Brooklyn Bookbeat

Robots take over NYC in ‘An Absolutely Remarkable Thing’

What if a huge, stagnant robot appeared out of nowhere on the streets of New York City? And what if you were the key to solving the mystery of what it wants? … Full Article

‘Restoration Heights’ doubles as noir mystery and gentrification study

When debut author Wil Medearis adopted Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, as his home, he became a living witness to the effects of gentrification and the tensions it creates between the community’s more privileged newcomers and less fortunate locals. … Full Article

Seasoned NYC journalist Randy Kennedy talks Texas grit, debut novel

A modern incarnation of a classic story from the Old West, “Presidio” is a gritty literary debut set in the vast and arid landscape of the 1970s Texas Panhandle. … Full Article

Five debut authors discuss hope and self-preservation at Brooklyn Book Festival

In Katherena Vermette’s debut novel “The Break,” a small indigenous community is forced to grapple with change and community identity after the shock of a violent assault. … Full Article

Record Everything: Hanif Abdurraqib, Jessica Hopper and Rob Sheffield in conversation at the Brooklyn Book Festival

From the Beatles to David Bowie to Carly Rae Jepsen — as the Brooklyn Book Festival wound down, the writers on one of the last panels of the day, “Writing About Music and the Self,” sat on an outdoor stage on Cadman Plaza to talk influences, album covers and the concert experience. … Full Article

Novelists Tayari Jones and Jennifer Egan share the stage at the Brooklyn Book Festival

You know a novel’s going to be good if book club readers come to blows over it. Such is the case with “An American Marriage,” Tayari Jones' moving novel about an artist who splits up with her husband while he's wrongfully incarcerated. … Full Article

Snapshots from the 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival

Were you so busy tracking down your favorite writers at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday that you didn't have time to take pictures? Fear not. We snapped some photos for you. … Full Article

At the Brooklyn Book Festival, writers Carmen Maria Machado, Madeline Miller and Anjali Sachdeva discuss the modern myth and the female role therein

Question: What do you get when you take a deep contemporary dive into the female experience in ancient folklore? Answer: Genetic engineering, Minotaur C-sections, gastric bypasses — among other things. … Full Article

Fiction writers R.O. Kwon, Lydia Kiesling and Alexia Arthurs talk about their craft at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Will is a former child evangelist who no longer believes in God. Phoebe is a could-have-been piano prodigy who gave up on music and drinks a lot. How did this college girl wind up getting involved in domestic terrorism? … Full Article

Come join us in BOOK-lyn for Brooklyn Book Festival Day

It’s on. The Brooklyn Book Festival’s big day is getting underway right now. Bibliophiles are gathering at venues throughout the Brooklyn Borough Hall area and adjacent Brooklyn Heights to hear their favorite authors speak and stretch their literary horizons. … Full Article

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