A guide to the Brooklyn Book Festival

Sea change: Ditmas Park author Jessica Love’s will read from her book, “Julian is a Mermaid” at the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Children’s Day on Sept. 15.
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It’s a reader’s paradise!

This year’s edition of the Brooklyn Book Festival will bring more than 300 authors to Brooklyn Heights this weekend for readings, discussions, and signings. Bookworms can easily get overwhelmed by the many events on offer, both on the Children’s Day event on Sept. 15 and the Festival Day on Sept. 16.

To help out, we have picked a few of the weekend’s best events — all of them free!

For the kids

The book festival’s Children’s Day is Saturday, Sept. 15, with special events for toddlers through teens at Metrotech Plaza Downtown.

“Children’s Day” at the Brooklyn Book Festival (MetroTech Commons between Lawrence and Bridge streets Downtown, Sept. 15; 10 am–4 pm. Free.

’Maid in Brooklyn

Kids can dress in their mermaid best for a reading from Jessica Love, who will read from her picture book “Julián Is a Mermaid,” inspired by Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade.

“Julian is a Mermaid” at the Picture Book Stage (MetroTech Commons between Lawrence and Bridge streets Downtown). Sept. 15 at 2 pm.

Draw, pardner!

At the annual “Illustrator Draw-Off” children’s book artists must compete in a drawing contest against each other, with the audience picking a winner. Contestants this year include Dan Santat, LeUyen Pham, Scott Magoon, and more.

“Illustrator Draw-Off” at NYU Tandon School of Engineering Auditorium (5 Metrotech Commons between Lawrence and Bridge streets Downtown, Sept 15 at 3 pm.

The big day

On the day of the festival, you will find more than 250 booksellers peddling printed matter along Cadman Plaza, and a multitude of different panels at 14 stages nearby.

Brooklyn Book Festival Day (in and around Borough Hall Plaza between Court and Adams streets Downtown, Sept. 16; 10 am–6 pm. Free.

Lit and fit

Start the Festival day with newly slim borough president Adams, who will discuss healthy eating with two cookbook writers: vegetarian chef Lukas Volger and vegan nutritionist Tracye Lynn McQuirter, who wrote the how-to guide book “By Any Greens Necessary.”

“Eat Healthy to Be Healthy” at Borough Hall Plaza between Court and Adams streets Downtown,]. Sept. 16 at 10 am.

Brooklyn’s best

Each year the book festival honors one local author with the Best of Brooklyn award. This year’s honoree is science-fiction and fantasy author N.K. Jemisin — the first author to ever win three consecutive Hugo awards, one for each volume of her “Broken Earth” trilogy! She will discuss her work with author P. Djeli Clark this afternoon — and hopefully she will discuss her next project, a fantasy set in modern day New York City.

“Best of Brooklyn: N.K. Jemisin in Conversation” at Borough Hall Courtroom [209 Joralemon St. between Court and Adams streets in Brooklyn Heights]. Sept. 16 at 3 pm.

Super talk

Carroll Gardens cartoonist Dean Haspiel will moderate a discussion about the evolution of superheroes with a variety of indie and mainstream comics creators, including writer Sheena Howard, of the “Superb” comic series; graphic novelist Kwanza Osajyefo of the “Black” comic series, and illustrator Ed Piskor of “X-Men Grand Design.”

“New Superstories” at Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Streets in Brooklyn Heights). Sept. 16 at 5 pm.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at Follow her on Twitter @AS1mon.
Updated 12:43 pm, September 14, 2018
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