For Book Lovers: 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events

With September comes the Brooklyn Book Festival! Unique for being such a large free literary event in New York City, it’s the perfect opportunity for book lovers to get back into the swing of the book world after the summer.

The WNBA-NYC chapter will be represented at booth #345 on Sunday, but, until then, September 11th to 16th has a long list of events around the city associated with the Brooklyn Book Festival to check out! Many of the events in the lead-up to Festival Day on Sunday (the Bookend Events) are free, but a few do have entry fees noted below. Check out the full schedule for even more!

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For Langston Hughes fans:
6:30 pm: An evening of poetry in the Langston Hughes brownstone (Harlem)

For social butterflies:
7 pm: The Brooklyn Book Festival Opening Night Party (Brooklyn)

For poets:
7 pm: A poetry workshop and open mic night (Brooklyn), $5-10

For New Yorkers:
7:40 pm: Readings by native New Yorker non-fiction writers (Manhattan)

For music lovers:
8 pm: A musical-literary performance supplemented by fiction and memoir readings (Brooklyn)



For WNBA-NYC members:
6:30 pm: There are great events for book lovers going on Tuesday, but by far the best isn’t associated with the Brooklyn Book Festival. After all, this is the night of the WNBA-NYC 2017 Season Kick-Off and Networking Party! Register here or read about the event in the past!

book loversWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th

For morning people:
6:30 am: Selections from Virginia Woolf’s The Waves read by participants in canoes (Brooklyn)

For storytellers:
6 pm: Picnics and storytelling about favorite books (Brooklyn)

For cinephiles:
6 pm: A talk about movies and menus with cocktails (Brooklyn)

For genre and gender fans:
7 pm: A conversation about gender identity and speculative lit (Brooklyn)

For animal lovers:
7 pm: Illustrators talking about animals – pets invited (Brooklyn)

book loversTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th

For the politically minded:
6:30 pm: Readings about migration and translation (Brooklyn)

For feminists:
7 pm: A conversation about power and sex (Brooklyn)

For anyone interested in immigration narratives:
7 pm: Writers talk about immigration, New York, and finding a home (Brooklyn)

For writers:
7:00 pm: A panel about preparing for publication (Brooklyn)

For YA lovers:
7:30 pm: Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket) talks about his new novel (Brooklyn)

book loversFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th

For the time-pressed:
6:30 pm: A celebration for the publication of the PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017 anthology (Manhattan)

For readers of family stories:
7 pm: New work by writers from the Caribbean diaspora (Bronx)

For memoir readers:
7 pm: Fiction and memoir read by immigrants from the Middle East (Manhattan)

For mothers:
7 pm: Readings by radical mothers (Brooklyn)

For indie readers:
7:30 pm: A party celebrating independent presses (Brooklyn)

book loversSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th

For children, parents, and anyone interested in children’s books: Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival!

Highlights include:
11 am: A workshop to stand up for your beliefs
12 pm: A discussion about diversity in books
1 pm: A creative drawing workshop
2 pm: Reverse mad libs
3 pm: Books about growing up

For activists:
3 pm: Speakers discuss problems of the US criminal justice system (Brooklyn)

For the spontaneous:
4 pm: A party with pop-up readings (Brooklyn)

For pirates:
7 pm: Rum and conversations about Caribbean literature (Brooklyn)

Check in next week for some highlights of the Sunday Brooklyn Book Festival Events, which will have even more events for book lovers!

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Courtesy of the Brooklyn Book Festival

About Blog Editor

The Women’s National Book Association was founded in 1917 by female booksellers who weren’t allowed in the men’s organizations. Nearly 100 years later, the WNBA is still supporting women in the book industry through literary events, networking, literacy projects, workshops, open mic nights, book clubs, and many other entertaining programs throughout the season!

One Comment

  1. What an amazing round up! Even if I can’t get to them all, nice to know what’s happening after the Fair. Thanks for the info.

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