Monday: Public’s chance to offer input on new Brooklyn Heights Library

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and Marvel Architects are holding a workshop at the Brooklyn Heights Library on Monday at 6:30 p.m. to allow library users to make suggestions about a new library that will replace the present branch, as part of a controversial redevelopment plan.

The plan would replace the existing building at 280 Cadman Plaza West with a multi-use tower, which would include a 21,500-square-foot branch library.

The Business and Career Library, which currently shares the facility, is moving to the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.


Live at BAM: Author Lydia Davis on humor, writing process

When Lydia Davis was a young writer, she was told by her mother that it would be more distinguished to use her first, middle and last name when she published her works — like Louisa May Alcott. But Davis disagreed.

“There are plenty of great writers who only have two names,” Davis said in response to a question from an audience member at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Eat, Drink & Be Literary series on March 18.


Clarke asks why no one helped McDonald’s attack victim

The attack on a 15-year-old girl in a Flatbush Avenue McDonald’s was bad enough, but what was also shocking was the lack of response to the brutal assault by people in the fast food restaurant, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke said.

Clarke (D-Central Brooklyn) issued a statement on the incident calling out the fact that no one in the restaurant intervened to help the victim.


BAM to present an evening with David Sedaris

David Sedaris, one of today’s most influential writers, is coming to Brooklyn to celebrate the paperback release of his latest collection, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.”  The NPR humorist and esteemed author of numerous No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, including “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Naked,” Sedaris  will appear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on May 12-13 .


BROOKLYN EAGLE VIDEO: The Voice Behind the Voice: Arrested busker opens up about music roots

Arrested Busker Andrew Kalleen Talks Music and Rights

Musician Andrew Kalleen, 30, has become a prominent voice for buskers citywide — and not just his singing voice.  As previously reported by the Eagle, Kalleen was arrested in October 2014 while singing on a subway platform.  

Kalleen claims the arrest was unlawful based off of MTA Rule 1050.6c, which allows “artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations; solicitation for religious or political causes; solicitation for charities,” so long as these acts don’t impede transit activities.


Bookkeeper indicted for stealing thousands from Carroll Gardens plumbing supply company

A Queens woman has been charged in a 159-count indictment with stealing almost $325,000 from a family-owned plumbing supply business in Carroll Gardens, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle has learned.

To further the grand larceny scheme, it is alleged that the former bookkeeper repeatedly wrote checks from the company’s bank account to pay her credit card bills instead of paying vendors.


Theatre for a New Audience Announces 2015 Open Books Series

Theatre for a New Audience has announced its 2015 Open Books series, featuring John Lahr, Andrea Most, and Alisa Solomon: three free evenings of conversation with the authors of some of American theatre's most acclaimed new books at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place.) 


Jonathan Lethem to launch latest collection of stories in DUMBO

Renowned author and former Brooklynite Jonathan Lethem will return to the borough for his only New York appearance to launch his latest book, “Lucky Alan,” at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. The collection includes nine stories that reveal Lethem has mastered the short story format just as skillfully as he has mastered novel writing.


City Tech’s Annual Literary Arts Festival features acclaimed novelist

New York City College of Technology (City Tech’s) 34th Annual Literary Arts Festival will take place on March 26, at the college’s Voorhees Theater, 186 Jay St., at 5:30 p.m.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature acclaimed writer Dinaw Mengestu as well as student readings and musical performances.

Dinaw Mengestu is an Ethiopian-American writer whose works include “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears” (2007), “Children of the Revolution” (2008) and “How to Read the Air” (2010).



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