By Wendy Smith
The Brooklyn Book Festival celebrates its seventh year by adding a week of wraparound “Bookend Events.” Nearly two dozen occur this weekend, including a flash-fiction competition, an open reading of “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” (while riding the ferry) and a concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Brooklyn Book Festival proper takes place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in and around Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza. Pete Hamill will receive the Festival’s BoBi (Best of Brooklyn, Inc.) Award, bestowed each year on an author “whose body of work exemplifies or speaks to the spirit of Brooklyn.”
Among the other authors featured are past and present Brooklynites Kurt Andersen, Philip Levine, and Colson Whitehead, plus visitors Terry McMillan, Joyce Carol Oates and Dennis Lehane. Complete listings are online at brooklynbookfestival.org. ♦