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Brooklyn Book Festival a reader's paradise

Tony Danza

Tony Danza (Credit: (Getty Images))

The literati will be out in full force in Brooklyn on Sunday as the Brooklyn Book Festival takes over the borough, with more than 280 authors participating in the annual event.

Started in 2006 by Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz, the festival features more than 100 panels, touching on topics as far reaching as publishing, politics, poetry and everything in between.

Some of the many notable authors making an appearance at the event include Paul Auster, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, Colson Whitehead, Terry McMillan, Dan Savage, Tony Danza and Adrian Tomine.

amNewYork has sifted through the numerous panels to pick out seven that are not to be missed.

Characters on Characters
Walter Mosley ("Devil In A Blue Dress"), Edwidge Danticat ("Breath, Eyes, Memory") and Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River") chat about some of their most memorable characters and offer some readings. (noon, Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St.)

Tony Danza in Conversation with Marty Markowitz
The "Who's the Boss?" star talks with the Brooklyn Borough president about the actor's time as a teacher and his book "I'd Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had." (1 p.m., Main Stage, Borough Hall Plaza)

Literary Lions
Enjoy readings by a trio of Brooklyn's finest writers, Pete Hamill ("Tabloid City"), Edwidge Danticat and Paul Auster ("The New York Trilogy"), to be followed by a Q&A. (2 p.m., St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague St.)

Poets Laureate Past and Present
Join Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ishmael Islam and U.S. poet laureates Billy Collins (2001-03) and Philip Levine (2011-12) as they read selections of their poetry. (2 p.m., Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom)

NYC Inked
Graphic novelist Peter Kuper ("Drawn To New York"), James Romberger ("Seven Miles A Second"), Colleen Doran ("Gone to Amerikay") and Ron Wimberly ("Prince of Cats") discuss their respective works, all of which are set in New York City. (3 p.m., Saint Francis Screening Room, 180 Remsen St.)

Power to the People: Grassroots Revolution in the Post-Hope Era
Laura Flanders of The Nation hosts this panel discussion about social change and politics, featuring Tariq Ali ("The Obama Syndrome"), Todd Gitlin ("Occupy Nation") and Marina Sitrin ("Everyday Revolution"). (3 p.m., Brooklyn Historical Society Library, 128 Pierrepont St.)

Good Times - Different Times
"Good Times" star Jimmie Walker dishes on new book "Dyn-O-Mite: A Memoir" with Bern Nadette Stanis. (4 p.m., Main Stage, Borough Hall Plaza)


If you go: The Brooklyn Book Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Brooklyn Bookend Events run from Friday to Sunday at various locations. For a full schedule of events, go to brooklynbookfestival.org.

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