Here’s what’s coming up this week at The Bookstore:
Design Rebels Unite | TONIGHT 7pm | A panel of talented designers tackle the curious conundrum that design professionals face when attempting to make their work meaningful while still paying the rent.
The Moth StorySLAM: Wash | Tuesday, 7pm | One of the most well known and storied story telling events in the city. $8 at the door, and it always sells out, so come early.
First We Take Manhattan: Leonard Cohen | Wednesday, 7pm | Authors Syvlie Simmons and Alan Light along with musician Suzanne Vega and producer John Lissauer take on the legacy of the renowned songwriter.
Tumblr Prep!: The Books They Gave Me, Fake Science 101, I Love Charts, and My Daguerrotype Boyfriend | Thursday, 7pm | Let Tumblr educate you on the stuff you really need to know. And like any good educational experience, there’ll be free booze!
Festa Brasiliera: Celebrating Granta 121: The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists | Friday, 7pm | Join Granta and a slew of youthful Brazilian writers providing the best in their country’s unique brand of literature.
Moby Dick Marathon NYC | Saturday, 10am - 3pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm | Housing Works is proud to host to the first ever marathon reading of Herman Melville’s classic American epic, Moby Dick. The marathon starts at WORD in Brooklyn on Friday night and continues with us through the rest of the weekend. There will be merchandise from Out Of Print, chowder provided by Littleneck, original works from the artist Matt Kish, and beer from Sixpoint.
And don’t forget about:
Cookbook Sale | Nov. 12 - 21 | Housing Works Bookstore is the perfect place for all your cookbook needs. Like much of our selection, normally expensive cookbooks are much less expensive here. Add a 30% discount to that, and you can afford enough cookbooks to get you from this Thanksgiving to the next one.
Have you missed the Jolie-Pitt family’s unique styles since they’ve been abroad? Screen-printing, Justin Bieber’s old haircut, Angelina’s weekend-Maleficent clothes … I haven’t even missed judging them.
I can’t believe we ever let these people become celebrities.
Tomorrow! Here! Free! Suri’s Burn Book (Allie Hagan) + F*ck! I’m in My 20s (Emma Koenig) + Tumblr + Free Drinks + you, obviously, because that = Awesome.
This Sunday, June 3, 10AM to 5PM! Pre-party for BEA at our Open Air Street Fair, a beloved annual tradition. This year it’s bigger and better than ever; we’ll still have the dollar books you know and love, and we’ve made an effort to considerably improve our inventory for this go-round. Plus, we invited our friends: unique prints will be sold by Pageant Book & Print Shop; clothing, shoes and accessories from Housing Works Thrift Shops; contemporary men’s and women’s clothing from Meme’s and cowboy boots and western finery from Space Cowboy; get bikes and biking accessories from Bicycle Habitat; great snacks from our cafe, Hot Bread Kitchen courtesy of Whole Foods Bowery, and food trucks Taïm, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Kimchi Taco Truck, and Coolhaus; an indoor beer hall with specials from Sixpoint; and music curated by Two Boots pizza, our Americana Jamboree partners from Odetta Hartman, The Rad Trads, Cassandra Jenkins, and Jon Bell.
Jon Bell – 12PM
Odetta Hartman – 1PM
The Rad Trad – 2PM
Cassandra Jenkins – 3PM
Poster illustration by Andrea Sparacio.
Rain or shine!
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: magic, comedy, and bluegrass.
- Tonight is pick up for World Book Night givers! To find out more, visit World Book Night.
- Storytime and Singalong for Kids returns at a new time, 10:30AM Wednesdays!
- Wednesday, April 18, 7PM FREE
Better Book Club: Magic
The hotly anticipated and highly recommended second installment of Dan Wilbur’s Better Book Club asks: which is better, fake magic, or real magic? Attempting to answer will be Lev Grossman (The Magicians, The Magician King), Haley Tanner (Vaclav & Lena), comedian Adam Conover, and an ACTUAL MAGICIAN, Harrison Greenbaum.
- Thursday, April 19, 7PM $8 at the door
The Moth StorySLAM: Armor
You know the drill: 10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. Always sells out, arrive early, seating is limited.
- Friday, April 20, 6–8:30PM, FREE
Two Boots Presents Americana Jamboree
We had so much fun last time we’re doing it again, this time with pizza! Enjoy music from the Calamity Janes and Gryphon Rue for a boot-stompin’ down-home edition of our amazing Friday night happy hour.
- 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.
HOUSING WORKS BOOKSTORE CAFE: Bringing the awesome every day this week. For free.
- Tonight, 4/2, 7PM, FREE
BIFx: The Baffler Innovation Forum, presented with McNally Jackson
Celebrate the long-awaited 19th issue of legendary journal The Baffler with new editor John Summers, veteran editor Chris Lehmann, and contributors Barbara Ehrenreich (so many books, including Nickel and Dimed) and David Graeber (Debt).
- Tuesday 4/3, 7PM, Free
Adult Education Presents: “Transformation”
Our monthly “useless lectures” series returns with “Transformation”, from how to negotiate your new life as a werewolf to how to buy a car in the 1860s.
- Wednesday 4/4, 7PM, Free
Alien vs. Predator: Michael Robbins, Sasha Frere-Jones, Kristin Hersh, Sara Marcus, & Choire Sicha
Choire Sicha, Sara Marcus, Kristin Hersh, and Sasha Frere-Jones join Michael Robbins to celebrate the release of the poet’s debut collection with Zach Baron. Which is called Alien vs. Predator and it is so good. This one’s going to be really fun.
- Thursday 4/5, 7PM, FREE
Ask Roulette with Kurt Andersen, Julie Klausner, and Maria Popova
Ask Roulette is an unscripted conversation in which participants ask and answer questions of each other in front of a live audience. It’s not as creepy as it sounds, it’s really fun.
- Friday 4/6, 4PM to 8PM: The Slush Pile Friday Night Happy Hour
Board games and great drink specials, including $8 for a beer and a grilled cheese, $15 bottles of wine, and $12 beer buckets.
- Saturday 4/7, 1PM, Free
Free performance by Destiny Africa Childrens’ Choir.
- Saturday 4/7 and Sunday 5/8, All day
Monthly 30% Off Sale! All Day April 7 & 8
30% off books, movies, music and more! Members always save an extra 10%.
"For three years, Maris Kreizman has ran the one stop Tumblr for folks who are equally nerdy about books as they are television. To celebrate, she’s invited a stellar group of people who will probably discuss those two topics while guests sip free drinks sponsored by Tumblr."
Flavorpill says you should be there! Next Tuesday, 7PM and you’ll want to be on time because 1) it’s nice to do and 2) the first 100 drinks are free.
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