Hi, Colm here, Housing Works’ new events intern extraordinaire and erstwhile writer with The Runt.
This week at Housing Works, we’ve been reading…
We’ve been listening to…
And we’ve been spending far too much time on…
Fans of You’ve Got Mail might be surprised by the cordiality flaunted by McNally Jackson and Housing Works bookstores, located two blocks apart in SoHo. Although the two have exchanged joking Twitter jabs, they’ve also collaborated on literary events. Next
Saturday [Sunday!], April 14, they will join forces to host the inaugural Downtown Literary Festival. The daylong (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) extravaganza will include readings, panels and a walking tour about literature below 14th Street, all followed by a Russian lit-themed after-party. (via PAPERMAG: Booksellers Team Up for the Downtown Literary Festival)
- The MothStorySLAM: Hope | Thursday, 7pm | $8 at the door for the last Moth event of the year, appropriately themed around Hope. Get here early, it always sells out.
- Extended Holiday Shopping Hours | Saturday/ Sunday, 10 am - 7 pm | The store is extending its hours this weekend so you can do some last minute shopping for some affordable gifts for a great cause. Don’t forget there’s 10% off everything in the store all month and gift cards you can use at any Housing Works store.
- The Slush Pile: Friday Night Happy Hour | January 4th, 4 - 8 pm | Help us kick off the new year right with some beer and wine deals to tide you over from the time you get off work until the weekend begins.
HWBC Weekly Round-Up
- The Chilliest Films of All Time
- The Worst Job Ever
- Independent Bookstore’s Book Picks (with our own Amanda Bullock)
- It’s a Terrible Life
- Reasons to Re-Joyce
- Louis CK and the best questionnaire ever
- Best Books of the Year
- If Seinfeld were still on
- Gifts for your friends who’ve read everything
To Listen to:
To Look at:
Dubus is devastating in the best way, and this book is the perfect introduction to his work. I’m always shocked more people haven’t read him, as he is one of the best short story writers I’ve encountered. These Selected Stories are about Catholicism, and the Northeast and once the South, and boys and girls and the things they do to each other. Fall/winter is the perfect time to curl up with Papa Dre Dubs (my nickname you are welcome to adopt; I panic about pronouncing “Dubus” and to differentiate him from his talented son, Andre Dubus III).
Dubus is great and so is Guernica. You should check ‘em both out.
Amanda and I have decided to do a weekly round-up of stuff from the internet that we saw and thought was cool, funny, or just plain strange pertaining to books and otherwise. Here’s what’s been interesting this week.
- Dan Deacon talks to Beck about the future of music.
- Maris from Slaughterhouse90210 talks about this year in books.
- The New York Post did something right this week.
- Speaking of NYP, what would you do if you saw someone on the tracks?
- Molasses books may soon let you trade books for beer.
- The David Foster Wallace dictionary.
- Clementine the Hedgehog reviews DFW.
- Pizza Hut Perfume.
- Twitter brings word count of tweets with links down to 118.
- Read Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading every week, you won’t be sorry.
To Look At:
- The Highs and Lows of Bill Murray’s Career.
- 10 beautiful school libraries.
- Rare comics and pictures from Bill Watterson, the man behind Calvin & Hobbes.
- A more mysterious mystery section.
See you next week.
Celebrate the holidays the right way with delicious pizza from our neighbor Two Boots and great music from the lovely and talented Odetta Hartman and Friends. And, of course, all the beer you can convince yourself to drink in the name of charity. Tonight, 6pm.