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Brooklyn College Graduate Christine Kandic Torres writes timely debut novel ‘The Girl in Queens’

By Jaime DeJesus, Writer and Editor at the Home Reporter Newspaper and Writer for the Brooklynreporter.com Brooklyn College graduate Christine Kandic Torres is a rising star in the literary world. Her debut novel The Girls in Queens, released June 14, displays her exceptional talent of storytelling. Torres, a Queens native, spent five years writing the…

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Meredith Westgate’s ‘The Shimmering State’ to be out in paperback on August 16th

Meredith Westgate’s novel THE SHIMMERING STATE came out on August 10th, 2021. Jennifer Egan’s cool, transcendent prose meets Karen Thompson Walker’s speculative eye in this luminous literary debut following two patients in recovery after an experimental memory drug warps their lives. Lucien moves to Los Angeles to be with his grandmother as she undergoes an…

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The Center for Fiction Reopens With a Standout Season of Literary Programming

For the first time in seventeen months, The Center for Fiction is pleased to host some of this season’s author events, writing workshops, and reading groups in person at its beautiful 18,000 sq. ft. Center in the heart of Brooklyn’s cultural district. The Center will continue to provide virtual programming as well.  The Center for…

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Daily Bookmark: Gentrification gets nuanced treatment in “Newcomers”

Well-heeled young professionals have been choosing city life over the backyards and two-car garages of the suburbs for decades, and their demand for space in urban centers has brought not only chic boutiques and coffee shops, but a housing shortage and an astronomical rise in rents. And then there’s the question of who’s displaced: lower…

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Daily Bookmark: New graphic memoir takes a comic look at the art of addiction

A new graphic memoir from David Heatley, author of “My Brain is Hanging Upside Down,” explores the author’s ironic relationship to 12-Step programs, an interest that grew from a self-improvement effort to a full-fledged addiction in his adult life. In “Qualification,” on sale now from Penguin Random House, Heatley deploys wit and real empathy to…

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Five of the best Brooklyn summer reads

The long hot days of summer are upon us here in the county of Kings, and many of us are turning to literature to find some semblance of escape. Summer reading is a great way to while away the days and relax in this beautiful city. The following are some recommendations for great summer reads…

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Daily Bookmark: Barbara Mensch’s “In the Shadow of Genius” is a love letter to the minds behind Brooklyn Bridge

Have you ever wondered what makes a genius? Maybe while meditating on Einstein’s theory of relativity, viewing photos of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling or listening to “The White Album.” For photographer Barbara Mensch, it was the decades she spent living in a top-floor studio abutting the Brooklyn Bridge which led her to seek a deeper…

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Brooklyn duo pays homage to childhood pastime

At some point growing up, most of us threw a blanket over two chairs and declared it our clubhouse. Artistic wife and husband Grackle + Pigeon have taken this timeless idea a step further — or, rather, they’ve taken the imagination we all had as kids and infused it into 25 creative and gorgeously photographed…

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Two Brooklyn writers teach readers the power of ‘yes’

We feel empowered and excited when we do things that challenge us. And it’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut, and by accident, watch our worlds get smaller and smaller. Chicken Soup for the Soul noticed that its writers were fighting this impulse and using the power of “yes” to explore new…

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Colson Whitehead novel ‘The Nickel Boys’ coming next July

Doubleday announced on Wednesday, Oct. 11 that New York native Colson Whitehead’s next novel, “The Nickel Boys,” is set in a brutal reform school in early 1960s Florida. The book is based on real events during the Jim Crow era, with students being beaten and sexually abused. The narrative centers on two students, one of whom…

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President Washington’s first biographer leaves behind contested anecdotes

As the old fable goes, a young George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and his honesty about the incident (“You know I can’t tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet,”) earned him kudos with his father. That’s according to Mason Locke Weems, the author who wrote the first biography about Washington,…

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New Young Adult Novel Focuses On Teen Love And Loss

A New York Times Modern Love essay by journalist and author Lisa Selin Davis served as the inspiration for her young adult novel, Lost Stars (HNH Books for Young Readers). The coming of age story set in upstate New York in the 1980s deals with all that is agonizing and exhilarating about being a teenager,…

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New book offers insider’s view of Brooklyn

New York City and its five boroughs draw 54 million international and American tourists, including day-trippers, each year. And Brooklyn is booming: it has become the “It” borough, drawing some 15 million visitors since 2010, and rising, making it alone a bona fide international tourist destination as well. In “Insider Brooklyn” (Harper Design; On sale:…

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Brooklyn-based author’s novel focuses on new beginnings, growth

Brooklyn-based author Nora Zelevansky’s new novel “Will You Won’t You Want Me?” (St. Martin’s Griffin) offers a satirical take on New York and Los Angeles as it follows a story about new beginnings and the unexpected forms they take. Marjorie Plum, who was a “queen bee” in high school, seems to have lost her sparkle…

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Books Beneath the Bridge Series Continues with Scenic Backdrop

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 free summer literary series at which local, independent bookstores curate outdoor readings that include a Q&A and book signing…

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Hundreds Pack Sedaris Reading At Cobble Hill Bookstore

by Samantha Samel, Brooklyn Daily Eagle “Write every day,” famed author David Sedaris told a jam-packed room of writers and readers at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on Thursday night. Now on tour to promote the paperback edition of his most recent collection, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” (Little, Brown and Company/Back Bay Books), Sedaris —the acclaimed author…

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Announces ‘2014 Books Beneath the Bridge’ Series Line-Up

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) has announced the full lineup for its third annual Books Beneath the Bridge series. This free summer literary series, which features outdoor readings curated by local, independent bookstores, will begin on July 7 at 7 p.m. and run for six consecutive Mondays at Pier 1’s Granite Prospect. The lead sponsor for the series…

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New Novel Brings Coney Island to Life

From Crown Publishing Group Brooklyn Daily Eagle Park Slope writer Andrew Lewis Conn burst onto the literary scene in 2003 with his avant-garde novel “P.,” described in the New York Times Book Review as “rambunctious, exhilarating, surreal, funny and moving” while Kirkus anointed Conn “a writer to watch.” On June 10, Conn returns with his long-awaited new novel, bringing his remarkable talents to…

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This Weekend: Silent Reading Party NYC! (April 13, 2014)

Hey Bookworms! Are you searching for a relaxing literary Sunday in the busy bustling of Brooklyn? Head to Muchmore’s in Williamsburg this Sunday night to join in on Silent Reading NYC. The once-monthly event, organized by Brooklynite Jamie Burns, is a great quiet night out: books and booze, comfy reading couches, and beautiful background harp music provided by the…

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This Week in 1892: Walt Whitman’s death, & his 1847 ‘Death in the School-room’ piece for the Brooklyn Eagle

article by Andriana Zacharakos, Brooklyn Daily Eagle This week is one of literary mourning, as New York City marked the 122nd death anniversary of the nineteenth century poet and essayist, Walt Whitman this past Wednesday; but here at the Brooklyn Eagle, we have chose to celebrate his inherently “New York” literary spirit by republishing a…

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