Here’s a great photo of authors James L. Cambias, David Edison, Brian Staveley, and Ramona Wheeler from Monday night’s SF/F Extravaganza!
[Image via Shelf Awareness]
Hello, hello from Housing Works. As the leaves continue to fall and the days continue to dim, this is what we’ve been reading this week…
And this is what we’ve been listening to…
Aaaand, since Halloween is steadily approaching, we’ve been raising the hairs on our respective necks…
Greetings and felicitations from all at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe! Here’s all you need to know about goings-on here over the next week.
On Monday, we will be hosting ’Writing the Family’, a fascinating panel discussion on the complexities of shedding light on those nearest and dearest to us. Moderator Julie Klam will be in conversation with some terrific memoirists, including Victoria Loustalot and Alysia Abbott.
Saturday see’s a heady combination of the exotic and the gruesome; it’s The International Crime Book Group, a delight for all those with an interest in travel and crime writing. This week we’ll be travelling to Rome, the eternal city, with Donato Carissi’s The Whisperer.
And looking ahead to the not so distant future, on Wednesday Oct 16th best-selling author Helen Fielding will be in the store to discuss Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy with Vogue editor Valerie Steiker. Grab some specially discounted tickets before they sell out!
Looking further afield, we’re all very much looking forward to 'I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating' on Wednesday Oct 23rd. Women’s tickets are sold out, but fellas, you’re still in with a chance to find that special someone who understands your pain when your favorite character dies. Use the code ‘Gatsby’ to get yourself a discount before tickets sell out.
Hello there, one and all! This week in the mystical realm of the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, we’ve been reading…
We’ve been watching…
And been spending far too much time gawking at…
Check out Episode 9 of our podcast, which we’ve joyously entitled “Sex, Rap, and Basketball.”
This latest show contains five gems from June, which are:
- Jeff Weiss reading an excerpt on 2Pac’s fashion aesthetics from his book with Evan McGarvey 2Pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle.
- Steph Opitz's recitation of a birds and the bees-themed Pitch Perfect medley from last month’s Recital.
- Jennifer Baumgardner on shame, pride, and the bisexuals that walk among us, from Shameless: Queer Ladies Pride Reading.
- An open letter from NY Times contributor/Knicks superfan Robert Silverman asking if he can coach the team, read from nonfiction compilation We’ll Always Have Linsanity: Strange Takes on the Strangest Season in Knicks History.
- Excerpts from The Audacious Debut, a conversation between authors Bill Cheng (Southern Cross the Dog) and Derek Palacio (How to Shake the Other Man) on the subject of beginnings, audacity, and more.
This Week at HWBC:
Today through April 30th celebrate National Poetry Month with 30% off all poetry, poet biographies, and prose written by poets!
Then stay tonight for Noteworthy: A Conversation with Women at the Forefront of the NYC Arts Programming Community, co-presented with GreenHouse and Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. This panel moderated by the New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli features women programmers and artistic directors from Celebrate Brooklyn!, SummerStage, Japan Society, and Joe's Pub.
Tomorrow, Black Balloon Publishing’s Buzz Poole talks with celebrated Croatian novelist Robert Perisic about Perisic’s new book Our Man in Iraq.
Wednesday night come celebrate the launch of the spring 2013 issue of American Poet with readings from Sophie Cabot Black, Cynthia Cruz, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
Then on Thursday, a launch of a different kind, this time for comedian Ophira Eisenberg's new memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy. Wine and cheese will be served!
Finally on Saturday from 1-4, as National Poetry Month comes to a close, come to Song of Myself, a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” from the 1891 edition of Leaves of Grass.
Check out episode four of the podcast, which is all events from Downtown Literary Festival last weekend!
On April 14th, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and McNally Jackson teamed up for the inaugural Downtown Literary Festival, highlighting the literature and culture of downtown Manhattan through events at both stores. The panel-free festival, organized by Housing Works’s Amanda Bullock and McNally Jackson’s Alice Whitman, was a great success, and Housing Works hosted a variety of events including a figurative tour of the literature of downtown New York City, a discussion with an owner and former owner of Russ & Daughters, a special edition of new literary series The Recital, a talk with veteran food truck vendors from across the city, a special presentation about the Depression-era guidebook series The American Guide, and a downtown edition presentation by lit and TV Tumblr Slaughterhouse 90210. Here we have collected a sample of some of the festival’s best moments.
HWBC Weekly Roundup
Lifestyle suggestions learned from literature.
Resources to help families deal with traumatic news.
An interview with Museum of Moving Image on music videos as art.
Hunger Games = Space Jam:movies plots described using the same sentence.
Spotlight on DLF Events - Pravda After-Party, Sponsored by HarperCollins
This Sunday is the inaugural Downtown Literary Festival hosted by Housing Works and our neighbors McNally Jackson. Check out this page from now until then for previews of some of the exciting events!
7:00pm at Pravda: Master and Margaritas, Crime and Punish-mints, and more Russian literature–themed cocktails at DLF discounts while films featuring Berlin and Odessa in the early 20th century are projected onto Pravda’s walls. The first 80 cocktails will be on the house, courtesy of HarperCollins; after that enjoy a special DLF discount!
Pravda is located just down the street from both Housing Works and McNally Jackson at 281 Lafayette St in SoHo.