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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St. Francis Colleges Welcomes Next Author In Walt Whitman Writers Series


Events

St. Francis College proudly welcomes Ron Currie, author of The One-Eyed Man, as the next author to speak in the Walt Whitman Writers Series on Wednesday, October 25 at 5:00pm in the Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education. Currie’s other work includes the novels Everything Matters! and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and the short story collection God is Dead, which was the winner of […]

October 19, 2017

YA Novel Takes A Deeply Personal Look At Mental Illness


Featured, Fiction, YA

It’s hard enough to save someone who doesn’t want to be saved, but it’s another thing entirely when you’re only seventeen… and ‘someone’ is none other than your mom. The debut YA novel from Natalka Burian, Welcome to the Slipstream is a quirky and deeply moving story centered on Van Lowell – a seventeen-year-old Eloise type […]

October 17, 2017

Steamy Love Story Proves That Looks Can Be Deceiving


Fiction, Romance

In Lady Be Bad, Brooklyn author, Megan Frampton returns with the consuming first installment in the new Duke’s Daughters series. Eleanor and her four younger sisters have a sad reputation as the “Duke’s dull daughters.” But appearances can be deceptive. The Marymount household is anything but dull when middle sister Della runs off with her dance instructor, […]

October 6, 2017

New Children’s Book Deals With Middle School Jitters


Children's

Starting middle school can be a scary transition for anyone, but Abbie Wu is totally stressed out. In Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom (HarperCollins), young Abbie is anxious about starting at a new school and doesn’t think anyone in her family understands. She wants desperately to fit in but feels as if she is the only person in the […]

November 17, 2016

Latest In Mystery Series Is A World War II Thriller


Fiction, Historical Fiction

The Queens Accomplice (Bantam Trade Paperback), the sixth title in Susan Elia MacNeal’s Maggie Hope mystery series, picks up where Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante left off. Set in England in 1942, the country is engaged in World War II. And while nightly blackouts take place in the London streets, a serial killer is using the darkness to target and kill […]

November 10, 2016

New book offers insider’s view of Brooklyn


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New York City and its five boroughs draw 54 million international and American tourists, including day-trippers, each year. And Brooklyn is booming: it has become the “It” borough, drawing some 15 million visitors since 2010, and rising, making it alone a bona fide international tourist destination as well. In “Insider Brooklyn” (Harper Design; On sale: […]

June 9, 2016

Helen Simonson to read from ‘The Summer Before the War’ at BookCourt


Fiction

Helen Simonson, Brooklyn Heights resident and author of the New York Times bestselling debut novel “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” will be reading from her eagerly awaited second novel “The Summer Before the War” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at BookCourt, 163 Court St. in Cobble Hill. “At once haunting and effervescent, ‘The Summer Before the […]

March 16, 2016

Books Beneath the Bridge Series Continues with Scenic Backdrop


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Books and bridges have long been defining components of Brooklyn’s identity, characterizing this scenic literary hub. A consummate mix of some of the borough’s finest qualities, Books Beneath the Bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s free summer literary series at which local, independent bookstores curate outdoor readings that include a Q&A and book signing […]

July 20, 2014

Brooklyn Writer Tackles America’s Debt Crisis in New Satire


Events

Cobble Hill Book Launch Party Slated for July 20 “Anyone who’s ever had trouble making ends meet is going to find themselves in this story,” Brooklyn-based writer Jenna Leigh Evans says of her new novel, “Prosperity,” which is set in a newfangled debtor’s prison. “And hopefully,” she adds, they’ll “even find the humor in it.” […]

July 18, 2014

Hundreds Pack Sedaris Reading At Cobble Hill Bookstore


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by Samantha Samel, Brooklyn Daily Eagle “Write every day,” famed author David Sedaris told a jam-packed room of writers and readers at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on Thursday night. Now on tour to promote the paperback edition of his most recent collection, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” (Little, Brown and Company/Back Bay Books), Sedaris —the acclaimed author […]

June 10, 2014