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Free stories Wednesday morning in Brooklyn

September 7, 2010 |  4:19 pm

On Wednesday morning, as part of the lead-up to Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival, One Story magazine will be handing out free stories at Brooklyn subway stops. Commuters heading into Manhattan from 7:30 a.m. t 9 a. m. may find their morning routines interrupted by volunteers wearing One Story T-shirts and handing out free stories, all penned by Brooklyn-based writers.

The dissemination is being called One Story, One Borough and is sponsored in part by the Brooklyn Arts Council. Printed stories will be passed out at these subway stops:

Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street (M, N, Q, R, B, D, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Court Street-Borough Hall (M, R, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Jay Street-Borough Hall (A, C, F)
Clinton-Washington avenues (A, C)
Grand Army Plaza (2, 3)
Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum (2, 3)
Carroll Street (F, G)
7th Avenue (F, G)
York Street (F)
Bedford Avenue (L)
Morgan Avenue (L)

One Story magazine, whose offices are, not surprisingly, in Brooklyn -- publishes a single story in each issue, delivering a new issue to subscribers every three weeks. I've always liked that they fit easily in a jacket pocket; but for those who love their e-readers, the magazine now also comes in Kindle size.

The Brooklyn Book Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 12, celebrating the literature of Brooklyn (and more) with panel discussions, booths and readings. Authors scheduled to appear include Salman Rushdie, Mary Gaitskill, Dennis Lehane, Francine Prose, Naomi Klein, Colson Whitehead, Sam Lipsyte, Michael Connelly, Peter Straub, Phillip Lopate, Kristen Schaal, Marlon James, Stewart O'Nan, Paul Auster, John Hodgman, Melvin Van Peebles, tennis star Venus Williams, musician Kristen Hirsch and Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman.

This year, there are several events leading up to festival, including Wednesday's free story handout, presentation of films for kids based on children's books, an indie press celebration, a conversation with John Waters (with me) and a night of music spun by Ron Sheffield, author of "Love is a Mix Tape" and the new memoir, "Talking to Girls About Duran Duran." We'll have more Brooklyn Book Festival coverage on Jacket Copy, blogging from New York.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: The York Street stop on the F train. Credit: Diego_3336 via Flickr