The Brooklyn Book Festival starts this week. From September 16-23, Brooklyn and different parts of New York City will be home to a variety of literary events for book lovers of all ages.

The festival is the largest free literary event in New York City. It hosts hundreds of well-known and emerging authors such as Sarah Dessen, Jonathan Safran Foer, Bill McKibben, Jessica Lange, Joyce Carol Oates, and more.

While the actual Festival Day and Literary Marketplace is held on Sunday, September 22 and Children’s Day on the 21, there’s a variety of citywide Bookend Events taking place during the week starting on the 16.  These events include: discussions about women empowerment and activism from a panel of influential authors, reading Walt Whitman’s poetry in canoes on the Gowanus Canal at dawn, a panel about how storytelling challenges society’s response to climate change, and a “Pitch Wars” session where you can pitch a book idea to experienced editors and agents for the opportunity to win a free month at Paragraph NY, a communal space for writers. For the full list of Bookend events happening around the city, click here.

While the festival is free and open to the public, some programs will fill up, so get there early to meet your favorite author. For the full list of events happening on the Festival Day as well as Children’s Day, click here. 

Festival Dates & Locations

Bookend Events: September 16 – 23, city wide.

Children’s Day: September 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Metrotech Commons, Brooklyn.

Festival Day and Literary Marketplace: September 22, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Brooklyn Borough Hall