September 22, 2013, was a beautiful day to celebrate literature. Once again, the Brooklyn Book Festival presented a stellar list of authors, literati, and vendors. From the BKBF website: The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.
The day included readings, panels, and discussions, which include, in part: Deborah Copaken Kogan, Ayana Mathis, Hilton Als, Edwidge Danticat, Pete Hamill, James McBride, Jessica Hagedorn, Robert Antoni, Jess Row, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Oonya Kempadoo, Kirmen, Eduardo Halfon, Chinelo Okparanta, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Ru Freeman, Tina Chang, William C. Rhoden, Harvey Araton, Toure, Amy Grace Loyd, Calvin Reid and many others.
This is a sampling of the many authors, publishers, vendors, and book lovers who made the day a success.