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Patti Smith, Martin Amis, and more at Brooklyn Bridge Park


Contact: Alison Hughes, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, 718-802-0603
For Immediate Release

Etienne Frossard

BROOKLYN, June 22, 2012 – Brooklyn Bridge Park’s inaugural outdoor literature series, Books Beneath the Bridge, will kick off on Monday, July 9 with a reading by Brian Francis Slattery, author of Lost Everything, in cooperation with Freebird Bookstore. The series, six evenings curated by local, independent bookstores, will include a reading, Q&A session, and book signing with the authors. Also scheduled to read are Patti Smith, Martin Amis, and Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, among other outstanding writers.

The series is an unparalleled partnership between the park and bookstores spanning Red Hook, Fort Greene, DUMBO, Greenpoint, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill.

Guests will be treated with sweeping skyline and bridge views from the Granite Prospect on Pier 1, as well as live music to complement the readings on select evenings. Each event is free to the public and will begin at 7 pm.

“We are pleased to welcome this brand new event to the park and know that it will greatly enhance our summer programming and enrich visitors’ experiences,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “Thank you to Freebird Books, Greenlight Bookstore, Powerhouse Arena, WORD, Community Bookstore, and BookCourt, as well as all of the wonderful writers who are joining us in this exciting cultural venture.”

"Books Beneath the Bridge is an experience that both booklovers and parkgoers can enjoy," said Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. "This outdoor literature series will do more than feature readings by well-known authors surrounded by beautiful views at Pier 1's Granite Prospect, it will also bring attention to Brooklyn's fantastic local bookstores. We are excited to be hosting these readings in the park and hope that everyone can make it down to Pier 1 this summer."

Full schedule of the events:

Monday, July 9 at 7pm – Freebird Books: Brian Francis Slattery, Lost Everything, accompanied by acoustic band
“Freebird Books is a waterfront book shop, but we never imagined that we'd get to program an author event with such a breathtaking view of the river and the New York skyline,” said Peter Miller, owner of Freebird. “It's so great that the Conservancy is involving Brooklyn independents to present readings in that beautiful setting. Brian Francis Slattery ranks as one of favorite authors at Freebird, not only for his writing but his performative skills. It will be an unforgettable experience!”

Monday, July 16th at 7pm – Greenlight Bookstore: Amor Towles, Rules of Civility, accompanied by jazz band
"We are thrilled to participate in the Books Beneath the Bridge summer reading series, because it's a way to bring books and literary culture to people beyond the walls of Greenlight,” said Rebecca Fitting, co-owner of Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene. “Amor Towles' novel, Rules of Civility, with its New York City historical setting, fascinating Depression Era urban characters and strong sense of place, feels like the perfect book to read aloud with the backdrop of Manhattan's skyline in sight.”

Monday, July 23 at 7pm – Powerhouse Arena: Lizz Winstead, Lizz Free or Die
“There's nothing better than listening to a great reading by one of your favorite authors, except maybe doing it outside with a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline,” said Lena Valencia, Event Coordinator at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO. “Free, outdoor events are part of what make summertime in Brooklyn so great, and we’re excited to join some of the borough’s best bookstores for the Books Beneath the Bridge series. We’re also thrilled to host Brooklynite Lizz Winstead, whose smart and hilarious essay collection is a staff favorite.”

Monday, July 30 at 7pm – WORD: Short Stories with Robin Black, Tania James, Rajesh Parameswaran, Jim Shepard, and Charles Yu
“We're delighted be to be included in the Books Under the Bridge series,” said Jenn Northington, Event Manager at WORD in Greenpoint. “It's a great example of the ways that local bookstores and organizations can band together to create something much bigger than anyone could arrange on their own. One of the things we love doing most is having multi-author readings, and this was an excuse to get some of our favorite short story authors on stage together.”

Monday, August 6 at 7pm – Community Bookstore Park Slope: Patti Smith
“We are thrilled that Patti Smith accepted our invitation to read for Books Beneath the Bridge,” said Stephanie Valdez of Community Bookstore in Park Slope. “When we were thinking about what iconic New York writers we could pair with the dramatic view at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Patti Smith was the first person who sprang to mind. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer evening.”

Monday, August 13 at 7pm – BookCourt: Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo: State of England
"Books Beneath the Bridge has created the exciting, uncompromised summer necessity of waterfront literary glory with a series supporting my belief that Brooklyn is very much the sincerest and most productive of boroughs when it comes to literature and art,” said Zack Zook, Events & Development, of BookCourt in Cobble Hill. “BookCourt is very proud to be part of this lineup, consisting of authors appointed by many fantastic Brooklyn bookstores. Martin Amis is one of our nicest (and newest) neighbors, and we were dying to have a peek at his new book, Lionel Asbo: State of England... and, luckily, Martin agreed to bring his upcoming release to the waterfront.”


The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for more than twenty five years to ensure the creation, adequate funding, proper maintenance, public support, and citizen enjoyment of Brooklyn Bridge Park through partnership with the public sector, development of programming, and active promotion of the needs of the park and its constituents. Since 2000, more than 700,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in the beginnings of 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.

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Contact: Alison Hughes, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, 718-802-0603
For Immediate Release

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