December 19, 2010
All the staff are taking turns buying and reading a Google e-book, so that we know the ins and outs and can help customers with any questions! First up is owner Christine Onorati:
My first eBook purchase was Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky. I found the process of purchasing the e-book from our site very easy and intuitive. I had to link my Google eBooks account to my WORD account the first time and it was a simple process. I read the book mostly on my husband’s iPad, and I’m really enjoying that experience because the pages are pretty much the same size as the physical book pages. I also have read it on my laptop through the Google Reader, as well as on my iPod Touch. The iPad is still my favorite method. I would definitely purchase another eBook when I’m finished with this one.
December 6, 2010
The holiday season must be here — otherwise, we are listening to Run-D.M.C.’s Christmas in Hollis for no good reason. (Other than the hell of it.)
Last night’s event with Skippy Dies author Paul Murray was, in a word, epic. Murray is impressively entertaining and well-spoken, and kept the crowd nodding and laughing throughout his reading and interview with Ed Champion. We’ve got a limited number of signed copies of both editions, so get ‘em while the getting’s good.
And then, of course, there’s this coming weekend’s Annual Holiday Open House to look forward to. The list of participating authors just keeps on growing, and we’re planning some fun goodies and surprises, so definitely stop by sometime Saturday and/or Sunday between noon and 4 p.m. (If you’re on the Facebook, you can RSVP!)
Let’s see, let’s see — oh, right, the gift guide! Let us make your shopping easier: just buy these books. And! We are now the exclusive source for signed and personalized books from local romance author and WORD favorite Sarah MacLean. You just try getting Stephanie and Jenn to shut up about her, go ahead. We dare ya.
November 27, 2010
The holiday season has arrived! The gift guide will be appearing in your inbox this coming week — if you’re not already signed up, now’s a great time (we only send one email a month, pinky swear). And while our December events schedule is nowhere near as full as Novembers, it is equally awesome:
Sunday, December 5, at 7 p.m.: Paul Murray, Booker Prize-longlisted author of Skippy Dies, will make a very rare New York appearance at WORD in conversation with Edward Champion, host of the quirky radio program, The Bat Segundo Show. Expect the unexpected; Ed avoids routine questions wherever possible, so it should be an unforgettable interview. Murray will read and sign afterwards. Skippy Dies is one of Stephanie’s favorite books of the year (which is not something you should take lightly, because she is picky as all get-out), and Murray is from Ireland, so to say that we’re excited about this is a gross understatement.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and 12, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., we’re having our second annual Holiday Open House. What is this, you ask? Nothing less than some of our favorite authors coming to the store! They’ll be on hand recommending books, gift-wrapping, signing, and generally taking part in the holiday fun. We’ve got some plans in the works (more details soon!) but suffice it to say: a good time will be had by all.
November 18, 2010
Jenn (events manager): At first glance, a customer and I agreed: it’s an amazingly cool concept, but we can’t imagine actually trying to READ it. Since then, however, several very smart people have talked me into the belief that if I gave it the time, it would probably be worth it.
Stephanie (manager): Is reading something from beginning to end really the only purpose of a book? And if it is now, should it always be? I would be sad if our industry only ever focused on either content or on what readers are asking for and never did anything else. That would get very, very boring.
Christine (owner): It’s so interesting to see where print is taking risks in the ominous ‘books are dying’ climate. I love that JSF takes those risks, it’s why I’m a huge fan of his to begin with. So I am very excited about it.
Dustin (bookseller): It’s an astounding sculptural argument for the joys of dead-tree tech, and JSF chose a truly interesting foundational text for it. But the real beauty of the book, to my mind, is that because its pages are literally transparent it makes more obvious the terrible dialectic between depth and opacity in any book.
What’s your take?
November 7, 2010
In a few weeks we’ll be sending out our annual gift guide to try to make your holiday season a little easier (and a little more literate). And while we certainly have a (very, very, very, very) long list of ideas for this holiday season, we’d love to include some customer recommendations.
What books do you love to give? What books have you gotten and regifted? Have an idea that you think everyone should know about? Email Stephanie (stephanie at wordbrooklyn dot com) with the books that you can’t wait to give this year, and let us know. You might make it into this year’s guide!
October 31, 2010
What do you call a month in which 18 special events happen? How about when 13 of them happen in a row? Here at WORD, we call it: November. We’ve got an events line-up that is PACKED with awesome. Full details are, as always, up on the WORD Events Calendar, but here’s the scoop:
- Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. & Saturday, Nov. 6, 12 noon: WORD Book Group meets to discuss In Other Rooms, Other Wonders.
- Thursday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.: Be the first to see Janice Shapiro and hear her read from Bummer at our pre-release party!
- Friday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.: Vol. 1 presents “Civic Pride,” a new Reading Series. This first installment features Chicago-born authors Adam Levin (The Instructions), Jami Attenberg (The Melting Season), Molly Tolsky, and free beer. (Yes, really!)
- Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.: L’Aura Hladik presents Ghosthunting NYC and hosts a Haunted Open-Mic! Halloween candy guaranteed, costumes encouraged.
- Sunday, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m.: Illustrator Stephen Savage presents an interactive storytime for The Fathers Are Coming Home.
- Thursday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Rachel Kramer Bussel is joined by several fellow authors, including Sarah Maclean (Ten Ways To Be Adored When Landing a Lord), to celebrate Passion: Erotic Romance for Women. Also: there will be cupcakes!
- Friday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.: Shrill Travesty and Lucy Ruth Cummins dish on the sleazy world of children’s books, in honor of The Taking Tree.
- Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.: Rooftop Farms’ Annie Novak interviews author Katherine Leiner on Growing Roots and the new generation of food activists.
- Sunday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m.: Restaurateurs/chefs/authors Haley and Lauren Fox present a special Tea Time for Alice’s Tea Cup. (Plus, whimsical apron contest!) Tickets required, see our site for more details.
- Monday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.: The Greenpoint Writers Group presents LOCAL ORGANIC, a reading for their new unpublished works.
- Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.: WORD hosts the new Candlestick Reading Series; at this first event, Justin Taylor (Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever) leads a discussion on Richard Price’s Lush Life. 10% off the book for attendees at WORD!
- Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Contributors to Bound to Last speak on the book as object, their favorite books, and the future of reading.
- Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.: The Association for the Betterment of Sex presents the one and only intimacy resource you’ll ever need, Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk.
- Friday, Nov. 19. 6 p.m.: The Greenpoint Reformed Church discusses Hipster Christianity in its very first Book Group meeting.
- Saturday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.: Author and blogger Amy McCoy dishes on Poor Girl Gourmet and eating well on a budget. We’ll also be raising funds for the Greenpoint Food Pantry!
- Sunday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.: The Wold Newton Series presents its next Extravaganza, featuring Catherynne Valente (and many others).
- Monday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.: Ethan Gilsdorf (Fantasy Freaks & Gaming Geeks) and Tony Pacitti (My Best Friend is a Wookiee) geek out in Of Wizards and Wookiees: A Panel Discussion on Gaming and Fandom. Doritos and Mountain Dew will be on hand.
- Tuesday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.: Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark introduce you to your next 500 favorite books in Read This Next.
Whew! See you there (or there, or there, or there…).