November is Participatory Events Month at WORD!

October 27, 2009

Philosophizing, interviewing, debating, eating, writing and crafting – Each event we have planned at WORD for November has some special interactive component to it that puts YOU dear friend, in the driver’s seat so to speak. Was this intentional? Not exactly. But we do strive to serve as more than just your local independent bookstore – we are a gathering place for all sorts of community events, and we love hosting programs that offer you a chance to get involved with goings-on in the neighborhood. We’re a hub for great books, plus so much more – thanks often to you – readers, writers, shoppers, creators – and the great event ideas you propose and participate in with us.

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These photos are from some fun “hands-on” events we held recently at the store – painting with Hit Factorie, creating with Crafternoon and potlucking with Forking Fantastic! We hope that some of what we have planned for this upcoming month may also spark you to action – Stand up for what you believe in! Write about what you love! Support local businesses and non-profits! Talk to us about what you’re reading!

All the November event details after the jump – please be in touch and let us know what and how you’d like to participate. We look forward to seeing you in the store soon!

Here is a summary of what’s on tap for November at WORD. Get the complete details about all of these programs on our events page and on the Facebook RSVP pages for the individual events. All of our events are FREE and do not require an RSVP, but we always appreciate them from Facebook users :)

9780670020836hhippo1Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 pm: Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart explore what the great theologians, psychotherapists, and wiseguys have to say about life, death and the hereafter. Featuring Freud! Groucho Marx! Lily Tomlin! Woody Allen! Zombies! and more! Join us for the enlightened duo’s only Brooklyn appearance. RSVP

n184617225707_7955Thursday, November 5, 7:30 pm: Our next YA NOT? event will feature Sex, Drugs & Vampires – as well as authors Libba Bray (Going Bovine), Carolyn MacCullough (Once a Witch,) and Robin Wasserman (Skinned), discussing the new landscape of young adult fiction. As a special twist, not only will our authors interview each other, they will solicit questions from the audience in advance that will be randomly selected from a hat and answered during the event. Send your questions to or tweet them to us @wordbrooklyn RSVP

obsoleteThursday, November 12, 7:30 pm: It’s Obsolete! Or is it? Come debate the obsolescense of formerly everyday ideas and objects with Anna Jane Grossman, author of Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By. We invite you to spend a few minutes stating your case in agreement or against the author’s collection of obsolete items and topics. Get more info here and sign up to debate: email or RSVP

As part of the First Independent Bookstore Week NYC (Nov 15-21) WORD will be hosting two special events:

duchessSunday, November 15, 2 pm: ***Kids’ Event*** Reading of The Duchess of Whimsey with Brooklyn author/illustrator team Randall and Peter de Sève. The Greenpoint Food Market will provide grilled cheese sandwiches and milk during storytime. This event is also part of the B61 Read and Ride we have organized with Freebird Books. Get all the info on this shop local, eat local collaboration here. Make a day of it – Ride the B61 bus from Greenpoint to Red Hook (or vice versa) and support indie bookstores and local food producers along the way! RSVP

statebystateWednesday, November 18, 7:30 pm: Editor Sean Wilsey plus contributor guests celebrate the paperback release of State by State, a wonderful collection of essays from acclaimed writers, about the states they love. WORD is hosting a writing contest in the same spirit: Neighborhood by Neighborhood. Write a short essay about your favorite part of NYC: from Washington Heights to Vinegar Hill to Greenpoint! Send submissions to by November 6th. Winner gets an autographed copy of the book, a WORD gift certificate and a chance to read their winning piece at the event. RSVP

Our final event for the month is a pre-Thanksgiving charitable Crafternoon!

crafternoon1Sunday, November 22, 2-4 pm: Thankful Giving Crafternoon! Join Maura Madden, author of Crafternoon, for an afternoon of crafting for a good cause. Crafters of all ages are welcome to help us make Thanksgiving cards and decorations for the food pantry at the Greenpoint Reformed Church. Want to do some crafty homework? Donate a handknit or crocheted hat, scarf, or pair of mittens. And we’ll have some yarn and knitting needles on hand if you need to add a few rows to a scarf or a pompom to a hat. Please bring two cans of food or a handmade winter accessory to the event. RSVP

You can talk to us about participating in any of these events via Twitter @wordbrooklyn or via the emails listed above or just call us at the store or stop in and chat! Don’t forget about book club too, another way to get involved. More info on next month’s selection coming soon!


2 Responses to “November is Participatory Events Month at WORD!”

  1. ptravisano Says:

    Tonight’s event was great! Thanks Word!

  2. WORD Says:

    So glad you enjoyed it! Hope to see you again soon at the store!

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