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

Memoir

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

Fiction

  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

film

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

Fiction

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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How do your favorite writers want the world to end? Find out at the ‘My Apocalypse’ book launch party, Dec. 21 at powerHouse


Events

Friday, December 21, powerHouse on 8th will host the launch party for Sock Monkey Press’s new publication, “My Apocalypse.”  Scott Adkins, co-founder of Sock Monkey Press and editor of the book, asked numerous authors to share how they might write the end of the world.  A compilation of the writers’ responses, “My Apocalypse“ includes visions by Elissa Shappell, […]

December 13, 2012

Evan Hughes on ‘Literary Brooklyn,’ this Friday at St. Francis College


Events, History, Non-fiction, Q&A

According to Brooklyn Eagle, two of our favorite experts on Brooklyn’s literary history will be speaking this Friday in Brooklyn Heights. Partnering with the Brooklyn Film & Arts festival, St. Francis College will be hosting “Literary Brooklyn” author Evan Hughes, who will discuss his recent book. Hughes spoke to Brooklyn Eagle about his motivations for chronicling the […]

December 12, 2012

Tales of a changing Brooklyn: Pete Hamill’s ‘The Christmas Kid: and Other Brooklyn Stories’


Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

Just released in late October, Pete Hamill’s The Christmas Kid: and Other Brooklyn Stories compiles thirty years’ worth of the writer’s Brooklyn-based tales.  Hamill, an acclaimed journalist and screenwriter, is inextricably linked to Brooklyn; born and raised in the borough, he has spent his career sharing poignant stories that illuminate Brooklyn’s rich history and character. In fact, […]

December 11, 2012

Tonight at BAM: Brooklyn Literary Mash-Up


Events

Brooklyn has long been home to a slew of talented authors, and tonight BAM will host a program that celebrates just that: Brooklyn Literary Mash-Up meshes the work of some of the borough’s most notable classic and modern writers.  The featured texts, including pieces by Walt Whitman and Colson Whitehead, will be enlivened by members of the Brooklyn International Theater Company, who use music, […]

December 10, 2012

Matthew Goodman’s new project: Eighty Days


History, Non-fiction

According to Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn author Matthew Goodman has been working on a fascinating project, recreating the true story of two adventurous young female reporters who set out to travel the world in 1889.  In Eighty Days: Nelly Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World, Goodman draws on years of extensive research to revive this captivating slice of […]

December 7, 2012

‘Is That a Word?’ Find out next Thursday at powerHouse: David Bukszpan on the language of ‘Scrabblish’


Events, Non-fiction

Whether you play Words with Friends on your smart phone or you stick to the traditional Scrabble board game, head to Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena next Thursday, December 13, at 7pm, for a chance to brush up on your skills with Brooklynite David Bukszpan, a resident word game expert (who also happens to be an author and book publicist).  In […]

December 7, 2012

Wednesday, December 12 at powerHouse: the history behind Nostradamus


Events, History, Non-fiction

Next Wednesday, December 12, powerHouse Arena will be hosting author and historian Stéphane Gerson for a reading and signing of his latest book, Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet Of Doom.  In this biography, Gerson follows the history and influence of  Michel de Nostredame, the Renaissance astrologer whose predictions have earned attention in the media […]

December 6, 2012

Tomorrow at Greenpoint Library: Eva Stachniak on writing ‘The Winter Palace’


Events, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

Tomorrow, December 6, Polish author Eva Stachniak will appear at Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Library to discuss her recently published historical novel, The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great.  Already receiving high praise, Stachniak’s book infuses the novel format with historical research from letters and diaries, effectively portraying one of history’s most intriguing female leaders.  Through the […]

December 5, 2012

We’re back on Brooklyn Book Beat!


Uncategorized

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

Tonight at BookCourt: Joyce Johnson launches ‘THE VOICE IS ALL: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac’


Events, History, Memoir, Non-fiction, Q&A

Tonight, 9/19, head to BookCourt to celebrate the launch of Joyce Johnson’s new book, THE VOICE IS ALL.  Decades after chronicling her relationship with Kerouac through Minor Characters (1983), Johnson now offers an insightful profile of Kerouac’s background and development as a writer, elucidating to readers how Kerouac made literary history. Given her former relationship […]

September 19, 2012

Tomorrow, September 13: ‘Blade Runner’ screenwriter Hampton Fancher at BookCourt to discuss his new book, ‘The Shape of the Final Dog’


Events, Fiction

Hampton Fancher, the original screenwriter of Blade Runner, has tried his hand at a new form of writing. His debut collection of short stories The Shape of the Final Dog, which will be released tomorrow, September 13, offers readers twelve eerie tales that are grounded in reality, yet test the boundaries of normalcy. While some of Fancher’s […]

September 12, 2012

Andrew Kessler at BookCourt tomorrow, 8/30


Events, Memoir, Non-fiction

If you missed Andrew Kessler at powerHouse earlier this month, not to worry! The Brooklyn-based writer will be appearing at BookCourt tomorrow, August 30, to read from his memoir Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission. While you might not expect to hear about NASA’s Phoenix Mars mission through […]

August 29, 2012

Literary Brooklyn: Q&A with Evan Hughes


History, Non-fiction, Q&A

If you’re curious about Brooklyn’s rich literary history, there’s no better source to talk to than Fort Greene resident and writer Evan Hughes. Last summer, Hughes published Literary Brooklyn, a full-length book that explores the borough’s development through the eyes of some of its greatest writers. A year after the release of Literary Brooklyn, Hughes reflects on his motivations […]

August 29, 2012

Final Words by the Water reading: tonight at WORD


Events, Fiction

It’s Electric Lit night at Words by the Water! This final reading in the Words by the Water series features three of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading authors: Katie Bellas, Marie-Helene Bertino and Fiona Maazel. All three writers live in Brooklyn. Tonight’s event will take place at WORD, due to the unpredictable weather. WORD is located […]

August 27, 2012

What exactly IS the Internet?


Events, Non-fiction, Q&A

You use the Internet every day — probably for several more hours than you’d like to admit. But do you ever think about what exactly the internet is? Where does it exist? What spaces does it occupy and which does it avoid? When you start to really think about it, it gets confusing, and maybe even a little […]

August 22, 2012