Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Announces 2013 Books Beneath the Bridge Lineup
In its second year, program will feature authors including Colum McCann, Colson Whitehead, and Ayana Mathis
Contact: Rachel Fletcher, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
For Immediate Release
BROOKLYN, June 13, 2013 – 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.
The series is a partnership between the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and local bookstores in Red Hook, Fort Greene, DUMBO, Greenpoint, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill.
“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.
“Books Beneath the Bridge really brings out the creativity and enthusiasm of our literary community,” said Alison Hughes, Director of Programs at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We look forward to this being a long and fruitful tradition in Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
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.
“The Granite Prospect at Pier 1 is the perfect setting for folks to share their love of literature,” said Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “This year’s Books Beneath the Bridge lineup includes many great writers and we are delighted to be hosting them in the park.”
“Having an event in the park with the New York City skyline as a backdrop is the highlight of our year,” said Peter Miller of Freebird Bookstore. “There simply is no other setting like it around town. We love participating in BBTB!”
“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.”
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.
“Colum McCann's Transatlantic has quickly become a favorite amongst the customers and staff of powerHouse Arena, and we're extremely excited to host this influential author for the Books Beneath the Bridge,” said Justin Levine, Events Coordinator at powerHouse Arena. “Featuring one of the most beautiful backdrops in New York, this series proves just how enchanting literary events can be.”
Event Details + Lineup
Monday nights July 8 – August 12
Granite Prospect, Pier 1 – Old Fulton at Furman Streets
July 8: Freebird Bookstore
James Gulliver Hancock, All the Buildings in New York: That I've Drawn So Far
July 15: Greenlight
Poetry with Sharon Olds and Edward Hirsch
July 22: powerHouse Arena
Colum McCann, TransAtlantic
July 29: Community Bookstore Park Slope
Proust in the Park
A reading of Swann's Way in celebration of its 100th anniversary
August 5: Word
5 Borough Blues
Colson Whitehead, Manhattan
Victor LaValle, Queens
Kevin Baker, Bronx
Alina Simone, Brooklyn
Shay Youngblood, Staten Island
August 12: Bookcourt
Ayana Mathis, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
About the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 25 years to bring Brooklyn Bridge Park to life. We started out as grassroots advocates, bringing together residents, government, and local supporters to transform an abandoned waterfront into the park you see today. Now as the park’s lead steward, we work in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation to ensure that the park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. With your help, the Conservancy produces diverse and innovative programming for park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 2000, more than 800,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in the beginnings of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
About Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park, is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel.
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