers, illustrators and designers show off their one-of-a-kind literary objects (which you can also buy, for money). July 21, petescandystore.com

#75 24-hour read-in 
at the brooklyn 
public library’s 
central branch
Another year, another round of budget cuts threaten to curtail access to the city’s vast and immeasurably valuable library system. The Save NYC Libraries Campaign’s annual marathon reading, featuring librarians, library patrons and local authors of all genres reading from the library catalog, and sharing public space. June 9-10, urbanlibrariansunite.org

#76 the brooklyn book festival
Marty Markowitz’s pride and joy brings every writer who lives in Brooklyn, is associated with a Brooklyn publisher, is popular among Brooklynites, or has ever been over to a friend’s for dinner in Boerum Hill together at Borough Hall. Local bookstores and bars will also host “Bookend Events” in the several days prior. September 23, brooklynbookfestival.org

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  • You didn’t include Bushwick Open Studios!

  • And then I clicked next….nevermind! delete!

  • …and in Clinton Hill (Putnam Triangle Plaza at Fulton/Grand), FAB Flicks presented in partnership with BAMCinematek will feature a Richard Pryor Triple Play, Tuesdays in July (8,15,22): “Bustin’ Loose,” “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings,” and “Mel Stuart’s Wattstax.” FREE!!

  • There is also a FREE outdoor concert series at On Stage at Kingsborough: July 5 at 8:00 PM / Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra; July 12 at 8:00 PM / Grammy Nominee John Beasley’s MONK’estra; July 19 at 8:00 PM / Carole J. Bufford in SPEAK EASY; July 26 at 8:00 PM / Swingadelic. All shows are FREE and take place at Kingsborough’s Outdoor Bandshell. Gates open at 7:00 PM. No reservations are necessary. RAIN OR SHINE! For more information visit http://www.OnStageAtKingsborough.org or call the Box Office at 718-368-5596