Brooklyn Bookbeat

Brooklyn duo pays homage to childhood pastime, the blanket fort

At some point growing up, most of us threw a blanket over two chairs and declared it our clubhouse. … Full Article

Two Brooklyn writers teach readers the power of ‘Yes’

We feel empowered and excited when we do things that challenge us. … Full Article

'Laughing Grandmother' video makes picture book a big hit

The country's hottest book isn't a hit because of Oprah Winfrey or Donald Trump. It's all because of a laughing Scottish grandmother. … Full Article

Bushwick occult bookshop hosts public Kavanaugh hex

A bookstore in Brooklyn is taking the protests against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a whole new level — the supernatural. Catland, a specialty occult bookstore in Bushwick, is hosting an event on Oct. … Full Article

Photographer fights pit bull prejudice with book of portraits

Sophie Gamand’s much-anticipated “Pit Bull Flower Power” book will be published on Oct. 27 to coincide with Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Pit Bull Awareness Month in October. … Full Article

Colson Whitehead novel 'The Nickel Boys' coming next July

New York native Colson Whitehead's next novel after "The Underground Railroad" is another look at the country's tragic past. … Full Article

Ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe says his book has been delayed by FBI review

Former FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe said Thursday that his book has been delayed because of an FBI review lasting longer than he thought it would, making him concerned he has been singled out for what he calls "irregular unfair treatment." … Full Article

George Washington’s first biographer leaves behind contested anecdotes

As the old fable goes, a young George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and his honesty about the incident (“You know I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet,”) earned him kudos with his father. … Full Article

Lauren Groff, Jhumpa Lahiri among National Book Award finalists

Judges selected by the National Book Foundation chose five nominees in each of five categories — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature and translation — narrowed from longlists of 10 authors that came out last month. Winners will be revealed Nov. … Full Article

Poetry isn’t dead in DUMBO

Poetry has taken on new life at DUMBO’s Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, the only all-poetry bookstore in New York City. … Full Article

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