aMAYzing events schedule

April 27, 2010

We definitely have something for everyone on our May events schedule. Seriously. Take a look! We’ve got scheduled appearances by 45 writers/illustrators/musicians over the next 30 days, including 13 author events (with representation by at least 12 indie presses) plus five running group sessions, four Gym Park storytimes, a three-pm Bananagrams tourney, two book club meetings and one fantastic opportunity to drink gin and whiskey with Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket! (pictured above)

Here’s a brief rundown of the schedule, but be sure to check our complete May calendar with links to detailed individual web pages for each event:

Sunday, May 2, 6 pm: MOMMA SAID: Lies Our Mothers Told Us (And Some We Wish They Had) Get a head start on Mother’s Day with a laugh-out-loud lineup of funny folks, including Doree Shafirir, Jessica Grose, Piper Weiss, Gabe Delahaye, Julie Klausner + more great guests talking @ mom!

*The first full week of May is Emily Week at WORD with book launch parties for two Emily authors we love:

Tuesday, May 4, 7:30 pm: Launch Party for THE SINGER’S GUN with Emily St. John Mandel – Emily will read from her new book, answer questions, sign copies and give away some prizes too. Plus wine! No need to bring your passport, we’ll provide you with one on arrival…

Thursday, May 6, 7:30 pm: Launch Party for AND THE HEART SAYS WHATEVER with Emily Gould – We’ll celebrate with seriously fun drinks from Pernod (absinthe!) plus Perrier and probably beer too. Toast Emily as she reads from her new memoir and discusses the book with Matthew Perpetua of Fluxblog.

Saturday, May 8, 7:30 pm: Vol. 1 Brooklyn Reading Series at WORD – Featuring Chris Leo, RM O’Brien, Eric Paul and Jillian Weise. Hosted by Jason Diamond of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, a culture blog for the literary-minded.

Sunday, May 9, 4 pm: The Office of Blame Accountability-A Compendium of American Finger Pointing presented by Loudmouth Press, a local Greenpoint indie! Submit your personal blames to the OBA (but no mom-bashing on Mother’s Day…)

Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 pm: The Titanic Awards with Doug Lansky: Celebrating the Worst of Travel – Travel expert Lansky will talk about his new indispensable collection of the worst travel experiences. He’ll be joined by fellow travel writer Jason Cochran.

Thursday, May 13, 7:30 pm: Launch Party for FALLING IS LIKE THIS with Kate Rockland, joined by Rob Sheffield, author of LOVE IS A MIXTAPE and a special musical performance by Franz Nicolay, formerly of The Hold Steady. Plus: free beer provided by Sixpoint Craft Ales!

Friday, May 14, 7:30 pm: Debut Novelist Night with Heidi Durrow & Michele Young-Stone – readings from two new novelists, both visiting NYC. Heidi will read from THE GIRL WHO TELL FROM THE SKY and Michele from THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTENING STRIKE SURVIVORS.

Saturday, May 15, 3 pm: Bananagrams in the Basement! This month our tournament takes place during Brooklyn Based’s The Total Franklin St. Immersion – if you have a TFSI card, get 20% off at WORD that day!

Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 pm: Indie Press Night with Dalkey Archive and New Directions – Featuring: From Dalkey: Joshua Cohen, reading from his new novel WITZ and Alex Zucker, translator of CASE CLOSED, by Patrik Ourednik. From New Directions: Thalia Field, reading from her new novel, BIRD LOVERS, BACKYARD and Natasha Wimmer, translator of Roberto Bolano’s 2666, THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES, and most recently for New Directions, ANTWERP.

Thursday, May 20, 7:30 pm: Launch Party for Slice Magazine Issue Six, Metropolis – with readings from contributors Ramona Ausubel, Hassan Riaz, Rob Roensch and Rachel Safko.

Saturday, May 22, 1 pm: Graphic Novel Spectacular for Kids!
– free readings, improvisational drawing and activities, featuring: Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table), Chris Giarusso (G-Man: Learning to Fly), Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown) Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn) and Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom). This will be a super fun, interactive and engaging event for kids ages 4+ plus, grownup graphic novel fans welcome too!

Sunday, May 23, 5pm: Indie Press Night with Other Voices, Emergency Press + more – Featuring readings from authors with new books out this year: Gina Frangello, Shya Scanlon, Emma Straub and Zoe Zolbrod, with introductions by Jami Attenberg.

Tuesday, May 25, 7 pm: Drinks with Daniel Handler at Coco 66 – Join us for an hour (or two) with author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket). Sip classic cocktails (whiskey and gin martinis) made by the fine bartenders at Coco66 and listen to Handler read from and talk about Bernard DeVoto’s The Hour. One part celebration, one part history, two parts manifesto, Bernard DeVoto’s book (republished this year by Tin House) is a comic and unequivocal treatise on how and why we drink—properly. Handler will be available to sign copies of his own books as well as The Hour. *Please Note: This event will be ticketed – details to follow in early May. Check our website for info soon!

Think there’s at least one program on this list that strikes your fancy? We thought so. No excuses then, OK? We can’t wait to see you at WORD in May.

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