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Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy announces 2016 Books Beneath the Bridge lineup

July 7, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Emma Straub reading at Books Beneath the Bridge in 2014. Photo by Julienne Schaer
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The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has announced the full lineup for its fourth annual Books Beneath the Bridge series, which begins Monday, July 11.

Sponsored by AT&T, this summer’s literary series, which features free outdoor readings curated by local, independent bookstores, will run for six consecutive Mondays at Pier 1’s Granite Prospect. This weekly program will feature a Poetry Salon and readings by several critically acclaimed authors, including Emma Straub and Rebecca Schiff, all framed by views of the sunset against the New York skyline. The events are free and open to the public.
“Now in its fourth year, Books Beneath the Bridge has established itself as one of our most loved series of the summer season,” said Nancy Webster, executive director of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “Books Beneath the Bridge continues to delight Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors thanks to our local, independent bookstore partners that curate such lively and creative content year after year.”

“Books Beneath the Bridge is tailor-made for Pier 1’s Granite Prospect,” said Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “We are thrilled to see such an impressive lineup for this year’s series and look forward to hearing from each of these incredible writers.”

“Greenlight is excited to take part in one of our favorite Brooklyn summer traditions with Books Beneath the Bridge again,” said Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore.  “We’re bringing dynamic poets to the park with this year’s collaboration with poetry collective The Conversation. Nothing will make you love this city more than listening to powerful words and voices from across the nation, with the Brooklyn Bridge as the backdrop.”

Participating bookstores are charged with curating their respective evenings by selecting authors of their choice. In addition to hearing renowned authors read from their latest work, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A, purchase books and meet the authors during a book signing following the reading. 

“Bridges have brought folks together for hundreds if not thousands of years — if you consider a land bridge as something to bring people together — but with Books Beneath the Bridge, there’s a great new way of bringing folks together with a bridge,” declared DUMBO’s powerhouse Arena. “Needless to say, powerHouse Arena is overjoyed to be involved with the Books Beneath the Bridge series and its all-star lineup of authors.”
“Books Beneath the Bridge is one of the most idyllic reading series in the city, and this year we’re thrilled to host two of our favorite Brooklyn authors — Idra Novey and Rebecca Schiff — to show off the exciting new fiction that’s coming out of the borough,” said Hal Hlavinka of Park Slope’s Community Bookstore.

“Emma Straub is one of our favorite authors and closest friends, and we’ve enjoyed watching every second of her ascent as a bestselling author,” said Christine Onorati, owner of WORD Bookstores, one of which is in Greenpoint. “We are so thrilled to host Emma in her home borough in conversation with Rumaan for what should be an exciting night under the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Event Details and Lineup
Mondays, July 11-Aug. 15, 7 p.m.
Granite Prospect, Pier 1. Entrance at Old Fulton and Furman Streets

*July 11 | Freebird Bookstore
Heather Wolf, “Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront”
*July 18 | WORD
Emma Straub, “Modern Lovers,” in conversation with Rumaan Alam, “Rich and Pretty”
*July 25 | powerHouse Arena
Jessica Winter, “Break in Case of Emergency”
*Aug. 1 | Community Bookstore Park Slope
Idra Novey, Ways to Disappear” and Rebecca Schiff, The Bed Moved”
*Aug. 8 | Greenlight Bookstore
Poetry Salon featuring participants from The Conversation 2016 Fellows
*Aug. 15| BookCourt
Eowyn Ivey, “The Bright Edge of the World”

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