Boulevard Books and Café, the much-celebrated Brooklyn-based bookstore, will be honoring two local authors
today. (Edit: The event has been canceled thanks to the blizzard.) Not only will the event help promote both authors, but it will also give bookworms a chance to learn more about their individual journeys towards getting published.
The first author is Dennis Maragliano who grew up in the traditionally Italian-American Brooklyn neighborhood of Bensonhurst. His endearing first novel Catching Dreams was released this past year as an eBook. His novel regales readers with the tale of his alter ego John Del Mar, a man who is the son of Italian-American immigrants and lives in California. Although he dreams of becoming a famous actor, his father decides to move the family to Sicily because “life in America is too hard.” That’s when young John discovers his considerable athletic talents. But John once again is crushed when his father’s dreams of success fail and the family moves back to the States. Maragliano weaves a tale of a talented athlete and everyman who is burdened by bad business decisions and highly dysfunctional relationships as he tries to navigate through his own path in life.
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Located deep in the heart of Dyker Heights, Boulevard Books is a haven for bookworms of all ages. From the moment customers walk into the store, they are greeted by a cozy atmosphere and thousands of books lining the shelves just waiting to find their forever home. To the right, there is the children’s corner, which is decorated with a cute jungle motif that includes a fake canopy, a leopard-print rug, and shelves of books. To the left is the Young Adult section, which is a quiet corner for teens to check out all the latest new releases. Finally, the back of the store runs the gamut from fiction to self-help books. No matter what your preference is, Boulevard usually has it in stock and if not, they are always happy to order it for you.
Boulevard Books opened in May 2010 and is owned by Brooklyn native Tatiana Nicoli who went from lawyer to small business owner. She was determined to create a store where book lovers could flock to but also be a place that could serve as a focal point for the community too. Now in 2013, her dream has been achieved. The store, which is one of the few independent bookstores left in the Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights area, not only has some of the fastest ordering times around but they also offer fun events such as open mic poetry nights with Tom Kane’s Boulevard Bards on the second Wednesday of every month, meet and greets with authors that range from Suzanne Corso to ‘True Blood’s’ Joe Manganiello, and even a story time session for the little ones too.
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