New York Times -bestselling author, Emma Straub and her husband, Michael Fusco-Straub opened independent bookstore Books Are Magic in Cobble Hill in 2017. In 2022 they opened a second location on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Both Books Are Magic are neighborhood bookstores with a selection of children's, young adult and adult books. They offer free and affordable events featuring both new and established authors.

"We believe that books are indeed magic, and that literature is one of the best ways to create empathy, transportation, and transformation."