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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

New Novel Brings Coney Island to Life

Fiction, Uncategorized

From Crown Publishing Group Brooklyn Daily Eagle Park Slope writer Andrew Lewis Conn burst onto the literary scene in 2003 with his avant-garde novel “P.,” described in the New York Times Book Review as “rambunctious, exhilarating, surreal, funny and moving” while Kirkus anointed Conn “a writer to watch.” On June 10, Conn returns with his long-awaited new novel, bringing his remarkable talents to […]

May 30, 2014