Brooklyn Bookbeat

Anticipation is high for Lou Berney's novel 'November Road'

For crime writer and Oklahoma native Lou Berney, there's something special about the drive out West. … Full Article

Scholar's Lincoln collection fetches $300K at NYC auction

The sale of a prominent Abraham Lincoln scholar's collection of material pertaining to the nation's 16th president brought in nearly $300,000 at a New York City auction. … Full Article

Biography of playwright, activist Larry Kramer in the works

The first biography of playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer will be written with the full support of the subject himself. … Full Article

Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith launching podcast-radio show

The country's poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith, is launching a weekly podcast and radio program called "The Slowdown." … Full Article

Author held captive for nearly 3 years tells his story in his newest book

On a Friday night in Pilgrim Surf Supply — a small surf shop in Williamsburg — people gathered around to listen to authors Michael Scott Moore and William Finnegan discuss Moore’s new book “The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast.” … Full Article

‘Pride’ retells Jane Austen’s classic with a New York twist

From National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, the author of the critically acclaimed novel “American Street,” comes a gorgeous retelling of “Pride and Prejudice,” featuring characters of color — “Pride,” which Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, was published in hardco … Full Article

‘Beer Hacks’: An emergency manual for beer lovers

Have you ever come home dreaming of ice cold, refreshing beer only to realize that all you have are warm cans? Or wished your beer had a little more oomph? Beer drinking shouldn’t be hard. But sometimes it could definitely be better.  … Full Article

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

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