February Houses: For the crime-story aficionado on your holiday list, it is hard to imagine a better gift than Brendan Leach’s “Iron Bound,” a graphic novel from Brooklyn indie-comics powerhouse Secret Acres. “Iron Bound” offers the reader immersion in the milieu of 1961 New Jersey greaser gangs — outlaw kids forging adult identities in the same working-class neighborhood in which they grew up. Comment.
Books: Author and comedian Tim Federle will serve up his literary-inspired cocktails such as “the Old Man and the Seagrams” and “the Rye in the Catcher” at Greenpoint’s Word bookstore on Nov. 22. Comment.
Books: Just about everyone handles illicit substances, according to journalist Peter Madsen, whose new book “Dealers” is a collection of anonymous interviews with illicit substance handlers of New York that show how far getting high cuts across social strata. Comments (1).
Books: A photographer and writer team — the latter a former Brooklyn Paper arts editor and Steely Dan correspondent — have produced a book of photo essays on the lives of newly arrived immigrants fleeing from famine, war, and persecution. Comments (1).
Books: The new Miss America lives in Windsor Terrace, DieHipster.com is dead, and now a contortionist gets ready for her big interpretation of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” — and so it goes in Brooklyn. Comment.