It’s another heart-pounding week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:
Monday we’re discussing the history and influence of legendary musician Arthur Russell with some people who would know. Free! 7pm.
Tuesday we’re pleased to welcome JENNY SLATE and DEAN FLEISCHER-CAMP to celebrate a brand-new Marcel the Shell story! The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been sees our favorite anxious shell on a fresh adventure. This one’s free too!
And this incredible week caps itself off on Thursday with The Moth StorySLAM, this time themed around confrontation. Arrive early for best results.
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:
Try something new at Monday’s Comedy Notebook, hosted by Rob Paravonian. Established comedians test their new material on you, the audience. Mwahaha.
We’re exploring the great Midwest and its rich lit culture with curbsidesplendor and vol1brooklyn at In the Middle of Everything. Readings by Jason Diamond, Dmitry Samarov, Megan Stielstra, Erika Wurth, and D.Foy!
Your worst e-mail nightmares will come true (for other people) at Shit Rough E-mails with Paul Laudiero and Friends. We promise this event will be highly therapeutic.
Storytellers will throw down Thursday’s The Moth StorySLAM. The topic? Rivalry. OoooOOOOoooh.
We’re hosting a pair of book club meetings this weekend! Fans of Billy Pilgrim assemble for Saturday’s Kurt Vonnegut Book Club. The selection is Slaughterhouse-Five. On Sunday Face-to-Face, our book club for readers aged 8-12, will meet to discuss Jerry Spinelli’s Maniac Magee.
One more note: We’re holding a second monthly sale day! The bookstore was unexpectedly closed for much of last Saturday, but we still want to offer you blazing hot deals on books, music, and MORE. Visit us on Saturday, September 13, for Monthly Sale: Pt 2.
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:
Arrive early for Tuesday evening’s The Moth StorySLAM, this time themed around do-overs, and you won’t need one yourself.
Lifeguard’s on duty for Ocean of Poets, featuring poets Betsy Andrews, Niki Koulouris, and Jen Coleman. The mystery, the majesty: the sea! This one’s free, just as a natural wonder should be.
Author Ed Lin and Soho Press Associate Publisher Juliet Grames will visit the bookstore for our International Crime Book Group Saturday. This month’s meeting takes us to Taipei City, Taiwan, for suspense, adventure, and betel nuts.
This week at the bookstore:
- Our Summertime Crime Sale continues through the end of the day today, Monday. Save 30% off crime fiction, criminal DVDs, and more.
- Tonight we are hosting a reading and panel discussion on inspiration and influence in poetry with three amazing poets, michaelrobbinspoet, Matthew Rohrer, biancastone, and moderator John Deming. Remember our amazing intern colindrohan, who Tumbled here? He organized this! Come out, support Colin, he is great and these are seriously some great poets.
- Tomorrow we celebrate the penamerican PEN Awards longlist with readings from judges Kimiko Hahn, Rowan Ricardo Philips, and Fiona Maazel, plus free drinks and I heard there will be cake.
- Wednesday we’re confronting the comments section at Say It to My Face, where some of the top media writers talk about some of the absolute worst things people have said about them online. It should be terrifying and hopefully cathartic. Hosted by Tyler Coates and joliekerr.
- Thursday the moth-stories StorySLAM has tales on the theme “Breathless.” Always sells out, line up early!
- Our popular Kurt Vonnegut Book Group will meet this Saturday to discuss The Sirens of Titan.
- And finally, on Sunday our middle reader book group, Face to Face, will discuss Roald Dahl’s Danny, the Champion of the World.
This Week at HWBC:
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.
This Week at HWBC:
Tonight we are throwing a party about a zine about soups called Stock Tips! Dave Bry, Ben Schwartz, Kevin Nguyen, and Jaime Green will be joining the zine’s creators Ami Greko and Rachel Fershleiser for soup-y storytelling. Bring your own stock recipe for the Stock Exchange. Get it? It’s funny. Come.
The Moth StorySLAM is back tomorrow with Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Get here early because it always sells out!
On Wednesday for Brain Awareness Week, we have Mind Reading, featuring Stefan Merrill Block, Meehan Crist, Timothy Donnelly, Leslie Jamison, Miles Klee, Elissa Schappell, and Lynn Schmeidler sharing writing about all sorts of brain-related things.
Finally, on Thursday, everyone’s favorite Ask Roulette with WNYC’s Jody Avirgan. This time, Jody will be joined by Lizzie O’Leary, Matt Zoller Seitz, and Ashok Kondabolu aka Dapwell. It’s going to be crowded, so please be sure to get here early if you’d like a seat!
This week at HWBC:
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!
It’s a busy week here at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe!
- Our annual pre-Thanksgiving Cookbook Sale kicks off today; save 30% off already reduced prices on cookbooks, food writing, and more.
- Tonight we host a very special How I Learned / Best in Show Blender featuring: Catie Lazarus, Katherine Lanpher, Tyler Coates, Cammi Climaco, Andy Christie, Aaron Wolfe, and hosts Blaise Allysen Kearsley and Brad Lawrence. Free, 7pm.
- Tomorrow is Soccerpalooza with Jonathan Wilson, Rosie Schaap, and Peter Zihaly on “the beautiful game.” Free, 7pm.
- Thursday night The Moth StorySLAM features stories on the theme “Sweat.” $8 cover, doors at 7pm.
- And on Saturday our Then and Now: A History and Pop Culture Book Group will discuss Nothing Daunted at 11:30AM.
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.
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.