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Tuesday at Book Court: A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola

Brooklyn-based writer and illustrator Ricardo Cortés will appear at Book Court next week to celebrate the release of his new illustrated book A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola.  You may remember Cortés’s debut, It’s Just a Plant: A Children’s Book about Marijuana, or his illustrations in the number one New York Times best-selling Go theContinue Reading “Tuesday at Book Court: A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola”

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Wednesday, December 12 at powerHouse: the history behind Nostradamus

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 mediaContinue Reading “Wednesday, December 12 at powerHouse: the history behind Nostradamus”

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

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 theContinue Reading “Tomorrow at Greenpoint Library: Eva Stachniak on writing ‘The Winter Palace’”

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

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

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Literary Brooklyn: Q&A with Evan Hughes

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 motivationsContinue Reading “Literary Brooklyn: Q&A with Evan Hughes”

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Tomorrow night at Spoonbill & Sugartown: Robert Anasi presents The Last Bohemia

If you missed Robert Anasi at WORD Bookstore last night, not to worry: you have another chance to meet him in Brooklyn! Anasi will appear tomorrow, August 16, to present his new book The Last Bohemia: Scenes From the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If you’re curious about the history of the neighborhood, stop by Spoonbill &Continue Reading “Tomorrow night at Spoonbill & Sugartown: Robert Anasi presents The Last Bohemia”

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

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

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The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

When you step off the Bedford stop on the L train, you’re in good company. In fact, you’re in  annoyingly good company. Today, sections of Williamsburg are among the most overcrowded spots in New York. But just a few years ago, this now-jam-packed hipster haven was not the cultural playground it is today. In his memoir TheContinue Reading “The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn”

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The Ghosts of Brooklyn

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 readersContinue Reading “The Ghosts of Brooklyn”

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The Brooklyn Heights Promenade: the history behind the beautiful scenery

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 complicatedContinue Reading “The Brooklyn Heights Promenade: the history behind the beautiful scenery”

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The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball: Daniel Levitt’s account of the Brooklyn Tip Tops

Most Brooklynites are well aware of the demise of their beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. But other than the avid baseball historian, who among us knew that Brooklyn was once home to another team — the Brooklyn Tip Tops (also known as the Feds) of the short-lived Federal League? Daniel Levitt’s new book, The Battle That ForgedContinue Reading “The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball: Daniel Levitt’s account of the Brooklyn Tip Tops”

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Two books by David McCullough: 40th Anniversary Edition of The Great Bridge and The Greater Journey

Have you walked over the Brooklyn Bridge yet this summer? Ever wonder what went into the building of the special structure that joins two of New York City’s great boroughs? Just last month, the 40th Anniversary Edition of David McCullough’s The Great Bridge was published with a new preface by the two-time Pulitzer Prize and two-time NationalContinue Reading “Two books by David McCullough: 40th Anniversary Edition of The Great Bridge and The Greater Journey”