At the Brooklyn Book Festival, you can see just about anything, but not everything. Spectator's compiled some highlights to help you choose between events this Sunday, Sept. 23.
Characters on Characters
Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom, 12 p.m.
Council chair Johnny Temple's pick features a discussion by Walter Mosley, Edwidge Danticat, and Dennis Lehane on character.
Poets Laureate Past and Present
Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom, 2 p.m.
Don't miss a reading by Tina Chang (Brooklyn Poet Laureate), Billy Collins (U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003), Ishmael Islam (NYC Youth Poet Laureate), and Philip Levine (U.S. Poet Laureate 2011-2012).
"I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had": Tony Danza in conversation with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
Main Stage (Borough Hall Plaza), 1 p.m.
Entertainer Tony Danza speaks with Borough President Marty Markowitz about his career, new book, and stint as a high school teacher.
Brooklyn Book Festival presents Pete Hamill
Saint Francis Auditorium (180 Remsen St.), 12 p.m.
This year's BoBi honoree speaks with book critic Bill Goldstein of WNBC-TV.
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague St.), 2 p.m.
2012 BoBi honoree Pete Hamill and past honorees Edwidge Danticat and Paul Auster will give readings, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Council chair Johnny Temple.
An Education: Coming of Age in America Today
Brooklyn Historical Society Library (128 Pierrepont St.), 12 p.m.
Columbia's own American studies professor Andrew Delbanco will discuss the role of education in democracy along with Andrew Hacker and Kimberley L. Phillips. Delbanco recently published "College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be."