The office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the Brooklyn Book Festival, members of the Brooklyn Literary Council and top authors, publishing industry leaders, editors and literary agents to announce AT&T as the first presenting sponsor for the 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival and publicly reveal the more than one hundred national and international authors who have already agreed to participate in the seventh annual Brooklyn Book Festival.
The Festival will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at Borough Hall, St. Francis College, Brooklyn Historical Society, St Ann and the Holy Trinity Church and Columbus Park.
And for the first time, an entire week of Brooklyn Book Festival “bookend events” will be held at clubs, bookstores, parks, theatres and libraries throughout the borough from September 17-23.
The partnership with AT&T will also allow for the development of a new app to guide Festival-goers through the plethora of literary events taking place during the Brooklyn Book Festival’s extended literary week. Details of the app will be announced at a later date.
“Brooklyn, or ‘Book-lyn’ as I like to call it, has more writers per square inch than almost anywhere else in the country, all contributing to our growing reputation as the epicentre of the literary universe - where authors from across the globe gather each fall for the Brooklyn Book Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious free literary festivals,” Markowitz said.
“So whether you find it nearly impossible to put down your book or e-reader, or just like the occasional ‘good read,’ be sure to make your plans now and ‘book’ September 17-23 for the 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival.”
Authors for this year’s fest include: Kurt Andersen, Paul Auster, Mary Higgins Clark, Billy Collins, Leela Corman, Andrea Cremer, Edwidge Danticat, Thomas Frank, Pete Hamill, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernan-dez, Katrina vanden Heuvel, John Hodgman, Derek Kirk Kim, Dennis Lehane, Philip Levine, Jaime Manrique, Terry McMillan, Carla Speed McNeil, Joyce Carol Oates, Stewart O’Nan, R.J. Palacio, Francine Prose, Esmeralda Santiago, Sapphire, Jon Scieszka, Adrian Tomine, Colson Whitehead, E.O. Wilson, James Wolcott For an up-to-date list of confirmed authors, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org or check out the official Facebook page and follow the Festival @bkbf.