This week! Here it is; sorry this is later than usual, we were Occupying.
- Today is the last day of the Kid’s Book Sale! Come on in for 30% off and $1 paperbacks.
- Tomorrow 9/18, we’re kicking off a great fall Live From Home lineup with David Wax Museum. There are still tickets available, buy online or at the door. Doors at 7:30PM, show at 8PM. Check the band out on NPR’s Tiny Desk here.
- Thursday 9/20 is the Moth StorySLAM. Mind your manners (the night’s theme), and plan to be in line by 6PM or so for the 7PM show. $8 at the door.
- Sunday 9/23 is Gotham Writer’s Workshop on article writing with Ken Dery. Free! 11AM in the cafe.
Boom! A couple heads up: we close at 7PM on Wednesday and at 6PM on Friday for private events.
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: tickets are still available to the New York Times-approved bookstore opera of Weimar Germany, A Weimar Flute (three performances, tonight 6/11, Thursday 6/14, and Monday 6/18); and tomorrow we’re Moth-ing and welcoming Glen Hansard (sold out! but tickets still available to his 6/29 Beacon show) in the same night, because why not? All the awesome! Happy day this week is from 10AM to 5PM on Friday.
Heads up, this also means we close at 5 or 6PM most days this week for events. BUT! Please join us when we are wide open on SUNDAY for the GIANT Lit Mag Fair, one of our favorite annual events and a great time to catch up with your favorite lit mags and find new loves.
Tonight is a huge party with mixtapes, free drinks, and lots of authors. Tomorrow we nerd out with Adult Education and learn about Islamic wine and alligators. Wednesday is a huge party with Tumblr, Tumbling writers, and an open bar. (And don’t forget to get your BEA Power Reader ticket!)
This has been this week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.
- TONIGHT! We’re hosting a comedy and music extravaganza in celebration of the new Lowbrow Reader Reader with Wyatt Cenac, who you might know from a small program The Daily Show, Supercute! (featuring Rachel Trachtenburg) and Adam Green (of the Moldy Peaches), plus comedy legend Professor Irwin Corey.
- Tomorrow! Ask Roulette is back with Felix Salmon, blogger for Reuters; Dan Rollman, co-founder of RecordSetter; Comedian Negin Farsad of The Muslims are Coming; and house band Michael Leviton. Ask Roulette is an unscripted conversation in which participants ask and answer questions of each other in front of a live audience. That sounds kind of creepy but it’s crazy awesome, trust me.
- Friday: It’s finally here. Happy hour becomes HAPPY DAY. In honor of the heralded publishing tradition of “Summer Fridays” we’re running our happy hour specials all day long on Fridays throughout the summer. Beer buckets for as low as $10, bottles of wine for $15, board games, sandwiches, books, do it.
- Sunday: It’s finally here! A summer tradition, the Open Air Street Fair takes over Crosby Street with dollar books, music, movies and more; thrift finds from our neighbor Housing Works Thrifts, including special picks from Refinery 29; live music from Two Boots Americana Jamboree; and treats from our food truck friends at Red Hook Lobster Pound, Taïm, Coolhaus, and Kimchi Taco Truck.
This week at Housing Works we’ve got something for everyone, every night: storytelling, tales of Britain, a lit mag party (we love those), Russian literature, and beers. Everything is free; well, not the beers, but they’re pretty cheap and, as you all know by now, Housing Works beers are good deeds.
- Tonight we’re proud to host the MothSHOP Showcase, featuring storytellers from the Moth Community Outreach Program. $5 donation at the door.
- Tuesday, May 22, we’re grabbing a cucumber sandwich and a Newcastle — we’ll have both available! — in celebration of Granta 119: Britain, which you’ll remember was declared highbrow-brilliant only last week.
- Wednesday, May 23 Moonshot magazine celebrates its newest issue with a bunch of great readers: Richard Kostelanetz, Dawn Raffel, Victoria Redel, Terese Svoboda, Chloe Caldwell and Skye Tyler.
- Thursday, May 24, the Festival of Russian Arts comes to Housing Works for “The Return of the Great Russian Novel: The New Russian Realism” with the winners of the Debut Prize and moderator Liesl Schillinger. The New Yorker and TONY both think you should come meet the next Tolstoy.
- Friday, May 25, is the last Slush Pile of the season! But that’s OK, because starting next Friday, 6/1, happy hour becomes happy day as we celebrate that glorious publishing tradition of Summer Fridays. Get out of work early and come drink in our bookstore!
Plus, all week, it’s the Cookbook & Gardening Spring Sale! Want to make sushi? Grow flowers? Bake cupcakes? Turn your fire escape into a farm? We’ve got hundreds of new and special stock books for all your food and garden needs, all 30% off already discounted prices.
This week is relatively light on events, but they are both awesome. Plus we have tickets on sale for some great events next month!
- Tonight, get your Longreads on with Bloomberg Businesweek; this event is part of Internet Week New York City, which kicks off today. Free, 7PM.
- Tomorrow is the legendary Moth StorySLAM. The theme this month is “Human Resources.” Get in line early, this event always sells out!
- Plus, tickets are currently on sale for the spring installment of our “Best of New York“–winning series, Safe Space, which pairs classical musicians with some of our favorite authors. On June 28 we welcome novelist Nicole Krauss and pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Tickets are only $12. This is one of my absolute favorite events we do, you should definitely come out.
- And I am SO excited to finally announce the opera we’ll be hosting in June! We’ve got three nights of A Weimar Flute, a production by Morningside Opera combining the literature of Weimar Germany with Mozart’s A Magic Flute. Opera, in a bookstore. Once in a lifetime chance, it’s going to be amazing. Performances June 11, 14, and 18 and all are benefits for Housing Works.
Join us this week if you want to change your life, hear some readings from some amazing literary magazines, and enjoy the best happy hour in town.
- Tuesday, May 8, 7PM: The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
Join author Chris Guillebeau (The Art of Non-Conformity, The $100 Startup) and Emily Cavalier, creator of Mouth of the Border and Midnight Brunch, as they discuss how to pursue your passion and change your life. Start with free drinks to the first 100 attendees!
- Wednesday, May 9, 7PM: Lit Mag Night with harlequin creature, the Agriculture Reader, and 6x6
Join three beautifully produced and inspiring literary magazines for readings and live music. Free PBR, which we all know is The Beer of the Literary Magazine, to those who get there early!
- Friday, May 11, 4PM to 7PM: The Slush Pile, our Friday Night Happy Hour.
We’ve also got some great stuff going on in our cafe this week. We’ve launched a brown-bag lunch special; add on chips and a fountain soda to any sandwich for only $2.50 and take it to go or eat it here. We’re also doing The Great Cinnamon Roll Experiment this month; stop by on the weekend to sample different HOUSE-MADE cinnamon roll flavors as we decided what to feature permanently.
Poetry, comics, and sex. You can’t lose this week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.
- Tonight! This is huge, free, at 7 PM, with free drinks. Seriously.
Knopf and Tumblr Present: A Celebration of Poetry with Poet Laureate Philip Levine, 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy K. Smith, and Tumblr Poets Saeed Jones and Karolina Manko
- Also today and through Monday, April 30, we’re having a Poetry Sale! Thirty percent off already discounted poetry, literary magazines, literary biographies, and more.
- Tuesday, April 24, 7PM, Free
Guy Delisle Presents Jerusalem, presented with Desert Island and Drawn & Quarterly
Acclaimed, award-winning graphic novelist Guy Delisle (I) will present his latest book, Jerusalem, a thoughtful and moving travelogue of life in the Holy City. Desert Island will be on hand selling books.
- Wednesday, April 25, 7PM, Free
Best Sex Writing 2012 with Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and Contributors
Free cupcakes and reading and Q&A about sexuality and sex writing today. Insert joke about Fifty Shades of Grey here.
- Thursday’s event with American Poet is now at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO with free booze!
- Friday night happy hour! The Slush Pile is back with great drink specials, grilled cheese, and board games.
- Tuesday, April 10, 7PM, $8 at the door
The Moth StorySLAM. Theme: Education
Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. This event always sells out, and seating is limited, so be prepared.
- Wednesday, April 11, 7PM, FREE
God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut: A Celebration of Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Work
Fans of the late Kurt Vonnegut will read from his work in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of his death. Hosted by Brendan Jay Sullivan, author of Texts, Drugs & Rocknroll (forthcoming, Harper Perennial) and featuring Dave Hill (comedian and author of the forthcoming Tasteful Nudes), Cat Marnell (XOJane.com), David Goodwillie (American Subversive), Vonnegut songs from the Bushwick Book Club, and more, including a silent auction of a Vonnegut watercolor painting donated by Mark Vonnegut and a rare edition of Vonnegut.
- Thursday, April 12, 7PM, FREE
Fence Magazine: Elizabeth Koch, Paul Lisicky, Fiona Maazel, James Yeh
I feel like the most equitable way to list a group like this is alphabetical order, right? Fence is awesome, and this is fiction editor Lynn Tillman’s last issue fiction editing, so come out and celebrate.
- Friday, April 13, 4PM–8PM The Slush Pile Happy Hour
Grilled cheese and a beer, $8. A bottle of wine, $15. A bucket of PBR, $12. The best happy hour in a bookstore, ever.
- Sunday, April 15, 11AM, FREE
Gotham Writers’ Workshop: Screenwriting with Rory Haines
And finally, two events announcements:
- The Behind the Longreads with Kill Screen Magazine event previously scheduled for April 17 has been postpnoed.
- American Poet Issue 42 Launch and Reading, Thursday 4/26, will take place at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. Housing Works is closed that evening.
It’s a HUGE week here. Seriously, damn.
- TONIGHT, doors at 6:30PM
A WILD Night with Sugar and The Rumpus, starring Cheryl Strayed and presented in collaboration with McNally Jackson.
It’s finally here! So much awesome, but this this event is very much SOLD OUT. There will be no tickets available at the door.
- Tuesday, March 27, 7PM, Free
Conversations on Practice: Patti Smith with Glenn Kurtz, presented in collaboration with McNally Jackson
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A portion of book sales will benefit Housing Works’ in our mission to fight AIDS and homelessness. (Read: It’s going to be awesome and therefore crowded! Prepare! But please don’t get here before 6PM or so as we won’t be set up yet.)
- Wednesday, March 28, 7PM, Free
Hidden Treasure: Launch Party and Presentation from Blast Books and the National Library of Medicine
A Time Out New York critics’ pick! Michael Sappol, Mark Dery, Zoe Beloff, and Sport Murphy will talk about dentists’ hand silhouettes, the film Plastic Reconstruction of the Face (1918), and malaria pinup calendars (1945), just a few selections from the new book, Hidden Treasure, published by Blast Books and showcasing astonishing and rare books and objects from the National Library of Medicine. Complimentary wine will be served.
- No happy hour this week; we will be closing for a private event. (It’s wedding season! Fear not, happy hour is turning into happy DAY which means exactly what it sounds like, come summer hours…)
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