September Events: John Waters, Stephen Elliott, Emma Donoghue, Charles Yu plus more!

August 22, 2010

We want you to enjoy the last lazy days of summer, really we do. (Hopefully with a good book.) But we are also just too excited about September to wait until after Labor Day to share what we have planned. So here is a preview of what we suspect will be a super September of events at WORD:

Wed. Sept. 8 at 7:30 PM: Paperback launch for The Adderall Diaries. Our pal Stephen Elliott returns to WORD to celebrate the paperback release of his book, and will be joined by Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart.

Fri. Sept. 10 at 8 PM: WORD presents an intimate conversation with John Waters. This is a Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends eventreserve your ticket now! John Waters will be interviewed by Carolyn Kellogg of the LA Times and Waters will answer questions and sign books. Join us at this epic Greenpoint event on Friday night, and then come visit our booth at the Festival on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Thurs. Sept. 16 at 7:30 PM: Save the Assistants Reading + Contest with Lilit Marcus. The founder of the Save the Assistants website will read from her new book. Several actual assistants will join Lilit Marcus to share their stories too. And in the spirit of “bad bosses bring people together” we will sponsor a contest that will reward some of the very best (meaning worst) assistant stories we receive. Send stories to by Sept. 14th.

Fri. Sept. 24 at 7:30 PM: Launch Party for Susan Henderson’s Up From the Blue. Susan Henderson, founder of Litpark, will read from her debut novel, answer questions and sign copies. We’ll have wine too!

Sat. Sept. 25 at 11:30 AM: A morning dance party for kids! Author/illustrator Jef Czekaj will read and rap his picture book Hip and Hop Don’t Stop! There will be kid-friendly rap videos and dancing to hip-hop spun by DJ Ghostdad.


And now for some special BACK-TO-BACK book brilliance!

Here at WORD, we thought nothing could be more exciting to us than a great new book. And then we were offered the chance to host the authors of two of our favorite fall releases, back-to-back. In the last week of September, Charles Yu and Emma Donoghue will both visit WORD for events. To try to convince as many people as we can to try these books out, for the entire month of September, both Yu’s HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE and Donoghue’s ROOM will be 20% off when purchased together.

Sunday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 PM: Charles Yu reads from How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. If you like literature, if you like China Mieville, if you like Nick Harkaway, if you like narrative, theory, scifi, and having your heart slowly squeezed by a book until you find you’re holding your breath and don’t remember when you stopped breathing—read Charles Yu’s book.  Yu, who in 2007 was chosen as one of the “5 Under 35” by the National Book Foundation, is a writer not just to watch, but to read. You won’t be sorry.

Monday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 PM: Emma Donoghue reads from Room. Emma Donoghue is known best for her contemporary and historical novels from the points of view of adult women, but her newest book, starts from a completely different place: the world of a young boy who has lived in the same small room his entire life without ever leaving. It’s eerie in its simplicity and nearly impossible to walk away from.


But wait, we are not done yet! Two more events to round our full month of programming:

Tues. Sept. 28 at 7:30 PM: Indie Press Night with Ugly Duckling Presse, Featherproof & Publishing Genius. Celebrate a trifecta of awesome indie publishing with readings from Blake Butler (Scorch Atlas, Featherproof Books, 2009), Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch (Ten Walks/Two Talks, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) and Rachel B. Glaser (Pee On Water, Publishing Genius, 2010).

Thurs. Sept. 30 at 7:30 PM: And for our September finale, another great friend of WORD, Joyce Hinnefeld will read from Stranger Here Below. Joyce will be interviewed by Eva Patton, actor and faculty member in the Fordham University Dept. of Theatre.

Be sure to check out the complete events schedule on our website. We hope to see you at the store in September!


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