Tyler Wetherall Shares Memoir About Life On The Run

Memoir

There were many things Tyler Wetherall didn’t know while growing up. She didn’t know her real surname until she was nine years old. She didn’t know her dad was a criminal. And she didn’t know the reason her family had moved 13 times in her short life was because they were fugitives from the FBI. […]

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NYC anti-poverty advocate releases gripping memoir on her battle with cancer

Memoir

Jennifer Jones Austin, New York City native, nonprofit executive and child advocate released her debut book “Consider It Pure Joy” on March 1 with book signings in New York City followed by a book tour stopping in cities across the country. On March 19, Jones Austin signed books and spoke at the Brooklyn Historical Society. New York City […]

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Acclaimed poet brings Cape Verde to Brooklyn in new collection

Poetry

“These words feel like experiences. Some are personal, most are enlightening, but all connect. Connect on a higher level. A spiritual level.” –Kendrick Lamar   Shauna Barbosa is a Boston-raised poet whose debut poetry collection “Cape Verdean Blues” is making waves in the literary world. She is currently embarking on her “Cosmic Journey Tour,” where […]

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Smart, funny ‘A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out’ includes Brooklyn-based chapter

Fiction

“Brooklyn women wore black T-shirts and scuffed shoes and unwashed hair and somehow looked impossibly chic. I, in contrast, felt like a Carrie impersonator from Omaha on the ‘Sex and the City’ bus tour.” — Chapter 6 of “A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out” The workplace drama in Sally Franson’s debut novel “A Lady’s Guide […]

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powerHouse is pumped for the new year


Events

powerHouse will be busy the second week of the new year, hosting three exciting events. On Tuesday, January 8, journalist Jonathan Katz will speak about his experience as the only full-time American correspondent present in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake. Katz’s new book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti […]

December 19, 2012

Brooklyn’s power as haven for writers boosted by BAM


BAM, Events

According to Brooklyn Eagle, BAM’s series ‘Eat, Drink & Be Literary’ — one of the institutions most popular events — will be returning this January.  The ‘Eat Drink’ events, hosted in the BAMcafé (Lepercq Space), consist of dinners with notable authors who are available for Q&A, and even mingling.  Founded in 2005, nearly all of the […]

December 17, 2012

Q&A with Brooklyn-based novelist Bernice L. McFadden


Events, Fiction, Q&A

“All the world passes through Brooklyn,” Bernice L. McFadden tells the Brooklyn Eagle, “and that world has, more often than not, ended up in my books.” Author of eight critically acclaimed novels, McFadden was born and raised in Brooklyn.  This February she is reissuing “Nowhere Is a Place,” a novel that movingly tackles the intricacies of family relationships.  […]

December 14, 2012

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