Second “Litost: An Evening of Music & Reading” To Be Held In Bushwick


Back in December, Bookbeat covered the very first “Litost: An Evening of Music & Reading”. Created by Angela Sundtrom, Litost was organized to showcase original writing and musical performances by individuals who do not read their work publicly often. In case you missed it, the full story can be found here. The event was such […]

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In Conversation with Author of New Feminist Handbook

Feminism, Nonfiction, Political Activism

“The 2016 presidential election felt, in some ways, like a referendum on the value of women (and people of color and immigrants and refugees and Muslims … the list goes on), one that we had lost. On the evening of Nov. 9, I walked in a daze under the gray, drizzly haze that seemed to […]

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Bestselling author to discuss second novel in Brooklyn

Fiction, Historical Fiction

From Kim van Alkemade, author of the New York Times bestseller, “Orphan #8,” comes a new and exceptional work of near-history fiction — “Bachelor Girl,” a gripping story about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love — set in New York City and inspired by a true historical event. “Bachelor Girl” will be […]

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Latest installment in popular children’s book series to be released

Children's, Humor

  Abby Hanlon’s popular “Dory Fantasmagory” chapter book series has readers clamoring for the next installment, but thankfully, they will not have to wait long. With three books in the series available to read in seventeen languages around the world, young readers and their parents have discovered, as noted in a starred review from Publisher’s […]

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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


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


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!


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

Brooklyn Zoo: The Education of a Psychotherapist

Memoir, Non-fiction

If you’re struggling to combat work-related frustrations, you’ll find solace in Darcy Lockman’s new book Brooklyn Zoo. In her poignant memoir, Lockman recalls the year she spent working in Brooklyn at Kings County Hospital, whose infamous G Building provided a deeply challenging and dark work environment. After studying four years to become a clinical psychologist, Lockman […]

August 22, 2012