Downtown Brooklyn may carry around the stigma of being an Italian cross-cultural malaise but leave it to the Brooklyn Book Festival to tear down those walls. The Brooklyn Book Festival, one of the largest of its kind in the country, came to town and all sorts of engaging people were there. While some may think of Brooklyn as just a relic of a community or a place where people only end up sleeping with the fishes, nothing could be further from the literal or literary truth.
The literary heritage to this borough runs deep as was evidenced by the turnout to the 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival. According to reports from Broadway World (1), so many recognizable names were in attendance including “Salman Rushdie, Venus Williams, Paul Krugman, Sarah Silverman,” and scores more.
Some of the supporting venues which participated in this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival included places like “Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bell House, Brooklyn Bridge Park, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Greenlight Bookstore, PEN American Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse,” and so many more.
The Brooklyn Book Festival has really filled an important niche in the cultural landscape of a PDA filled world. Johnny Temple, the Brooklyn Literary Council Chair couldn’t agree more saying “When we launched the Festival, it was a modest event keyed to Brooklyn’s status as the home of so many great writers. But it has grown into a celebration of the international literary scene and New York City’s long-lasting love affair with the writing and reading world.”
We’re already very excited about The Brooklyn Book Festival 2011 and beyond.