They weren’t kidding - look at all of those glasses!
Literary speed dating is the best speed dating. We’re planning another one for mid-February, sign up for the newsletter to be first to know!
Another week, another lot of amazing events. That’s just how things go here at Housing Works.
On Monday, we’ll be hosting The Last Banquet; a lively celebration of food and literature. Novelist Jonathan Grimwood will be joined by Charlotte Druckman, Matt Grossand Gideon Lewis-Kraus. While our very own executive chef, Emily Casey will be preparing dishes inspired by The Last Banquet!
Wednesday night will feature I Like Your Glasses, our hotly anticipated Literary Speed Dating event. This event is sold out, but sign up to the wait list to keep abreast of future events and grab yourself a ticket if someone drops out.
On Thursday, the storytellers of The Moth StorySLAM will be waxing lyrical on the subject of ‘Home.’ 10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. $8 at the door. This event always sells out. Limited seating; please arrive early.
Friday sees us celebrate the release of Jezebel.com’s first book, appropriately named The Book of Jezebel in The Age of Ladyblogs.The book’s co-author Kate Harding will be joined by Jessica Coen, Anna Holmes, Edith Zimmerman and others for a discussion that promises to take in everything from pop culture to politics to modern womanhood.
And on Saturday, we’ll be hosting Then and Now, a book club reveling in history and pop culture. This week’s book is Sam Kean’s delightfully titled,The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.
Hello there, one and all. Here are the happenings taking place within the cosy confines of the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe this week.
On Tuesday, we will feature Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s 'The Greatest 3-Minute Food Service Stories Ever.' Host Jason Diamond will grill survivors of the food industry, coaxing hilarious stories from the likes of Daniel Ralston and Judy Berman.
Wednesday will see author Helen Fielding discuss 'Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy' with Vogue editor Valerie Steiker. This event is ticketed, but because we think you’re all really swell people, we’re offering you a discount with the code ‘HWBC.’
On Thursday, the ever popular Moth StorySLAM will return to the store with participants getting their teeth stuck into enthusiasm. This event always sells out! Please arrive early if you want to get seats ($8 at the door).
And of course, this week is our Rocktober Sale! 30% off all LPs, CDs and music books/DVDs!
On the not so distant horizon, we’ll be hosting Literary Speed Dating on Oct 23rd. Women’s tickets are sold out, but guys, this is a chance to find that special someone who trusts you with her library card. Use the code ‘Gatsby’ for a discount!
On the night before Valentine’s Day, a crowd of people gathered in the cramped Housing Works Bookstore Café for a bookish speed-dating event to find their perfect match–with literature preferences as an icebreaker. Speed daters connecting over books. Photo by Tiffany Lew. Couples were paired up based on their favorite book–or the book they were currently reading. Each person wore a “Hello, my name is…” sticker labeled with a character from their favorite book, also known as their “literary pen name.” The 94 participants rotated through 14 dates, with guys moving to their left on long rows of tables reminiscent of the ones in the Hogwarts dining hall. Four minutes per person–no more and no less. Strewn along these wooden tables were Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and Brooklyn Lagers, along with white placards with titles such as “Middle Earth,” “Walden Pond,” and “Swamp-landia!” all referencing participants’ favorite books. Many of the attendees said they appreciated that an interest in reading was a helpful common denominator because conversation would be eased. (via Finding true love (or not) in literary speed dating | Starring NYC)
We’re still hoping to do another speed dating event in the future based on the success of this one. Don’t fear, lonely bookworms, your time will come!
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, our events look at Valentine’s Day from every angle! And then teach you how to be funny while writing, which is maybe something you need after Valentine’s Day week.
Tonight is the first night of The Recital, a new series in which writers and performers turn the bookstore into an old-fashioned red schoolhouse so they can recite by heart 1-3 minutes of poetry or prose they have memorized. Hosted by writer Rachel Syme and Slaughterhouse 90210's Maris Kreizman. The theme for this week is Swoon!
Tomorrow join us for The Moth StorySLAM! This time the theme is Love Hurts. Tickets are $8.
Wednesday Coverspy helps you find your bookish mate with I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating. This event is sold out, but if you missed it this time be sure to sign up for the waitlist so you can hear about the next one!
On Friday, double the events and also fun as our weekly Slush Pile Happy Hour (4-8pm) is joined by funny lady country trio Ménage à Twang's return to the bookstore for My Country Valentine: an Alt-Valentine Mixer at 7pm!(Notice: This event was previously ticketed but is now FREE.)