Brooklyn Book Festival Goes Virtual This Year

The Brooklyn Book Festival will be back for its fifteenth year from September 28 to October 5, but not in its usual location in front of Borough Hall (photo). This year, thanks to COVID-19, it will be held on line. As Kevin Duggan reports in The Brooklyn Paper, one of the Festival’s co-producers sees a bright side to this:

“This really expanded the opportunity to bring in audiences from different time zones, as well as authors for whom in the past might have been very difficult to travel to the festival,” said Liz Koch, one of the fest’s co-producers. “Literally this year everyone can have a front row seat to this festival because they’re right at their laptop.”

Nevertheless, your correspondent will miss the opportunity to stroll past the stalls and stop to chat with familiar, or unfamiliar but intriguing, authors and publishers. A few years back I was able to meet and talk with one of my favorite cartoonists, Ben Katchor. I bought and he signed for me his then latest cartoon collection, Hand-Drying in America.

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  • Andrew Porter

    Absolutely not the same thing. The programming will be visible via the internet, but all the booths with their contents won’t be there. So for those not terribly interested in the programming, a real loss.