The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York. It features literary themed events taking place in clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries this week, culminating in the festival on September 22nd. Over 40,000 bookworms unite at the bookend event on Sunday, featuring over 250 authors. For the full list of events this week in Brooklyn, click here. Our picks include:
Nerd Jeopardy! Everyone’s favorite literary trivia night returns! Three teams of three compete for glory in the familiar “Jeopardy!” format. Wine, prizes, and a surprise author or two. Hosted by Ryan Chapman and sponsored by Atavist Books. Participating authors include Jennifer Gilmore and Jonathan Ames.
Location: BookCourt, 163 Court St. (btw. Pacific and Dean St)
Time: 7:00 PM
Soft Shadows: A Celebration of the Short Story. Gregory Spatz, Dawn Raffel, and Ron Parsans will read and discuss their work and their favorite short stories. Audience members will be invited to share the first paragraph of their favorite short fiction (open mic style).
Location: The Old Stone House of Park Slope, 336 Third St. (btw. 4th and 5th Ave.)
Time: 8:00 PM
Website: www.theoldstonehouse.org, www.facebook.com/brooklynreadingworks
The Best in Caribbean Literature. Presented by Akashic Books, Bocas Lit Fest, MoCADA, and Caribbean Cultural Theatre. Featuring Robert Antoni (As Flies to Whatless Boys), Montague Kobbé (The Night of the Rambler), Oonya Kempadoo (All Decent Animals), Elsie Augustave (The Roving Tree), Barbara Jenkins (Sic Transit Wagon), Diana McCaulay (Huracan) and Ifeona Fulani (Ten Days in Jamaica).
Location: MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place (btw. S. Portland & S. Elliott)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Poets Reading Series. Featuring readings by poets Natalie Diaz, Cornelius Eadyand Rachel Eliza Griffiths along with a special performance by Cornelius Eady’s band, Rough Magic. Wine, beer and light refreshments will be served.
Location: Studio 10, 56 Bogart St at Harrison Pl
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Photoville. A feisty mix of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, night-time projections and more, creating a photography destination like no other. From 12 – 6 P.M. Indie Book Photo Library, Conveyor Arts Reading Room, Photoville Book Tent, Photo Book Workshops for kids and adults, plus author events with Anais Lopez (Only in Burundi), Wayne Lawrence(Orchard Beach). Gerard H. Gaskin (Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene), and panel discussions on Family Matters – Photography in Close Relation and Editing a Photo Book. From 8 – 10 PM, join the 10th anniversary celebration for Daylight Books.
Location: Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Time: 12:00 – 6:00 PM; 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Blues for Black Hoodies. Brooklyn Philharmonic’s Randall Woolf brings the “Blues for Black Hoodies” to Brooklyn Bridge Park! The lyrics explore the plight of young urban African-Americans, set in a bed of strings and beats.
Location: Granit Prospect, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park (enter at Old Fulton and Furman St.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM