Books

April, 2014

Magic spells: Greenpoint bookstore to host fantasy-themed spelling bee

Boro of Nerds: You shall not pass — if you cannot spell, that is. Comment.

Burn before reading: Bay Ridge fire investigator pens hot new novel

Books: Author Shelley Reuben both solves and writes mysteries. Comment.

A chilling read: Quirky P’Heights ice cream parlor releases cookbook

Books: Get the inside scoop on Ample Hills Creamery’s madcap flavors. Comments (5).

NYC etiquette master talks being on your best Brooklyn behavior

Books: Manners-minded artist Nathan Pyle on borough driving habits and nagivating the Brooklyn Bridge. Comments (11).

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment.

March, 2014

Pot-er Familias: P’Slope journalist writes book about his dope-smuggling dad

Books: Take your kid to work day? Fuhgeddaboudit! Comment.

Bake and shake: P’Slope baker combines cocktails and pies

Books: Most people make their margaritas with crushed ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Alison Kave serves hers fresh from the oven with a buttery crust. Comments (2).

Cooking the book: Chef-turned-author writes novel on life in the kitchen

Books: The pen is mightier than the carving knife. Comment.

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment.

Soul man: Fort Greene author Nelson George on ‘Soul Train’ and gentrification

Books: Nelson George, one of the preeminent critics of African-American pop culture, discusses his new book, and Spike Lee’s comments about Fort Greene. Comments (1).

The dictator rises again: Dumbo publisher resurrects weighty Latin American lit

February Houses: “Reasons of State,” Alejo Carpentier’s massive novel of Latin American politics, brings us first-person close to the life and times of a brutal dictator in the early 1900s. Comments (1).

Tray display: Sunset Park artist photographs famous developer trays

Books: You have seen the famous photos — now see photos of where they were developed. Comments (2).

Cue the laugh track: Kensington author pens book on sitcoms

Books: This guy knows his “Girls” from his “Golden Girls.” Comments (1).

Major League ladies: Book launch celebrates female baseball writers

Books: The ladies had won it. With pen and pad they’d done it — they’re talkin’ baseball. Comment.

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment.

Randy reading: Literary series comes to Park Slope sex shop

Books: The reading series is both sexual and textual. Comments (2).

Coming soon: The pie-brary

Books: Book lovers flocking to the Central Library will soon be able to purchase some treats to keep their literary flights of fancy aloft when a Gowanus pie shop opens an outpost in the lobby. Comments (10).

Spaced out: P’Slope author writes crime thriller about Nigerian space program

Books: When Deji Olukotun combined his two careers of law and literature, he came up with a novel that is out of this world. Comments (7).

February, 2014

Book revue: Comedians take literature low-brow

Books: Here is a new twist on spending Friday night in with a good book. Comment.

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment.

Do the write thing: Rosie Perez reveals traumatic childhood in new memoir

Books: The Brooklyn-born and bred actress reveals her difficult upbringing in Bushwick and an upstate New York orphanage. Comments (14).

Little book of horrors: ‘Murder’ is brimming with bad news

February Houses: The title of the book gives away the plot. Comment.

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment.

Chisholm-ed in stone: New book celebrates first black congresswoman

Books: If Brooklyn College professor Barbara Winslow has her way, Shirley Chisholm will soon be a household name. Comment.

An entire book about the Nets’ first season in Brooklyn

Books: Sports writer Jake Appleman explains how he filled 256 pages with a single season of basketball. Comments (4).

January, 2014

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment.

Former child soldier pens book on life after warfare

Books: Brooklyn novelist Ishmael Beah was once a child soldier in Sierra Leone. Now he is working to spread a message of peace through his books. Comments (2).

Lit legend Joyce Carol Oates launches new novel in Dumbo

Books: The prolific author will read from her new novel, “Carthage,” at the powerHouse Arena on Jan. 22. Comment.

Reporter co-opts the grocery aisle

Books: An investigative reporter and Park Slope Food Co-op vet will bring his four-year exploration into the processed food industry to the grocery store on Jan. 17. Comment.

‘A Long Day in November’ is a young adult book for everyone

February Houses: This locally-published novel has a lot to offer readers of any age. Comment.

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment.

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