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Indulge in Literature and Liquor During Lit Crawl Brooklyn (May 19)

Lit Crawl NYC

Those who lust for liquor and literature, such as myself, will be happy to know that tomorrow is the 2012 Brooklyn Lit Crawl.

Created by the deviant bibliophiles behind San Francisco’s Litquake, the Brooklyn Lit Crawl is exactly what you think it is: a book-and-booze fest that will feature over thirty authors (including my literary crush, author and New York Press columnist Amy Sohn) and fourteen separate events at ten different venues, including La Casita Yarn Shop, Camp, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut, and Book Court.

Oh yeah, and it’s all free.

View the entire schedule below.
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Book Review: Will Write for Shoes by Cathy Yardley

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Just so you know, the full title of romance author Cathy Yardley’s how-to book is Will Write for Shoes: How to Write A Chick Lit Novel. Does it strike you as odd that I would read such a book? It shouldn’t – especially if you’ve already read my novel GUESTLIST.

In the weeks leading up to GUESTLIST’s release, whenever most people asked what genre it would fall into, I would say, without hesitation, “chick lit.” That response was usually followed by a look of utter perplexity.

But think about it. GUESTLIST is the story of a young woman who moves to New York City and attempts to adjust to life in her new surroundings. She begins looking for love (or, at least, companionship) and struggles to find a foothold in her career. Isn’t that basically what most chick lit books are about?

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Is Jay Fingers’ GUESTLIST Urban Lit? #GLIST

Is GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers Urban Lit? #GLIST

Last week, while being interviewed by the lovely ladies of Hip-Hop is For Lovers, I was asked if I was okay with the term “urban lit” being used in regard to my novel Guestlist.

At the time, I said that I didn’t have a problem with it. After all, self-published urban lit pioneers like Vickie Stringer, Nikki Turner, and Teri Woods were massive influences on how I put Guestlist together and readied it for he masses.

But not necessarily on the story or how it was written.

And so, after thinking on it a bit more, I have to say that I don’t believe Guestlist is urban lit at all.

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Event: The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn at The Museum of the City of New York (March 15)

Event: The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn at The Museum of the City of New York (March 15)

On March 15, Prospect Park West author and columnist Amy Sohn will be among those on a panel on gentrification in Brooklyn entitled The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, at The Museum of the City of New York. Suleiman Osman, whose book the event is named after and based upon, will moderate a discussion exploring “the racial and economic fault lines in the pro-urban ideal and the contested meaning of Brooklyn.”

From the MCNY site:

Before Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene and others, there was South Brooklyn. Labeled a “blighted” industrial wasteland by postwar city planners, the area became re-branded in the 1960s and ’70s as “Brownstone Brooklyn,” as idealistic newcomers allied with longtime residents against urban renewal. While some argue that the gentrification of Brownstone Brooklyn is a successful story of neighborhood revitalization, progressive politics, and human scale planning, others argue that it has become a yuppie disaster, driving up property values and pushing out longtime residents.

Other panelists include Eric Demby, co-founder of the Brooklyn Flea; D. Kenneth Patton, former divisional dean of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate; and Michelle de la Uz, executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee.

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