The September Brooklyn Book Fair has rapidly grown to become a focal NYC literary festival. Launched in 2005,it features award-winning authors, local publishers, and even musicians and comedians.
- What: In 2011, over 220 authors, poets, screenwriters, comics and even musicians will participate.
- When: The main event in 2011 is on Sunday September 18th, with pre-events scattered throughout the borough from September 15th on.
“Best of Brooklyn” or BoBi Award for outstanding contributions to literature will be presented this year to Pulitzer Prize recipient Jhumpa Lahir. She's the recipient of many awards including 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. In 2010, Lahiri was appointed as a member of the presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Various panel discussions will be held:
- Defining the Moment, USA 2011: Where are We? Writers Deborah Eisenberg, Fran Lebowitz and Wallace Shawn discuss the difficulties in figuring out what exactly this moment is, why people are feeling enormous anxiety and why that anxiety is poorly understood.
- Politically Incorrect Parenting. Adam Mansbach (author of Go the F**k to Sleep), Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alice Bradley
- Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana in Conversation. McMurtry and Ossana, winners of the Academy Award for their screenplay of Brokeback Mountain, discuss writing, moviemaking and more.
- Comics : Craig Thompson, Anders Nilsen and Adrian Tomine discuss the craft and artistry of long and short graphic stories.
- Poet Laureates Past and Present. Tina Chang (Brooklyn Poet Laureate), Justin Long-Moton, Mark Strand and Jean Valentine
Non-fiction authors who will be at the 2011 Brooklyn Book Fair include: Kurt Andersen, Brooke Gladstone, Phillip Lopate, Sigrid Nunez, Christian Parenti, Jennifer Pozner, David Rakoff, Jeremy Scahill, Adrian Tomine, Touré
Non-fiction authors who will be at the 2011 Brooklyn Book Fair include:
Russell Banks, Lawrence Block, Eoin Colfer, Jennifer Egan, Nuruddin Farah, Jonathan Safran Foer, Diana Gabaldon, Amitav Ghosh, Pete Hamill, A.M. Homes, Nicole Krauss, Terry McMillan, Larry McMurtry, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, John Sayles, Craig Thompson, and Colson Whitehead.
Children's Authors include Caldecott winner Bryan Collier, Sam McBratney, Jules Feiffer, Norton Juster, Sam McBratney, and Mo Willems (NYT bestseller).
Youth Authors include: Judy Blundell (National Book Award winner), Kate Brian (NYT bestseller), Cory Doctorow (NYT bestseller), Rachel Hawkins (NYT bestseller), Jon Scieszka (former Ambassador for Young People’s Literature), and Jacqueline Woodson.