Brooklyn might be one of the only places left where one can refer to the “literary scene” without sounding nostalgic, sarcastic, or in the least bit gratuitous. Rather, with a constantly developing roster of readings, salons, and magazine launch parties, our already thoroughly bookish residents are part of a lively community. So it’s no surprise that the Brooklyn Book Festival is now the largest free book event in New York City. Today, hundreds of authors from around the world will do the panel thing in a dozen locations throughout the borough. Highlights include cultural critics Chuck Klosterman and Rob Sheffield dissecting “Love, Villainy, Ethics, and Karaoke,” and Sam Lipsyte and Susan Choi in “Let’s Talk About (Writing) Sex.” Tom Wolfe discusses “Idols, Gods, and Kings,” sporting a suit we wager is just as regal. If one jam-packed day isn’t enough, check out the even longer list of “Bookend Events” happening earlier this week.
Mon., Sept. 16, 10 a.m.; Sun., Sept. 22, 10 a.m., 2013