Words Wanted.

November 9, 2009

We know you have things to say. So we’re giving you TWO chances to do so:

Speak out about what you believe OR write about where you love. Or do both! We’ve got two events coming up in the next ten days that require YOUR words. Your voice. Your 2 cents. And you will be rewarded with prizes at both! Here’s the scoop:

It’s Obsolete! Or is it…?

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Cursive writing, privacy, blind dates, body hair, getting lost, blackboards, wristwatches, writing letters, video stores and full words — these places, items and ideas are gone or slipping away from us, according to the new book Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By.

What do you think? Come join our debate about the obsolescence of formerly everyday ideas and objects. Take a  stand for or against the obsolescence of a particular item or idea that you are passionate about. Stop by the shop and take a look at the book or check out author Anna Jane Grossman’s OBSOLETE website, and then let us know what you want to speak about (1-2 minutes) at the event, which is this Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 pm.

Faye Penn of Brokelyn will moderate the debate and award the best debater with gift certificates from WORD and Permanent Records. Because books and vinyl aren’t obsolete…right?

Contact us via Facebook (write your debate topic on our wall), via twitter at @wordbrooklyn or via email: kelly@wordbrooklyn.com — we guess you could call us or write to us too…if you still actually use a phone or paper. (That’s 718-383-0096 and 126 Franklin St. Brooklyn NY 11222)

Neighborhood by Neighborhood Essay Contest
statebystateWrite some love for your favorite part of NYC and win a gift certificate to WORD plus an autographed copy of State by State!

On November 18th at 7:30 pm (during the First Independent Bookstore Week NYC), we’re hosting an event to celebrate the paperback release of State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, a wonderful collection of essays from acclaimed writers, about the states they love.

We’re sponsoring a contest in the same spirit – called Neighborhood by Neighborhood — write an essay (500-1000 words) about your favorite neighborhood in New York City: from Washington Heights to Vinegar Hill to, of course – Greenpoint! Open to high school students and up. (We will pick student and adult winners in various categories, based on the entries we receive.)

Send submissions to kelly@wordbrooklyn.com by November 12th to be entered. Winners get an autographed copy of the book, a gift certificate to WORD and a chance to read their piece at the event. You don’t need to be present to enter or win – so send your entry even if you can’t make it on Nov. 18th. We’d love to read your essay about your favorite NYC place.

The event will include a discussion about the book and the process of collaborating on the anthology with editor Sean Wilsey and writer Jed Lipinski. Facebook RSVP for this event here.

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