From book signings to conversations with authors, from readings to sharing memories, if you are a fan of books, Brooklyn, New York was the place to be last weekend.
For the fifth year, the Brooklyn Book Festival presented a love fest with the printed word, whether it’s bound in hard cover or paperback or digitally presented on a Kindle, Nook, iPhone or computer.
Fact is, any fan of books knows that the industry is changing faster than anyone could have imagined even six years ago before the Book Festival even started.
It was amazing how many conversations, readings, presentations, lectures and signings came together in one area.
And every presentation was FREE. Yes, Free. Thank you, Brooklyn and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
It was impossible to see and hear everything. Unfortunately, the heavy rains on Sunday put a damper on the outdoor aspects to the show including no doubt hurting attendance around the outdoor booths. But indoor where it was nice and dry, it was ShowTime.
I could resist seeing and hearing authors Pete Hamill and Esmeralda Santiago as they had a conversation about everything from writing, living in Brooklyn and even how they deal with e-books. It was 45 minutes of fascinating discussion. Prior to that, I had to squeeze into the standing room only St. Francis Maroney Screening Room to hear readings by Per Petterson, Scott Spencer and Terese Svoboda. It was great.
The Brooklyn Book Festival presented an unbelievable variety of well-known names from tennis superstar Venus Williams to humorist Sarah Silverman, from Phillip Lopate to poets to children’s book authors and more. There were workshops about movie-telling to hearing how a photography concept becomes a published book.
If you were there, you know how great the Brooklyn Book Festival was. If you missed it, as the old Brooklyn Dodgers used to say, “Wait ’til next year.”