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Join us at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday!

The Brooklyn Book Festival, the biggest and best literary extravaganza in NYC, returns this Sunday. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite events below, including a panel of esteemed 5 Under 35 alums who’ll be on the main stage at 1 pm.

You can join us throughout the day at booth 210, where we’ll be celebrating our National Book Awards Longlists. There you’ll also be able to meet the co-founders of Call Me Ishmael, one of our Innovations in Reading Prize Honorees, who’ll be there with a special surprise!

PLUS, you can pick up t-shirts and limited edition jerseys from The Other NBA, the greatest basketball game in Literary history.


FEATURED: The National Book Foundation Presents 5 Under 35 Alums
1 pm on the Mainstage

Featuring Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Danielle Evans, and Kirstin Valdez Quade. Moderated by Amity Gaige.


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The halls are long and my mother’s room is dark and humid. There are photographs of my life with the Alcoholic stacked in piles on the floor. One is propped against a book and I pick it up, stare at the boy with the Jack rocks in his hand. He is wearing a suit that doesn’t fit. Dampness clings to his face like a miracle. Party guests blur in the background like they don’t count. A photograph captures nothing more than a dead moment.
—  from The Long Haul, by Amanda Stern