Brooklyn Bookbeat

‘Boss of Black Brooklyn’ tells of the struggles and successes of Brooklyn’s first elected black official

In November of 1948, Bertram L. Baker put his name on a page of Brooklyn history when he was elected to the New York State Assembly. … Full Article

Bay Ridge author publishes graphic novel featuring DUMBO-based hero

“The Foreigner, Book One” is the new graphic novel from the pen of Bay Ridge author Kensuke Okabayashi. … Full Article

Windsor Terrace’s own Lionel Shriver on how everything boils down to ‘Property’

Love, life, ownership and happiness — it all boils down to real estate. That’s the tantalizing premise behind Windsor Terrace author Lionel Shriver’s exquisite new collection, “Property.” In two novellas and 10 short stories, Shriver captures urban life through its omnipresent lens. … Full Article

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward to speak at St. Francis College May 8

Scribner is thrilled to announce the paperback publication forSing, Unburied, Sing,” (May 8), the historic National Book Award winner that took the literary world by storm when it was published last fall. … Full Article

NYC author examines coming-of-age as a Chinese American in debut novel

At first glance, the quirky, overworked narrator of Weike Wang’s debut novel seems to be on the cusp of a perfect life: she is studying for a prestigious PhD in chemistry that will make her Chinese parents proud (or at least satisfied), and her successful, supportive boyfriend has just prop … Full Article

Author to discuss debut novel with Belletrist creator at Books Are Magic

What defines a life? In Jana Casale’s debut novel “The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky” (Knopf), the experience of contemporary womanhood is put under the microscope: from pursuing career goals to trying on bathing suits to meeting your future spouse. … Full Article

YA novel touches on feminism, summer romance

From the author of “The Last Boy and Girl in the World” and “The List” comes a bold and sweet summer read about first love, feminism and ice cream. … Full Article

Brooklyn native continues fighting for animal welfare with new book

In his 156-page paperback, Hartford Hough, who lived on Greene Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant and graduated from Brooklyn’s Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in 1983, offers a compilation of personal stories and shared experiences called “The Fur Beneath My Wings: Our Relationship With Ani … Full Article

Memoirist Michelle Tea to appear at Greenlight Bookstore on May 24

Michelle Tea, a queer countercultural icon, opens up about all things artistic, romantic and neurotic in her new book “Against Memoir.” Tea will present her book at Greenlight Bookstore on May 24 with fellow author Melissa Febos. … Full Article


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