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Thousands of books and hundreds of authors: Brooklyn will host a free book festival


Alina Prikhodko

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Brooklyn Book Festival, the city's largest free book event, has announced its nine-day program for 2023. International and local writers, poets and novelists will gather in person and online to present readers with new worlds, untold stories and different perspectives on society's most pressing issues. As the Brooklyn paper, from September 24 to October 2, 2023, Brooklyn will become the epicenter of literary culture.

The organizers promise to surprise and inspire their guests not only offline, but also online. The event will present books on the most relevant topics: programming, artificial intelligence, cooking and much more. Everyone will find something that will suit him.

Celebrating the spirit of Brooklyn, a global literary and cultural center, the festival will offer events in all five boroughs. The event will kick off with a virtual festival day on September 24th, but the main event will take place on October 1st at the outdoor venues around Brooklyn Borough Hall. Dozens of authors will gather for panel discussions, literary readings and autograph sessions. On September 30, an event for young readers and their families will take place in the Brooklyn Commons at the MetroTech Center.

Guests of the event

The Brooklyn Book Festival is a unique opportunity to meet the greatest minds of our time. Among many distinguished guests, the festival will welcome Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead, Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Tolusa Olorunnip, and The New Yorker writer Robert Samuels.

Readers will also have the opportunity to hear from young authors who share some thoughts on their latest work. Some of them will come from far away, from Japan and Brazil, and others will come from the next street, because there are many young talented writers in Brooklyn.

“We will have over 200 publishers, some of them small, which means people will have a great opportunity to see rare books that they might not find in bookstores,” said Liz Koch, co-producer of the Brooklyn Book Festival. "Our favorite books don't just show up in bookstores, they're created and produced by innovators who are happy to discuss their ideas with people who are interested in research."

“Read more”

This year the festival will be so big that it will appeal even to those who have not yet found the book that would turn them into a reader. On the day of the festival, thousands of books can be viewed and purchased at the open literary fair.

Half of all American adults say they haven't read a single book since high school, and most of the rest say they only read one book a year. According to a study by Wendy Wood, professor of psychology and business at the University of Southern California and author of Good Habits, Bad Habits, "reading more" is on the top 10 list of most people's New Year's resolutions.

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