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Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy announces 2013 Books Beneath the Bridge lineup

In its second year, program will feature Colum McCann, Colson Whitehead, and Ayana Mathis, among others Books and bridges have long been defining components of Brooklyn’s identity, characterizing this scenic literary hub. A consummate mix of some of the borough’s finest qualities, Books Beneath the Bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s summer literary seriesContinue Reading “Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy announces 2013 Books Beneath the Bridge lineup”

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Famed storyteller to launch magical novel at BAM

From HarperCollins It has been eight years since his last novel for adults, “Anansi Boys”, and now one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, is back with “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” (William Morrow; On Sale June 18, 2013). Gaiman will be launching his book and national tourContinue Reading “Famed storyteller to launch magical novel at BAM”

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Brooklynite makes case for having and being an only child

Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Lauren Sandler, a Brooklyn-based writer who grew up an only child and now is a mother of one. In her new book “One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One” (Simon & Schuster, June 11), Sandler wholeheartedly explores the subject of having and beingContinue Reading “Brooklynite makes case for having and being an only child”

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Brooklynite’s debut novel explores 1920s Mississippi

  Brooklyn Eagle recently featured author Bill Cheng. Though he is a Brooklyn resident and New York native, Cheng has recently published his debut novel, “Southern Cross the Dog,” which presents a chillingly evocative depiction of the South in the 1920s and 30s. Inspired by his love of the blues, Cheng follows the story ofContinue Reading “Brooklynite’s debut novel explores 1920s Mississippi”

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Brooklyn Heights author to set world record for most book club visits in month

We all know Brooklyn is a literary hub, rich in bookish history and home to a plethora of emerging writers. Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Jennifer Miller, one such author, whose debut novel “The Year of the Gadfly” gained critical acclaim when it was released last year.  While Miller lives in what is arguably the best city forContinue Reading “Brooklyn Heights author to set world record for most book club visits in month”

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Young Brooklyn author on how to ‘make it’ as a writer

  Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Alida Nugent, a Brooklyn writer who, in the first chapter of her new book, jokes, “In this day and age, big dreams are the first step down a long, lonely path to disappointment.”  Nugent’s humorous collection — aptly titled “Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood” —Continue Reading “Young Brooklyn author on how to ‘make it’ as a writer”

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Bestselling author/TV writer to speak in Park Slope

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, Maria Semple, author of national bestseller “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” has recently released her book in paperback (Back Bay Books), and is slated to speak in Brooklyn on May 9 as part of Community Bookstore’s and Congregation Beth Elohim’s Brooklyn By The Book series. While Semple’s background primarily consists of TVContinue Reading “Bestselling author/TV writer to speak in Park Slope”

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Esteemed author on writing as obsession

  Brooklyn Eagle recently featured award-winning author Benjamin Percy, who is coming to Brooklyn tomorrow, May 7, to celebrate the release of his latest novel, a thriller titled “Red Moon” (Grand Central Publishing). The book – which has already received high praise from acclaimed authors and critics – goes on sale on Tuesday, May 7, andContinue Reading “Esteemed author on writing as obsession”

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Debut novelist to celebrate launch in Brooklyn

  Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Suzanne Rindell’s much anticipated debut novel “The Other Typist.” Set in 1920s Manhattan, the story  follows Rose Baker, a typist in a New York City Police Department precinct on the Lower East Side. In this enchanting, sometimes eerie story, Rose struggles to assert her identity as a woman torn betweenContinue Reading “Debut novelist to celebrate launch in Brooklyn”

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Eve Ensler, ‘Vagina Monologues’ playwright, to speak in DUMBO

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, feminist writer and activist Eve Ensler, best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues,” will be speaking in DUMBO next week. After a decades-long career of encouraging others to consider, analyze, and discuss the value of and discourse surrounding their bodies, Ensler is ready to share her own story. OnContinue Reading “Eve Ensler, ‘Vagina Monologues’ playwright, to speak in DUMBO”

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Brooklyn comedian to publish ‘New Rules for Blondes’

Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Selena Coppock, a (blonde) Brooklyn-based writer and comedian who decided to reclaim the blonde identity. Recognizing that the modern blonde has a reputation — whether characterized as dumb, ditzy, or wild — Coppock set out to disprove such illogical associations by writing a book titled “The New Rules for Blondes: HighlightsContinue Reading “Brooklyn comedian to publish ‘New Rules for Blondes’”

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More than half of TimeOut NY’s ‘Best New Bookstores’ in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has long boasted a particularly literary crowd. From Walt Whitman and Norman Mailer to Paul Auster, Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Safran Foer, some of America’s most esteemed writers come from the borough. So perhaps it is not surprising that Brooklyn also houses a rich variety of independent bookstores. Last Tuesday, TimeOut New York publishedContinue Reading “More than half of TimeOut NY’s ‘Best New Bookstores’ in Brooklyn”

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Acclaimed writer previews latest novel at St. Francis College

From St. Francis College According to Brooklyn Eagle, award-winning writer Colum McCann (“Let the Great World Spin,” “Zoli”) will offer a preview of his forthcoming novel “Transatlantic” as the next author to speak for the Walt Whitman Writers Series on Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30pm in St. Francis College’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education. The WaltContinue Reading “Acclaimed writer previews latest novel at St. Francis College”

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Senior citizens to share writing at St. Francis College

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, on Monday, April 15, St. Francis College will present “The Rainbow Bridge of Light: Voices From the Universe,” featuring poetry and prose by members of Professor Mitch Levenberg’s senior citizens writing class. The senior citizens writing class is one of several programs hosted at St. Francis College; other classes andContinue Reading “Senior citizens to share writing at St. Francis College”

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Brooklynite’s new novel explores complexities of open adoption

  Brooklyn Eagle recently reported that award-winning author Jennifer Gilmore will soon release “The Mothers” (Scribner; on-sale April 9, 2013) – a poignant novel that follows one couple’s complex journey to becoming parents.  After years of heartbreaking failure to conceive, the couple finally decides to pursue domestic open adoption. Having gone through the open adoption process herself, GilmoreContinue Reading “Brooklynite’s new novel explores complexities of open adoption”

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Junot Díaz draws hundreds to BAM’s ‘Eat, Drink’ series

  Brooklyn Daily Eagle recently featured Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, who visited BAM on Wednesday evening to deliver an animated and often uproarious reading from his latest book, “This is How You Lose Her.” Despite his phenomenal literary achievements, Diaz was not always on the path to becoming a writer. “Most of the time, I thought it was going toContinue Reading “Junot Díaz draws hundreds to BAM’s ‘Eat, Drink’ series”

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Brooklynite turns family folklore to novel

Brooklyn Eagle recently featured  Amy Shearn, a Brooklyn-based author who has turned a snippet of amily lore into her second novel. On sale Tuesday, April 2, “The Mermaid of Brooklyn” is a fascinating book that Shearn created by melding her great grandmother’s real-life story with an element of fairy tale magic. Inspired by her greatContinue Reading “Brooklynite turns family folklore to novel”

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‘Paris Reborn:’ A Parisian Brooklynite’s take on the birth of Paris

St. Martin’s Press According to Brooklyn Eagle, Stephane Kirkland, a writer who splits his time between Brooklyn and Paris, will soon release his vivid and engrossing account of the greatest transformation of a major city in modern history. “Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, andthe Quest to Build a Modern City” (St. Martin’s Press; April 2,Continue Reading “‘Paris Reborn:’ A Parisian Brooklynite’s take on the birth of Paris”

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Brooklynite writes novel he ‘always wanted to read that didn’t exist yet’

Brooklyn Eagle recently reported that Brooklynite Kristopher Jansma has just released “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards” – his debut novel that follows an unreliable narrator and his two friends as they travel the world in an effort to find and define themselves. In this coming-of-age tale, Jansma’s erratic narrator and his friends – the brilliant Julian andContinue Reading “Brooklynite writes novel he ‘always wanted to read that didn’t exist yet’”