Saturday and Sunday were action packed days for nabe residents. Saturday saw the inaugural Booklyn Book Festival at Brooklyn Borough Hall, while Sunday played host to the 32nd Annual Atlantic Antic street festival.
We got to the Brooklyn Book Festival just in time for "Only the Dead Know Brooklyn," a panel reading of works by famous deceased Brookyn authors. Actor Roger Guenveur Smith kicked it off with very inspired readings from Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" (with an interjected, improvised anti-Iraq war message at one point, a marijuana smoking gesture at another). The actor summed up Whitman's legacy by calling him America's "first hip hop poet". As for the other panels at the Fest held inside Borough Hall, they were way over capacity with many folks lined up outside not able to get in. Hopefully organizers will address this issue next year as the outdoor panels were very enjoyable.
The 32nd Annual Atlantic Antic took place on Sunday, stretching from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue. We strolled along part of the way and got to see Sahadi's Specialty and Fine Foods sponsored Belly Dancing, Manchester United v. Arsenal match on TV at Floyd, saw many folks downing pints of Six Point Craft Ales' Atlantic Antic Amber (debuted here), and most notably the PJ Hanley's yummy pig (pictured above). Speaking of food, Sahadi's also had some superfantastic falafel sandwiches at their storefront stand and Mrs. Fink enjoyed a delicious seafood paella from La Mancha.