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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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”, […]

December 26, 2017

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 […]

December 20, 2017

“Brooklyn’s Sweet Ruin”

Art, Events, History

When it was rebuilt in 1883, the Domino Sugar Refinery was the largest in the world. That year, the Brooklyn Eagle described the new facility as “colossal”. At its peak, the factory processed one third of all of the sugar consumed in a year in the United States, and one eighth of all the sugar […]

December 13, 2017

Jill Eisenstadt’s New Novel Revisits the Rockaways

Fiction, Humor

The Rockaways are part of an important network of diverse habitats, and serve the ever-important role of adding a protective buffer for Brooklyn’s coastal areas.   They also happen to be the setting for Brooklyn resident Jill Eisenstadt’s newest book, Swell. The book includes some of the characters of her debut novel, From Rockaway, which […]

December 11, 2017

Litost: An Evening of Music & Reading


Litost is an untranslatable Czeck word. Its first syllable, which is long and stressed, sounds like the wail of an abandoned dog. As for the meaning of this word, I have looked in vain in other languages for an equivalent, though I find it difficult to imagine how anyone can understand the human soul without it.” […]

December 8, 2017

Hilarious Book Examines Adulting In The Internet Age


In an age of online streaming, drunk texting, bottomless brunching, internet dating, immediate car-sharing, and so much more, the minutia of our daily lives is on display for leering eyes. Now in What Are We Even Doing With Our Lives, Chelsea Marshall and Mary Dauterman give adults a healthy dose of humor disguised in a children’s […]

November 14, 2017

The Independent Bookstore Revival In Brooklyn

Featured, Profiles

By Natasha Soto Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle If forecasts had been correct, the independent bookstore would have been dead by now. First, they were supposed to be out-competed by large commercial retailers like Barnes and Noble, then made obsolete by e-books and finally dealt a deathblow by Amazon and other e-commerce sites. Instead, […]

November 9, 2017

New Book Provides Historical Perspective On Jewish Culture In New York City

History, Non-fiction

Jewish immigrants transformed New York. They built its clothing industry, expanded its commercial reach, and constructed huge swaths of apartment buildings. New York Jews helped to make the city the center of the nation’s publishing industry, also shaping commercial entertainment and contributing mightily to urban musical cultures. New York Jews have influenced both the city […]

November 8, 2017

New Novel Touches On The Lasting Friendships Made At Summer Camp


Growing up in Nyack, New York, Mandy Berman spent her summers as a camper, and eventually a counselor, at a camp in the Berkshires. Berman calls Brooklyn home now, but the memories and the friendships she made during those summers served as inspiration for her new novel, Perennials, which she wrote while getting an MFA in fiction from Columbia […]

November 1, 2017