This is my first Sunday Salon post and I thought I would post about something near and dear to my heart - The Brooklyn Book Festival 2012.
Brooklyn is my hometown and it is a place that has always been a mecca for all kinds of people. In fact, that was one of the things that made growing up there so wonderful. Now, it has become a mecca for more and more writers and artists than ever before. What to do about that? Well, have a festival celebrating it. And so, the book Brooklyn Book Festival was born in 2006.
This year's festival begins with a full week of book related events on Monday, September 17, 2012 and held in various venues around the city, and best of all,most of them free (see full schedule here). This is followed by a day of festivaling in downtown Brooklyn on Joralemon Street, a very nice, spacious, outdoor and easy place to get to (directions and map here.) And, oh, by the way, within walking distance to Junior's, just in case you get a hankering for one of their famous and delicious cheesecakes in the original restaurant (and one of my favorite high school haunts.) If not, there will be lots of food vendors in the area. Below is the official announcement:
2012 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL: A RECORD 280+ AUTHORS, MORE THAN 104 PANELS CONFIRMED FOR SEPTEMBER 23; OVER 50 “BOOKEND” EVENTS MAKE A FULL-WEEK FESTIVAL
Paul Auster, Carol Higgins Clark, Tony Danza, Jimmie Walker, Edwidge Danticat, Pete Hamill, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, Dennis Lehane, Esmeralda Santiago, Terry McMillan, Sapphire, Billy Collins, Earl Lovelace, Christopher Hayes, Dan Savage, Isabel Wilkerson, Pankaj Mishra, Karl Ove Knausgård, Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, Adrian Tomine, Gordon Korman, R.J. Palacio, Judith Vorst, Libba Bray and many, many more to headline Festival
Fall is a beautiful time in NYC and if you are going to be in the area then, be sure to drop in on this great event and have some fun!