In debut memoir, musician Jake Shears depicts life in late 1990s Brooklyn


It is rare for a celebrity who has achieved renown working in one medium to reveal that they are just as adept at working in another. However, Jake Shears has done just that. Shears is the lead singer of the iconic glam band Scissor Sisters, a trailblazing downtown band embraced by the LGBTQ community, which […]

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Isabel Allende’s new novel “In The Midst of Winter” is the perfect read for winter weather


  Isabel Allende is one of the most widely-read authors in the world. More than 67 million copies of her books have been sold. Allende’s bestselling first novel “The House of the Spirits”was published in 1982. Since then, she has authored more than twenty bestselling and criticallyacclaimed books. She has also received many awards, including […]

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Art of Writing About Deaths Captured in Documentary


For many individuals, obituaries may be the only form of written biography left behind after death. However, as writer Margalit Fox says in the 2016 film “Obit”, “Obits have next to nothing to do with death and absolutely everything to do with life.” Director and producer duo Vanessa Gould and Caitlin Mae Burke created “Obit”, […]

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Novel Centers On The Impact Of Gentrification In Brooklyn


No matter how you feel about gentrification, there is no denying that it has touched nearly every corner of Brooklyn and is changing the look of some of the most historic neighborhoods. Fort Greene native, Naima Coster has a deeply personal understanding of the impact of gentrification on long-time residents. The author, who currently teaches […]

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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 is […]

February 8, 2013

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

Events, Poetry, Q&A

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 into […]

February 7, 2013

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

Events, Fiction, Q&A

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, […]

February 5, 2013

Carroll Gardens writer praises ‘Messy Lives’


Brooklyn Daily Eagle recently featured Carroll Gardens resident and writer Katie Roiphe, who has long been known for her courageous writing, whether in the form of personal essays or cultural and literary criticism. Since the publication of “The Morning After: Fear, Sex and Feminism” in 1994, Roiphe’s work has regularly been described as thought-provoking and bold. Her newest book […]

January 31, 2013

Brooklyn Book Briefs: Jan. 30


According to Brooklyn Eagle, this Wednesday, Jan. 30, Cobble Hill’s BookCourt presents an evening with Granta, a literary magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Granta editor Patrick Ryan will host the event, facilitating a discussion on the Spring 2013 issue with André Aciman, Karen Russell and Jennifer Vanderbes – three of the issue’s featured writers – all of whom, in their new work, […]

January 29, 2013

Thinking of retiring? Reinvent yourself instead


For most of us, when we envision the end of a career there is one word in particular that comes to mind: retirement. Historically, Americans have equated the end of a successful professional life with retirement plans, whether that might involve moving someplace warmer or quieter, or simply spending more time at home relaxing. But more and more […]

January 29, 2013

Brooklyn Book Briefs: Jan. 28


According to Brooklyn Eagle, Renowned English bassist and singer Peter Hook will appear at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena tonight, Jan. 28, to celebrate the release of “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division.” In his book, to be released tomorrow, Jan. 29, Hook offers an in-depth exploration of some of the post-punk musicians and bass guitar melodies that […]

January 28, 2013

Tonight at Brooklyn’s bookstores


Trauma, Truths, and Twitter Authors Rory O’Connor and Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian will appear tonight, Jan. 24, at DUMBO’s powerHouse bookstore, to discuss how social media has served to perpetuate common misconceptions about the Middle East. O’Connor, award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of “Friends, Followers and the Future,” focuses his work on the intersection of media […]

January 24, 2013

Truth in Advertising: Brooklyn Heights writer’s view

Events, Fiction, Q&A

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 and […]

January 22, 2013

Brooklyn writer looks to literary classics for lessons in love

Non-fiction, Q&A

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 today […]

January 16, 2013

WORD Bookstore presents Manuel Gonzales and the 1000 Word Project


Tonight, Jan. 16, Greenpoint’s WORD Bookstore presents Manuel Gonzales and the 1000 Word project. Gonzales’s debut collection of short stories, “The Miniature Wife: And Other Stories” has been praised for its seamless fusion of the familiar and the fantastical. The book includes 18 memorable stories that paint relate-able yet unique depictions of relationships. Photographer Emily […]

January 16, 2013

powerHouse hosts Young Adults Author Panel


Head to powerHouse tonight, January 15, for a chance to meet some of the most esteemed Young Adult authors. Brooklynite Matt de la Pena (“I Will Save You”), Deborah Heiligman (“Intentions”), and Theo Lawrence (“Mystic City”) will read from their work and will participate in a discussion moderated by One Teen Story editor Pei-Ling Lue. […]

January 15, 2013