At this point New Yorkers know Brooklyn’s reputation as the land of literary magazines, or as the Guardian called it, “a writers’ mecca.”
Therefore, it's no surprise more than 280 authors and swarms of bibliophiles are gathering in the borough to celebrate one of the most prominent literary events of the year: the 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival.
HuffPost has personally curated our favorites from the festival below. Happy reading!
The main Festival events are Sunday from 10AM to 6PM at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street. Other "Bookend" events are being held at various locations and times throughout the weekend.
A contributing writer for <em>The New Yorker</em> and Grantland, Whitehead's Zone One is a witty, smart take on zombies. He's even more entertaining in person than print. He will be speaking along with Joyce Carol Oates and Bernice L. McFadden at 3:30 p.m.
<em>Leaving the Atocha Station</em> was one of the hottest in-the-know reads of last year. A major young American poet, Lerner is emerging as an important voice for his literary generation. You can see him discussing the Poet Novelist along with Eileen Myles and Sapphire at 5:00 p.m.
If you already know this intelligent, original British literary magazine, you'll already have tracked them down to worship at their booth. If you don't... start buying back issues, lock yourself away for a few weeks, and call us when you're done. Also catch them at 11:00 a.m. Granta Presents: Sometimes the Best Medicine is a Story Itself -- Dr. Terrence Holt etc.
Recipient of the 2011 Pen/Joyce Osterweil Award for his collection, Far District, Hutchinson is one of the most exciting young poets on the scene. He will reading along with fellow Jamaican-born writers Chris John Farley and Jacqueline Bishop at 2:00 p.m.
Hurray for Graywolf, publisher of works that might otherwise never get seen. With Pulitzers and National Book Awards on their trophy shelves, their poetry, novels, criticism and non-fiction are rarely bestsellers but often significant. Worth lingering over.
A Public Space
Founded in 2006, A Public Space has quickly become a Brooklyn mainstay. This small-circulation literary magazine is one of the finest around and bravely publishes new and established authors. It's never a surprise to see someone they've published appearing soon after in The New Yorker or winning the MacArthur 'genius' grant.
Karl Ove Knausgård
His memoir <em>My Struggle - First Book</em> is lyrical, brutal, and received rave reviews around the world. This Norwegian writer is a literary star in ascendancy.
One of our favorite alternative publishers, Other Press has an eye for sharply written stories of all kinds. Recent/forthcoming titles worth tracking down include <em>The Absolutist, The Elephant Keeper's Children</em> and Kafka in Love.
The first publication to use Twitter as "a serious literary medium," <em>Electric Literature</em> has made noise online and with new technology in an industry constantly worried about the future. Their new venture Recommended Reading takes it a step further, providing new and archived fiction from the industry's brightest stars, and doing it for free on Tumblr no less.
A senior editor for <em>The Atlantic</em>, Coates is one of the most thoughtful social commentators we have, frequently penning incisive essays, reviews and blogs. He will be moderating a discussion entitled "The Fragility of Electability," which includes Gail Collins, Jodi Kantor, and John MacArthur and takes place at 5:00 p.m.