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September Events

Amy Sohn

Thursday, September 4, 7 PM

Amy Sohn, whose novels Prospect Park West and Motherland were famously set in Park Slope, heads west in The Actress, a novel ripped from the headlines. The actress in question bears more than a passing resemblance to Katie Holmes, and the novel centers on her strange and beguiling relationship with a Tom Cruise-like character.


Laird Hunt with Paul Auster

Tuesday, September 9, 7 PM

Ash Thompson, aka Constance, the woman fighting as a man in Laird Hunt’s Civil War novel Neverhome, is an indelible, intriguing character. Is she everywoman or mad? A hero or a traitor? Hunt will be introduced by Paul Auster, author of Winter Journal, Sunset Park, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works.


Bridgett Davis with Tayari Jones

Thursday, September 11, 7 PM

Bridgett M. Davis’s  allegorical second novel, Into The Go-Slow, tells the haunting story of 21-year-old Angie, who passes time working in a Detroit mall and watching television. But beneath the surface she is consumed by thoughts of her sister’s death years ago in Nigeria. On impulse, she travels to Lagos, and amidst the chaos of the city’s go-slow traffic, she discovers the truth about her sister — and herself. In conversation with Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow.


R. J. Palacio with Maria Russo


Sunday, September 14


R. J. Palacio, author of the extraordinary middle-grade novel, Wonder, joins us for a special family program celebrating her novel and its new companion book, 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, offering bits of inspiration for each day of the year, many of which come from readers all over the world. In conversation with Maria Russo, children’s book editor of the New York Times Book Review.

George Lerner’s The Ambassadors

Tuesday, September 16, 7 PM

George Lerner reads from his highly anticipated debut novel, The Ambassadors, a globe-trekking, generation-spanning story about a family’s passage through war, exile, and estrangement, crossing from Brooklyn to Africa, from the Holocaust to the Rwandan genocide.


Josie and the Fourth-Grade Bike Brigade

Wednesday, September 17, 7 PM

Josie and the Fourth-Grade Bike Brigade is about a feisty and optimistic nine-year-old Brooklyn girl who becomes a crusader against climate change and other environmental threats. The co-authors are recent college graduate Antonia Bruno and her parents, Kenny Bruno and Beth Handman, who were inspired by the spontaneous activism of the students at P.S. 321 in Brooklyn, where Beth is Assistant Principal and Antonia attended grades K-5. Suitable for children ages 4 and up.


Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels: A Panel Discussion

Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Event

Thursday, September 18 at 7 PM

Join us for a panel discussion on critically acclaimed (and mysteriously pseudonymous) Italian novelist Elena Ferrante and her Neapolitan series, My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, and the latest release, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. With Ferrante’s English translator, Ann Goldstein, Michael Reynolds (Editor in chief, Europa Editions), Carmela Ciuraru (critic and author), moderated by Ezra Goldstein (co-owner, Community Bookstore).


Donal Ryan’s The Thing About December

Monday, September 29, 7 PM

Irish writer Donal Ryan, whose The Spinning Heart was the winner of prestigious Guardian First Book Award reads from The Thing About December, a novel about a bullied farmer defending his land and all he loves against land-grabbers and changing times.