Brooklyn Book Festival organizers are not happy: New York Is Book Country, on hiatus for the past three years, has been revived—and while it was initially planned to run in July 2008, it has changed its date and will now run the very same day as the Brooklyn fest next year: September 14, according to Publisher’s Weekly.
Akashic Books publisher Johnny Temple, one of the Brooklyn fair’s lead organizers, said, “I’m flabbergasted by their poor decision making. The spirit of the book publishing business is very collegial, and it’s rare to see such a flagrant violation of that spirit.”
But NYIBC is not changing its date. Show head Tore Erickson, who is also sales director at Kirkus Reviews, which owns NYIBC, told PW, “We’re too far along in the process.” Erickson said the decision to hold NYIBC on the same day as the Brooklyn festival was not made “maliciously.”