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January 3, 2008

Authors Want Pens To Stop Atlantic Yards

The NY Sun
By Benjamin Sarlin

In a bid to raise money to stop developer Bruce Ratner's planned Atlantic Yards project, Brooklyn authors including Jonathan Lethem, Jennifer Egan, Robert Sullivan, and Katie Roiphe are contributing essays to a new compilation.

"Brooklyn Was Mine" is selling in stores for $15 a copy, with the proceeds going to Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, an umbrella group opposed to the $4 billion plan to add thousands of units of housing, office, and retail space to the low-rise neighborhood as well as a basketball stadium.

Mr. Lethem, the author of such popular novels as "Motherless Brooklyn" and "The Fortress of Solitude," said in a statement that he was grateful for "the brave handful of folks who refused to be bought out of their homes" and have sought to "put the brakes on this process before it was too late."

Several of the book's 20 authors, including Messrs. Egan and Lethem, are members of DDDB's advisory board.


Posted by lumi at January 3, 2008 5:08 AM