Post by Anna Troiano. Photos by Stephanie Wessels.
Each year at the first hint of autumn, a crowd of book lovers gather in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn to share their love of literature and exalt in the various offerings of dozens of publishers and book companies. Booths full of books line the outside of the Courthouse and Borough Hall, winding their way up and down the now leaf-covered Korean War Veterans Plaza.
For the fourth year in a row, this year on September 18, 2016, Theatre Communications Group has joined the fun of the Brooklyn Book Festival with its own booth, eager to engage with theatre-makers and drama-lovers, and perhaps spark an interest in those who just came to browse. Two long tables are filled completely with TCG titles, from old favorites like Angels in America and Spring Awakening, to all the new contemporaries like King Charles III and The Humans.
The most exciting parts of the day, of course, are the book signings with TCG authors. This year, throughout the day, we had three different authors stop by the booth and sign their works for enthusiastic theatre readers. Will Eno stopped by in the early afternoon to sign his (many) titles, including his most recent hit plays The Open House and The Realistic Joneses. He even brought his two-year-old daughter to give him a hand!
TCG authors Tarell Alvin McCraney and Carl Hancock Rux arrived at the TCG booth later in the day to sign their works (Choir Boy and Talk respectively), after speaking at a festival event. Throughout the day, the festival includes engrossing programming with renowned writers. This year a panel of playwrights, including Tarell and Carl, discussed their process in a program called “Who Tells Your Story?” As the day wound down, both authors spent time at the booth admiring some of the other works TCG has to offer, even taking some home for themselves!
A favorite event of the TCG Books program, the Brooklyn Book Festival always draws in an enthralling crowd, giddy for literature as if cotton candy at a carnival. It signals the start of a new season, with a chill in the air and the thrill of new book purchases, letting us know the time has come to snuggle up with a good play.
All photos taken by Stephanie Wessels. From top to bottom: Lucy Thurber, Carl Hancox Rux, and Tarell Alvin McCraney; Will Eno and daughter; McCraney and Rux.
Anna Troiano is the Marketing Associate for Theatre Communications Group. Since graduating from the University of Michigan, prior to joining the staff at TCG, she has spent her professional life working for nonprofit theatre companies such as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Signature Theatre Company (New York, NY), as well as the publishing house Wimbledon Publishing Company (London, UK). She spends her personal life taking long walks with her dog and freelance editing.