Book Fest Fetes


If Sunday’s full-day literary extravaganza isn’t enough for you, there are a number of “Bookend” events taking place across the borough as part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, starting on Thursday. On that day, Bookforum will be holding a launch party for their Fall 2011 issue, featuring Justin Taylor, Laura Kipnis, Joshua Cohen, free drinks, and the unofficial theme of “scandal” at BookCourt. On Friday, Greenlight Bookstore is celebrating the independent press with the Brooklyn Indie Party, featuring publishing houses and magazines like A Public Space, BOMB Magazine, Melville House, powerHouse Books, Ugly Duckling Presse, and a number of others; food, drink, and the DJ stylings of DJ Johnny Temple, also known as Akashic’s publisher and chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival council, will all be provided. On Saturday, Community Bookstore, the literary linchpin of Park Slope, will be celebrating 40 years (!) in the neighborhood with an all-star reading lineup including Paul Auster, Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Siri Hustvedt at the Old First Reformed Church, followed by a reception and signing at the bookstore. Also on Saturday, food and cookbook writers like the two Franks of Frankies Spuntino will converge at City Harvest’s Brooklyn Local event, and Sixpoint and Slice Magazine are teaming up for a night of drafts and prizes at Beer is Culture at Franklin Park. Finally, after the festival on Sunday, Brooklyn Bowl will be hosting a closing party with literary cocktails and DJs like Colson Whitehead (better known for books like Sag Harbor and Colossus of New York.) To find out about the many other events taking place during these four days, check out the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Bookends listing.

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