The 2017 Annual Brooklyn Book Festival lineup has been released this past Friday, August 25th. 

As expected, it does NOT disappoint!

This festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, showcasing work from various genres, attracting tens of thousands of readers, of ALL ages, every year.

The event even hosts a Children's Day, which includes highlighting significant works of children's literature as well as discussing the impact children can have on their community. The Day will commence with a kids yoga session on Saturday morning, 10:30 am, at Picture Book Stage (MetroTech Commons).    

"Festival Day" is on September 17th, showcasing over 300 writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels. Writers will take part in panel discussions and readings, as well as other artistic performances.  


Leading up to Festival Day, is a week of "Bookend" Events, which are ticketed events held in various locations throughout the city. 

A definite highlight of the week is an appearance by NYC native, musical artist and writer Patti Smith. The event will be held on September 11th at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church.  She will give a talk about the release of her new book, Devotion


For those unfamiliar with Smith beyond her music career, her 2010 memoir, Just Kids received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Her more recent 2015 memoir, M Train, is a New York Times best-seller, and even earned her a Grammy Nomination for Best Spoken Word Album.

The week includes an abundance of other incredible writers. While not all are free like the rest of the festival, there are a number of exciting events you may be interested in, here are some we suggest:

September 11th

Opening Night Party, (free admission) at 7:00 pm, includes free drinks and music at The Kings Beer Hall, Saint Marks Place, Brooklyn.  The Other Side of Wall Street, 7:00 pm, ($10 admission) at Revolution Books, Malcolm X Boulevard, New York. Kamau Ware will present the first in her trilogy of graphic Novels. Carousel: Comics Performances, 8:00 pm, ($8) at Union Hall, Union Street, Brooklyn.

September 12th

BK Story Voyager Story Time at Community Bookstore, 7th ave, Brooklyn. The event will be held at 3:00 pm, (free admission). Death Need Not Be Fatal: Book Talk, Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel, Historic Chapel, 25th Street, 6:30 pm (free). Nicole Krauss presents Forest Dark, with Rivka Galchen, at 7:30 pm, ($33).  

September 13th

Selected waterfront readings, of Virginia Woolf's "The Waves", 6:30 am, (free). What Happened to the Public Intellectual?, 6:30 pm, (free).  

September 14th

Litro Magazine, celebration of Latin American culture with an exploration of Latino foods, music and literature, La Palapa, Saint Marks Place, New York, 6:30 pm ($150). 

An Evening With Emerging Writers, an open discussion for new writers on what to expect and how to prepare for their literary journey, A Public Space, Dean Street, Brooklyn, 7:00 pm (free). 

Writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, introduces the first of his autobiographical, four part series; Autumn. 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn NY, at 7:30 pm, ($30 including a copy of the book).

September 15th

An Evening with Caribbean Women Writers, 7:00 pm at Dreiser Community Center, Dreiser Loop, Bronx (free). Picturing Prince: An Intimate Portrait, Steve Park, Prince's former art director, shares story and photography of the late musician. 

Checkout the rest of the extensive lineup on their website, learn all you need to know about the event, and plan your schedule for the week!

[Feature Image Courtesy Brownstoner] [via TimeOut NY] 

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