Second “Litost: An Evening of Music & Reading” To Be Held In Bushwick


Back in December, Bookbeat covered the very first “Litost: An Evening of Music & Reading”. Created by Angela Sundtrom, Litost was organized to showcase original writing and musical performances by individuals who do not read their work publicly often. In case you missed it, the full story can be found here. The event was such […]

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In Conversation with Author of New Feminist Handbook

Feminism, Nonfiction, Political Activism

“The 2016 presidential election felt, in some ways, like a referendum on the value of women (and people of color and immigrants and refugees and Muslims … the list goes on), one that we had lost. On the evening of Nov. 9, I walked in a daze under the gray, drizzly haze that seemed to […]

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Bestselling author to discuss second novel in Brooklyn

Fiction, Historical Fiction

From Kim van Alkemade, author of the New York Times bestseller, “Orphan #8,” comes a new and exceptional work of near-history fiction — “Bachelor Girl,” a gripping story about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love — set in New York City and inspired by a true historical event. “Bachelor Girl” will be […]

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Latest installment in popular children’s book series to be released

Children's, Humor

  Abby Hanlon’s popular “Dory Fantasmagory” chapter book series has readers clamoring for the next installment, but thankfully, they will not have to wait long. With three books in the series available to read in seventeen languages around the world, young readers and their parents have discovered, as noted in a starred review from Publisher’s […]

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Brooklyn Scientist Writes Time Bending New Novel


In “The Scribe of Siena,” debut author Melodie Winawer transports readers to medieval Italy, where the past and present collide and a 21st-century woman discovers love — and a plot to destroy Siena. In this transporting love story and gripping historical conspiracy — think “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” meets “Outlander” — accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice […]

February 28, 2018

Jesse Ball To Discuss New Book In Brooklyn


Award-winning author Jesse Ball, named one of the Best of Young American Novelists in 2017 by the literary magazine Granta, joins Ecco’s list with “Census” an evocative novel about family, free will, grief and the ways we see those who are different from us. Courtesy of HarperCollins Ball, whose “A Cure for Suicide” was long-listed for […]

February 28, 2018

Moving Children’s Book Tours Brooklyn

Art, Children's

All photos courtesy of Penguin Random House There are some children’s books that inspire people of all ages with their profundity, and “Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms” is no exception. The book touches on such universal themes as the immigrant experience, feeling out of place in a new setting and the love in intergenerational relationships. Its February […]

February 20, 2018

Beloved Novel “The Idiot”–Now in Paperback


When published in hardcover in 2017, Elif Batuman’s debut novel, “The Idiot” dazzled critics and readers alike. Even Greta Gerwig, actress-now- movie director of indie sensation “Lady Bird,” named it one of her favorite books of the year, saying “She [Batuman] accomplishes in this novel what I’m always trying to do in film: make the […]

February 13, 2018

Re-visiting Marine Park with Mark Chiusano


Marine Park is one of those south Brooklyn neighborhoods that often gets overlooked. In his debut collection “Marine Park,” Mark Chiusano immortalized the spirit and the cast of characters that inhabit Brooklyn’s special southeastern marshland. While the collection was released in 2014, the street-smart and buoyant stories in 23-year-old Mark Chiusano’s “Marine Park” possess something […]

February 2, 2018

Prospect Park Cartoonist Releases Paperback of Graphic Novel


“Adrian Tomine can draw, think, write and feel. He sees everything, he knows everything; he’s in your apartment, he’s on the subway, he’s in your dreams. He knows about aging baseball fans and delusional horticulturists, he knows hapless fathers and awkward nerd-girl stand-ups, he knows the single and the married, the mad and the sane, knows when to […]

February 1, 2018

The Invention of Ana


Thirty-year-old author Mikkel Rosengaard grew up in Denmark, but has lived in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Bedstuy since 2010. “Can’t be much different, these two places,” he says. His debut novel, “The Invention of Ana”, is set primarily in Brooklyn, where the narrator’s life entangles with his subject, Ana. The novel will be […]

January 24, 2018

It Occurs to Me That I Am America

Non-fiction, Political Activism

“It Occurs to Me That I Am America” is a collaboration of authors and artists born in response to the 2016 election. Two of the book’s contributors, Bliss Broyard and Philip Gourevitch, are Brooklyn residents. They will both be speaking with the book’s editor Jonathan Santlofer, as well as contributors Anna Dunn, Elinor Lipman and […]

January 23, 2018