From WONDERLAND by Stacey D’Erasmo.
Stacey is amazing and we are launching this book on May 6: Largehearted Lit: Featuring Stacey D’Erasmo in Conversation with Elissa Schappell
Check out our Debutantes, joining us tomorrow to discuss writing, selling, and publishing their first novels: Jen Doll, Kathleen Hale, Ariel Lawhon, Lindsey J. Palmer, Susan Rieger, and Helen Wan with moderator Liz Egan.
This Week at HWBC:
Tonight Michael Malice will be discussing his new book, Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il with Cole Stryker. Their conversation will also cover literature and censorship in North Korea.
Tuesday night we’re celebrating six women writers who are publishing their first books at The Debutantes. Jenn Doll, Kathleen Hale, Ariel Lawhon, Lindsey J. Palmer, Susan Rieger, and Helen Wan will be chatting with Elisabeth Egan about what it takes to get from laptop screen to print.
The Moth StorySLAM is back on Wednesday. This time, the theme is Secrets. It’s $8 at the door, and always sells out, so make sure to get here early!
Saltonstall Arts Colony will be here on Thursday for a poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month. Judith Baumel, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jay Deshpande, Robin Beth Schaer, and Ocean Vuong will read at Saltonstall’s first ever NYC reading in our store!
On Friday night, we’ve got a special music event: Live from Home: An Evening with Rebecca Pidgeon. Pidgeon will be performing songs from her new album, Blue Dress On, which will be followed by a discussion and Q&A led by Clara Mamet. Tickets are available at the link above!
We are very proud to announce the full schedule for the second annual Downtown Literary Festival on Sunday, April 13! The festival includes an opening party on Friday April 11 with free drinks and music, new-this-year children’s programming, and a full day of events at the Bowery Poetry Club, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and McNally Jackson. And then an after party at Von bar!
Full details at downtownliteraryfestival. Join us on Sunday, April 13 to celebrate the literary culture of downtown New York City!
So much amazing stuff happening today at Housing Works, McNally Jackson, and Bowery Poetry Club. Hope to see you there!
Reminder: THIS IS TODAY. Come!
… Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate—like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures—Whitman’s masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, “Song of Myself.” Crawford has turned the original sixty-page poem from Whitman’s 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art.
Oh, look what just popped up on our calendar: Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself with Allen Crawford, Tuesday 5/27.
HWBC Weekly Roundup
- Lydia Davis is still Lydia Davis but people will still love her
- an interview with Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, which debuted at #11 on the NYT paperback bestseller list (and we had some copies of before it went on sale because of our super sweet Brain Awareness Week event)
- I can’t stop watching this video and I think it’s because it reminds me of some weird videogame I played as a youth?
'Sup? I'm the official artist of the Downtown Literary Festival — that’s ‘sup.
This Sunday I will be running between Housing Works and Bowery Poetry Club, drawing for six straight hours — no bathroom breaks.* I’ll be posting all my drawings live on Instagram throughout the day.
Also, if you see me at the festival, I’ll have Last Night’s Reading postcards free for the taking, featuring some of your favorite drawings. Just look for the girl with the drawing pad and polka dots.
* I am allowed bathroom breaks.
Kate is the first official DLF artist! We’re delighted she’ll be documenting the festival.
TONIGHT at Housing Works Bookstore at 7pm: Cut footloose in celebration of Kevin Brockmeier’s memoir of the seventh grade, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, and join Kevin Brockmeier, Jen Doll, Anna Holmes, Saeed Jones, Katie Heaney, Chiara Atik, Michelle Wolf, Daniel Ralston and more for music, dancing, and readings about their own awkward middle school experiences. Presented by Buzzfeed Books and Community Bookstore. Hosted by Isaac Fitzgerald.
Tonight! Complete with awkward middle school portraits of our readers.
Hear stories of THIS VERY PLACE this weekend at the downtownliteraryfestival's “Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues” here at HWBC at 3PM.
It’s a BOOK!
The League of Assistant Editors is delighted to announce a bundle of reading joy! The first Dealmakers baby, Hidden Figures, is coming soon from Mackenzie Brady, Trish Daly, and, of course, author Margot Shetterly.
Want one of your own? There are still tickets to the next Dealmakers, for YA and Children’s editors and agents, on April 22nd. Listen to your ticking bibliogical clock and get a ticket today!
Get knocked up with a book at the next Dealmakers on April 22! I’m gross, sorry.