Tales of a changing Brooklyn: Pete Hamill’s ‘The Christmas Kid: and Other Brooklyn Stories’

Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

Just released in late October, Pete Hamill’s The Christmas Kid: and Other Brooklyn Stories compiles thirty years’ worth of the writer’s Brooklyn-based tales.  Hamill, an acclaimed journalist and screenwriter, is inextricably linked to Brooklyn; born and raised in the borough, he has spent his career sharing poignant stories that illuminate Brooklyn’s rich history and character. In fact, […]

December 11, 2012

Matthew Goodman’s new project: Eighty Days

History, Non-fiction

According to Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn author Matthew Goodman has been working on a fascinating project, recreating the true story of two adventurous young female reporters who set out to travel the world in 1889.  In Eighty Days: Nelly Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World, Goodman draws on years of extensive research to revive this captivating slice of […]

December 7, 2012

Wednesday, December 12 at powerHouse: the history behind Nostradamus

Events, History, Non-fiction

Next Wednesday, December 12, powerHouse Arena will be hosting author and historian Stéphane Gerson for a reading and signing of his latest book, Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet Of Doom.  In this biography, Gerson follows the history and influence of  Michel de Nostredame, the Renaissance astrologer whose predictions have earned attention in the media […]

December 6, 2012

Tomorrow at Greenpoint Library: Eva Stachniak on writing ‘The Winter Palace’

Events, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

Tomorrow, December 6, Polish author Eva Stachniak will appear at Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Library to discuss her recently published historical novel, The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great.  Already receiving high praise, Stachniak’s book infuses the novel format with historical research from letters and diaries, effectively portraying one of history’s most intriguing female leaders.  Through the […]

December 5, 2012

Tonight at BookCourt: Joyce Johnson launches ‘THE VOICE IS ALL: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac’

Events, History, Memoir, Non-fiction, Q&A

Tonight, 9/19, head to BookCourt to celebrate the launch of Joyce Johnson’s new book, THE VOICE IS ALL.  Decades after chronicling her relationship with Kerouac through Minor Characters (1983), Johnson now offers an insightful profile of Kerouac’s background and development as a writer, elucidating to readers how Kerouac made literary history. Given her former relationship […]

September 19, 2012

Literary Brooklyn: Q&A with Evan Hughes

History, Non-fiction, Q&A

If you’re curious about Brooklyn’s rich literary history, there’s no better source to talk to than Fort Greene resident and writer Evan Hughes. Last summer, Hughes published Literary Brooklyn, a full-length book that explores the borough’s development through the eyes of some of its greatest writers. A year after the release of Literary Brooklyn, Hughes reflects on his motivations […]

August 29, 2012

Q&A with Robert Anasi, author of The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg

Events, History, Non-fiction, Q&A

Remember when you could live in Williamsburg for just $300 per month? ..or when you needed friends to accompany you on Bedford Ave? It’s hard to imagine that Williamsburg was once devoid of overpriced boutiques, tourists, and, of course, hipsters. But Robert Anasi, author of soon-to-be-published The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has […]

August 8, 2012

The Ghosts of Brooklyn

Events, History, Q&A

Whether or not you’re afraid of the dark, you might be spooked to learn that Brooklyn-based writer L.V. Salazar has recently published a book that chronicles the borough’s haunted history. In The Ghosts of Brooklyn: Thrilling Accounts of Souls Spirits and Ghosts, Salazar has compiled thirty-six accounts featuring ghosts, gargoyles, witches, and suicides, all of which offer readers […]

July 25, 2012

The Brooklyn Heights Promenade: the history behind the beautiful scenery

History, Non-fiction

The Brooklyn Heights promenade is one of  the scenic highlights of New York City, offering locals and toursits a panoramic view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline. But despite its prominence as a local attraction, the story of its creation has remained largely unknown. In The Brooklyn Heights Promenade,  Henrik Krogius, editor of the Brooklyn Heights Press, offers readers insight into the complicated […]

July 18, 2012