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Novelist reveals how teaching in Brooklyn has shaped his work

Williamsburg
Following his acclaimed debut “Sacrifice Fly,” New York City public school teacher Tim O’Mara’s new novel “Crooked Numbers” (Minotaur Books) returns to the Williamsburg neighborhood to tell the story of Raymond Donne, a middle school teacher who has taken a break from his job to solve a mys … Full Article

‘My Life in Middlemarch’: Can life imitate fiction?

Fort Greene
“I loved 'Middlemarch', and I loved being the kind of person who loved it,” writes Brooklynite Rebecca Mead in her new book, “My Life in Middlemarch,” published last week by Crown. In this insightful work — part memoir, part biography, part literary criticism — Mea … Full Article

Upcoming book talk to highlight Plymouth Church in Civil War Era

Brooklyn Heights
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. … Full Article

Salman Rushdie kicks off BAM’s 10th season of ‘Eat, Drink & Be Literary’

Brooklyn Boro
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) kicked off the 10th year of its popular, "Eat, Drink & Be Literary" lecture series on Wednesday night at the BAMcafé with acclaimed and controversial author, Salman Rushdie. … Full Article

Longtime Brooklyn Heights resident publishes poignant memoir

A Brooklyn Heights resident for nearly three decades, Sandra Hurtes opens her latest book, “The Ambivalent Memoirist,” in the borough that shaped many of her memories. … Full Article

Esteemed Brooklyn Heights author explores memory, identity in latest novel

Brooklyn Heights
Seventeen-year-old Ember Leferrier is not your average teenager. … Full Article

Jesse Eisenberg to join award-winning novelist Teddy Wayne in DUMBO

DUMBO
Whiting Writers’ Award-winner Teddy Wayne will be visiting DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on Jan. … Full Article

Afghanistan veteran to launch wartime memoir in DUMBO with NY Times' James Dao

DUMBO
In his new book "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. … Full Article

‘Scent of Pine’ intertwines past and future

Throughout the history of literature, authors have explored the psyche of a protagonist who is coming of age or experiencing a midlife crisis, but rarely do these two narratives intersect within a single character. … Full Article

In its 10th season, BAM’s ‘Eat, Drink’ series presents star-studded lineup

Celebrating its 10th season, Eat, Drink & Be Literary — the enormously popular series created by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the National Book Awards — returns this year on Jan. 29 with literary giant Salman Rushdie. … Full Article

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