Story time: Readers revel in literary fair’s bounty

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Colorful: Miranda Shea checks out a picture book.
Holiday: Australian tourists Natalie White and Logan Jeffs made a stop at the fair to check out some of the borough’s best books.
Do it: The fair boasted some fun messages to get people turning pages.
Bookworm: Roye Okupe, co-founder of YouNeek Studios, shows off some of his graphic novels.

It was a book bonanza!

Thousands of bibliophiles flocked to Borough Hall Plaza on Sept. 17 to browse the stacks at the 12th-annual Brooklyn Book Fair, an extravaganza that attendees awarded a positive review.

“We like walking around, seeing what the new books are, and soaking up the atmosphere,” said Clinton Hill resident Samantha Charvy, who attended with her two kids and husband.

The family hit the fest for the fourth-consecutive time and continued its tradition of letting the youngsters each pick out a title to take home, she said.

This year, Charvy’s 5-year-old daughter selected “Tinyville Town: Time for School,” a picture book about the first day of class, and her son chose “Buildablock,” a title that educates young minds about construction machines. And both tykes are putting them to good use, according to their mom.

“We love them, we’ve read them every night since we got them,” Charvy said.

Vendors at the tribute to tomes also had a blast, one of whom branched out from his normal appearances at comic-book festivals and found that business was better than ever.

“I thought it was excellent,” said Roye Okupe, co-founder of graphic-novel publisher YouNeek Studios. “There was a lot more interest than I expected. Compared to what I would normally sell at a comic book festival, the book fair was great.”

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:55 pm, July 9, 2018
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