Attendees were able to walk around and experience the festival at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, Columbus Park, St. Francis College, Brooklyn Law School, the Historical Society and St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church.
“This is where the authors are,” said Borough President Marty Markowtiz. “In the last couple of years you wouldn’t believe the number of executive editors of major magazines in America that live right here in Brooklyn.”
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City and the largest book festival in the northeast.
“One of the biggest areas of growth for the festival in the past few years has been with our Bookend events, which have added many layers of depth to our programming,” said Johnny Temple, chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council. “We’ve always prided ourselves on how the Brooklyn Book Festival offers something for everyone.”
This year the festival featured a smartphones app that allowed users to choose from hundreds of different events and plan their day. The app even gave users the chance to vote for a “Fan Favorite” author.
“I think it's fun to bring the kids out to introduce them to different kinds of books,” said Boerum Hill resident Ingrid Eberly, who brought her two small kids to an event with a children's book author. “She was talking about the craft of it. It made reading a lot more engaging than words on the page.”