This Week at HWBC:
Tomorrow Comedy Notebook with Liam McEneaney is back! It is April Fool’s Day after all. This time, he’s here with Colin Quinn, “TV’s Frank” Conniff, Carla Rhodes, musical guest Andy Shernoff, and host Rob Paravonian.
On Wednesday, our monthly food series, DISH, is back! Josh Morton of Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur will be providing drinks to start the night, followed by an appetizer of info from the upcoming Food Book Fair, dinner from author of The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets Kara Newman, and for dessert, Four & Twenty Blackbirds creators Melissa and Emily Elsen.
Finally, Thursday we’re hosting OCTOPUS! A Discussion of Animal Intelligence, Behavior—and Robots. Amanda is really really excited for the discussion about octopuses with author of Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea Katherine Harmon Courage, bio-robotics researcher Frank Grasso, animal intelligence scholar and philosopher Robert Lurz, and cephalopod behavior expert Jennifer Basil to talk about octopuses and more!
Oh and don’t forget this weekend is the monthly sale! 30% off everything in the store all day Saturday and Sunday. Come and get everything your heart desires.
This Week at HWBC:
Tomorrow we have a staged reading of the highly acclaimed play WOMEN written by Housing Works’ frequent guest Chiara Atik. The play is a mashup of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and the hit HBO show Girls. Tickets are only $5, and it’s going to sell out so be sure to grab one now! More info and tickets available here.
On Wednesday night, DISH, our monthly food event is back, this time with The Way We Ate, Owney’s Rum, Luke Barr, and Charles Blackstone. They’ll all share readings and stories with hosts Kimberly Wetherell of Spirited and David Gutowski of Largehearted Boy.
Finally, Thursday, Seth Fishman, author of the brand new YA novel The Well’s End, and Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife, will read fan fiction for each other. The event is named The Well’s Wife and The Tiger’s End, which is great and overall just representative of how the night’s going to go, so be sure to come out!
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This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
- We’re closed ALL DAY today (Monday) for a film shoot. Thank you for understanding our fund-raising efforts!
- Wednesday we welcome back one of my favorite regular events, Ask Roulette, with special guests: Heidi Moore of The Guardian (@moorehn), Jezebels’s Erin Ryan (@morninggloria), Paul Lukas host of “Show and Tell” and proprietor of Uni Watch, and guest house band Joel Esher (filling in for Eli Bolin)
- And Thursday, The Moth StorySLAM will be spinning yarns about “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” This event ALWAYS sells out; line up early for 7pm doors, $8 cover.
- Friday we close at 5pm for a private event. Thank you for understanding our fund-raising efforts!
- Sunday at 11AM the Gotham Writer’s Workshop will host a free dialogue writing class with Pete Jensen.
"People ask a lot of their books. They want them to be amazing, they want them to be cheap, they want them the moment they walk through my door. I often feel like a kind of carnival showman, flashing bright colors in front of the customer, hoping something catches their eye."
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: two events featuring book design, two events with free drinks, the Internet, and sex. You can’t resist us.
- TONIGHT! Recovering the Classics presents a Pop-Up Gallery Show of the beautiful new covers they’ve designed for those sorely mistreated public domain books. First 200 drinks are free, and the prints will be for sale along with a selection of Litographs inspired by the new designs! Good times for all, free, 7-9pm.
- And tomorrow we’re going to have a GRAND PIANO in the bookstore for Anxiety of Influence. Pianist composer Timo Andres (he worked with Gabriel Kahane on the American Guide project, which you might have caught at the Downtown Literary Festival in April or at Carnegie Hall, NBD) will be joined by Peter Mendelsund, legendary book cover designer, and the New Yorker's Leo Carey to discuss: how does an artist remain faithful to a tradition while making it their own? Free wine while it lasts! Free, 7pm.
- And Wednesday Vol. 1 Brooklyn presents The Greatest 3-Minute Internet Stories. A/S/L? Free, 7pm.
- Thursday we discuss Sex, Love and the Novel with Adelle Waldman, whose debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. has been blowing UP, Kate Bolick (The Atlantic), Parul Sehgal (New York Times Book Review), Emily Cooke (The New Inquiry) and moderator David Haglund (Slate). As hook-up culture usurps the marriage plot, does the fluid nature of modern relationships present a special challenge for the novel?
This week at the bookstore! Pride, music, and novelists!
- Tonight we welcome Dawes and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irions for a sold-out benefit concert. Sorry, no tickets will be released at the door. Don’t miss the next show, sign up for our newsletter!
- Tomorrow, Tuesday, we host "The Audacious Debut" with Bill Cheng (Southern Cross the Dog) and Derek Palacio (How to Shake the Other Man). Sure to be an interesting conversation based on this GIF by Ben Tuttle, don’t miss it.
- And on Wednesday our I Like Your Glasses with CoverSpy is back with a special Pride Week Queer Ladies Literary Speed Dating! We have a handful of tickets left (registration is required so we can match y’all up) for this event for those who totally judge by the book cover.
- Thursday we welcome a novelist, memoirist, and poet for our Pride Week Reading! How can you resist the combination of a retelling of Shakespeare, poems title Hustler Rave XXX, and a memoir about growing up butch in the Bronx? You can’t.
Stuff We like
Little girl: I like books because they’re like the stories in my head … but better… and with more...
- ohmywalkers said:Gimme some recs for post-grad books, please! I'm looking for books about characters trying to figure out the Grown Up thing. I really loved Gayle Forman's Just One Day/Just One Year set, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.
This is such a good category of book! Though not a huge one. Here are a few of our favorites: