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

‘Is That a Word?’ Find out next Thursday at powerHouse: David Bukszpan on the language of ‘Scrabblish’

Events, Non-fiction

Whether you play Words with Friends on your smart phone or you stick to the traditional Scrabble board game, head to Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena next Thursday, December 13, at 7pm, for a chance to brush up on your skills with Brooklynite David Bukszpan, a resident word game expert (who also happens to be an author and book publicist).  In […]

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

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

Andrew Kessler at BookCourt tomorrow, 8/30

Events, Memoir, Non-fiction

If you missed Andrew Kessler at powerHouse earlier this month, not to worry! The Brooklyn-based writer will be appearing at BookCourt tomorrow, August 30, to read from his memoir Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission. While you might not expect to hear about NASA’s Phoenix Mars mission through […]

August 29, 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

What exactly IS the Internet?

Events, Non-fiction, Q&A

You use the Internet every day — probably for several more hours than you’d like to admit. But do you ever think about what exactly the internet is? Where does it exist? What spaces does it occupy and which does it avoid? When you start to really think about it, it gets confusing, and maybe even a little […]

August 22, 2012

Brooklyn Zoo: The Education of a Psychotherapist

Memoir, Non-fiction

If you’re struggling to combat work-related frustrations, you’ll find solace in Darcy Lockman’s new book Brooklyn Zoo. In her poignant memoir, Lockman recalls the year she spent working in Brooklyn at Kings County Hospital, whose infamous G Building provided a deeply challenging and dark work environment. After studying four years to become a clinical psychologist, Lockman […]

August 22, 2012

Q&A with Rick Moody

Non-fiction, Q&A

Writer and music-lover Rick Moody has lived in Brooklyn for the past two decades. He reveals to us his multi-faceted passion for writing and why On Celestial Music, his collection of essays published this past spring, was a labor of love. Moody also shares some of his favorite Brooklyn music spots.   We love On Celestial Music; it’s thoughtful, […]

August 15, 2012

Monday, August 13: Join WORD at Words by the Water

Events, Non-fiction

Need something to look forward to after the weekend’s over? On Monday at 7pm, join WORD Bookstore and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn at Words by the Water, a four-week reading series at the East River State Park. This week, Melville House Books presents an exciting evening with Dave Tompkins, author of How […]

August 10, 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

Q&A with Tim Anderson

Memoir, Non-fiction, Q&A

Writer of the hilarious travel memoir Tune in Tokyo, Greenpoint resident Tim Anderson speaks to us about growing up gay in North Carolina, his favorite neighborhood and bookstore in Brooklyn, and reveals a preview of his current project. Your fan base must adore your high energy humor, as we do…just how many cups of coffee do you […]

August 3, 2012

How’s your summer been on planet Earth?

Events, Non-fiction

We’ve hit August and I would bet that many of you have been filling your days recently with barbecues, day trips to the beach, and outdoor concerts — the enjoyable, but somewhat predictable summer fare. But have you done anything truly extraordinary this summer? If you’re like me, probably not. If you would, however, like a chance to live vicariously through someone who’s […]

August 2, 2012

Tomorrow night at Greenlight: Food Network star Ted Allen talks with Gabrielle Langholtz of Edible Brooklyn

Events, Non-fiction

Ted Allen, Fort Greene resident foodie  (who also happens to host Food Network’s hit show Chopped) will be appearing at Greenlight Bookstore tomorrow, August 2, in conversation with Gabrielle Langholtz, food writer and editor of Edible Brooklyn. Allen, who has just come out with new cookbook  In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks, will discuss […]

August 1, 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