Brooklyn Bookbeat

The Ten Commandments are a pervasive yet divisive part of American culture. Religious conservatives champion them, even if they don’t always adhere to them in practice. … Full Article

Brooklynite pens illuminating debut story collection

You might be familiar with Jenny Zhang’s work — she is a Brooklyn-based writer who has written for Rookie Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine and Buzzfeed. … Full Article

Critically acclaimed Park Slope cartoonist Adrian Tomine appeared at Books Are Magic

Adrian Tomine is a Park Slope resident who has garnered critical acclaim for his drawings. He began self publishing his comic book series “Optic Nerve” when he was 16. … Full Article

A Brooklyn mystery series visits LA

Nelson George is an author, filmmaker and lifelong Brooklyn resident. In 1974, he saw Roman Polanski’s masterpiece “Chinatown” in a Times Square movie theater. He says of the experience: … Full Article

Editor, Brooklynite Jonathan Santlofer speaks on new anthology ‘It Occurs to Me That I am America’

Editor’s note: In “It Occurs to Me That I Am America,” writers and artists share the stage. Both writing and art are essential to the book’s editor Jonathan Santlofer, who divides his life between the two. … Full Article

Brooklyn historian tells story of ‘The Finest Building in America’

Edwin G. Burrows is a distinguished professor of history emeritus at Brooklyn College, where he has taught since 1973. His course on the History of New York City remains one of Brooklyn College’s most popular offerings. … Full Article

Guide book explores hidden Brooklyn gems

Imagine experiencing your Brooklyn neighborhood with the same curiosity and attention that you feel while traveling elsewhere. That feeling is what Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet’s book “Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide” inspires in its readers.   … Full Article

Book outlines a public health approach to ending mass incarceration

With more than 2.2 million people imprisoned in the U.S. today, bipartisan support to end mass incarceration, the task of decarcerating America, is both daunting and urgent. What comes after the prison industrial complex? … Full Article

Award-winning Brooklyn author Jacqueline Woodson writes novel set in 1970s Brooklyn

Award-winning Brooklyn author Jacqueline Woodson, who has recently been named the national ambassador for young people’s literature, is well known for her commitment to writing children’s and young adult novels of the highest caliber. … Full Article

Author releases imaginative dystopian novel

Chandler Klang Smith is currently on a book tour for her new dystopian novel “The Sky Is Yours.” During her tour around the city, she will make two stops in Brooklyn. The first was on Jan. 23 for her Book Launch at Books Are Magic, and the second will be at Brooklyn Commons on Apr. 3. … Full Article

Rachel Lyon, host of reading series Ditmas Lit, to launch debut novel at Books Are Magic

Rachel Lyon has almost always lived in Brooklyn. When she was 2 1/2 years old, she and her parents took up residence in DUMBO. When she was 10, they moved to Fort Greene. She currently lives in Crown Heights and co-hosts a monthly reading series at Ditmas Park called Ditmas Lit. … Full Article


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