You’ve read everything by Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead (you call him “Cole”) and the Jonathans, and you’re even Facebook friends with Jonathan Ames. If you secretly believe you’re the +1 in n +1, we’ve got the next read for your McCarren Park beach towel. Literary Brooklyn is Evan Hughes’ new chronicle of the borough’s bookish icons, from rapscallions like Walt Whitman (the borough’s “first literary hipster”) and Henry Miller to Jhumpa Lahiri and her contemporaries. Unlike dutiful history books that guilt you from the shelf, this one really zips along. And we have three copies to give away to randomly chosen commenters on this post. Tell us your favorite Brooklyn book ever and why in the comments and you could win one of them. Also, Mr Hughes is being feted Tuesday night (August 16) from 7 to 9 at PowerHouse Arena, and everyone’s invited to hear him read and have a drink or two. (Go easy Brokertons). By the way, here’s a completely unrelated but nevertheless fun map of literary Brooklyn from the BPL.
‘Literary Brooklyn’ book giveaway and party
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