Saturday, September 4, 2010

Brooklyn Book Festival

Will you be anywhere in the vicinity of New York City next weekend?  Do you love meeting authors, reading, talking about books or just general bookishness?  Then you should definitely check out the Brooklyn Book Festival!

Here is some general information about the festival:

This is the fifth anniversary of the renowned Brooklyn Book Festival, a free, literary celebration that showcases more than 200 national and international authors in readings and panel discussions as well as 175 booksellers, publishers, presses and organizations in an outdoor literary marketplace. The festival is a premier literary event in New York City, with more than 30,000 attendees from around the world. The all-star literary lineup, including Salman Rushdie,Naomi Klein, Colson Whitehead, Mary Gaitskill, Paul Auster, Rosanne Cash, Paul Krugman, Amy Goodman, John Ashbery, Gary Shteyngart, Francine Prose, Dennis Lehane, Pete Hamill, Jennifer Egan, Russell Banks, Michael Connelly, John Hodgman,Kristen Schaal, Thurston Moore, Sam Lipsyte, Sloane Crosley, Paul Harding, Maaza Mengiste, Marlon James, Jean Valentine, Elizabeth Nunez and many, many more, as well as children’s and young adult Lit stars like Rebecca Stead, Sara Shepard, Jacqueline Woodson, Jon Scieszka, Francisco X. Stork, Jenny Han, Mac Barnett, Tad Hills, Chris Raschka, Lauren Oliver, E. Lockhart, Michael Rex and Matthew Reinhart.

This year it will expand to include three days of special themed events “bookending” the Festival from September 10-12 in partnership with cultural organizations like BAM, Bell House, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Brooklyn Public Library, Greenlight Bookstore, Littlefield, St. Ann’s Warehouse, PEN American Center, Irondale Center, Brooklyn Public Library, powerHOUSE, Debut Lit, WORD, Light Industry, Triple Canopy, Mainspring Collective and
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Even more exciting is all of the YA authors who will be attending the festival, check out the line-up:

Sunday, September 12, 2010


This year’s fifth annual Brooklyn Book Festival features some of the most influential and talented names in YA and Kid lit in a wide array of panels, readings and workshops, all happening on THE STOOP (the YA stage geared towards ages 10-18). Join us on Saturday, September 12, 2010, to hear these talented authors, from former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka to two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin to bestselling newcomer Lauren Oliver. Other notable authors include Sara Shepard, Jacqueline Woodson, Jenny Han, E. Lockhart and Francisco X. Stork.


Happily Ever After
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall (HarperCollins, March 2010); Jenny Han, It’s Not Summer Without You,(Simon & Schuster, April 2010); and Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars series (HarperTeen) talk about characters who are forced to relive their past, to come to terms with haunting memories and who have committed terrible acts. What are the costs of keeping dark secrets? What happens when you have to pay for your actions? How do you figure out how to move forward? Moderated by author Kirsten Miller.

Concrete Jungle Where Dream are Made
Laurie Toffler-Corrie, The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz (Roaring Brook Press, August 2010); Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich, 8th Grade Superzero (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, January 2010); and 2009 Newbery Award winner Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me, bring us relatable, inspiring characters embracing challenges with friendships and popularity—while trying to solve a mystery or two—set against very different New York landscapes.

When It All Goes Wrong
Two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin, The Julian Game (August 2010); Tracy White, How I Made it to Eighteen (Roaring Brook Press, June 2010); and Sofia Quintero, Efrain’s Secret (Knopf Books for Young Readers, April 2010) discuss what happens when life gets out of hand, from online stalking to addiction to the lure of living double lives.

Illustrators bring magic to words with the simple stroke of a pencil. Watch award-winning illustrators create from a few energetic prompts from the audience, and hear them discuss the magic behind their illustrative work. Mike Cavallaro, Foiled (First Second, April 2010), Shane Evans, Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson (Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, June 2010) and an illustrator to be announced.

About a Boy
Newbery Honor-winning Jacqueline Woodson, Peace, Locomotion (Putnam Books for Young Readers, January 2009); Torrey Maldonado, Secret Saturdays (Putnam Books for Young Readers, April 2010) and Charles Fuller, Snatch offer us a rare look into the minds and hearts of young boys who could really use a second chance.

You’ve Got to be Kidding
Former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka, Spaceheadz (Simon & Schuster, June 2010); National Book Award finalist E. Lockhart, The Treasure Map of Boys (Random House, July 2009); and Mac Barnett, The Brixton Brothers series, take on the absurdity of life in books and writing and talk about their ways of making us laugh, including hamster space aliens and panicky smart alecks.

Making It
Mitali Perkins, Bamboo People (Charlesbridge, July 2010); Francisco X. Stork, The Last Summer of the Death Warriors (Scholastic, March 2010); and Kate Milford, The Boneshaker, bring tales of their characters’ extreme survival to the stage, from a teen soldier in Burma to an orphanage in Mexico.


  1. I'm really hoping to make it to this! The YA author line-up sounds amazing!

  2. I'm like 90% going. Do you know if we have to attend the whole thing or can I just go in around the time of the panels I'm interested in?


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