BBF Bookends Opening Night: West Coast/East Coast Beef

Electric Lit relies on contributions from our readers to help make literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive. Please support our work by becoming a member today, or making a one-time donation here.
.

Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Opening Night Party: the event with a name so long it gets to be its own sentence. Electric Literature was tickled to play co-host with Tumblr, The New Inquiry, and the LA Review of Books. It all went down at Public Assembly, in all its dark and sprawling Williamsburg glory. The night’s theme was ‘East vs. West face off,’ although this could be observed nowhere except in endless cups of Brooklyn Lager (East Coast) and gin-‘n-juice (West Coast). Those cups might as well have been batteries and bottled water at the last bodega on earth on the eve of the apocalypse. It was that unhinged.

There were DJs (two!) instead of readers. There were bars (two!) instead of boxed wine or whatever brutal potable thing we’re used to finding at an event. And there was dancing. So much dancing. Full on, drunk-at-prom style dancing. And it was so good.

Rarely can such debauchery be found at a party where books are for sale. On a Monday, no less. Hats off to you, literary people. You’re animals.

More photos after the jump.

***

— Kai Twanmoh is a sometimes contributor to The Outlet. You can find her here.

More Like This

It’s Time to Radically Rethink Online Book Events

Instead of mimicking in-person events, virtual readings should make use of the possibilities of the internet

Jul 28 - Kate Reed Petty

Free and Cheap Live Poetry Events You Can Watch Online

With slams and readings going virtual, you can now get into poetry from the comfort of your home

May 8 - Gabrielle Smith
Thank You!