"Sometimes I think my whole professional life has been based on this hunch I had, early on, that many people feel just as muddled as I do, and might be happy to tag along with me on this search for clarity, for precision. I love that aspect of writing. Nothing makes me happier than to hear a reader say: that’s just what I’ve always felt, but you said it clearly."
This Week at HWBC:
Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein will be here tonight for the launch of their new book MAD WORLD: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 1980s. Vince Clarke of Erasure, Depeche Mode, and Yaz will be DJing all night.
Tomorrow The League of Assistant Editors will be back for more speed-networking. The event is sold out, but you can add yourself to the waitlist if you’re an adult who works on kids and YA books!
The Moth is coming back this week too, with StorySLAM: Leftovers on Thursday. As always, arrive early since the event always sells out.
Also, don’t forget to buy a ticket for our Sharon Corr concert on 5/5!
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Tonight Michael Malice will be discussing his new book, Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il with Cole Stryker. Their conversation will also cover literature and censorship in North Korea.
Tuesday night we’re celebrating six women writers who are publishing their first books at The Debutantes. Jenn Doll, Kathleen Hale, Ariel Lawhon, Lindsey J. Palmer, Susan Rieger, and Helen Wan will be chatting with Elisabeth Egan about what it takes to get from laptop screen to print.
The Moth StorySLAM is back on Wednesday. This time, the theme is Secrets. It’s $8 at the door, and always sells out, so make sure to get here early!
Saltonstall Arts Colony will be here on Thursday for a poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month. Judith Baumel, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jay Deshpande, Robin Beth Schaer, and Ocean Vuong will read at Saltonstall’s first ever NYC reading in our store!
On Friday night, we’ve got a special music event: Live from Home: An Evening with Rebecca Pidgeon. Pidgeon will be performing songs from her new album, Blue Dress On, which will be followed by a discussion and Q&A led by Clara Mamet. Tickets are available at the link above!
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On Wednesday night, we’re celebrating the fantastic slaughterhouse90210's fifth birthday party! Maris Kreizman, the genius behind the Tumblr, will be hosting the night of readings by Aryn Kyle, Ariel Schrag, and Adelle Waldman.
Thursday The Moth StorySLAM is back with Frauds. It always sells out. Come early. Wait in line. Maybe the weather will be nice. I don’t know. I’m not a weatherman.
Also This Thursday through Monday the 24th is SALESTICE! It turns out it’s the equinox and not the solstice but Salequinox doesn’t really sound cool, so we’re sticking with it. 30% off all wildlife/environment, gardening, science, spirituality, astrology, and New Age/Occult books.
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The Moth is back tonight, this time with The Community Education Showcase. Hosted by Peter Aguero, Bob Browne, Justin Cole, Yvonne Honigsberg, Rachel McCormick, and Nikkita McPherson will be sharing stories from some of the workshops held from this past season.
Tomorrow join Katie Heaney (author of Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date, which we hosted the launch party for last week), Chiara Atik (author of Modern Dating: A Field Guide), Elna Baker (author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir), Erin Barker (contributor to The Moth), and Caitlin Brodnick (contributor to Glamour) in addition to Christina B. Bryza at Are You My Boyfriend?: A Playful Approach to Looking for Love, celebrating Christina’s picture book for grown-ups Are You My Boyfriend? No better way to prepare for Valentine’s Day than by laughing with these ladies!
On Wednesday, DISH is back with more food, drinks, and stories! Dinner and dessert are a surprise, so you’ll have to attend to find out what’s being served, and Allison Patel, the founder of Brenne Whisky, is conducting a tasting of her fine single-malt French whisky.
The great sharing of love stories continue on Thursday night with The OkCupid Show: Stories of Love, Sex, and the Internet. Chiara Atik is back again, along with Ryan Dodge (The Awl and Glamour), Jeffrey Joseph (Comedy Central), Josh Gondelman (Modern Seinfeld), and hosts Adam Jacobson and Michelle Markowitz.
Finally, on Saturday morning, The International Crime Book Group will be discussing David Downing’s Zoo Station with our very own mystery expert Merril Speck.
Oh! And if you haven’t bought your tickets to Love Bites: A Valentine’s Dinner Celebrating Classic Literary Lovers on 2/13 then what are you waiting for?!?
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All day TODAY everything in the store is 30% off! We’re open until 9PM so you’ve got plenty of time to make it in for some great stuff.
Tomorrow is Asymptote’s 3rd anniversary celebration. Eliot Weinberger (translator of Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borgers, and Bei Dao), Robyn Creswell (Poetry editor of The Paris Review), Idra Novey (translator of Clarice Lispector), Daniella Gitlin (translator of Rodolfo Walsh), and Jeffrey Yang (poet, editor, and translator of Liu Xiaobo) are coming together for a reading and panel discussion on translation to commemorate Asymptote's third anniversary!
On Wednesday, we’ll host a panel with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) about how crowd-funding can contribute to social changes. Oliver Hurst-Hiller (DonorsChoose.org), Megan Kashner (Benevolent), Liezl Van Riper (Kiva), and Brandon Whitney (ioby) will be chatting with moderator Allison Fine of the Personal Democracy Forum at Tapping the Crowd to Solve Social Inequity: Crowd-Funding for Social Change.
Thursday night the store closes at 6PM because The Moth is back with StorySLAM: Boundaries. This event is $8 and always sells out, so be sure to arrive early!
Finally, Saturday at 11:30AM we’re hosting Then and Now: A History and Pop Culture Book Group - GULP. Host Brigid Harmon will be leading the group in discussing Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. See for yourself why The Washington Post calls Roach “America’s funniest science writer” and make new friends in the process!
Also, if you’re a man looking for love this Valentine’s Day, we still have men’s tickets available for I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy on 2/12. Tickets are $15 and available here.
Finally, on 2/13, we’re hosting Love Bites: A Valentine’s Dinner Celebrating Classic Literary Lovers! The Works’ executive chef Emily Casey will be prepping a four-course meal inspired entirely by couples from your favorite classics. The ticket price is $160 for two guests and can be purchased here!
Join us tonight for a night of storytelling to benefit the participants of Housing Works Braking AIDS Ride, a three-day, 285-mile ride from Boston to New York. All proceeds go towards providing housing, health care services, and advocacy on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS. Hosted by The Moth's Peter Aguero. Suggested donation $8. Featuring:
- Erin Barker (Moth GrandSLAM champion)
- Micaela Blei (Moth GrandSLAM champion)
- Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000)
- Amy Virginia Buchanan (Spring Street Social Society)
- Eliot Glazer (UCB Theatre)
It’s a big week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe!
- Tonight, join us for An Evening of Big Feminist BUTs with Gabrielle Bell, Josh Neufeld, Heidi MacDonald and More to celebrate the Kickstarter-funded The Big Feminist BUT: Comics About Women, Men and the IFs ANDs & BUTs of Feminism.
- Tomorrow we welcome The Moth StorySLAM for a show on “Summer Love.” You’ll want to line up by 6pm for 7pm doors; it always sells out! $8 at the door.
- Wednesday DISH is back with a great line up: Tim Federle reads from his hilarious literary cocktail book, Tequila Mockingbird; Holly Howard discusses the ins and out of the food-based business world; Jennifer Perillo in conversation with Sarah DeHeer of the Food Network, about her debut cookbook Jennie’s Homemade with Love; and Fany Gerson, AKA “La Newyorkina”, chats about life as one of NYC’s favorite street food vendors and shares tips from My Sweet Mexico and Paletas. There will be drinks and snacks!
- And Thursday we are so excited to celebrate the reissue of Chocolates for Breakfast with Emma Straub (will she give birth in the bookstore? come find out!), the author’s son Kevin Kanarek, and short readings from Megan Abbott, Elisa Albert, Lauren Cerand, Alexander Chee, Stephanie LaCava, and Rachel Syme.
- Friday it’s Happy Day Happy Hour!
- And Saturday Merrill’s International Crime Book Group will meet to discuss Melville Crime’s A Very Profitable War at 11:30am.
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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!
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Thank you to everyone who came out to Downtown Literary Festival at Housing Works and McNally Jackson yesterday! We had a great turnout and a lot of lovely events. Stay tuned for a podcast with some of the highlights later this week!
As we unwind from #DLF, here’s a look at what’s going on this week:
Tonight, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC and Housing Works present the 13 Theatre Troupe in The Just-Us System. Join the troupe for a theatrical brainstorming on the topics of criminal justice, domestic abuse, and more.
Tomorrow come see Love and Rockets' Gilbert Hernandez launch his new Drawn & Quarterly semi-autobiographical graphic novel Marble Season.
Then on Thursday The Moth StorySLAM returns to Housing Works, this time with the theme “Mystery.”
Finally, come hang out Friday with some drink specials and good books for our weekly happy hour The Slush Pile.