It’s no surprise to find a writer hanging out at a gin distillery, but in Emily Barton’s case, the research actually made it into print.
The Brooklyn Heights resident, whose novel, “Brookland,” has just been released in paperback, based part of her book on the distillery at the foot of Joralemon Street.
“In Brooklyn Heights, it’s easy to imagine a different world of cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages,” said Barton, who leads a double life as a yoga instructor. She’s taken this different world and brought it to life with her tale of 18th-century Brooklyn and the bridge that will connect it to Manhattan. Taking seven years to write, the novel is of heroic proportions and pays loving homage to the borough she calls home.
On March 22, Barton will read from her novel at Pete’s Candy Store as part of their biweekly series. She’s obviously a committed Brooklynite, both writing about and reading in the borough. Just don’t keep her away from the gin.
Emily Barton will read from “Brookland” at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St. at Richardson Street in Williamsburg) on March 22 at 7:30 pm. For information, call (718) 302-3770.