The Brooklyn Book Festival celebrates books and bookish discussion in the area that has more writers per capita than anywhere else in the country. Sprawled across the lawns in front of Borough Hall, various tents represent literary magazines, bookstores, small presses, and perhaps even that guy from Williamsburg who sells clocks made out of books on Bedford Avenue. You’ll inevitably find good conversation (or good schmooze) and a comprehensive survey of New York’s literary scene — which, based on the scope of this festival, you know is not at all among the dying. New Yorker luminaries Roz Chast and Bob Mankoff discuss the hilarity of death in cartoons; Joyce Carol Oates talks about imprisonment; Roxane Gay and Leslie Jamison piece through the divided world of feminism; and of course Paul Auster is in attendance at Brooklyn’s largest literary event. After all, even Bob Saget makes an appearance to discuss his book, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, with Mary Karr.
Sun., Sept. 21, 10 a.m., 2014