Emma Straub’s new bookstore Books Are Magic coming to Smith St.

Dry your tears, BookCourt fans — a new bookstore is coming to Smith Street

Magic in the air: Brooklyn Heights resident Sophia Soloway and Carroll Gardener Djuna Dasilva are excited that new bookstore Books Are Magic is coming to Smith Street.
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Carroll Gardens is in the good books!

Local lit lovers are thrilled by news that a hotly anticipated bookstore is opening at Smith and Butler streets this spring — not only because it will fill the void left by the closure of BookCourt last year, but also because it means one less bourgie boutique on the stretch.

“It’s a double win — first we got rid of a store that sells overpriced clothes to hipsters, and now we’re getting a bookstore,” said nearby resident Josh Gordan. “It’s great.”

Borough novelist Emma Straub — a former BookCourt employee and author of the New York Times bestseller “Modern Lovers” — revealed tentative plans for a new shop called Books Are Magic after the storied 35-year-old Court Street emporium announced its final chapter in December.

On Thursday, she unveiled the exact location via Instagram after signing a lease.

“We’ve planted our flag,” wrote Straub and husband Michael Fusco-Straub. “We can’t wait to sell you books.”

Books Are Magic won’t just be a spiritual sequel to BookCourt — it will feature the store’s old shelves, according to Straub. The space and will also be outfitted with plenty of room for kids, hanging out, and events, she said.

Many of Smith Street’s mom and pop shops have given way to chain stores in recent years due to rising rents, so residents say they’re particularly excited to welcome a new business that will really be part of the community.

“Smith Street has undergone a lot of renovations — some good some bad — and I like the idea of it having something that feels like New York City and not like another mass-market thing,” said Carroll Gardens resident Djuna Dasilva.

While you wait for Books are Magic to open, check out our list of six other nearby indie bookstores to spend your hard-earned cash at.

— with Ruth Brown

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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NN from Boerum Hill says:
I'm so happy about this. Congratulations Emma and Michael.
Feb. 20, 2017, 9:10 am
Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
It's a long way for me to walk from the north Heights—maybe I'll take the bus—but I plan to support this independent book store with my purchases.

Emma Straub is the daughter of Peter Straub, whose novels include "Ghost Story," "Shadowland," and several collaborations with Stephen King.
Feb. 21, 2017, 4:11 pm
Biblio Foal from Gowanus Stables says:
Congratz! There's nothing good to say about the closure of Book Court-- the shadowy leave taking was enough that their millions must suffice-- but this should be great. Especially because absentee moneybags increasingly populate the area, there are actually more of "us" than them. Go books!!!
Feb. 21, 2017, 10:52 pm

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