Read all about it!: The best Brooklyn Book Festival events

Read all about it!: The best Brooklyn Book Festival events
Photo by Jason Speakman

The third annual Brooklyn Book Festival will shine a light on the literary works that have Kings Countians turning their pages. The actual festival goes down outside Borough Hall on Sept. 18, but is bookended by many, many readings, panels, discussions, parties, and performances around the borough. Here are some of the highlights to help you get the best-read week around.

Terror in the park

Children’s book author and master of the creep R.L. Stine will read from his latest tale, “Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story” at this outdoor event. Stine will field enquiries about his hair-raising tales after the reading.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 (enter at Furman Street at Old Fulton Street in Dumbo). Sept. 13 at 6 pm. Free.

Rocks from space

Best-selling Cuban science fiction author and heavy metal rocker Yoss will host a discussion on the Cuban literary and metal scenes before taking the stage to perform some of his most thrashing songs. Tickets include a free drink and copy of his space opera, “Super Extra Grande.”

Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Pl. at Livingston St. Downtown). Sept. 15 at 8 pm. $15.

Kid stuff

Some of the most exciting authors in the kiddie book world will come together during the festival’s Children’s Day in MetroTech Commons. The day’s highlights include a theater performance celebrating author Ezra Jack Keats’s 100th birthday, a cartoon workshop, and a debate to determine the most evil Roald Dahl villain.

MetroTech Commons (1 MetroTech Center at Jay Street Downtown, www.brooklynbookfestival.org). Sept. 17 from 10 am–4 pm. Free.

Follow that bird!

Heather Wolf, the author behind “Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront” will lead a tour from Pier Six to Pier One, pointing out avian hotspots along the way.

Freebird Books (123 Columbia Street at Kane St. in Red Hook, www.freebirdbooks.com). Sept. 17 at 9 am. Free.

Book to the future

Architect Karen Fairbanks, media scholar Shannon Mattern and Brooklyn Public Library’s David Giles will discuss the roles of the city’s book depositories during the “Where are Libraries Headed?” panel discussion.

Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, www.brooklynhistory.org). Sept. 18 at 11 am. Free.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill

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