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!
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
- We’re closed ALL DAY today (Monday) for a film shoot. Thank you for understanding our fund-raising efforts!
- Wednesday we welcome back one of my favorite regular events, Ask Roulette, with special guests: Heidi Moore of The Guardian (@moorehn), Jezebels’s Erin Ryan (@morninggloria), Paul Lukas host of “Show and Tell” and proprietor of Uni Watch, and guest house band Joel Esher (filling in for Eli Bolin)
- And Thursday, The Moth StorySLAM will be spinning yarns about “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” This event ALWAYS sells out; line up early for 7pm doors, $8 cover.
- Friday we close at 5pm for a private event. Thank you for understanding our fund-raising efforts!
- Sunday at 11AM the Gotham Writer’s Workshop will host a free dialogue writing class with Pete Jensen.
Enough of this dog days business, it’s Labor Day wear those white pants one more time then put them away away, it’s time for FALL which means time for BOOKS. Thus, this week at the bookstore:
- Tomorrow we join with our buds at WORD for A Walk on the Wild Side: Downtown Stories with Brendan Jay Sullivan and More with WORD Bookstore plus Elna Baker, Will Hermes, Dave Hill and Alan Light.
- Wednesday we welcome the September installment of our monthly series DISH, featuring an apertif from 29er Brews, a homebrewing collective; a combined appetizer + entree from The Recipe Project, featuring Michael Hearst from One Ring Zero and Leigh Newman, and a dessert with Jessica Soffer, author of Tomorrow There Will be Apricots. There will be beer samples, music from Hearst, readings, and more.
- Thursday, 9/5 is for 9.5 Theses on Art and Class. Author Ben Davis will be joined by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida, organizers of the original “#class” show that helped inspire the book, artist Naeem Mohaiemen, activist and organizer Blithe Riley, and others.
- Friday we will be closing at 3pm for a special event. Thank you for understanding our fund-raising efforts!
- Saturday our International Crime Book Group will be discussing Akashic’s Venice Noir in the cafe at 11:30am.
- Saturday and Sunday is our Monthly Sale! Enjoy 30% off everything in the store; members save an extra 10%.
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: two events featuring book design, two events with free drinks, the Internet, and sex. You can’t resist us.
- TONIGHT! Recovering the Classics presents a Pop-Up Gallery Show of the beautiful new covers they’ve designed for those sorely mistreated public domain books. First 200 drinks are free, and the prints will be for sale along with a selection of Litographs inspired by the new designs! Good times for all, free, 7-9pm.
- And tomorrow we’re going to have a GRAND PIANO in the bookstore for Anxiety of Influence. Pianist composer Timo Andres (he worked with Gabriel Kahane on the American Guide project, which you might have caught at the Downtown Literary Festival in April or at Carnegie Hall, NBD) will be joined by Peter Mendelsund, legendary book cover designer, and the New Yorker's Leo Carey to discuss: how does an artist remain faithful to a tradition while making it their own? Free wine while it lasts! Free, 7pm.
- And Wednesday Vol. 1 Brooklyn presents The Greatest 3-Minute Internet Stories. A/S/L? Free, 7pm.
- Thursday we discuss Sex, Love and the Novel with Adelle Waldman, whose debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. has been blowing UP, Kate Bolick (The Atlantic), Parul Sehgal (New York Times Book Review), Emily Cooke (The New Inquiry) and moderator David Haglund (Slate). As hook-up culture usurps the marriage plot, does the fluid nature of modern relationships present a special challenge for the novel?
This week at the bookstore! Dog days, schmog days. A friendly reminder we have great air conditioning and cold drinks every day.
- Tomorrow night the PUNDERDOME 3000 comes to Housing Works! Pre-sale tickets are available online, $10. We could not be more excited for this, especially with the addition of celebrity guest judge Adam Wilson.
- Wednesday we celebrate Tor.com’s 5th Birthday Party with free drinks, sci-fi trivia, book giveaways, swag, and general merriment.
- And Thursday Noteworthy is back with four amazing singer/songwriters who will discuss their careers and more.
- Friday it’s Happy Day Happy Hour all day long!
This Week at HWBC:
Then on Wednesday come help launch Laura Lee Gulledge’s new graphic novel Will & Whit, with a reading, music, video shorts, and door prizes.
Thursday, Splitsider presents Laugh Track: Unconventional Comedy Careers in the Internet Age, a panel with comedians Julie Klausner, Chris Gethard, and Dave Hill hosted by Splitsider founding editor Adam Frucci.
Friday the Moth StorySLAM returns to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, this time with the theme Envy. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Finally, our 30% off sale on art & design books continues through Friday!
This week at HWBC:
Wednesday we’re excited to present SHARP: A Discussion of Women & Criticism, featuring a stellar lineup of female critics including Kate Bolick (The Atlantic), Ruth Franklin (The New Republic), Laura Miller (Salon), Miriam Markowitz (The Nation), Michelle Orange (The Rumpus), Parul Sehgal (New York Times Book Review) and moderator Michelle Dean (The Awl).
Thursday night, Tumblr presents a book launch for Adulting, Kelly Williams Brown’s guide to becoming a grown-up, with readings from the author and some more of the Internet’s funniest writers.
Friday, stop by for the Slush Pile, our weekly happy hour featuring specials on beer, wine, and grilled cheese!
This Friday through next Friday (May 17th), enjoy 30% off all art and design books! Spread the word.
Join the International Crime Book Group Saturday morning for discussion of Peter Lovesey’s The Last Detective.
Sunday morning Gotham Writers Workshop presents a free memoir writing class taught by Melissa Petro.
This week at HWBC:
Today join us for the launch of the latest issue of Slice. We’ll celebrate with an Exquisite Corpse reading from the magazine’s contributors, including Emily Bass, Scott Cheshire, Mai Nardone, Jon Reiner, and Justin Taylor. Also: Free Sixpoint!
Tomorrow Tumblr, Abrams Books, and the Academy of American Poets team up to bring National Poetry month to a close with Poetry Bomb, featuring readings from authors and a selection of Tumblr poets. Free drinks while they last!
Wednesday DISH returns to Housing Works after great success with the Russ & Daughters portion of Downtown Literary Festival. This time around, the duo has curated a four-course literary feast including mixologist Max Messier, food blogger Sydney Kramer, RELISH author/illustrator Lucy Knisley, and food stylist Janine Kalesis.
Thursday Jody Avirgan’s Ask Roulette podcast returns to Housing Works to get people to ask and answer personal questions and engage the audience in an experience unlike any other. Special guests are Chris Gethard, Starlee Kine, and Caissie St.Onge.
Saturday and Sunday, enjoy 30% off everything for our monthly sale because it is somehow already May!