Brooklyn Book Briefs: Nov. 8-10

Colum McCann. Photo by Brendan Bourke

Brooklyn BookBeat

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

New York Times Bestselling Author Ann Patchett To Launch New Book in Brooklyn

Ann Patchett, the widely acclaimed author of “State of Wonder,” among other novels, will appear at Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore on Nov. 8 to discuss her new nonfiction book “This Is The Story of A Happy Marriage.” In her novels, Patchett (owner of Nashville’s Parnassus Books) has taken readers to such far-flung landscapes as the Amazonian rain forest, a South American mansion during a hostage crisis and a home for unwed mothers. Now, this PEN/Faulkner Award and Orange Prize winner invites readers into her own life with a collection of nonfiction pieces written over the course of her career that unveil both the quotidian and more profound details of her life. A writer of unequalled grace and compassionate good humor, Patchett shares stories from her uprooted Catholic childhood, her apprenticeship as a writer, her disastrous first marriage and her happy second one. Join us for a reading, discussion and wine reception with one of our most beloved book people.

The Nov. 8 event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Greenlight is located at 686 Fulton St. in Fort Greene.

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Renowned Author Colum McCann To Speak at Brooklyn Public Library

International best-selling author Colum McCann will appear at the Brooklyn Public Library (Central Branch) on Nov. 9 to present his latest novel “TransAtlantic.” “TransAtlantic” is comprised of three distinct stories that intersect through the lives of the women tied to their history.  One story brings to life Newfoundland in 1919, when two aviators venture to Ireland in an attempt to pilot the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Another of the stories, which takes place in 1845-’46 Dublin, portrays Frederick Douglass as he tours to promote his autobiography. The third story, set in 1998 New York, follows Senator George Mitchell as he leaves behind his wife and newborn to travel to Belfast.

Spanning from the Irish Potato Famine to 2011, when President Obama arrives in Ireland, “TransAtlantic” is a captivating mix of history and fiction.
McCann won the National Book Award for “Let the Great World Spin” and is the author of “Songdogs,” among many others.

The Nov. 9 event will begin at 4 p.m. at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch’s Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza).
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Image courtesy of Algonquin Press

Brooklynite’s Novel Builds Mythology in Park Slope

Author To Speak in Brooklyn

Brooklyn author Amy Herrick’s electrifying debut middle-grade novel, “The Time Fetch,” builds breathtaking otherworldly mythology in the middle of Brooklyn’s picturesque Prospect Park.

Herrick will appear in Brooklyn on Nov. 10 to read from her novel at powerHouse on 8th.

Under normal circumstances, a Time Fetch sends out its foragers to collect only those moments that will never be missed or regretted so that time can be redistributed where it is needed most. But when eighth-grader Edward mistakes a sleeping Fetch for an ordinary rock, the foragers are disturbed from their slumber and begin to gobble up time. As the fabric of space and time starts to unravel, Edward must form an unlikely alliance with three classmates, all of whom have touched the Fetch, before it’s too late and time is wrecked for good.

A thrilling story of unexpected friendship and courage, “The Time Fetch” is sure to delight a new generation of fantasy fans.

Amy Herrick is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Every morning, she and her dog take a long walk in Prospect Park looking for adventure. They’ve seen and heard many wondrous things there, some of which have served as inspiration for this story. “The Time Fetch” is her first book for young readers.

The Nov. 10 event will begin at 4 p.m. powerHouse on 8th is located at 1111 8th Ave.

November 8, 2013 - 8:00am



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