The Brooklyn Book Festival is New York City's largest literary festival and connects readers with local, national and international authors and publishers over the course of a celebratory literary week. The festival develops original programming, free of charge, or low cost and welcomes New York City’s cross-cultural book readers as well as national and international attendees. The festival is known for fostering creative dialogue among the authors, presenting new literary voices as well as established authors, and serving the literary community by providing a highly visible platform for the work of authors and publishers. The Brooklyn Book Festival was launched in 2006 as a one-day event to address the need for a free, major literary event that embraced the diverse constituencies of New York City. It has grown to include 8 days of city-wide Bookend events, a flagship Festival Day with 300 authors and a Literary Marketplace with 250 independent and major publishers, and a Children's Day that celebrates childhood reading. The Festival’s credo is "hip,smart and diverse". This year’s dates are September 28 - October 5.