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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Upcoming book talk to highlight Plymouth Church in Civil War Era


Events, History, Non-fiction

In connection with the Brooklyn Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom,” BHS, in partnership with Green-Wood, will host a book talk with Frank Decker to discuss his new book about our nation’s greatest struggle. The book, titled “Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era,” explores the important role that Plymouth Church played in anti-slavery […]

February 5, 2014

New novel restages classic ‘Rebecca’


Events, Fiction

Author To Speak in Cobble Hill Famed author Meg Wolitzer described Rachel Pastan’s debut novel “This Side of Married” as “a wedding bouquet of great wit and affection” and Booklist praised it as “smart and insightful.”  Pastan followed that up with the novel “Lady of the Snakes” in 2008, of which NPR’s Maureen Corrigan declared: […]

February 3, 2014

A Last Good-bye


Memoir, Non-fiction

By Sandra Hurtes From “The Ambivalent Memoirist“ Manhattan is now my home. But today I look over my shoulder at the Brooklyn that raised me. I look into an obscure distance and wonder, am I where I belong? My former neighbor Rick is moving after thirty-two years in his Brooklyn Heights apartment. He’s found his […]

January 30, 2014

‘Tarpaper Dreams’ evokes historic Brooklyn


Memoir, Non-fiction

Memoirist Recalls Sister’s Job as Eagle Reporter Though she’s migrated to a small town in the Sierra Foothills, California, author Jean Humburg’s latest book, “Tarpaper Dreams,” is largely focused on the formative years she spent in Brooklyn.  Humburg was raised by two immigrant parents in Bay Ridge during the Depression; her grandmother lived nearby. Humburg’s […]

January 28, 2014

Veteran Adrian Bonenberger launches wartime memoir with NY Times’ James Dao


Events, Memoir, Non-fiction

In “Afghan Post,” the New York Times blogger and veteran Adrian Bonenberger conveys the unforgettable emotional reality of his military experience through the cracked lens of his wartime correspondence. On Jan. 28, Bonenberger will appear in DUMBO at powerHouse Arena to discuss his book with New York Times deputy national editor James Dao. The program is being co-sponsored […]

January 26, 2014

Joyce Carol Oates to speak in Brooklyn on Feb. 6


Events, Fiction

Literary legend Joyce Carol Oates’s latest, “Carthage,” plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded young Corporal, haunted by unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, while unraveling the story of a disaffected young girl’s disappearance. The author will now appear in Brooklyn to celebrate the launch of her book at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on Feb. […]

January 22, 2014

Claire Messud to speak in DUMBO


Events, Fiction

The protagonist in esteemed writer Claire Messud’s latest novel, Nora Eldridge is a 37-year-old elementary school teacher who long ago abandoned her ambition to be an artist— and has become “The Woman Upstairs,” a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the edge of others’ achievements.  This masterly novel is the riveting confession of a woman […]

January 17, 2014

Brooklyn author releases finale to action-packed trilogy


Fiction

The Seven Swords have been retrieved. The gate to Avalon has been opened. The Round Table awaits. Now, the final stage of Artie Kingfisher’s quest is about to begin in “The Dragon King,” the explosive finale of Brooklyn author Nils Johnson-Shelton’s thrilling and action-packed tween trilogy, The Otherworld Chronicles. Nils switched gears to middle-grade fantasy […]

January 15, 2014

Holiday mixer spreads the gift of literacy with book drive


Events

With the holiday season in full swing and a new year upon us, New York’s Young & Powerful Group will introduce their newest initiative, the Pipeline Mentoring Project, at a Holiday Mixer and Book Drive. Held on Tuesday, Dec.17 at Buskers NYC (92 W. Houston St.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., this holiday mixer will provide young […]

December 12, 2013

St. Francis professor co-authors new project management book


Non-fiction

St. Francis College Management Professor Barbara Edington says that situations of uncertainty are not always a bad thing. She recently co-authored the book “The Silver Lining of Project Uncertainties” (Project Management Institute), which helps guide project managers in finding opportunities hidden within uncertainty. “We know that this research is breaking new ground and shaking up the common belief […]

December 6, 2013