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Brooklyn Book Festival Brings Readers, Writers Together For Page-Turning Fun

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Book lovers flocked to Brooklyn Sunday for an annual festival that brings readers and writers together. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.

There was really nowhere else Aubrey Holland and his daughter Farra would rather be than the Brooklyn Book Festival.

"I like to have her read. She loves books, she loves to see the sort of things that we can discover with books, and I think it's really cool for her to be around other people that are reading," Holland said.

From storybooks to novels and nearly everything in between, the festival highlighted all different kinds of literature, with authors reading their books and answering questions.

The 8th annual festival drew hundreds of authors and is the largest free literary event in the city.

"A lot of people with the internet and their phones don't hardly pick up a book anymore, so this is bringing back the books," said one festival goer.

"I like to read, because sometimes I get these really, really interesting books, and I can't put them down," said another.

"It's great for people to see authors directly, and there's a nice demystification of books that happens at a festival like this," said Brooklyn Literary Council Chairman Johnny Temple.

The face-to-face interaction between readers and writers is a rewarding experience for both sides.

"You feel a great connection with these books, and then you get to meet actually the creator of these books, and you know, if you're a book lover, there isn't a better experience," said one reader.

"Writing is a very solitary profession," said author Lois Lowry. "You don't get to see the people you're writing for until you come to something like this, and then be able to look them in the eye and see those smiles is really worth the whole thing."

In addition to getting to meet their readers, the writers get the opportunity to interact with each other.

"Best part is just the coming into the population of writers, in the company of wonderful writers, who have the same ambition that I have and are producing wonderful work," said author Denis Gray.

Gray says the experience is invaluable as he's working to produce a wonderful work of his own.

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