Brooklyn Book Festival starting to take shape
by Shane Miller
Aug 30, 2011 | 3518 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 200 authors will come to Brooklyn on Sunday, September 18, for the Sixth Annual Brooklyn Book Festival.

The Borough President's Office announced last week that more than 220 top national and international authors will join literary organizations, booksellers and bibliophiles at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Columbus Park, St. Francis College and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Additionally, 30 expanded “Bookend” literary-themed events will take place in venues from clubs to bookstores and theaters to libraries across the borough from September 15 to 18.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is an initiative of the borough president and presented by Brooklyn Tourism and the Brooklyn Literary Council. It presents an array of literary stars and emerging authors representing the exciting world of literature today. It has quickly become one of America’s premier book festivals.

The festival's “Best of Brooklyn” - or BoBi - award for outstanding contributions to literature will be presented this year to Pulitzer Prize recipient Jhumpa Lahiri. She also holds the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, a PEN/Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, and the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (among others). In 2010 Lahiri was appointed as a member of President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Notable authors and participants include Phillip Lopate, Lawrence Block, Jonathan Safran Foer, Larry McMurtry, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead and Mary Jo Bang, to name a few.

This year’s panel discussions include “Defining the Moment, USA 2011: Where are We?” with writers Deborah Eisenberg, Fran Lebowitz and Wallace Shawn, and Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana in Conversation.

“Now in its sixth amazing year, the Brooklyn Book Festival is, without question, one of the premier literary destinations in the world,” said Johnny Temple, chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council. “And this year’s expanded four days of events will be our biggest and best celebration yet.”

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