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Brooklyn’s finest! Fort Greene Park hosts literary heavyweights this Saturday

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Here they are, your Brooklyn literary all-stars!

This Saturday’s Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival is all about celebrating borough talent (that seems to be a theme lately). And making the ranks of its chosen “all-stars” are poets Bryonn Bain, R. Erica Doyle and Jon Sands, and novelists Bernice McFadden and Rick Moody.

“It’s an amazing mixture,” said festival founder Aaron Zimmerman. “There’s poetry, fiction, different styles, and a diversity that really reflects the neighborho­od.”

Young adults and kids participating in six-week free writing workshop will read their work alongside the famous writers, followed by an after-party at nearby Greenlight Bookstore, where you can have some cake and wine and check out the new compilation, “Making The Trees Shiver,” comprised of works by the young writers and established authors who have participated in past festivals, such as Jennifer Egan and Sonia Sanchez, since starting in 2005.

“I’m very biased, but it’s really a good read,” said Zimmerman. “The kids’ writing really stands out next to the adults’ writing.”

Sounds like they’re all-stars in the making.

Summer Literary Festival at Fort Greene Park (enter at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park), Aug. 20 at 3 pm. Free. After-party at Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246-0200] at 6 pm. Free. For info, visit nywriterscoalition.org.

Posted 12:00 am, August 16, 2011
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