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Carroll Gardens author reveals ‘How Artists Work’

Brooklyn BookBeat: New book explores daily routines of 161 masterminds Most of us know what made Beethoven and Charles Darwin famous. Most of us can recognize at least a couple of Andy Warhol’s works, and can probably name a Jane Austen novel. But most of us know very little about the daily routines of theseContinue Reading “Carroll Gardens author reveals ‘How Artists Work’”

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Still He Haunts Him: Heights author publishes biography of 1930s Wall Street con artist

A tall, imposing, and superbly attired older man attends an engagement party in 1963 in Far Hills, New Jersey.  There he grasps the hand of the groom-to-be, thanking him for the invitation to the festivities, acknowledging that the party is the first time he has “been in society” since his “troubles” began. The young manContinue Reading “Still He Haunts Him: Heights author publishes biography of 1930s Wall Street con artist”

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Notes from the underground: subway as bookstore?

Brooklyn Author Sells Books on Subway with Quirky Sales Pitch In the age of all things digital, fewer and fewer people are going to bookstores to buy books and it is becoming increasingly difficult for authors to connect to their readers. But according to Brooklyn Eagle, Stephen Witt, the Brooklyn-based author of “American Moses” andContinue Reading “Notes from the underground: subway as bookstore?”

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Provocative young author to speak in DUMBO

From Vintage and Anchor Books/Random House From one of this generation’s most talked about, controversial, and hardest working young writers comes a novel about failed relationships, drug-induced depression, marriage, and death. Combining Bret Easton Ellis’s reckless characters with Siddhartha’s continually unsuccessful, earnest attempts at some kind of transcendence, “Taipei” by Tao Lin is an odeContinue Reading “Provocative young author to speak in DUMBO”

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‘Mapping Manhattan’ author to celebrate book launch in Brooklyn

“Maps are the places where memories go not to die, or be pinned, but to live forever.” —Adam Gopnik Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Becky Cooper, who — armed with hundreds of blank maps that had been painstakingly printed by hand — walked Manhattan from end to end, asking strangers to map their city and mailContinue Reading “‘Mapping Manhattan’ author to celebrate book launch in Brooklyn”

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Bestselling ‘Coolidge’ author Amity Shlaes came home to Brooklyn Heights for book talk

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, Amity Shlaes, the best-selling author and sage – though without the grey beard – of the world where politics, policy and economics collide, spoke in person earlier this week to her friends and neighbors in Brooklyn Heights. She’s been on the national book-tour circuit plugging her latest bestseller, “Coolidge,” tellingContinue Reading “Bestselling ‘Coolidge’ author Amity Shlaes came home to Brooklyn Heights for book talk”

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Park Slope’s Community Bookstore to open Windsor Terrace shop

Founded in 1971, Park Slope’s beloved Community Bookstore is one of Brooklyn’s oldest independent bookstores. According to Brooklyn Eagle, Staffers recently announced that they will soon be spreading the literary love to a new outpost on Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace. Taking over Babbo’s Books, a six-year-old store that specializes in used books, Community BookstoreContinue Reading “Park Slope’s Community Bookstore to open Windsor Terrace shop”

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Brooklyn Heights resident releases enchanting debut novel

Brooklyn Eagle recently spoke with Julie Sarkissian, a Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel “Dear Lucy” is narrated in an unusual if sometimes eerie voice. While the story’s protagonist Lucy often cannot “find the words” she needs to express herself, Sarkissian infuses the character with a captivating narrative that has been aptly compared to the voicesContinue Reading “Brooklyn Heights resident releases enchanting debut novel”

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Park Sloper’s new novel channels 19th century female astronomer

  The Brooklyn Daily Eagle recently featured Brooklynite Amy Brill, who wrote her first story, “The Lost Dog,” when she was in first grade. Brill has come a long way since then: on April 18, she will be launching her debut novel, “The Movement of Stars,” which has already received widespread praise. Inspired by the story ofContinue Reading “Park Sloper’s new novel channels 19th century female astronomer”

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James Lasdun and Michelle Orange to speak at powerHouse Arena

According to Brooklyn Eagle, two celebrated writers – James Lasdun and Michelle Orange – will appear at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to celebrate and discuss their new work, which explores the sometimes alarming implications of modern media and communication on our lives. Lasdun has recently released his latest book, an eerie memoir titled “GiveContinue Reading “James Lasdun and Michelle Orange to speak at powerHouse Arena”

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Fiction and autobiography meet in ‘Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles’

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, acclaimed author Ron Currie, Jr. will be appearing at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint on Tuesday, Feb. 12, to celebrate the release of his new novel, “Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles.” Already receiving widespread praise, this is a poignant work of autobiographical fiction that intricately explores the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Currie’s prose isContinue Reading “Fiction and autobiography meet in ‘Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles’”

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Library honors ‘To Brooklyn Bridge’ poet Hart Crane

According to Brooklyn Eagle, Hart Crane (1899-1931), an American poet known for his tribute to the Brooklyn Bridge, will be honored tonight, January 9, at the Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library’s “Dedicated to Hart Crane” ceremony. Born in Ohio, Crane moved to New York as a teenager, and his new home became theContinue Reading “Library honors ‘To Brooklyn Bridge’ poet Hart Crane”

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Park Slope’s Community Bookstore offers holiday reading recommendations

If you need gift ideas this holiday season, you might check out Community Bookstore’s 2012 Holiday Recommendations. The Park Slope book store’s Annual Holiday Newsletter offers numerous staff recommendations within a comprehensive range of categories. You’ll find suggestions for art books, poetry, fairy tales and essays — so whether you’re wondering what to get yourContinue Reading “Park Slope’s Community Bookstore offers holiday reading recommendations”

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We’re back on Brooklyn Book Beat!

After a brief hiatus, we are back to blogging!  We will update Brooklyn Book Beat frequently to promote events at local Brooklyn bookstores, news pertaining to Brooklyn resident writers, and books with Brooklyn connections. We encourage you to reach out to us with relevant content for the blog; if you work with any Brooklyn-based writers orContinue Reading “We’re back on Brooklyn Book Beat!”