Literary Summers at Books Beneath the Bridge

photo from www.newyorkled.com

photo from www.newyorkled.com

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s outdoor literature series, Books Beneath the Bridge, will begin on Monday July 8 at 7 pm and run for six consecutive Mondays at Pier 1’s Granite Prospect. Each week will be curated by a local, independent bookstore and will include a reading, Q&A session, and book signing with the authors. “We are very pleased to be welcoming Books Beneath the Bridge back to our lineup of free events in Brooklyn Bridge Park this year,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “BBTB quickly became one of our most talked about events last summer and we couldn’t be happier with the lineup of authors for its second year.”

More than 2,500 people attended the readings in 2012 and enjoyed selections from the works of Patti Smith, Martin Amis, Lizz Winstead, Charles Yu and many more. Guests will be treated to glorious sunsets, sweeping skyline and bridge views, as well as music and group drawing sessions to complement the readings on select evenings. Each event is free to the public. Each of the bookstores is invited to determine the theme and author of their respective events, reflecting the tastes of book lovers across the borough.“We’ve been looking forward to the return of Books Beneath the Bridge since our event last year; it was a huge success, and loads of fun – there’s nothing quite like seeing nearly 300 people held rapt by your favorite authors,” said Jenn Northington, Events Director WORD Bookstores. “The series is also one of the best examples I’ve seen of the big things that can happen when independent bookstores and neighborhood organizations team up.”

Here is this summers line up:

Monday, July 8th at 7pm – Freebird Bookstore: James Gulliver Hancock, All the Buildings in New York: That I’ve Drawn So Far

Monday, July 15th at 7pm – Greenlight Bookstore: Poetry with Sharon Olds and Edward Hirsch

Monday, July 22rd at 7pm – powerHouse Arena: Colum McCann, TransAtlantic

Monday, July 29 at 7pm – Community Book Store Park Slope: A reading of Swann’s Way in celebration of its 100th anniversary

Monday, August 5 at 7pm – WORD: 5 Borough Blues with Colson Whitehead (Manhattan) Victor LaValle, (Queens) Kevin Baker (Bronx), Alina Simone (Brooklyn), Shay Youngblood (Staten Island)

Monday, August 12th at 7pm – Bookcourt: Ayana Mathis, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

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