Book festival takes over Brooklyn

The boxed set of "Boxers" and "Saints" by

The boxed set of "Boxers" and "Saints" by Gene Luen Yang (First Second, September 2013) (Credit: The boxed set of "Boxers" and "Saints.")

It’s no secret that Brooklyn is a mecca for the arts, and that takes a literary bend this Sunday as the Brooklyn Book Festival takes over the borough, with tons of authors, many local, coming out to talk about their books, their craft and all things words.

Here are some events to check out:

The Faces of Brooklyn
Join Pete Hamill (“The Christmas Kid”), Adelle Waldman (“The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.”) and Adrian Tomine (“New York Drawings”) for this chat about these authors’ unique takes on Brooklyn. (3 p.m., Borough Hall Courtroom)

Poets Laureate Past and Present Reading
Hear the works of four poet laureates: Tina Change, the Brooklyn Poet Laureate, Ashley August, the New York Youth Poet Laureate, Marie Howe, the New York State Poet Laureate and Charles Simic, who served as the United States Poet Laureate in 2007-08. (Noon, main stage, Borough Hall Plaza)

Basketball: The Nets, the Knicks and the New Era of NYC Basketball
New York Times columnists William C. Rhoden and Harvey Araton and sportswriter Jake Appleman talk all things basketball, especially important with the Nets’ recent relocation to Barclays Center. (3 p.m., main stage, Borough Hall Plaza)

Brooklyn Book Festival Presents Lois Lowry, 2013 BoBi Honoree
The Newbery award-winning author of “The Giver” and “Number the Stars” lands this Best of Brooklyn honor and chats about her life and work with 2013 Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate (“The One and Only Ivan”). (1 p.m., St. Francis Auditorium)

Art Spiegelman and Jules Feiffer in Conversation
Legendary cartoonists and Pulitzer Prize winners Spiegelman (“Co-Mix”) and Jules Feiffer (“Out of Line”) delve deeply into their graphically tinged careers. (4 p.m., St. Francis Auditorium)

The Wonder Years
In works from authors Meg Wolitzer (“The Interestings”), Ben Dolnick (“At the Bottom of Everything”) and Elliott Holt, they discuss something all of us can relate to: old friends popping in and out of characters’ lives. (1 p.m., St. Francis McArdle)

Art on the Mind: Comics and Education
Toon Books editorial director Françoise Mouly discusses comics as a tool for classroom learning and beyond with Teachers College professor Barbara Tversky and cartoonists R. Kikuo Johnson (“The Shark King”) and Gene Yang, whose two-book set “Boxers & Saints,” about China’s Boxer Rebellion, was just long-listed for the National Book Awards. (5 p.m., Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium)

The Brooklyn Book Festival runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. For a full schedule of events, go to brooklynbookfestival.org.

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