Patti Smith enraptures the crowd last year. Photo by Julienne Schaer

Sure summer movies and summer concerts are great. But what if you want some culture that doesn’t involve explosions or guitar solos and you want it outdoors? Good news! Brooklyn Bridge Park has your back, thanks to the return of Books Beneath the Bridge, a weekly reading series at Pier 1 of the park.

According to the press release announcing the return of the program, it starts on July 8 and will run for six weeks. Each author’s appearance will be sponsored by a different local bookstore and will include a reading, Q & A and book signing.  The readings, free of course, will take place at the Granite Prospect at Pier 1, on Old Fulton and Furman Streets at 7pm every Monday. The schedule is as follows:

July 8: Freebird Bookstore
James Gulliver Hancock, All the Buildings in New York: That I’ve Drawn So

July 15: Greenlight
Poetry with Sharon Olds and Edward Hirsch

July 22: powerHouse Arena
Colum McCann, TransAtlantic

July 29: Community Bookstore Park Slope
Proust in the Park
A reading of Swann’s Way in celebration of its 100th anniversary

August 5: Word
5 Borough Blues
Colson Whitehead, Manhattan
Victor LaValle, Queens
Kevin Baker, Bronx
Alina Simone, Brooklyn
Shay Youngblood, Staten Island

August 12: Book Court
Ayana Mathis, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

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