Pics from last night, courtesy of Jesse! A handsome crowd, if I do say so myself.
This was so much fun, y’all. Thanks to Jesse for capturing the magic!
This week at HWBC:
Join us tonight as rock writer Marc Spitz and novelist, essayist, and critic Chuck Klosterman discuss Spitz’s new book Poseur: A Memoir of Downtown New York City in the 90s.
Tomorrow, come learn about what it means to be an American expat in Eastern Europe with Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe with author M. Henderson Ellis and Arthur Phillips and jazz musician Karel Ruzicka.
Then on Wednesday join us for the Slaughterhouse 90210 4th Birthday Party! Hosted by Maris Kreizman and featuring readings from Jami Attenberg, Ron Currie Jr., and Emma Straub.
Thursday night the Moth StorySLAM! returns with the theme Busted. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Finally, on Friday, we are pleased to present with WORD I Would Die 4 U: A Prince Dance Party with Touré and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest! Tickets are $5 and available at the event page.
“I’ve always been a voracious reader and a TV addict and I never thought those passions had to be mutually exclusive, so creating the blog was a way to celebrate both. A big buzzword in the book world is discoverability—how people find the books they want to read—and I guess I wanted Slaughterhouse 90210 to be a brand new venue where I could promote the crap out of the books I love and maybe bring a new audience to my favorite writers.” (via Slaughterhouse 90210: Best Tumblr Evr | Brooklyn Abridged)
Join Maris, Emma Straub, Ron Currie Jr. and Jami Attenberg at the Slaughterhouse 90210 Fourth Anniversary Party on March 20! Info here.
| Moth StorySLAM: Disappearance | Tuesday, 7pm | The Moth storytelling competition with the theme of disappearance. $8 at the door and it always sells out so get here early.
| What The Dickens: Third Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon | Saturday, 1pm | With readers like Jami Attenberg, Emma Straub, and Lorin Stein, this year’s reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is sure to be one for the books. Drop in early for some masterful caroling and stay for the delicious holiday special in the cafe and maybe a surprise reader of two.
Holiday Sale: 10 % Off Everything, All December | With 10% off everything in the store (30% for members), there’s no excuse not to do all your holiday book shopping right here.
"When I was 22, I thought that I deserved success just because I wanted it, and not because I’d actually earned it. If I had sold one of those books, I would have thought that the writing life was going to be an easy one, like living inside a bouncy castle, with no sharp edges anywhere. By the time I sold the book, I’d done a lot more living—I’d gone to graduate school to study writing more earnestly, moved in with my boyfriend, married my boyfriend, had a bunch of jobs, made new friends, moved out of New York and then back—and when it happened, it made sense. I had done all the work necessary to make it possible."
"8 p.m. Housing Works Used Book Café for Dan Wilbur’s party and comedy show celebrating his new book, How Not to Read. Came in during Elna Baker’s hilarious Mormon coming-out story (coming out to her parents as a twentysomething non-virgin), stayed for Chris Gethard’s terrible–wonderful story about being newly single and having panic attacks and getting his second Smiths-themed tattoo."
We are delighted to have been a part of Emma’s week in culture! Click through for basically a guide to living your cultural life. And get a ticket to the Emma Straub Hollywood Variety Hour this Saturday. I’ll be there; but more importantly, so will Emma, Stephen Merritt, Maris Kreizman, Ira Glass, and Andrew McCarthy. YEAH. Do it.
"But I don’t read books ever on any devices. I understand why people in publishing do, because the volume is too great, and I understand why reviewers do, people who are required to read six or seven books a week, and I understand if you’re taking a flight to Zimbabwe and you’re going to be in the air for sixteen hours and you want to bring four books. But if that’s not the case, isn’t it always more pleasurable to just carry around a book? So I hope that bookstores still exist, and that books as objects still exist, in the future. Other than that, I think we’re good."
Furthermore, Emma’s rejected sexy-Nancy-Drew-murdered-gay-poet novel sounds amazing.
Emma Straub and I take down yet another author whose book “competes” with our books this fall. HA! I laugh at the thought of anyone buying Hodgman’s book instead of one of ours!
This is Callout Video #2: John Hodgman
“My book comes out in paperback to start with, so who’s ahead of the game? Me, I think, probably.” Still The Best. Party with Dan and his paperback Tuesday!
Watch Dan Wilbur and I challenge JK Rowling to a quidditch match. You’re going DOWN, Rowling. Sort of. Maybe. Probably not. And I love you.
“No, no, you’re supposed to be like, mean.” THIS IS THE BEST! Also, Dan, are you wearing a Housing Works t-shirt!?!
"I am not a critic. I am a fiction writer, and a bookseller. It is not my job to point out the flaws in other writers’ work. It is my job to help draw attention to writers whose work I adore. I read lots of books that I don’t gush over on the internet. When I tell you, dear internet, that I love a book and think that you should buy it, it’s because that’s how I feel."
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