Death by chocolate

Death by chocolate

Gourmet Brooklynites with a sweet tooth are getting ringside seats to a saccharine smackdown as two competing cookbooks battle for a place on their shelves, their pantries and, more important, their (cream-filled) hearts. Comment

Aim high! Author takes flight with jet pack

Jetpacks are cool. Jetpacks are fast. Jetpacks may not exist. But that didn’t stop one Windsor Terrace author from writing a fun book about them. Comments (1)

Ultimate brownie showdown

There are lots of recipes for lots of cakes, pies and cookies — but the true benchmark of a baker is his brownies. So while Jacques Torres and the guys from Baked offer two different visions for a sweeter world (see GO Brooklyn’s cover story), those visions collide in a chocolate-, butter- and flour-drenched battleground. Pick your own winner from the two recipes below. Comment
Park Slope photojournalist Scout Tufankjian spent two years on the bus with Barack Obama. Now she’s $32,000 in debt, but has a priceless book coming out next week. Comment

Barack: He’s just like US!

Taking a page from US Weekly, we asked Scout Tufankjian to look back on her two years on the road with Sen. Barack Obama and reveal the real man behind all her stunning pictures. It turns out, this star really is just like us! Comment

Simcha speaks!

Simcha Weinstein has done it again. The hippest, coolest Hasidic rabbi in the city — he has his own Web site, even! — has come out with another book about pop culture. Comment

Whitman vs. Lethem

This week, author Jonathan Lethem kicked off the “Walt Whitman Writers Series” at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. That’s a pretty lofty gig — but does today’s literary golden boy hold his own against the father of free verse? Find out in The Brooklyn Paper’s first ever borough literary smackdown! Comment

Hedge Hodgman

Hedge Hodgman

Author John Hodgman, whose new book, “More Information than You Require,” is out this week, sits down with The Brooklyn Paper to talk about being on TV, his Apple ads and his ascension to minor celebrity status. Comment

Hodgman’s real fake Brooklyn

Here are some Brooklyn-centric excepts from Park Slope author and not-so-minor TV celebrity John Hodgman’s new compendium of human knowledge, “More Information Than You Require” (Dutton Books). Comment

Holy Moses! Rabbi and CEO have Wall Street fix

A Brooklyn Heights rabbi has obviously learned a lesson from his faith’s comedians — his new book about the economy (of all things!) certainly has great timing. Comment

Dishing it out to revive a classic

A new cookbook is a tribute to the casserole. Comment

Very good Ames

Very good Ames

Author Jonathan Ames is back — this time with a racy, randy, raucous new graphic novel, “The Alcoholic.” Is it about him? What do you think? Comment

New Orlean

Susan Orlean’s first children’s book started out as a joke. Comment

Between the covers

Rick Moody has a new book — plus a complete oral history of Brooklyn. Comments (1)

‘Crime’ pays

DUMBO: “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh to read from his new book, “Crime,” in DUMBO. Comment

‘Matrimony’ author wed to Slope

Park Slope: Park Slopers may feel like they’re married to Park Slope author Joshua Henkin over the next two weeks. Comment

Back to school

Back to school

Prospect Heights: Growing up, Liza Monroy traveled the globe with her diplomat mother, yet the author of the gripping coming-of-age story “Mexican High” now revels in the suburban feel of Prospect Heights. Comment

‘Best Painting’

Art: When art writers Deanna MacDonald and Geoff Smith set out to write their book, “100 Best paintings in New York,” they knew from the get-go that our borough would be a great place to visit. Comment

Get lit

Downtown: Get out your hardcovers and smudge-proof autograph pens, because the celebrity riddled Brooklyn Book Festival will show its spine on Sept. 14. Comment

Hysterical fiction

Hysterical fiction

Brooklyn Heights: Despite sipping Earl Grey tea, like one of the characters in her debut novel might do, Ann Herendeen isn’t your average romance novelist. “Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander,” Herendeen’s first novel, takes place in England in 1812, but the characters aren’t unrecognizable to Brooklynites today. Comment

Punk drunk

Punk drunk

Perhaps you know him as the fez-wearing man on, smoking the ChronicCaster — a working bong-guitar lifted from the set of the film, “High Times Potluck.” Or maybe his name is familiar because of his stint as publisher of “High Times” magazine. Really, Mike Edison is a legend — if you’re to believe his spectacularly gripping memoir, “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.” Comment

Boro pages

Prospect Heights: If you have a hard time telling the difference between the Brick Theater and BRICStudio, we’ve got the book for you. On April 28, the Brooklyn Arts Council released its “Directory of Brooklyn Arts Organizations,” a tell-all guide to 539 cultural institutions borough-wide, with a party at the Dweck Center. Comment

Kinder plates

While most foodies have been made aware of the inhumane techniques used to keep calves — which are turned into veal — and geese, whose livers are fattened up for foie gras, author Gene Baur exposes even more unappetizing ways our meat and dairy products come to the table in his new book, “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food.” Comment



Park Slope: Lock up your history books! On Tuesday, May 6, author, Park Sloper and “Daily Show” contributor John Hodgman will read from his new book, “More Information Than You Require,” a collection of fake trivia, at a benefit for PS 107. Comment

Dear Billyburg

Dear Billyburg

Williamsburg: When author Jami Attenberg decided to write a "love letter" to Williamsburg, she didn't prattle on about its hipster denizens. She wrote about a little known segment of its population: It's "kept men." Comment

Seeing ‘Red’

Seeing ‘Red’

Red Hook: In the decade that she lived in Red Hook, Maureen McNeil collected plenty of stories about the neighborhood — it was the mid 1980s, after all — and on Saturday, April 12, she celebrated the release of “Red Hook Stories,” a book comprised of them. Comment

Meat the press

When you write a book called “The Shameless Carnivore,” you had better serve something meatier than cheese and crackers at the launch party. So when Greenpoint author Scott Gold celebrated the release of his book at the Brooklyn Brewery earlier this month, he served foie gras, duck and a variety of other specialty meats. Comment

Joke book

”I don’t do comedy,” said Richard Zoglin, author of “Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America.” “I can talk, but I don’t know how funny I am.” Comment

Music notes

”People are getting bored of rock shows,” Paul Maziar, author of the new book “What It Is: What It Is,” told GO Brooklyn. “I’m excited by the idea of having a show be someplace where different mediums are represented. A variety show is what I’ve envisioned.” Comment

‘Fan’ empowerment editor and Cobble Hill resident Will Leitch cheers on the fans in his new book, “God Save the Fan.” Comment

Sister act

Sister act

While the country titters over the downward spirals of pop stars and mom-strosities, those scandals pale in comparison to the maelstrom of publicity that surrounded Brooklyn Heights preacher Henry Ward Beecher 130 years ago. In her new book, “Harriet and Isabella,” author Patricia O’Brien uses the scandal as the backdrop for her historical fiction. Comment

Boro as muse

Ever wondered what it is about Brooklyn that spawns so many talented authors or entices scribes to come from far and wide to set up their homes here? Sheepshead Bay native Bill Goldstein, a New York Times books editor, promises to get to the bottom of that question with his star-studded panel discussion, “Literary Brooklyn.” Comment

Writing on the wall

Subway readers, prepare for a new accessory. Last week, “Brooklyn Was Mine,” a collection of essays by local literati — including Jonathan Lethem, Phillip Lopate, Emily Barton and Jennifer Egan — was released and, from what we can tell, it will soon replace paperback copies of “Everything is Illuminated” and rumpled Dawn Powell novels as prime F train literature. Comment

‘Luxe’ be a lady

‘Luxe’ be a lady

Greenpoint author Anna Godbersen hits pay dirt with her Young Adult sensation “The Luxe,” which debuted at number six on the New York Times Children’s Books Best Seller list. The historical fiction novel puts “Gossip Girl”-type teenage antics against a Gilded Age backdrop.     Comments (1)

Scribes attempt to write a wrong

Atlantic Yards: Twenty Brooklyn scribblers and opponents of the Atlantic Yards 16-skyscraper-and-arena development are putting their money where their pens are, not only contributing to a collection of essays and short stories about life in Brooklyn — but allowing the proceeds to benefit the mega-development’s biggest opponent. Comment

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