Brooklyn Bookbeat

Writer’s debut novel tells story of Irish immigrants in Brooklyn

Kathleen Donohoe’s debut novel “Ashes of Fiery Weather” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on sale Aug. 30), tells the story of another Brooklyn — one of hardworking and displaced Irish immigrants coming to find a new start in its less glamorous neighborhoods. … Full Article

Novelist tells story of Russian immigrant friends

Lara Vapnyar, an author described by The New York Times as “exquisitely sensitive to the shifting vagaries of emotion,” will appear at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on Tuesday, Aug. … Full Article

Retired Brooklyn Heights Dr. Hal Levey pens first novel at 91

Longtime Brooklyn Heights resident Hal Levey, 91, is a retired thyroid specialist, who recalls that he spent "many years with my nose to the grindstone," at Downstate Medical College. … Full Article

Brooklyn Book Festival and Chip Kidd debut official poster art

The Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF), New York City’s largest free literary festival, has unveiled two new custom images created by award-winning graphic designer and writer Chip Kidd. … Full Article

Supernatural thriller takes Houdini's niece from Coney Island to upstate’s Esopus Island

Glenn Herdling, a former editor and writer for Marvel Comics, has published “Piper Houdini: Nightmare on Esopus Island,” the second book in a series about the fictional niece of the legendary Harry Houdini. … Full Article

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy announces 2016 Books Beneath the Bridge lineup

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has announced the full lineup for its fourth annual Books Beneath the Bridge series, which begins Monday, July 11. … Full Article

New book sheds new light on Bobby Kennedy

“Bobby Kennedy—The Making of a Liberal Icon” offers a close look at the life and legacy of Robert F. Kennedy. … Full Article

‘Devil Wears Prada’ author to read from new novel in Bay Ridge

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Weisberger, author of the famed novel “The Devil Wears Prada,” is coming to Brooklyn on July 13 to read from her novel “The Singles Game” at an event hosted by the Bookmark Shoppe at Cebu Bar & Bistro (8801 Third Ave. … Full Article

Brooklyn Book Festival announces 2016 author lineup

The Brooklyn Book Literary Council and the Brooklyn Book Festival hosted a literary mingle on June 16 at Issue Project Room in Downtown Brooklyn, where they shared the first 180 national and international authors for the 2016 festival, which is in its 11th year. … Full Article

2016 Brooklyn Book Festival to feature Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates

At a lively soiree at Issue Project Room in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, the Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council announced the first 180 national and international authors slated for this fall’s 2016 BKBF. … Full Article


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