Historical Fiction Q&A

Talmud scholar to speak at Park Slope Jewish Center

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, Maggie Anton, acclaimed author of the “Rashi’s Daughters” series, is coming to Park Slope Jewish Center on April 21 to discuss her book “Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Book I: Apprentice” (Plume Original). In this novel that blends third-century Babylonian history with elements of magic, Anton’s protagonist, Hisdadukh, comes of age through her intertwinementContinue Reading “Talmud scholar to speak at Park Slope Jewish Center”

Events Fiction Q&A

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”

Events Fiction Q&A

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”

Events Fiction Q&A

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’”

Events Memoir Non-fiction Q&A

Brooklyn writer publicly apologizes for lifetime of misdoings

What are you sorry for? Do you ever wish you could apologize to an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend you mistreated, or to your parents whom you undoubtedly offended so many years ago?  Brooklyn writer Dave Bry certainly has…and after reflecting on years of regret, he’s decided to do just that. Recently featured in the Brooklyn DailyContinue Reading “Brooklyn writer publicly apologizes for lifetime of misdoings”

Events Fiction Q&A

Author’s first novel in 17 years explores ‘Life After Life’

According to Brooklyn Eagle, Jill McCorkle, author of nine previous books, is coming out this month with “Life After Life” – her first novel in seventeen years. Set at Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility in Fulton, North Carolina, “Life After Life” follows the stories of several of the residents. Among the complex characters are SadieContinue Reading “Author’s first novel in 17 years explores ‘Life After Life’”

Memoir Non-fiction Q&A

Park Sloper publishes guide to parenting – with a ‘French Twist’

Parenting is never easy, especially in a city that’s devoid of backyards yet full of subway platforms. Tired of constantly quelling her two daughters’ meltdowns, Park Slope mother Catherine Crawford decided to adopt a unique approach to raising her children. After observing a French friend’s well-behaved children, Crawford resolved to spend a year experimenting withContinue Reading “Park Sloper publishes guide to parenting – with a ‘French Twist’”

Events Non-fiction Q&A

Fort Greene entrepreneur publishes book in support of small businesses

  Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Fort Greene resident Michael S.Robinson. A man of many accomplishments, after emigrating to the U.S. from St. Vincent and the Grenadines when he was a teenager, Robinson landed a job on Wall Street and put himself through Brooklyn College, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. In 1992, RobinsonContinue Reading “Fort Greene entrepreneur publishes book in support of small businesses”

Events History Non-fiction Q&A

Brooklyn author’s “Eighty Days” revives historic race around world

According to Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn author Matthew Goodman has just released his latest novel, “Eighty Days: Nelly Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World,” in which he recreates the true story of two adventurous young female reporters who set out to travel the world in 1889. The author will appear at Park Slope’s CommunityContinue Reading “Brooklyn author’s “Eighty Days” revives historic race around world”

Events Memoir Non-fiction Q&A

Brooklynite’s debut memoir explores turbulent mother-daughter relationship

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, New Brooklyn resident Domenica Ruta has just released her debut memoir – a coming-of-age tale titled “With Or WithoutYou.” In the book, which went on sale yesterday, Ruta examines her turbulent relationship with her mother. Ruta grew up north of Boston in the town of Danvers. Her mother, Kathi, was a drug addict and dealerContinue Reading “Brooklynite’s debut memoir explores turbulent mother-daughter relationship”

BAM Events Fiction Q&A

Worldly writer Nell Freudenberger calls Brooklyn home

Brooklyn Daily Eagle recently featured acclaimed author Nell Freudenberger. Although a Brooklynite, living with her family in Park Slope, Freudenberger is certainly no stranger to territories abroad. Before moving to Brooklyn, she lived in Bangkok and spent much time traveling in China and India, and her books are compelling evidence of her extensive cross-cultural experiences. AtContinue Reading “Worldly writer Nell Freudenberger calls Brooklyn home”

Fiction Q&A

Red Hook writer’s “The Petraeus Files” spoofs recent scandal

Brooklyn Daily Eagle recently featured Red Hook writer and comedian Ted Travelstead, whose new book spoofs the recent Petraeus scandal. This past November, Gen. David Petraeus resigned from his position as director of the CIA when his affair with Paula Broadwell, his biographer, was discovered and became the center of extensive media attention.  ABC News reportedContinue Reading “Red Hook writer’s “The Petraeus Files” spoofs recent scandal”

Events Poetry Q&A

Poetry Brothelvisits DUMBO for intimate ‘St. Valentine’s Day’ readings

According to Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a slew of seductive poets will perform as part of The Poetry Brothel’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre this Saturday, Feb. 9, at DUMBO’s Forgotten Works Studio. The event, which aims to challenge conventional Valentine’s Day traditions, features sultry writers who will read to patrons for a fee.  Forgotten Works Studio will transform intoContinue Reading “Poetry Brothelvisits DUMBO for intimate ‘St. Valentine’s Day’ readings”

Events Fiction Q&A

Acclaimed author’s new novel features Justin Bieber-like idol

According to Brooklyn Eagle, Whiting Writers’ Award winner Teddy Wayne, who has been praised for his inventive humor, is about to release his latest novel. Already receiving widespread praise, “The Love Song of Jonny Valentine” is a witty and frighteningly reflective satire of America’s fixation on fame. Wayne’s protagonist, Jonny Valentine, is an 11-year-old pop singer,Continue Reading “Acclaimed author’s new novel features Justin Bieber-like idol”

Fiction Q&A

Three’s a crowd: Brooklynite’s new book illustrates sisterly struggles

Can’t we all just get along? Anyone who has grown up alongside siblings knows that it’s not that simple.  Growing up as the middle sister, I would venture to say that sisterly relationships – especially when three are involved – can be among the most intricate of sibling dynamics. Brooklyn writer Lucinda Rosenfeld seems to agree.  BrooklynContinue Reading “Three’s a crowd: Brooklynite’s new book illustrates sisterly struggles”

Events Fiction Q&A

Truth in Advertising: Brooklyn Heights writer’s view

Earlier this month we featured Brooklyn writer John Kenney whose debut novel “Truth in Advertising” explores the life of a modern day advertising professional. Kenney, who has worked in the field for nearly two decades, draws upon his own experience and reveals a contemporary advertising world that is, for the most part,  far removed from the drama andContinue Reading “Truth in Advertising: Brooklyn Heights writer’s view”

Non-fiction Q&A

Brooklyn writer looks to literary classics for lessons in love

Only a century ago, there were very limited opportunities to meet anyone outside one’s small circle of acquaintances.  Painstaking composition of hand-written letters that required days or weeks for a meaningful exchange of ideas was the prime mode of communication with anyone outside walking distance.  Yet despite the expanding array of communication options that exist todayContinue Reading “Brooklyn writer looks to literary classics for lessons in love”

Fiction Historical Fiction History Q&A

‘Gingersnap’ illustrates life in Brooklyn during World War II

Just last week, two-time Newbery Honor-winning Patricia Reilly Giff released “Gingersnap,” a heartfelt novel depicting Brooklyn during World War II.  A Brooklyn native herself, Giff reveals to young readers a life in the city dominated by the harsh implications of war. She tells the story of Jayna: a lonely orphan whose brother goes off toContinue Reading “‘Gingersnap’ illustrates life in Brooklyn during World War II”

Q&A

Former Brooklynites coin “The Gaggle” concept

Jessica Massa was living in Brooklyn this past June when she published “The Gaggle” — a well-researched and innovative guide to dating in the modern world. She and her best friend-turned-business partner, Rebecca Wiegand (also a former Brooklynite) offer women a new way of approaching their love lives, emphasizing the importance of the “gaggle” ofContinue Reading “Former Brooklynites coin “The Gaggle” concept”

Events Fiction Q&A

Brooklyn writer’s debut novel explores life, love, and advertising

Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Brooklyn writer John Kenney, whose upcoming book “Truth in Advertising” offers a modern take on the world of Mad Men. Certainly, advertising today can be sexy — but day-to-day, is it really as fascinating as we imagine? In his debut novel, Kenney sheds some light on this question; drawing upon hisContinue Reading “Brooklyn writer’s debut novel explores life, love, and advertising”