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A new episode of On Stage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is up today! It features readings by D. Foy and Andy Ross, as well as a conversation between Lauren Beukes, Lev Grossman, and Jeff VanderMeer. Check it out on SoundCloud now!

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!

Wednesday the celebrations continue with Tavi Gevinson and Janet Mock in conversation to mark the release of rookiemag Yearbook Three. (!!!!!!!!)

And this incredible week caps itself off on Thursday with The Moth StorySLAM, this time themed around confrontation.  Arrive early for best results.

For those about to have a super rockin’ week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, we salute you!

Our Rocktober Sale runs all week, Monday-Sunday. Thirty percent off LPs, CDs, music DVDs, music books—including sheet music—and music biographies and memoirs.

Monday sees the launch of Tales of Two Cities, an essay collection exploring wealth and inequality in NYC. A portion of proceeds from this book will come to Housing Works, so if you come on Monday you’ll be doing a double good deed!

On Tuesday we have The Moth StorySLAM. Come early, come often. Subject this time around: taboos! 

Music from Polyvox underscores Wednesday’s event celebrating Darcey Steinke’s new novel Sister Golden Hair. She’ll be in conversation with Rob Sheffield. This one’s totally Rocktober, guys. 

Some gentlemen’s tickets remain for I Like Your Glasses, our literary speed-dating event with coverspy! Fifteen bucks gets you one drink and the chance to meet the love of your life IN A BOOKSTORE that also HOSTS WEDDINGS so maybe you could have YOUR WEDDING in the BOOKSTORE where you MET. Just saying. 

Last but far from least, on Sunday we’re hosting youtube's own Grace Helbig for some funny, sweet, real talk on how to grow up. 

Zadie Smith Saves the New York City Essay From Cliché

The two essay collections referenced in this piece are BOTH coming to Housing Works bookstore this fall. 

Next Monday at 7pm, Tales of Two Cities with readings by Colum McCann, John Freeman, Chaasadahyah Jackson, and more. 

And Never Can Say Goodbye on Tuesday, November 18. 

This reporter loves the “New York City essay” more than life and, like Barry White, just can’t get enough. If you feel me, see you at HWBC soon?

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This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:

Get ready for National Coming Out Day with everyoneisgay. Monday, 7pm. Free drinks and good stories celebrating the release of This Is A Book for Parents of Gay Kids.

penandink tells us tattoo stories on Tuesday. Featuring temporary tattoos by tattly. For the inked, for the un-inked.

On Wednesday we’re doing our part to mark newyorkcomiccon's Super Week. toughpigs presents The Muppet Vault: Superheroes! We’re also pleased to tell you that our Super Week events will feature a special limited-edition brew by brooklynbrewerymash. Muppets, superheroes, and beer!

(We’ll give you a moment to recover before we go on.)

Okay! Thursday: Super Week continues with the nerdist Writer’s Panel, featuring Danny Strong, Ales Kot, and more. Moderated by Ben Blacker. Also featuring special superhero beer. Get your ticket here!

And on Sunday we’ll host the Gotham Writers’ Workshop with Ken Derry. Free class on article writing, 11am-noon.

We hope to see you at one (or ALL!) of these events. Whether you be mild-mannered or crime-busting, you’ll always be a tattooed, Muppet-loving, gay-friendly superhero to us.

It’s a brand new episode of On Stage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe! Check it out!

This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:

Lev Grossman, Lauren Beukes, and Jeff VanderMeer discuss the weirder side of writing at We’re All Mad Here, presented by WORD. Monday. 7pm. Free.

Celebrate Perennial’s authors, modern and classic, with us on Tuesday! The Harper Perennial Publishers 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature panel discussion by Roxane Gay, Simon Van Booy, Marcy Dermansky, Kate Zambreno, and Darragh McKeon. Moderated by Ben Greenman. Free!

Relax with beer and popcorn and get subversive at a screening of The Outsiders to mark Banned Books Week. Also free!

Peek inside the minds of strangers at Ask Roulette, hosted by Jody Avirgan and featuring David Rees, Maeve Higgins, and Dave Hill. Thursday. $8.

And now for something completely different … the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at the bookstore on Sunday, 11am. (Freeeeeeeeee.)

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David Foster Wallace on commercial entertainment, the redemptive power of reading, and the future of writing in the age of information – highlights from his fantastic 1996 Charlie Rose interview.

I also like “There’s this part that makes you feel full. There’s this part that is redemptive and instructive, [so that] when you read something, it’s not just delight — you go, “Oh my god, that’s me! I’ve lived like that, I’ve felt like that, I’m not alone in the world…”

explore-blog:

David Foster Wallace on commercial entertainment, the redemptive power of reading, and the future of writing in the age of information – highlights from his fantastic 1996 Charlie Rose interview.

I also like “There’s this part that makes you feel full. There’s this part that is redemptive and instructive, [so that] when you read something, it’s not just delight — you go, “Oh my god, that’s me! I’ve lived like that, I’ve felt like that, I’m not alone in the world…”

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

McBride’s widely lauded novel is full of fragmented, floating sentences that sometimes feel like only gestures at sentences, like gestures at the things under thoughts, that real, pre-language stuff. It’s hard going at first, but once you let the language wash over you and form a rhythm, the book blossoms into a gorgeous, brutal stream of word and thought. (via Experimental Novels Everyone Should Read – Flavorwire)

A great description of what it’s like to read this amazing book.

McBride’s widely lauded novel is full of fragmented, floating sentences that sometimes feel like only gestures at sentences, like gestures at the things under thoughts, that real, pre-language stuff. It’s hard going at first, but once you let the language wash over you and form a rhythm, the book blossoms into a gorgeous, brutal stream of word and thought. (via Experimental Novels Everyone Should Read – Flavorwire)

A great description of what it’s like to read this amazing book.

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