Four nights of great events this week:
- Tonight, the VIDA Roundtable on Literary Biography: Jill Lepore, Rebecca Mead, Salamishah Tillet, Ruth Franklin and moderator Diane Mehta will ask: What is it that compels us to explore the work and personalities of certain women and what are the issues we face when writing about other women?
- Tomorrow we will be closing at 5:30PM for our SOLD OUT event with David Sedaris and WORD bookstores. Only ticket holders will be admitted to the presentation in the bookstore; however, after the presentation we will open the signing line to anyone interested. We will ask non-ticket holders to line up outside the store and following the presentation will invite all guests to line up by groups for the signing line. Those with a ticket will be admitted to the signing line first; however, anyone who wishes to join the signing line may do so without a pre-purchased book. Full details here.
- Wednesday DISH, our monthly food writing series, returns with Maureen Petrosky and her new book The Cocktail Club, Alyssa Shelasky and her memoir Apron Anxiety, and Soul Snacks Cookies.
- And Thursday we welcome back The Minimalists and their new memoir, Everything That Remains. At age 30, Joshua and Ryan left their six-figure corporate careers, got rid of most of their material possessions, and began living more deliberately. Come listen to them speak about their journey into the simple life, followed by a short reading from their new book, a brief Q&A session, and an optional book signing.
- This weekend, June 7 and 8, is our monthly sale, enjoy 30% off everything in the store!
From The Minimalists “About”, some stuff/feelings/etc. I bet a lot of New Yorkers in particular can relate to:
It all started with a lingering discontent in our lives. A few years ago, as we approached age 30, we had achieved everything that was supposed to make us happy: we had great six-figure jobs, nice cars, big houses with more bedrooms than inhabitants, pointless masses of toys, and scads of superfluous stuff.
And yet with all that stuff, we weren’t satisfied with our lives. We weren’t happy. There was a gaping void. We discovered that working 70-80 hours a week for a corporation and buying even more stuff didn’t fill the void. In fact, it only brought us more debt and stress and anxiety and fear and loneliness and guilt and overwhelm and depression.
What’s worse, we found out we didn’t have control of our time and thus didn’t control our own lives. So in 2010 we took back control using the principles of minimalism to focus on what’s important. […] Toward the end of 2012, we moved from our hometown, Dayton, Ohio, to a cabin in Montana as a four-month experiment, followed by a move to beautiful Missoula in 2013, where we cofounded Asymmetrical Press, a publishing house for the indie at heart.
Join us for a special preview of the new book, and an opportunity to buy it early, tomorrow night at 7PM with The Minimalists themselves, and free wine!
A very happy Monday to you all! We’ve got some smashing events for you all this week!
On Tuesday, we host the ever popular Moth StorySLAM. This week they’re getting their storytelling teeth stuck into the topic of ‘the office.’ $8 at the door, and be sure to come early, this event always sells out!
Wednesday will see us joined by the Minimalists, Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who’ll be in store to discuss their new book, Everything That Remains. Described as “like Henry David Thoreau, but with WiFi,” the Minimalists offer a fascinating look at a simpler way of life.
On Thursday, we’ve got the wonderful Ask Roulette. Strangers ask each other all kinds of questions live on stage and the result is far less creepy and far more hilarious than that description would imply! Guest appearances from Kurt Anderson, Negin Farsad, Kevin Allison and one-man house band, Eli Bolin.
Finally, on Sunday, Jessica Sticklor (author of the novel Betwixt and Between) will be teaching a Gotham Writer’s Workshop on fiction writing at 11am.
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe! Enjoy a full slate of events before we take a break for the holiday party season; but don’t worry, the whole store is 10% off the entire month of December, and What the Dickens? A Christmas Carol reading is back and better than ever. All events are free and begin at 7pm unless otherwise specified.
- Tonight, we welcome The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who will tell us how to shun our possessions and live a better life. Sounds pretty good post–Black Friday, eh?
- Tomorrow we’re welcoming back The Baffler for "Ayn Rand: The Game Show" with Thomas Frank and Julie Klausner.
- Wednesday we’re super excited to be hosting the Bushwick Book Club as they celebrate Mark Twain in song. Guaranteed good times.
- And Thursday we host a discussion of Canada’s Polaris Prize with founder Steve Jordan and journalists Alan Light and Maura Johnston.
- We close at 6PM Friday, then this weekend is the Monthly Sale: 30% off storewide. We love you too.
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