'The Summer Before the War,' by Helen Simonson. (Random House)

Helen Simonson’s charming debut novel “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” was an instant New York Times bestseller, drawing the highest critical acclaim. Now, after five years of research and writing, Simonson – a resident of Brooklyn Heights – is releasing today her highly anticipated second novel “The Summer Before the War.” In an interview with the Brooklyn Eagle, Read More →

jonathan-weisman

A literary novel for the summer that is both redemptive and utterly transporting, “No. 4 Imperial Lane” is an epic family story, reminiscent of Nick Hornby and Alan Hollinghurst, which takes readers from 1980s Brighton to the midst of revolutionary Angola. A singular debut from a seasoned New York Times reporter, Jonathan Weisman, “No. 4 Imperial Lane” is a book about the intersection Read More →

Brooklyn author Jeff Diamant will appear at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on Aug. 7 to discuss his book “Heist.” Photo by Gayle Shomer

“Heist,” by Brooklyn author Jeff Diamant, was originally published in 2002 and is the basis of the forthcoming major motion picture “Masterminds,” starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristin Wiig. Now, Diamant’s revised and updated edition chronicles the incredible true story of a cast of irresistibly colorful, down-on-their-luck characters in a small, poor town in North Carolina, Read More →

vandela-vida

Brooklyn BookBeat “The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty” is the fourth novel from award-winning novelist and The Believer magazine founding co-editor, Vendela Vida. Vida will be at the powerHouse Arena at 37 Main St. in DUMBO on June 9 for a reading of her new novel. Character-driven and psychologically penetrating, this novel of ideas set in Read More →