Literary Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Journalist and literary critic Evan Hughes discusses his debut book Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life, which chronicles the borough's relationship with its many writers.

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Evan Hughes

Comments [7]

Brook-Lyn from brooklyn

i smell a whiff of marketing and demographic "zeoring-in" these days whenever the word "Brooklyn" is ever so nonchalantly dropped into conversation.

sorry, but NEW YORK is too good and too great to be this obsessed with Brooklyn.

this station should just change its name to WBKL.

full disclosure: been living in brooklyn since 1999 before this pathetic display of "Brooklyn-awesome-everything" began

Aug. 17 2011 09:35 PM

Exactly @ Sophie. I also lived/love Bklyn.. but give me a break, why so Bkyn focused? I'm so over it. So predictable. There's no writers in Queens or Bronx?

Aug. 17 2011 11:58 AM
Vanessa Nutter from Brooklyn, NY

One of my favorite contemporary Brooklyn writers is Gus Iversen. He's amazing and really embodies the feel of young Brooklyn. His live readings will knock your socks off!
You can get a taste of his work on his blog, And can check out his and other local writers' books at

Aug. 17 2011 11:57 AM
Dan Kulkosky from NYC

In those days cheap apartments were hard to find in Manhattan, so I had to move to Brooklyn.

The opening lines to William Styron's "Sohpie's Choice"

Aug. 17 2011 11:54 AM
Tom from Upper West Side

Given the centuries of Brooklyn authors, perhaps we should say, "A tree is hewn in Brooklyn."

Aug. 17 2011 11:49 AM
Nicole from Fort Greene

I recently heard about a Literary Festival hosted by NY Writers Coalition this Saturday in Fort Greene Park featuring Brooklyn writers like Rick Moody alongside young writers. ( Looks like a good event that celebrates literary Brooklyn!

Aug. 17 2011 11:41 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

I lived in Brooklyn for many years and I really like Brooklyn. But I've noticed that WNYC is very Brooklyn focused, regularly reporting on and featuring writers, actors, musicians and such. I can't believe there's nothing going on in Queens and the Bronx...why so Brooklyncentric?

Aug. 17 2011 11:38 AM

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