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Sep 18, 2016


The largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars including Czech authors Magdaléna Platzová a Tomáš Zmeškal.


The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

Bookend Events will be occurring throughout Brooklyn from September 15-21 in bookstores, clubs, theaters, bars, and more.

It began in 2006 by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who wanted to showcase the "Brooklyn voice" in literature, as numerous authors reside in the borough.

Unlike most book fairs, the Brooklyn Book Festival caters to the adult readership, although they also feature numerous activities and readings for children.

In 2009, attendance reached 30,000. 

The festival includes themed readings, panel discussions, vendors, and author signings.

Readers will swarm downtown Brooklyn for the 11th annual Brooklyn Book Festival to see almost 300 authors they will be there to see including Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Russell Banks, Salman Rushdie and Joyce Carol Oates.

Highlights include big names like Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and Joyce Carol Oates, to be joined by emerging writers such as Nicole Dennis-Benn, Stephanie Danler, Angela Flournoy, and Phil Klay. The festival will draw authors from across the globe, from Imraan Coovadia and Masande Ntshanga from South Africa to Denmark's Dorthe Nors and Sri Lanka's Anuk Arudpragasam .Two Czech writers who will join the line-up of literary heavyweights include: Magdaléna Platzová and Tomáš Zmeškal

These are just a few of the 300 authors who will fill 14 stages on Sunday, September 18 for panels, readings, and other creative performances. The day before, dozens of authors including Peter Brown, Gordon Korman, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Christian Robinson, and Rebecca Stead will be featured on Children's Day, with theatrical performances, workshops, picture book stages, and a "dueling draw-off."

The full schedule of events will be released over the coming months, but for now, check out the preliminary lineup and get your tote bags ready.

Czech Authors Biographies

Magdaléna Platzová is the author of six books, including two novels published in English: Aaron’s Leap, a Lidové Noviny Book of the Year Award finalist, and The Attempt, a Czech Book Award finalist. Her fiction has also appeared in A Public Space and Words Without Borders. Platzová grew up in the Czech Republic, studied in Washington, DC, and England, received her MA in Philosophy at Charles University in Prague, and has taught at New York University’s Gallatin School. She is now a freelance journalist based in Lyon, France.

Tomáš Zmeškal is a Czech writer who was born in Prague to a Congolese father and a Czech mother. In 1987, he left the then Czechoslovakia to live in London, where he studied English language and literature at King's College. He returned after the collapse of communism. He taught at Charles University for a while and he currently works as a writer, translator and a secondary-school teacher of English literature.

Although he had earlier published short stories, he came to wider attention mainly through his first novel, Milostný dopis klínovým písmem (Love Letter in Cunieform Script, 2008), which describes the post-war world of 1950s Czechoslovakia from a postmodern, fragmented perspective. For this novel, he was shortlisted for the Magnesia Litera Prize and was awarded the Josef Škvorecký Award.



Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn


Sep 18, 2016


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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