Another What the Dickens?, another tree of authors, performers, actors, and more! Lots of new faces/ornaments this year. Join these readers and SURPRISE special guests this Saturday, December 14 at 1PM for our annual marathon reading of A Christmas Carol.
All the info:
Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole spirited tale. All books, movies, and more are 10 percent off, and the cafe will be stocked with seasonal specials. Finish your Christmas shopping with unique literary finds, have some festive treats from our cafe with a hot cocoa or a glass of wine and enjoy!
Festivities will kick off at 10:30AM with a special show for kid’s from The Story Pirates. At noon we’ll enjoy Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading of A Christmas Carol will begin at 1 PM inside the bookstore and end at approximately 4:15PM.
Our thanks to Penguin Classics for donating beautiful editions of Charles Dickens’s work, which will be for sale the day of the event with proceeds benefiting Housing Works.
Readers, not including surprise special guests, in the order they will read:
- Adam Gopnik
- Emma Straub
- Justin Torres
- Rosie Schaap
- Téa Obreht
- Mike Albo
- Sandra Bauleo
- Lynne Tillman
- Rob Spillman
- Adelle Waldman
- Elissa Schappell
- Dave Hill
- Anna Holmes
- Lev Grossman
- Lorin Stein
- Fiona Maazel
- Alexander Chee
- Gabriel Roth
- Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
- Jill Hennessy
- Jim Shepard
- J. Courtney Sullivan
- Saeed Jones
- Aryn Kyle
- David Goodwillie
- Parul Sehgal
- Justin Taylor
- Bennett Madison
- Jami Attenberg
- Michael Kostroff
sadieawesome asked: I've been trying to attend book events in NYC, and it's really hard to find a list of things happening around the city without going to each individual bookstore/publisher's site. Do you have any tips to help find book or author events going on?
Oh hm! This is hard. There used to be Book Boroughing, but it looks like they’ve gone quiet. Surely though we’re forgetting something—and so we open it up to the world. World?
I like Bookstalker, but also your best bet is probably to pick a few stores you like and can easily get to and subscribe to their newsletters. I get Housing Works, McNally, Word, Greenlight, etc. Anything that seems like a maybe, just throw it on your G- or i- calendar…
The Slice Magazine Literary Calendar is a great aggregate source for NYC literary events!
"Ah, Mr. Rochester. The tortured romantic hero who inspired a million girls to hold out hope for that adorable, brooding guy a grade above them who tortures them with snarky insults and always seems to be dating the most popular girls in school. What do his comments really mean?? And wouldn’t he be happier with you than with that snobby Michelle, anyway? Deep down, he’s probably just afraid to admit what a profound connection you have. Yup, that’s it."
Tonight at DISH!
APERITIF: Daric Schlesselman of Van Brunt Stillhouse discusses and samples his fine selection of Rum, Whiskey, Grappa and Moonshine
APPETIZER: Lisa Kirchner (The Moth, xoJane, Huffington Post) reads a selection from her forthcoming memoir Hello American Lady Creature (March 2014) about eating in Qatar
ENTREE: Roy Choi, who helped launch the gourmet food truck movement with his Korean taco truck, Kogi, discusses his debut memoir, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food
DESSERT: Dan Cohen, founder of Danny Macaroons, discusses his new cookbook, The Macaroon Bible
New Podcast!! With recordings from:
- A Walk On the Wild Side: Downtown Stories with Brendan Jay Sullivan and More with WORD Bookstore
- McSweeney’s Night of One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses
- Tales of Cacophony: How To Make Your City a Playground
- (vintage track from summer 2k12) Vol 1 Brooklyn’s Best 3-Minute Punk Stories Part Two
Maybe you are one of our non-NYC-based followers, or you live here but didn’t make it to the bookstore on this particular date in July of 2012, or you did but it’s been a year now and you’ve forgotten stuff since then, you do have a life you’re busy living, after all.
ANY OF THESE AND MORE are good reasons to listen to this special full-length episode of On Stage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, in which we revisit the unique evening that reclusive postmodern Hungarian novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai appeared at the bookstore in conversation with critic James Wood! Enjoy!
I’m reading the fuzzy Ecco version right now, which is its own genius, but am slightly obsessed with the genius of this Faber & Faber version of the Tampa cover. (via Goodreads | Tampa cover image)