Brooklyn Book Festival Sheds Light on a Gloomy Day

Dozens of local bookstores, including Strand bookstore, participated in the festival.

Despite the ominous weather, bibliophiles of all ages trekked to the the fifth annual Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday for an opportunity to participate in all things book related. Featuring more than 200 authors – both local and widely recognized – the Brooklyn Book Festival took place in the Borough Hall Plaza and is one of the largest literary events in New York.

From author panels and book signings to chapter readings and book sales, book lovers, readers and writers alike found something that suited their interest at the three day festival. And the best part? The festival and all of the events were completely FREE!

"Happily Ever After?" A panel featuring young adult authors (from left) Kirsten Miller, Jenny Haan, Sara Shepard and Lauren Oliver.

People from near and far traveled and withstood the rain all for the sake of books. Jamie Bennet, 24, took a train from Philadelphia the morning of the festival. Bennet, who is the author of the book blog The Broke and the Bookish, brought six books to the festival for autographs, bought three books at the festival, and got two more books for free while there.

“My bag is super heavy and my shoulder is killing me!” Bennet said. “But it’s all totally worth it.”

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