Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza (209 Joralemon Street), Brooklyn
Perfect For: Boosting your cred with intellectuals
Website: brooklynbookfestival.org

Two-hundred-and-fifty authors. Twelve stages. One-hundred-and-fifty exhibits. The largest book festival in the northeast will be mobbed by nearly 40,000 word-lovers looking to rub elbows with writers and participate in thoughtful discussions. With standout panels like "Who Gives a Sh*t About Literary Magazines?" and "¡The Punctuation Show! (How to Use Tiny Symbols to Make Meaning Without %$^&#* Up)" and quirky events ranging from Librarian Olympics to Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations Pub Quiz, nerding out has never been easier (or more fun).