Books Are Magic opens in Cobble Hill

Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author, opens Books Are Magic in Cobble Hill, bringing independant book selling back to South Brooklyn.

Books Are Magic opens in Cobble Hill

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Emma Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Modern Lovers, The Vacationers and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married - and now the proprietor of Books Are Magic in Cobble Hill.

With the closing of BookCourt in Cobble Hill, Straub took the opportunity to create her own version of the independant book seller at 225 Smith Street. So don't fret, the literary events are returning to the neighborhood. Watch the video of Emma describing the new location and scroll below for a listing of the July 2017 events taking place.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

 

 

MARRIAGE NIGHT: ADA CALHOUN, DANI SHAPIRO & JULIE SCELFO
Thursday, July 6, 2017
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Join journalist Julie Scelfo in conversation with Ada Calhoun, (author of Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give) and Dani Shapiro (author of Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage) for a lively, adults-only discussion about the institution of marriage as it truly is: not the happy ending of a love story or a relic doomed by high divorce rates, but, as Calhoun writes, the beginning of a challenging new chapter of which “the first twenty years are the hardest.”

Admission is free!

THE BRONTES: A MUSICAL
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Books Are Magic welcomes Sheila Kohler, award-winning author of Becoming Jane Eyre, professor Nora Nachumi, and composer Lucas Syed and lyricist Sarah Ziegler of The Brontes: a Musical for a discussion about one of England's most prominent literary families, their importance, and the process of turning that family into a musical!

The panel, presented in conjunction with the first workshop performances of The Brontës: a Musical presented by Piper Theatre at the Old Stone House/Washington Park on July 9th, 16th and 23rd, will focus on why the impact of the Brontës, why they matter, and how they inspired an original musical. The evening will include musical performances of two songs from the show.

About the play: Based on extensive research, and workshopped for 3 years, the musical explores the struggles of the Brontës - Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell - to live authentically as artists in 19th century England. Now regarded as a superstar of English literature, Charlotte Brontë went on to write her masterpiece Jane Eyre, spearhead her sisters’ writing careers (Emily wrote Wuthering Heights.), and break through the Victorian glass ceiling.  A contemplative musical, literary without being stuffy, it depicts the challenges of being a woman ahead of her time.

Admission is free!

TASTE PRESENTS SAMIN NOSRAT: SALT FAT ACID HEAT
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7:30pm  8:30pm

Samin Nosrat, author of the bestselling Salt Fat Acid Heat, comes to Books Are Magic to celebrate her delicious new book!

Samin will be in conversation with Taste's Matt Rodbard. Join us for food, drink, and secrets to making your new favorite dish!

Admission is free!

HETTY MCKINNON: NEIGHBORHOOD W/ SUSAN SPUNGEN
Thursday, July 13, 2017
7:30pm  8:30pm

Nothing says summer like bright, fresh salad and sweet treats. Hetty McKinnon, owner of the popular Arthur Street Kitchen and author of the beloved Community, returns with Neighborhood, her second cookbook filled with tasty recipes and local ingredients to foster full bellies and well-being. She'll be joined at Books Are Magic by Susan Spungen, the founding food editor of Martha Stewart Living.

Admission is free. Come sip some wine and try a few dishes from the book!

STORYTIME WITH CHRISTOPHER BROWNE: MARLO
Saturday, July 15, 2017
11:00am  12:00pm

Debut author and illustrator Christopher Browne reads Marlo, his gorgeous new picture book about a dog who needs a bath—and finds much more than that— inspired by his own rescue dog! Join us Saturday at 11am for a paw-fect morning storytime!

Admission is free!

DARYL GREGORY: SPOONBENDERS & GABE HUDSON: GORK THE TEENAGE DRAGON W/ ISAAC FITZGERALD
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
7:30pm  8:30pm

We're celebrating misfits of all shapes and sizes! Buzzfeed Books' Isaac Fitzgerald leads a discussion about a family with psychic powers who may have the magic, but not so much of the luck, in Daryl Gregory's Spoonbenders, and an outsider teenage dragon named Gork, in Gabe Hudson's Gork the Teenage Dragon!

Admission is free!

BILL ROORBACH: THE GIRL OF THE LAKE W/ CAROLINE LEAVITT
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
7:30pm  8:30pm

Celebrating his newest collection of stories, Bill Roorbach stops by to read from The Girl of the Lake! Winner of an O. Henry Prize for the title story of Big Bend, his first collection, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award, this collection is rich and memorable, with unforgettable characters. Bill will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling novelist Caroline Leavitt, whose book Cruel Beautiful World will be published in paperback this August.

Admission is free!

CHARLES TAYLOR: OPENING WEDNESDAY AT A THEATER OR DRIVE-IN NEAR YOU W/ DAVID FEAR
Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:30pm  8:30pm

Ah, the warm nights of a summer film. Film critic Charles Taylor brings us back to the golden era of film, the 1970s, in Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You. We all know the megahits like Taxi Driver and The Godfather that were packing the theaters, but Taylor shines light on countless lesser-known films that are now heralded as barometers of their time and have often become cult classics. He'll be in conversation with Rolling Stone film critic David Fear.

Admission is free!

STORYTIME WITH ADAM AUERBACH: MONKEY BROTHER
Saturday, July 22, 2017
11:00am  12:00pm

Adam Auerbach, an Ezra Jack Keats Award winner, joins us for storytime to read his new book Monkey Brother -- a clever story about unconditional love! Join us at 11am!

Admission is free!

FIERCE (OR NASTY) WOMEN IN FICTION PANEL
Monday, July 24, 2017
7:30pm  8:30pm

Jeanne McCulloch leads a stacked panel of writers discussing writing women in a man's world including Karen Rinaldi, author of the newly released The End of Men and Books Are Magic bookseller Sarah Gerard, author of Sunshine State, Camille Perri, author of The Assistants, and Tanwi Nandini Islam, author of Bright Lines.

Karen Rinaldi, is the author of The End of Men. Karen has worked in the publishing industry as an editor and publisher for over two decades.  She is also an opinion page contributor to The New York Times as well as to their “Modern Love” column, Oprah.com, Time/MOTTO and other outlets.

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State (2017, Harper Perennial) and the novel Binary Star (2015, Two Dollar Radio), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Granta, BOMB, and other journals, as well as anthologies. She writes a monthly column for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.

Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants. She has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young-adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University and a master of library science degree from Queens College. Perri wrote the first draft of The Assistants while working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Esquire.

Tanwi Nandini Islam, a writer, multimedia artist, and founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, is a graduate of Vassar College and Brooklyn College's MFA program. Her debut novel Bright Lines made the short list of finalists for the Center of Fiction's First Novel Prize and is the inaugural pick of New York City's Gracie Book Club

Moderated by Jeanne McCulloch: An editor at The Paris Review, Tin House, writer in the Features department at Vogue magazine, McCulloch’s work has appeared in Vogue, Tin House, Elle, Allure, O Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. Her interviews with writers have appeared in the legendary Writers at Work series at The Paris Review, and in Tin House.  She is the founding Editorial Director of Tin House Books. McCulloch has taught fiction and non-fiction at The New School for Social Research and at numerous summer writers conferences.  She is currently completing a memoir to be published by Harper Collins.

Admission is free!

JULIE KLAM: THE STARS IN OUR EYES & MATTHEW KLAM: WHO IS RICH?
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
7:30pm  8:30pm

Siblings Julie Klam and Matthew Klam come to Books Are Magic to celebrate their latest releases! Julie Klam, bestselling author of Friendkeeping and You Had Me at Woof, will be discussing her latest book: The Stars in our Eyes, about our obsession with celebrity. Matthew Klam, author of the LA Times Book of the Year finalist Sam the Cat, is coming out with his debut novel, Who Is Rich?

Join us for an evening with the brother-sister duo! Admission is free.

JANELLE BROWN: WATCH ME DISAPPEAR W/ JESSICA GROSE
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
7:30pm  8:30pm

rom the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Janelle Brown is back with a haunting and seductive mystery, Watch Me Disappear. A family in mourning tries to process the sudden loss of their mother while on a solo hiking trip, but when Olive begins to get visions of her mother alive, they start to unravel deep secrets about who she really was and learn who they are as well. Jessica Grose, editor of Lenny Letter, will join Janelle in conversation!

Admission is free!

FRIENDSHIP & HIJINKS W/ ALISON CHERRY, MICHELLE SCHUSTERMAN, LAUREN MAGAZINER
Friday, July 28, 2017
4:00pm  5:00pm

Get into the best kind of trouble with writers Alison Cherry (The Classy Crooks Club, Willows vs. Wolverines), Michelle Schusterman (Kat Sinclair Files) , and Lauren Magaziner (Pilfer Academy, The Only Thing Worse Than Witches) on a panel about friendship and hijinks in their latest middle grade works to celebrate the release of Michelle's book Final Girl!

Admission is free!

SIOBHAN GALLAGHER: IN A DAZE WORK W/ ADAM J. KURTZ
Monday, July 31, 2017
7:30pm  8:30pm

Join us in welcoming Siobhan Gallagher in launching her clever In a Daze Work: A Pick-Your-Path Journey Through the Daily Grind! The book is a choose-your-own-adventure for grown-ups that focuses on the mundane and monotonous tasks we go through every day through illustrated observational humor and sly self-reflection. She'll be in conversation with artist and author Adam J. Kurtz.

Admission is free!

Books Are Magic is located at 225 SMITH STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11231; (CORNER OF SMITH AND BUTLER); 718-246-BOOK