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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Tomorrow (Wednesday May 21, 2014): Silent Reading Party NYC! New Space, New Time, New Experience!


Hear Ye’! Hear Ye’, Brooklyn Book-Lovers!   Tomorrow kick’s-off this month’s Silent Reading Party NYC, and they’re keeping it fresh for the new season: new spring evening, new venue. Head to Soda Bar in Prospect Heights tomorrow night to join in on Silent Reading NYC. The once-monthly event, organized by Brooklynite Jamie Burns, is a great quiet night out: books, booze, and […]

May 20, 2014

BAM Presents ‘Poetry 2014: Birth of a Hip-Hop Nation’

BAM, Events, Music

Article by Hillel Italie, Associated Press Paying homage to the roots and political relevance of the South Bronx-born hip-hop movement, BAM will present a one-night-only performance on Friday, May 9, titled “Poetry 2014: Birth of a Hip-Hop Nation.” The night will be hosted by Toni Blackman (who has performed with Mos Def, The Roots, Wu […]

May 1, 2014

The Art, and Empathy, of Brooklyn Author Leslie Jamison


Article by Hillel Italie, Associated Press For Leslie Jamison, the written word is a safe and risky place. “So much of writing that has felt alive and electric is because I grant myself permission to write about what’s obsessing me,” the author of the best-selling “The Empathy Exams” said during a recent interview in the living room of her Brooklyn apartment. […]

May 1, 2014

This Weekend: Silent Reading Party NYC! (April 13, 2014)

Events, Uncategorized

Hey Bookworms! Are you searching for a relaxing literary Sunday in the busy bustling of Brooklyn? Head to Muchmore’s in Williamsburg this Sunday night to join in on Silent Reading NYC. The once-monthly event, organized by Brooklynite Jamie Burns, is a great quiet night out: books and booze, comfy reading couches, and beautiful background harp music provided by the […]

April 9, 2014

This Week in 1892: Walt Whitman’s death, & his 1847 ‘Death in the School-room’ piece for the Brooklyn Eagle

Fiction, History, Uncategorized

article by Andriana Zacharakos, Brooklyn Daily Eagle This week is one of literary mourning, as New York City marked the 122nd death anniversary of the nineteenth century poet and essayist, Walt Whitman this past Wednesday; but here at the Brooklyn Eagle, we have chose to celebrate his inherently “New York” literary spirit by republishing a […]

March 26, 2014

Silent Reading Party NYC to kick off Mar. 16 in W’burg


Williamsburg venue Muchmore’s is hosting the inaugural event in a series called Silent Reading NYC this Sunday, March 16. Inspired by Christopher Frizelle, editor of Seattle newspaper The Stranger and frequent host of silent reading parties at Seattle’s Sorento Hotel, Brooklyn resident Jamie Burns created the Brooklyn-based series to offer literary folk a chance get out, grab […]

March 14, 2014

New comedic, inventive novel reimagines Brooklyn


Set in Brooklyn, Jeremy P. Bushnell’s “The Weirdness” (Melville House) is an electrifying debut novel that traces Billy Ridgeway as he adventures across New York City. Billy Ridgeway is hung over and late for work when the Devil comes to visit. Billy smells him first, or rather, he smells the fair trade coffee the Devil […]

March 11, 2014

Brooklyn author to release new crime novel

Events, Fiction

Brooklyn-based author Shelly Reuben, whose books have been nominated for Edgar, Prometheus and Falcon awards, will soon release a new novel, “The Boys of Sabbath Street.” A crime novel with whimsy undertones, the book follows Artemus Ackerman, a retired magician who investigates a fire on Sabbath Street. A licensed private detective and certified fire investigator herself, the author will […]

March 7, 2014

Brooklyn author to launch adventure series


“The Blood Guard” (Two Lions/Amazon Children’s Publishing; March 4) by Carter Roy is a captivating and magical adventure that launches a brand new series for middle grade readers. It’s the sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling swashbuckling tale of an ordinary boy who is forced to become a hero, rescue his parents, and protect […]

February 26, 2014

Punk Musician, Writer To Speak in DUMBO

Events, Memoir, Non-fiction

Richard Hell Launches Autobiography March 4 Musician, writer, and provocateur Richard Hell was at the center of the social and cultural upheaval of the 1970s that came to be called “punk.” With his best friend, Tom Verlaine, he started the band Television, which as the first band to play at a then-obscure downtown bar called […]

February 24, 2014

The Authored Voice: An evening of stories and conversation


Brooklyn Reading Works will present on Feb. 13 The Authored Voice: Storytelling Across Lives and Media, an evening of stories and conversation with Murray Nossel, Catherine Burns, Trisha Coburn, and Edgar Oliver, moderated by John Guidry. These award-winning panelists will talk about the various media they have used to tell stories-performance, film, books, videos-and the different ways they […]

February 11, 2014

The 13th floor to host writing workshop with tattooist, musician


Greenpoint workshop offers inspiration for writers The 13th Floor, a writing community that provides creative inspiration and feedback to writers of all experience levels, is teaming up with artist and tattooist Steven Avalos of Evil and Love Tattoo in Greenpoint to create an immersive, artistic experience for creative writers in the neighborhood. Hosting a writing workshop […]

February 8, 2014

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