Books

December, 2012

Slope scribe pens handbook for awkward men in search of wives

Books: If not love at first sight — write. Comment.

Who you gonna call: Expert on sexual specters tells all

Books: Is there something strange in your neighborhood? You better hope it’s not Il Masturbatore! Comments (3).

October, 2012

Fish tales: New graphic novel tells of Hudson River mermaid

Books: The Little Mermaid lived under the sea, but she wouldn’t dare go into the Hudson. Comments (2).

Sing the raven! Edgar Allen Poe inspires night of songs

Books: Members of the Bushwick Book Club don’t just sip wine and discuss the literature, they sing about it. Comments (9).

Checkin’ in with Brooklyn’s foremost ghost expert

Checkin’ in with: Did you know Alfred T. White’s ghost is a foot fetishist? Ever think that Jacques Torres opened his chocolate shop in Brooklyn because of paranormal forces? Were you aware that there are sperm-stealing witches in DUMBO? If you answered no to any of these questions, you need to have a chat with supernatural insider L.V. Salazar. Comments (4).

Infinite fest: Foster Wallace fan club a supposedly fun thing they plan to do again

Books: Self-proclaimed book geeks are celebrating all things David Foster Wallace with a new meet-up group that promises to be as quirky, obsessive, and self-deprecating as the hipster lit icon himself. Comment.

Cartoonist fights real villain: boredom

Books: A Prospect Heights artist has a simple question for the comic book industry: why so serious? Comment.

New book tells forgotten tale of Brooklynite who founded Marvel Comics

Books: The Brooklynite who founded Marvel Comics only got a one-paragraph tribute from the company he created when he died in 1992 — but now the incredible story of his life and achievements is getting the recognition it deserves. Comment.

September, 2012

Brooklyn artist reinvents Wonder Woman

Books: Wonder Woman was born on Paradise Island, but her life as a comic book heroine has been hell. Comment.

Website helps struggling writers get the words out

Books: Rivals are often the toughest critics — but Brooklyn’s unpublished and unappreciated scribes are putting their differences aside and joining forces in hopes of attracting the one thing that all writers crave: readers. Comment.

August, 2012

He’s on a mission from god

Books: A Mill Basin author’s superhero has to save the earth — by order of the creator. Comments (2).

Brooklyn gets its own batch of superheroes

Books: And yes, one of them is named the Hypst’r. Comment.

July, 2012

Get lit-faced! New Bushwick bookstore plans to serve beer, wine, coffee

Books: If they won’t come for the books, they might come for the coffee. And if they don’t come for the coffee, they’ll definitely come for the booze. Comments (11).

‘Daily Show’ co-creator talks comedy in DUMBO

Books: Brilliant social satirist and “Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead is showcasing a bitingly funny book that offers a closer look at one of today’s most influential female comedians. Comment.

If it works for lemonade … Heights author sets up sidewalk stand to sell book

Books: A Brooklyn Heights writer has a refreshingly old-fashioned approach: a table, a sign, and some sweets. Comments (2).

June, 2012

Fact to fiction — financial reporter writes Wall Street thriller

Books: After 25-years of hard facts, a little fiction goes a long way. Comment.

We will never eradicate bed bugs, so we must change our perspective, author says

Books: A Park Slope bed bug expert is sleeping tight without letting them bite — but the rest of us might not be so lucky. Comments (9).

New cook book club feeds body and mind

Books: Join a conversation where the knives are as sharp as the wits at the Brooklyn Kitchen Book Club hosted by Brooklyn-based journalist Cara Cannella. Comment.

May, 2012

Totally tubular! Author surfs worldwide web in breakthrough book

Books: The Internet isn’t just the nebulous space of infinite possibility it’s made out to be, writes journalist Andrew Blum — it’s tubes. Comment.

Tale of Kentucky’s ‘King of Pot’ hits Greenpoint

Books: The true story of a cartel of Kentucky-fried marijuana growers snagged in the nation’s largest weed bust comes to Brooklyn. Comment.

Bookworms and barflies come together for boozy lit crawl

Awesome: Put on your beer glasses, and join the exodus into the most literary borough of them all. Comment.

This guy has a pencil to sell you

Books: Do what you love — even if its just sharpening pencils. Comments (3).

There’s more to Jewish baseball than Sandy Koufax

Books: Brooklyn-born Jewish big leaguers who helped shape the national pastime — and inspired baseball fans across the borough — recall their playing days in “Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words,” a new oral history edited by Park Slope writer Peter Ephross. Comment.

April, 2012

Writer tells you about his childhood friend: Jeffrey Dahmer

Books: A graphic novel retells the story of infamous murderer Jeffrey Dahmer from a decidedly discomforting perspective — a childhood friend’s. Comment.

March, 2012

Living single

Books: A discussion about the rapid rise in young adults choosing to live the single life. Comments (9).

February, 2012

‘Black’ comedy

Books: Funnyman Michael Ian Black reads in Greenpoint — with Meghan McCain! Comments (1).

Comedian tells Brooklyn what it’s like having agoraphobia

Books: Not only did Sara Benincasa conquer her agoraphobic fear of leaving her apartment — she became a standup comedian, and wrote a whole book about it. Comments (2).

Your weekend reads — from three Brooklyn booksellers

Books: Once again, the ladies of BookMark Shoppe, Greenlight and Word give us their hot books of the week. Comment.

‘How to be Black’ with Baratunde Thurston

Checkin’ in with: Funnyman and Onion editor’s hilarious new take on race relations Comments (2).

January, 2012

Your weekend reads — from three Brooklyn booksellers

Books: Once again, the ladies of BookMark Shoppe, Greenlight and Word give us their hot books of the week. Comment.

Breaking up is hard to do — but it can be funny, too

Books: Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman pen a book about heartbreak Comments (1).

Children are truly unbearable in Ben Marcus’ new novel

Books: Author Ben Marcus releases his dystopian novel — a story that will make all parents shudder — at Book Court on Jan. 19. Comment.

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