Experts from Your Expert Nation turned out in force at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival!
On Saturday, September 16, the Brooklyn Book Festival took over MetroTech Commons to celebrate Children’s Day with workshops, readings, and panel discussions about children’s literature. Booths featuring authors signing books and publishers displaying their titles filled the square. YEN founder and president Bridget Marmion participated in helping author/teacher Pam Saxelby maximize the impact of her first appearance at the festival. The Saxelby booth celebrated the publication of JOSIE THE GREAT, written by Pam and illustrated by her daughter, cheesemonger Anne Saxelby. You can sample the flavor of Children’s Day at the festival in this video.
On Sunday, September 17, the Festival moved to Borough Hall Plaza and many of the nearby venues for what has become the largest free literary event of the year in New York City: a full day of concurrent readings, interviews, panel discussions, workshops, and much more. Bridget and YEN VP Rich Kelley were there early to help launch the debut of Library of America as an exhibitor at the Festival and, by day’s end, with the help of several raffles, collect far more emails than LOA expected. In the afternoon Bridget and Rich joined YEN experts Anne Kostick and Jennifer Maguire at St. Francis College for a free workshop on “How to Reach Readers” — and for the fourth consecutive year the workshop drew an enthusiastic overflow crowd. Experience some of the day in this short video.