Brooklyn Book Festival Is Coming!

September 5, 2022 Desiree Homer

Here’s another NYC event you should scribble into your calendar. The Brooklyn Book Festival is coming. And as the city’s largest free festival celebrating literacy and connecting avid readers with authors from around NYC and the world, it’s a pretty popular weeklong event!

This in-person event takes place in Downtown Brooklyn, and this year, it kicks off on September 25th and runs through October 3rd. Throughout this year’s festival, there will be several events that bring literacy, film, poetry, and performances to all five borough communities.

About the Brooklyn Book Festival

It all started back in 2006 as a one-day event intended to introduce local readers to diverse literary voices in the area. It has since blossomed into the eight-day event that it is today, with a host of themed celebrations showcasing more than 300 authors and 200 publishers. The mission of this festival is to continue growing and nurturing the love of literature and connecting readers with new voices, local talent, and global works of literacy.

Announcements roll out continuously, but these are the primary segments of this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival.

  • Virtual Festival Day - Featuring over 30 authors
  • Festival Day - Featuring over 130 authors
  • Children’s Day - Featuring over 25 authors
  • Bookend Events - Featuring over 120 authors

The Festival Day and Literary Marketplace will take place in Downtown Brooklyn. Children’s Day happens at Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech. And additional celebrations will be happening in the parks, plazas, and venues all around Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Author Announcements

Authors appearing throughout the Brooklyn Book Festival include Meghan O’Rourke, Jess Ruliffson, Salman Rushdie, Esmeralda Santiago, and Namwali Serpell. Here are others recently announced:

  • Nadia Shammus
  • Warsan Shire
  • Vladimir Sorokin
  • James Spooner
  • Ryann Stevenson
  • Emma Straub
  • Gengoroh Tagame
  • Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
  • Linda Villarosa
  • Elif Batuman
  • Angeline Boulley
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Paisley Currah
  • Hernan Diaz
  • David Duchovny
  • Jennifer Egan
  • Kate Gavino
  • Keith Gessen
  • Ayana Gray
  • Mohsin Hamid
  • Heather Havrilesky
  • Sheila Heti
  • Marlon James
  • Margo Jefferson
  • Mariame Kaba
  • Meiko Kawakami
  • Ryan La Sala
  • Yiyun Lee
  • E. Lockart
  • Casey McQuiston
  • Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Jacqueline Woodson

Contact the Brooklyn Book Festival

The best way to keep up with and stay on top of this year’s schedule of events at the Brooklyn Book Festival is to check out the website. You can additionally sign up for the newsletter to get updates about the festival right in your inbox. Sign up here: 

Support this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival with a monetary donation here: 

And when you experience this celebration of literacy, share your book adventures on social media with #bkbf. Follow the Brooklyn Book Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates!

As we head into the fall, you can plan to attend this year's Brooklyn Book Festival. You can explore new authors and fresh voices from New York City and all around the world. You might even find a new title or author you love and line up your winter reading schedule!

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