Discovering the history of Brooklyn through literature

Brooklyn has become known recently for it’s writing scene, having even been compared to 1920s Paris by The Huffington Post earlier this year. But maybe the literary history of the borough isn’t so new. That’s what Evan Hughes focuses on in his new book Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life, which just came out in August.

In The New York Times review of the book, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts says, “Urban history and literary history often brush up against each other to profound effect” in the book, but that “it is the inner terrain, rather than Brooklyn itself, that Hughes conquers with greatest force.”

We caught up with Hughes and talked to him about how he decided to write the book and what he discovered about Brooklyn’s best writers while working on the book.

If you are interested in learning more about the authors that Hughes talks about, we strongly recommend picking it up at one of the many wonderful independent bookstores in Brooklyn. And if you are interested in learning more about the writing culture in Brooklyn in general, we suggest checking out the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday September 18th.

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