Is Brooklyn New York's Book Borough?

Manhattan remains the center of book publishing, but Brooklyn is where bibliophiles go to shop.

When BookCourt in Brooklyn closed its doors after 35 years last winter, best-selling novelist Emma Straub (Modern Lovers), a former employee and Cobble Hill local, decided the neighborhood’s loss was unacceptable. In May, she and her husband, Michael Fusco-Straub, opened their own store, Books Are Magic, a few blocks away. “Bookstores are a part of people’s daily lives,” she says. “What ...