Two long-standing Park Slope mainstays are joining efforts to bring literary enlightenment to our fair hood. The Community Bookstore and Congregation Beth Elohim have been hosting a monthly series appropriately named, Brooklyn By the Book. This all came about when both parties shared a mutual passion for providing an organized program that would serve the Park Slope and greater Brooklyn community through learning and sharing in the literary space and starting a dialogue with folks in the neighborhood.
It all started with a bang last fall, hosting writers like Paul Auster and Don DeLillo in the Congregation’s space. Michele Filgate, Community Bookstore’s events coordinator explained to the Brooklyn Eagle, “Both Congregation Beth Elohim and Community Bookstore wanted to create a series that was very specific to the neighborhood. Our goal is to host a mix of nonfiction and fiction events.”
Upcoming events include gatherings featuring authors such as: Mark Russ Federman (of legendary NY appetizing store Russ & Daughters), Edgar M. Bronfman, Jan Aronson, and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.
Not only does this provide Park Slope with another chance for community building and avid discussion, but also supports a local Park Slope business, which we here at FIPS love. Filgate adds that the goal of Brooklyn By The Book is, “is to provide a dynamic and exciting events program in Park Slope, and I think we’re doing that.”
Have you been to Brooklyn By The Book? If so, what did you think?