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Local literary luminary Hernan Diaz was on hand earlier this week to re-open the neighborhood’s big box bookstore Barnes & Noble, recently relocated from Court St. to Atlantic Avenue.

As reported by Mary Frost at the Brooklyn Eagle, also present were Kelly Carroll, executive director of the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District and store manager Yinam Chung, who said that the store is planning a number of community events, such as story times for both younger and older children and poetry gatherings.

Diaz echoed Yinam’s community sentiments, saying that his daughter Elsa, who helped him cut the grand opening ribbon, “virtually grew up” at the Court St. store, which lost its lease after being the location for 20 years.

Diaz’s novel Trust won the $50,000 Kirkus Prize for fiction. Published last year, the book made Barack Obama’s list of his 13 favorite books of 2022.

Sporting a re-designed logo/sign, the new shop is smaller than the old one and will be staffed with many of the same people who worked at Court St.

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Photo: Diaz last year at Politics & Prose. Photo credit Frypie, used with permission from Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Jorale-man

    It looks like they have actual books there, judging by the photos. I’ve been to other branches, like the one in Tribeca, and they’re half full of toys and nicknacks. Here’s hoping this one thrives in its new space.

  • Banet

    Lots of books, styled much more like McNally Jackson over at City Point. But have no fear if you’re looking for a last minute birthday present for a kid, they have plenty of legos and jigsaw puzzles and a good number of other games downstairs.

    Personally, I’ll be spending all my book dollars at Books are Magic. :-)

  • Jorale-man

    Good to know!

  • aarrrrrimapirate

    Interesting to hear that it left because the lease wasn’t renewed. The theater is gone too – hopefully the building gets redeveloped into something with a significant amount of affordable housing. The city needs it terribly.