This Week at HWBC:
Tonight Jill Sobule is here to talk with David Hajdu, Sara Marcus, Sam Lipsyte, James Marcus, Luc Sante, and Nina Mehta about collaborating with each other on Sobule’s new album Dottie’s Charms at Unlimited Partnerships. There’ll also be some music!
Karen Lewis and John Morrison will be here for Raising the Bar 2014: Minds and Machines tomorrow. They’ll be discussing their thoughts on if man-made machines are capable of having thoughts, emotions, sensations, beliefs, desires, and understanding just like humans.
Are superheroes necessary? Find out Wednesday night when the authors of the new YA novel The Misshapes are joined by Jon Ronson, Owen King, Sean Howe, Rachel Cantor, Lisa Lucas, and Rachel Syme for some superhero stories!
On Thursday we’re hosting the wedding(-themed) launch of Jen Doll’s memoir Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest. Rembert Browne, Camille Dodero, Nick Greene, Katie Heaney, Maris Kreizman, and Maureen O’Connor will also be sharing matrimony-themed stories, and Jason Diamond is going to be the night’s wedding DJ.
Spotlight on DLF Events - The Recital: The City
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!
12:30pm @ HWBC: Maris Kreizman and Rachel Syme host the second edition of their series The Recital, which harkens to the one room schoolhouse days when people used to memorize texts for school. This time the theme is “The City,” and Simon Van Booy, Justin Taylor, Rosie Schaap, Adam Rathe, Jenn Northington, Eric Nelson, and Ryan Chapman each will recite a text they know by heart.
Check out the first episode of our podcast for a clip from February’s Recital of Rachel Fershleiser reciting the opening of Judy Blume’s Forever. Rachel’s clip starts around 3:30.
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.)
- Today: Last day of Artopia!
- Tuesday, March 20, 7PM, Free
Slaughterhouse 90210 Third Anniversary Party
Celebrate everyone’s favorite books and TV blog, Slaughterhouse 90210, with readings from Alexander Chee (Edinburgh), Elisa Albert (The Book of Dahlia), Miles Klee (Ivyland), Dave Hill, and Rachel Syme. Sponsored by Tumblr: the first 100 drinks are free! Plus a contest! RSVP to this event on Facebook »
- Wednesday, March 21, 7PM, Free
The New Yiderati: Redefining the Jewish Experience in Literature
Michelle Haimoff (These Days Are Ours), Sharon Pomerantz (Rich Boy), Joanna Smith Rakoff (A Fortunate Age), Adam Wilson (Flatscreen), and Jeffery Oliver (Failure to Thrive), with moderator Jason Diamond (Flavorpill, Vol 1 Brooklyn). Sponsored by the Jewish Book Council and Vol 1. Brooklyn.
- Thursday, March 22, 7PM, $8 cover
The Moth StorySLAM: Kiss of Death
10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. $8 at the door. This event always sells out. Limited seating. Please arrive early.