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It rained, it poured...but people still came and joined in the festivities for the 5th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival last Sunday, September 12.

It was a wet but happy literary marketplace.  People sat on the court steps under their umbrellas listening to authors read from their works.  Kids huddled under a tent sitting on warm mats while characters came to life right before their eyes.  Others enjoyed the rain on their face and strolled down the aisles chatting with  writers, publishers, presses, et al.

This was my first Brooklyn Book Festival, and certainly not my last.  I loved meeting the writers, listening to the readings, hearing kids laughing as they jumped over water puddles, watching people shiver when rain ran down their backs.  There were so many people, so many families and even a handful of dogs.

Me encanto todo!  I was enchanted by everything!

I visited my friends at the NYC Sisters in Crime tent, where Laura and Donna kept a live Twitter feed for those scared by a little water.  I discovered the Harlem Authors' Guild, the oldest in the city established in 1950.  I learned all about El Instituto Cervantes.  (Don Quixote rides still!)  And, I discovered Monica Martinez and her collection of erotic stories, DULCE DE LECHE.  (Dare I confess it's one of my favorite flavors?!)

I also volunteered at the Las Comadres and La Casa Azul Bookstore booth, where the Latino authors' book signings attracted fans galore.  And, when you get so many Latinos under the same tent, it was....well, pardon the pun.... but it was a Festival.  Below are the pictures to prove it.

I hope to see you ALL at next year's Brooklyn Book Festival, where Las Comadres, La Casa Azul and The Latina Book Club are already planning a Latino Pavillion!  Stay tune, enjoy the pictures, and Read Latino!

5th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival

Authors Cristina Garcia and Torrey Maldonado

Amy, Aurora (Casa Azul), author Dhalma Llanos Figueroa,
Nora (Las Comadres), author Alberto Ferreras, Me, Paola

Authors Lemon Andersen and Torrey Maldonado

Authors Michelle Mulligan and Sofia Quintero

Toni Plummer (St. Martin's Press), Aurora, Nora,
authors Ana Galan, Daisy Martinez and Esmeralda
Santiago and Amy Tannenbaum (Atria Books)

Volunteers!  Aida Mejia (center)

Me, Aurora, Nora, Amy, Toni

What did you like best about the Brooklyn Book Festival? 
If you didn't come, what kept you away? 
And what would you like to see in next year's Latino Pavillion?!

Read Latino


It was an awesome experience! So many writers and book lovers in one booth! Booth 131 was definitely a festival!
2011 will be great as well - Latino Pavilion, I like the sound of that :)
Auror Anaya-Cerda
La Casa Azul Bookstore
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