Saturday, September 15, 2007

2nd Annual Brooklyn Book Festival

It seems like Brooklyn has as many writers as brownstones, so why not throw a block party to celebrate? The 2nd Annual Brooklyn Book Festival kicks off tommorrow in downtown Brooklyn from 10AM to 6PM. Last year's event drew 10,000 booklovers and Brooklyn's finest literary lions. This year's lineup is inspiring. And for those with PiggyPankBlues, all events are free! Of course, you'll have to bring a book budget because in addition to the readings there will be almost 100 booksellers who have set up shop and we all know books are like crack (but not wack).

Jonathan Lethem and Jonathan Safron Foer discuss their work; Stephen Carter, Colson Whitehead, and Mary Gaitskill at one reading; Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng (their book, What is the What is astonishing and one of the best books I've read in a long time) at another reading; the list just goes on and on. The weather should be beautiful, get there early and enjoy the day. All readings are (free) ticketed events, and you can get tickets an hour ahead.

Book festivals are all over the country and they are a great way to enjoy an afternoon in your hometown or nearby. You can search for a local book festival here.

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