Notes from the underground: subway as bookstore?


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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” and […]

May 23, 2013

Provocative young author to speak in DUMBO


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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 ode […]

May 23, 2013

Park Slope’s Community Bookstore to open Windsor Terrace shop


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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 Bookstore […]

May 17, 2013

Brooklyn Heights resident releases enchanting debut novel


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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 voices […]

April 22, 2013

James Lasdun and Michelle Orange to speak at powerHouse Arena


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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 “Give […]

February 26, 2013

Fiction and autobiography meet in ‘Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles’


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  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 is […]

February 8, 2013

Library honors ‘To Brooklyn Bridge’ poet Hart Crane


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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 the […]

January 9, 2013

We’re back on Brooklyn Book Beat!


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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 or […]

December 5, 2012