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Brooklyn Book Festival kicks off with week of Bookend Events

The Brooklyn Book Festival – the largest free literary event in New York City – presents a diverse group of hundreds of national and international bestselling and emerging authors.  As Brooklyn Eagle recently reported, to kick of the event, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the festivalContinue Reading “Brooklyn Book Festival kicks off with week of Bookend Events”

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‘Pie Poet’ to debut new collection in Brooklyn

According to Brooklyn Eagle, award-winning poet Kate Lebo, known locally as Seattle’s “pie lady,” will be debuting  “A Commonplace Book of Pie” (Oct. 8th, 2013) at Gala Gala Hey! Pie Stand at The Drink in Williamsburg on September 15. This is one of a variety of events on Kate’s national book tour this fall, where she will provide edible samplesContinue Reading “‘Pie Poet’ to debut new collection in Brooklyn”

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Brooklyn Book Festival ‘Bookend’ event features acclaimed writers on John O’Hara

The upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival, to take place Sunday, Sept. 22, will commence with a week of “Bookend” events. The lit festivities begin Monday, Sept. 16, and that evening DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena and Penguin Classics will present bestselling mystery writer Lawrence Block, The Paris Review editor Lorin Stein, and The New York Times writer-at-large Chip McGrath. They’ll discuss John O’Hara, who’sContinue Reading “Brooklyn Book Festival ‘Bookend’ event features acclaimed writers on John O’Hara”

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‘Save Yourself’ depicts suspenseful, small-town story

Author to read in Park Slope Brooklyn Eagle recently reported on Kelly Braffet, who made a name for herself in the literary world with her first two novels, “Josie and Jack” and “Last Seen Leaving”, both of which earned critical raves. Her latest book, “Save Yourself” (Crown Publishing), was just released on Aug. 6 and already hasContinue Reading “‘Save Yourself’ depicts suspenseful, small-town story”

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Romance tests friendship in Brooklynite’s debut novel

Brooklyn BookBeat: Author to read in Greenpoint on Aug. 8 “This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think. You’ll see,” explains the narrator of Sarah McCarry’s new novel “All Our Pretty Songs” (St. Martin’s Griffin; July 30). Brooklyn Eagle recently reported that the Brooklyn-based author’s debut novel, set inContinue Reading “Romance tests friendship in Brooklynite’s debut novel”

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Esteemed Brooklyn literary critic releases debut novel

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, Caleb Crain, an esteemed literary critic who frequently contributes to The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications, has now turned to fiction. Crain’s debut novel “Necessary Errors” (Penguin Group; Aug. 6, 2013) has earned high praise from writers and critics, and the Brooklyn-based authorContinue Reading “Esteemed Brooklyn literary critic releases debut novel”

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Rolling Stone columnist on karaoke as cure for heartbreak

  Brooklyn Eagle recently reported that longtime Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield, a Brooklynite whose 2007 debut memoir “Love is a Mix Tape” earned critical raves, will release on Tuesday “Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke” (HarperCollins; August 6, 2013). The author will appear Tuesday evening at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena for a book launch party. A sequel to Sheffield’s first book,Continue Reading “Rolling Stone columnist on karaoke as cure for heartbreak”

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Brooklyn author publishes ‘Mad Men for the literary world’

  Brooklyn Eagle recently reported on “Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus & Giroux” (Simon & Schuster; Hardcover; Aug. 6, 2013) – which Junot Diaz has aptly referred to as “Mad Men for the literary world”. In this book, Brooklyn-based New York magazine editor Boris Kachka deliversContinue Reading “Brooklyn author publishes ‘Mad Men for the literary world’”

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Books Beneath the Bridge presents award-winning author Colum McCann

In its second year, Books Beneath the Bridge is among Brooklyn’s most comprehensive literary programs, in which independent bookstores across the borough partner with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to present scenic evenings featuring acclaimed authors. Brooklyn Eagle recently reported that this Monday, July 22, powerHouse Arena will host an evening with award-winning author Colum McCann, who will read fromContinue Reading “Books Beneath the Bridge presents award-winning author Colum McCann”

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Brooklyn journalist uncovers story of Topsy the elephant

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn-based journalist Michael Daly has recently published “Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison” (Atlantic Monthly Press), in which he uncovers the truth surrounding the story of Topsy,  a baby elephant who was smuggled into the U.S. and fraudulently namedContinue Reading “Brooklyn journalist uncovers story of Topsy the elephant”

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Enchanting new novel paints ‘Impossible Lives’

Author to read in Fort Greene According to Brooklyn Eagle, award-winning author Andrew Sean Greer has recently released his latest novel, an imaginative story titled “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” (Ecco/Harper Collins) that follows one woman as she navigates her life in three alternate time periods during the twentieth century. Like in his New York Times bestselling novelContinue Reading “Enchanting new novel paints ‘Impossible Lives’”

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Education and seduction collide in Brooklynite’s new novel

According to Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn writer Susan Choi, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated author of “A Person of Interest” and “American Woman”, has just released her latest novel, “My Education” (Viking), which has garnered much attention and praise from esteemed writers and critics. The story begins in 1992 when Regina Gottlieb begins her graduateContinue Reading “Education and seduction collide in Brooklynite’s new novel”

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Brooklynite releases Prohibition-era novel

From Prometheus Books Brooklyn Eagle recently reported on Brooklynite John Florio’s latest novel “Sugar Pop Moon” (Seventh Street Books). The protagonist in the novel, Jersey Leo, is the quintessential outsider—an albino of mixed race. Jersey makes a living as the bartender at a mob-run speakeasy in Prohibition-era Hell’s Kitchen. Being neither black nor white, heContinue Reading “Brooklynite releases Prohibition-era novel”

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Chuck Klosterman to speak in Cobble Hill

Latest collection examines the ‘antihero’ According to Brooklyn Eagle, Acclaimed author Chuck Klosterman, best known for his collection “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto”, will appear at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on July 10 to discuss his latest book, “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined).” In this new collectionContinue Reading “Chuck Klosterman to speak in Cobble Hill”

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Secrets unravel in Brooklynite’s debut novel

Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Vanity Fair reporter who crafts compelling, small-town story Every family has its secrets; every town has its scandals. In her debut novel “Love All” (Henry Holt and Company), Brooklyn writer Callie Wright explores the history of her own hometown, Cooperstown, New York, as a springboard for her poignant coming-of-age story. InContinue Reading “Secrets unravel in Brooklynite’s debut novel”

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Famed Brooklyn writer returns with sizzling novel

From Viking/Penguin Group According to Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn writer Susan Choi, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated author of “A Person of Interest” and “American Woman”, returns this summer with a brilliant new novel, “My Education” (Viking; On-sale: July 8, 2013).  Choi will appear twice in Brooklyn to read from her novel, first at powerHouse Arena in DUMBOContinue Reading “Famed Brooklyn writer returns with sizzling novel”

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Bensonhurst native to present Brooklyn-inspired stories

Author, poet and playwright John Biscello is a Bensonhurst native, but he’s lived in Taos, NM for the past eleven years. According to Brooklyn Eagle, this summer he will be returning to New York to read from various Bensonhurst-inspired stories. In spite of his geographical distance from Brooklyn, Biscello says that he harbors an undyingContinue Reading “Bensonhurst native to present Brooklyn-inspired stories”

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New novel traces Texas history

Author to read in Fort Greene Brooklyn Eagle recently reported that Philipp Meyer, author of the critically acclaimed “American Rust” and one of The New Yorker’s “20 under 40,” has recently published his second novel, “The Son”, in which he illustrates a slice of Texas history. In “The Son,” Meyer follows a prominent Texas family throughContinue Reading “New novel traces Texas history”

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Famed photographer and musician collaborate on book

From Akashic Books Both a book and a traveling exhibition of photographs, “Hard Art, DC 1979” (Trade Cloth, Pub. date June 4), presents Lucian Perkins’ snapshots of the 1979 music scene in Washington, DC.  That year, a soon-to-erupt punk scene took hold in DC, with bands like the Bad Brains, Trenchmouth, Teen Idles, the Untouchables,Continue Reading “Famed photographer and musician collaborate on book”

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Ebbets Field expert to speak about lingering love for the ballpark

A century after its construction and over five decades since its demise, Ebbets Field endures as one of the most beloved ballparks in the history of America. Brooklynites in particular harbor fond and vivid memories of the baseball park, which arose in Flatbush in 1913. One historian, Bob McGee – who spent his formative yearsContinue Reading “Ebbets Field expert to speak about lingering love for the ballpark”