Brooklyn Bookbeat

Artist Basquiat’s notebooks to be published

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1968-1988) was one of the most important New York artists of the 1980s. Beginning as a member of SAMO, a group of Lower East Side-based graffiti artists, he soon became renowned for his neo-expressionist style. … Full Article

Review: Strong storytelling in 'Among Thieves'

The brotherhood of criminals gets an incisive, gritty look in this highly entertaining launch of Brooklyn-based writer John Clarkson's new series. … Full Article

Reading to commemorate 50th anniversary of Voting Rights March

Author, visual artist and storyteller Willie Mae Brown will read “My Selma” and “A Defiant Leader” on Feb. 15 at the Tabla Rasa Gallery in Sunset Park.  … Full Article

Author pens post-apocalyptic novel to be published in February

Author Sandra Newman transports readers into a dystopian world in her newest work “The Country of Ice Cream Star,” which will be released on Feb. 10 and has been described as “unbearably beautiful.” … Full Article

New book brings food-focused discussion to BookCourt

“The Meaty Truth: Why Our Food Is Destroying Our Health and Environment — and Who Is Responsible,” by Shushana Castle and Amy-Lee Goodman, will be featured at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at BookCourt — just in time for February Heart Health Month.   … Full Article

Grammy Award-winning spoken word artist to visit Brooklyn Museum for book talk

J. Ivy, a Grammy and Peabody award-winner who has collaborated with Jay-Z, Kanye West, John Legend, The Roots, The Black Crowes, Bob Dylan, and many more will be at The Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Feb. … Full Article

Renowned ABT dancer to speak about memoir in Bed-Stuy

Misty Copeland, who has made history as the only African-American soloist dancing with the renowned American Ballet Theatre (ABT), will visit Brooklyn on Jan. … Full Article

Brooklyn-related crime thrillers published

Two Brooklyn-based crime thrillers have been published by Minotaur Books. … Full Article

Legal thriller is latest from former trial lawyer

Former trial lawyer Alan Hruska has written his third novel, “Pardon the Ravens” (Prospect Park Press), a legal thriller about a young lawyer who is given the chance to try a huge fraud case but who may ruin everything after he falls in love with the wife of a Mafia don. … Full Article

Knish author bakes up entertaining talk at Heights Library

In discussions of traditional Eastern European Jewish food, the knish is often an afterthought. To begin with, it’s rarely a meal, usually a snack. Secondly, in most old-time Jewish delis, it was always one of the lowest-priced items on the menu, along with hot dogs. … Full Article


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