For the past two summers, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has invited local independent bookstores to curate readings for its Books Beneath the Bridge series, which takes place on the steps of Pier 1’s Granite Prospect overlooking the East River. With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop and the Brooklyn Bridge to the right, it’s a pretty picturesque place to spend a Monday evening enjoying readings from the likes of Patti Smith, Colson Whitehead and Lizz Winstead. This year’s lineup looks to be another great group, starting with a reading organized by Freebird Books on July 7.
Elizabeth Mitchell will kickoff this year’s series by discussing the history of the Statue of Liberty and reading from her book, Liberty’s Torch. The 151-foot gift from the French has been greeting the world’s tired, hungry and poor in New York Harbor for the past 128 years, not to mention a countless number of tourists on city cruises, too. Mitchell’s talk, as well as all the rest of this summer’s readings, starts at 7pm. Here is a rundown of what else to expect over the next six weeks—including a night with the new Morbid Anatomy Museum we filled you in about last week.
July 14: Greenlight Bookstore
Poetry Salon hosted by Angel Nafis featuring Shira Erlichman, Aracelis Girmay Saeed Jones, and Patricia Smith
July 21: powerHouse Arena
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
July 28: Community Bookstore
A Night with the Morbid Anatomy Museum: Readings from the Morbid Anatomy Anthology, featuring Michelle Legro, Colin Dickey, and Evan Michelson
August 4: WORD Bookstore
Retelling Tales with Kate Bernheimer and Genevieve Valentine
August 11: BookCourt
Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop: Marie-Helene Bertino, Scott Cheshire, Robin Elizabeth Black, Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, Julia Fierro