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January 5, 2008

Scribes attempt to write a wrong

The Brooklyn Paper
Dana Rubinstein

Twenty Brooklyn scribblers and opponents of the Atlantic Yards 16-skyscraper-and-arena development are putting their money where their pens are, not only contributing to a collection of essays and short stories about life in Brooklyn — but allowing the proceeds to benefit the mega-development’s biggest opponent.

“Brooklyn was Mine,” the $15 paperback book that was released on Wednesday by Riverhead Books, features stories by Brooklyn literary lions Jonathan Lethem, whose story depicts Brooklyn in a dystopian future; and Jennifer Egan, whose story evokes Brooklyn’s ship-building past. The collection also features Colin Harrison, who wrote about his obsession with baseball.

The proceeds will go to Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, the organization spearheading the fight against the project by Forest City Ratner. The writers are hoping that their meager contributions will offset the more than more than $2 million that Forest City Ratner spent in 2006 to lobby state and local lawmakers.


Additional Coverage:

Local Authors’ Anthology Benefits Anti-Atlantic Yards Efforts
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

In “Reading Lucy,” Jennifer Egan introduces readers to Lucy — a woman who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II and wrote letters almost daily to her husband overseas. Jonathan Lethem’s “Ruckus Flatbush” is a wild, dystopian ride into Brooklyn’s future. In “A Coney Island of the Mind,” Katie Roiphe remembers the thrill of riding the famous Cyclone roller-coaster while on a date with her future husband. Colin Harrison’s “Diamonds” details Brooklyn’s, and his own, ongoing love affair with baseball.

Local Authors Fight Ratner's Atlantic Yards...With Words

Upcoming readings include one at Park Slope's Barnes & Noble on 7th Avenue next Wednesday (the 9th, at 7:30pm) and one at BookCourt on Court and Pacific in Brooklyn next Tuesday (the 8th at 7pm).

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
The Fader

Gentrification is just one of those inescapable beasts when it comes to the NYC housing market (but hey, it got us an organic market in Bushwick!) That said, few developments cause enough stir to inspire twenty authors (including some favorites of ours) to contribute to an anthology in defense of their neighborhood.

Posted by amy at January 5, 2008 9:50 AM