This Week at HWBC:
Tomorrow we have a staged reading of the highly acclaimed play WOMEN written by Housing Works’ frequent guest Chiara Atik. The play is a mashup of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and the hit HBO show Girls. Tickets are only $5, and it’s going to sell out so be sure to grab one now! More info and tickets available here.
On Wednesday night, DISH, our monthly food event is back, this time with The Way We Ate, Owney’s Rum, Luke Barr, and Charles Blackstone. They’ll all share readings and stories with hosts Kimberly Wetherell of Spirited and David Gutowski of Largehearted Boy.
Finally, Thursday, Seth Fishman, author of the brand new YA novel The Well’s End, and Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife, will read fan fiction for each other. The event is named The Well’s Wife and The Tiger’s End, which is great and overall just representative of how the night’s going to go, so be sure to come out!
This Week at HWBC:
GEEK WEEK ends Friday! Come in for 30% off all our geekiest stuff!
Tonight we’re having A SF/F Extravaganza with Tor Books! Authors Brian Staveley, Ramona Wheeler, James Cambias, and David Edison will be here, so come and mingle with them!
The launch for MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction is here tomorrow. Chad Harbach, who edited the collection, will be here with Keith Gessen, Emily Gould, Carla Blumenkranz, Eli S. Evans, and Mel Flashman discussing whether they prefer MFA programs or the New York publishing world as a way for writers to make a living.
Then, on Wednesday night, we’re hosting Tied-in: The Ups and Downs and Ins and Outs of Writing Licensed Fiction, with authors David Mack and Keith R.A. DeCandido joining editor Ginjer Buchanan and moderator Cici James. It’s the perfect end to our Geek Week events, so be sure to come and hear what they have to say!
Finally, our monthly sale is this weekend! 30% off everything in the store Saturday and Sunday!
This week at HWBC:
It’s Geek Week! For the next two weeks, all of our geekiest items (sci fi, fantasy, comics, vintage vinyl, science, and math books) are 30% off!
On Wednesday, the newly relaunched Story Magazine will be here with a Special “B-Side” Launch! Ryan Britt, Allegra Frazier, and James Hannahm will be chatting about the intersection of genre fiction and literary fiction.
The Moth is back on Thursday with StorySLAM: Escape! It always sells out. If you’re coming, get here early, wait in line, make a new friend. Also, the store will be closing at 6PM so that we can set up.
Are you a geek? Are you a nerd? Are you unsure if they’re the same? On Friday we’ve got Geeks vs. Nerds Trivia Happy Hour with hosts Kevin Harrington of Boston’s Geek Week Comedy and Geek Comedy Night and Jen Dziura of the Williamsburg Spelling Bee!
Finally, on Saturday morning, the History and Pop Culture book group will be discussing Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.’s Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.
This week at HWBC:
Tonight Sergio De La Pava (A Naked Singularity and Personae) and David Gordon (The Serialist and Mystery Girl) will be here with Russian lit scholar Michael Kunichika to discuss how Russian writers, though deceased, continue to influence us today at Dead Russian Writers: Still Haunting Us.
The Moth StorySLAM is back tomorrow with a Valentine’s edition called Love Hurts. The store closes at 6PM so we can set up, and the event always sells out so come early!
Wednesday night, we’re closing at 6PM to set up for I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy. If you’re a man who wants to come, but hasn’t gotten a ticket yet hurry! There’s only a couple left.
On Thursday night, we’re also closing at 6PM to set up for Love Bites: A Valentine’s Dinner Celebrating Classic Literary Lovers. If you like lovers in books, you should convince someone you know to come to this fantastic four-course meal inspired by literary lovers. There are very few tickets left, so get yours now!
This week at HWBC:
All day TODAY everything in the store is 30% off! We’re open until 9PM so you’ve got plenty of time to make it in for some great stuff.
Tomorrow is Asymptote’s 3rd anniversary celebration. Eliot Weinberger (translator of Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borgers, and Bei Dao), Robyn Creswell (Poetry editor of The Paris Review), Idra Novey (translator of Clarice Lispector), Daniella Gitlin (translator of Rodolfo Walsh), and Jeffrey Yang (poet, editor, and translator of Liu Xiaobo) are coming together for a reading and panel discussion on translation to commemorate Asymptote's third anniversary!
On Wednesday, we’ll host a panel with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) about how crowd-funding can contribute to social changes. Oliver Hurst-Hiller (DonorsChoose.org), Megan Kashner (Benevolent), Liezl Van Riper (Kiva), and Brandon Whitney (ioby) will be chatting with moderator Allison Fine of the Personal Democracy Forum at Tapping the Crowd to Solve Social Inequity: Crowd-Funding for Social Change.
Thursday night the store closes at 6PM because The Moth is back with StorySLAM: Boundaries. This event is $8 and always sells out, so be sure to arrive early!
Finally, Saturday at 11:30AM we’re hosting Then and Now: A History and Pop Culture Book Group - GULP. Host Brigid Harmon will be leading the group in discussing Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. See for yourself why The Washington Post calls Roach “America’s funniest science writer” and make new friends in the process!
Also, if you’re a man looking for love this Valentine’s Day, we still have men’s tickets available for I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy on 2/12. Tickets are $15 and available here.
Finally, on 2/13, we’re hosting Love Bites: A Valentine’s Dinner Celebrating Classic Literary Lovers! The Works’ executive chef Emily Casey will be prepping a four-course meal inspired entirely by couples from your favorite classics. The ticket price is $160 for two guests and can be purchased here!
It’s a busy week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:
- Tonight we welcome back the Housing Works’ 13 Theatre Troupe and Theatre of the Oppressed with their new play forum, We’re Shady, We’ll Call You Back. Free, 7PM.
- Tomorrow is our first Moth StorySLAM of 2014, appropriately themed “Beginnings.” You’ll want to be in line by 6PM or so, it always sells out! $8 at the door, 7PM.
- And Wednesday’s Dealmakers: Speed-Networking from the League of Assistant Editors is SOLD OUT, but sign up for the wait list to be first to hear about future Dealmakers events at Housing Works.
- Thursday is the special second anniversary show of Ask Roulette! Special guests Jad Abumrad, Shani Hilton, and Roger Bennett will be asking and answering questions with strangers.
- Friday happy hour is back! The special is now $1 off all drinks, 4PM to 8PM.
- Saturday is the first meeting of our new Kurt Vonnegut Book Group, which will be discussing God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater with Vonnegut NYC at 12:30PM in the café.
- And on Sunday (whew!) the Gotham Writers’ Workshop presents a free workshop, IN(VERSE): POETIC TECHNIQUES FOR NON-POETS, at 11AM in the café.
And we’ll be announcing two exciting ticketed events in February this week, so stay tuned.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’re kicking off 2014 with a full week of events:
- Tonight, Kobo Presents: Opportunities for Authors, Readers, and Bookstores in the Digital Age, free at 7PM. A panel discussion on the plethora of options available to authors and readers today, featuring eBook and self-publishing experts: local author Nathaniel Kressen, Miral Sattar from BiblioCrunch, Mary Cummings from Diversion Books, Oren Berman from Authoright, and moderator Christine Munroe fromKobo. A party to celebrate local independent authors to follow – including a Kobo eReader giveaway and free eBooks! And if you’re reading this carefully, you’re first to know that we’re announcing later today that you can NOW BUY KOBO EBOOKS FROM HOUSING WORKS! Support indie bookstores AND charity at the same time while buying ebooks. Win-win-win.
- Tomorrow we welcome Comedy Notebook with Liam McEneaney. Some of your favorite comedians try out new material. Featuring Janeane Garofalo, Myq Kaplan, SNL’s Vanessa Bayer and Catherine Popper.
- Wednesday is the first DISH of the new year! Kevin C Fitzpatrick reads from and discusses his book, Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide andBrooklyn Magazine Food Editor Sarah Zorn discusses her book, Brooklyn Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Coney Island to Brooklyn Heights.
- Thursday, learn more about the BRAKING AIDS Ride, a 350-mile, 3-day bike ride from Boston to NYC to support Housing Works, at BRAKING AIDS Ride Party.
- And Friday, we present the paperback launch of Rosie Schaap's wonderful memoir, Drinking With Men, with bar-themed stories and poems from: WYN COOPER (Postcards from the Interior, Chaos Is the New Calm), JEFF GORDINIER (X Saves the World, Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage), BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY (The “How I Learned” series), KATHERINE LANPHER (Leap Year), JILL MCDONOUGH: (Where You Live, Habeas Corpus) and DAVID WONDRICH (Punch, Imbibe!).
- And Saturday our International Crime Book Group meets for the first time this year, to discuss Lisa Brackmann’s Getaway, at 11:30AM in the café.
Jean-Christophe Valtat was in San Francisco talking about Jules Verne and steampunk this weekend.
Sorry, wait, that doesn’t need to be a hashtag. What I mean to say is: DAPPER AS FUCK.
Don’t worry if you missed him, he’s back for a full blown tour later this month. Details here.
Including here, on October 31 — that’s right, we’re doing a steampunk Halloween extravaganza with Melville House.
Join PEN American Center and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression for readings in celebration of PEN’s Banned Books Month and the poets whose work have been banned throughout history. Hear banned and censored poems by Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman, Marina Tsvetaeva, Frank O’Hara, Daniil Kharms, Sappho, and many more, as read by some of today’s best contemporary poets, including Timothy Donnelly, Deborah Landau, Alex Dimitrov, Monica Ferrell, Matvei Yankelevich, Claire Donato, Aimee Herman, Phil Fried, Ana Bozicevic, and others. Beer and wine will be served, free drinks to the first 100 attendees and drink specials after that. (via Paradise Banned: Poetry Readings from Banned Books with Timothy Donnelly, Deborah Landau and More - Events — Housing Works)
Monday, September 30 at 7PM; join us!