Lovers of the written word should hightail it to Brooklyn for its plethora of warm, friendly, indie bookstores. Since 2012, Books Beneath the Bridge has put these literary enterprises in the spotlight through an annual series of author discussions and signings. On select Mondays throughout the month and August, a half-dozen of the borough’s top bookstores, including Powerhouse Arena, Greenlight, WORD, Community Bookstore, and Books Are Magic, have each curated an evening featuring writers reading amid a unique setting: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Granite Prospect steps. Kicking things off on July 10 is Freebird’s presentation of Erica Wagner, who penned Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge. Other don’t-miss events include Lisa Ko (July 31), who will read from her 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction-winning book The Leavers, and poet Jenny Zhang (August 14), whose short story collection Sour Heart is the first publication from Lena Dunham’s new Lenny imprint for Penguin Random House.
Photos Courtesy of Bloomsbury website, Julienne Schaer, and Etienne Frossard