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Brooklyn Bookbeat

Manbeck’s new crime novella is set in Brooklyn Heights in 1930

Brooklyn Heights
John Manbeck, the former Brooklyn borough historian and retired professor of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, has published the second novella in his “Brooklyn Heights Crime Series.”  … Full Article

New novel explores demands of professional ballet

DUMBO
Maggie Shipstead, whose debut novel “Seating Arrangements” won the the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, will soon release her second novel, “Astonish Me” (Knopf; April 8), a gorgeously written, fiercely compelling glimpse i … Full Article

Famed author Meg Wolitzer to speak in DUMBO

DUMBO
Celebrated author and Brooklyn native Meg Wolitzer will be launching her latest novel, “The Interestings,” on Monday, March 31 at the  … Full Article

New comedic book contemplates ‘The Harm in Asking’

Greenpoint
“I think that anything has the potential to be funny,” Brooklyn-based writer and comedian Sara Barron told us in a recent interview. … Full Article

On this date in 1892: Walt Whitman’s death, and his 1847 ‘Death in the School-room’ piece for the Brooklyn Eagle

Brooklyn Boro
March 26 is a day of literary mourning, as New York City marks the 122nd anniversary of the death of Walt Whitman, the nineteenth century poet and essayist. … Full Article

Brooklyn-based writer, chef explores art of food in debut book

DUMBO
At age 27, Brooklyn-based chef Michael Gibney took a break from the kitchen — where he’d been working alongside some of the most acclaimed chefs in the country since age 16 — to channel his creative energy into writing. … Full Article

Brooklynite’s debut novel blends art history and fiction

Park Slope
In her debut novel “Under the Egg” (Dial; March 18), Brooklyn writer Laura Marx Fitzgerald masterfully blends historical facts from the art world, the Renaissance, and World War II to create an enthralling mystery that pivots around one of the most monumental treasure hunts in history. … Full Article

‘The Global Obama’ examines President’s popularity

Brooklyn Heights
Binghamton University professor and journalist Dinesh Sharma has been chronicling and analyzing the Obama presidency for several years. … Full Article

Rosie Perez to introduce award-winning music writer

Bedford-Stuyvesant
Since his writing career began over a decade ago, Fort Greene resident Nelson George — author of numerous books, including “Where Did Our Love Go? … Full Article

Theatre for a New Audience presents ‘Open Books’

Fort Greene
Called “a daring and rigorous historical reinterpretation that defies critical consensus on Artaud” and “profoundly original” by critics, Kimberly Jannarone’s unflinching book “Artaud and His Doubles” (University of Michigan Press, 2012) explores the surprisingly deep and troubling connections be … Full Article

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