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.
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…).
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 event – reserve 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 email@example.com 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!
July 31, 2010
Summer continues with even more fun programs to fill those long (and hopefully cooler) days. We hope to see you at the store soon for one of these upcoming events:
Friday August 6, 7:30 pm: Just Working on My Novel (JWOMN) – This month’s host is Frank Anthony Polito, acclaimed author of suitable-for-YA but-awesome-for-adults novels BAND FAGS! and DRAMA QUEERS! For this special JWOMN, while we’re not REQUIRING you to read facets of your YA work in progress, we’d like to HIGHLY encourage it! RSVP in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to share the stage with the hilarious Polito. There will be wine. RSVP to read encouraged, not required.
Wednesday, August 11, 7:30 pm: BORN TO RUN with Christopher McDougall *Ticketed Event* – Join us for a evening with the author of Born to Run, A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. An inspiration to amateur and professional runners alike, Christopher McDougall has forever changed the way we experience and enjoy running. (Our store manager was so moved by this book that she started WORD’s weekly running group, which meets in front of the store every Sunday morning to run around Greenpoint.) **Due to McDougall’s popularity and our limited space, this is a ticketed event. The ticket price of $25 includes one copy of Born To Run, which guests will receive at the door that evening.
Thursday, August 12, 7:30 pm: Short & Sweet: An Evening of Readings and Drinks – Come listen to half a dozen of New York’s best up-and-coming writers from all genres as they read brief selections from their latest work at WORD, then join them for drinks and discussion at nearby Shayz Lounge. Featuring work from: Carter Edwards, Allen Houston, Joshua Malbin, Cameron Page, Weatherly Ralph, Colin Spoelman and Jack Kelley.
Thursday, August 19, 7:30 pm: The Chairmen of the Bored Storytelling Night – Every story’s got a hook. For the next 5 Minute Series event, we’re supplying one for you. “And That’s When I Knew…” is the theme behind this storytelling night. Come up with something to share, or just stop by for a beer and a high-five! http://chairmenofthebored.com
Monday, August 23, 10:30 pm: Release Party for MOCKINGJAY – First it was The Hunger Games. Then it was Catching Fire. And now the trilogy completes with Mockingjay. We’ll celebrate with adult fans of this series during our 21 and up midnight release party. The fun kicks off at 10:30pm and ends at midnight, when we’ll hand out Mockingjay to all. A pre-paid pre-order is necessary to attend. All pre-orders paid for before 8/16 receive 10% off. Party will include: booze (perhaps a signature Haymitch cocktail?) and homemade bread (go Team Peeta!), trivia (because all nerdy midnight release parties require trivia contests), awesome prizes, archery (of the Nerf variety) and a Katniss lookalike contest (and now you finally have your excuse to cosplay The Hunger Games)
Wednesday, August 25, 7:30 pm: Matthew Dicks reads from UNEXPECTEDLY, MILO – Join us for a reading, discussion and booksigning with Matthew Dicks, author of SOMETHING MISSING who will read from his new book and be interviewed by friend and colleague Kim Damokosh.
Saturday, August 28, 1:00 pm: FREE Magic Show for Kids! – Mario the Magician performs an uplifting, inventive, highly interactive, and oh-so-original magic show for the young and young-at-heart. The 35-40 minute show is reminiscent of old-time slapstick performances, at once ridiculously silly and meticulously crafted. Mario is accompanied by his beloved handcrafted props, trusty top hat, and Mozzarella the Dove.
Our regular on-going events – running group, writing group and book club – all continue this month as well. See our full events calender for details.
We’re taking a break from events until after the July 4th holiday, but we’re so excited to be starting off our mid-summer programming with a bang next month: Chuck Klosterman is coming to Greenpoint! Here are details about our ticketed event with him, as well as the rest of our July schedule:
Tues, July 13, 8 pm at Lulu’s:
Paperback Release for Chuck Klosterman’s EATING THE DINOSAUR
Chuck Klosterman in conversation with his pal Rob Sheffield. We’re hosting an intimate event at Greenpoint bar Lulu’s. There are only 50 tickets being sold for this event. You and 49 of your closest friends will get to see Chuck shoot the shit with Rob Sheffield, author of LOVE IS A MIXTAPE and the newly-released TALKING TO GIRLS ABOUT DURAN DURAN. Chuck will take questions from the audience and sign books as well. Tickets are $20 and include one copy of EATING THE DINOSAUR. Tickets can be purchased here.
Wed, July 14, 7:30 pm:
Reading, conversation and book signing with Matt Gallagher, author of KABOOM: EMBRACING THE SUCK IN A SAVAGE LITTLE WAR. Matt will be joined by Philippe Dume and Joe Dougherty. Philippe was a Specialist in Iraq, Joe a Sergeant.
Sat, July 17, 2 pm *Event for Kids & Families*
Jason Fry, Brooklyn-based author of the Star Wars Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia will be on hand signing copies of the book and answering questions from the audience. We’ll also have costumed Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion, giveaways, raffle, crafts and more. Recommended for kids ages 5 and up.
Tues, July 20, 7:30 pm
Launch party for MEEKS by Julia Holmes, complete with “Independence Day” cake and drinks. Reading and book signing too. MEEKS (Small Beer Press) evokes the strange charm of a Haruki Murakami novel in a dystopic setting reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Thurs, July 22, 7:30 pm:
WORDs of Love: A Night of Romance: We’re celebrating romance with a fantastic panel of writers and readers! The panel will include Lauren Willig, author of the bestselling Pink Carnation series; acclaimed author and blogger Sarah Wendell from SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com; Hope Tarr, author and co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, New York’s monthly romance reading series; and editors from Romantic Times magazine and Avon Books. Moderated by Sarah MacLean, author of Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake, the panel discussion and Q&A will uncover the genre–highlighting the books we love and the readers who love it.
Sat, July 24, 3:00 pm *Event for Kids & Families* – Author Heather Swain will demo how to make several fun toys from her new book, MAKE THESE TOYS: 101 CLEVER CREATIONS USING EVERYDAY ITEMS. There will be a craft for both kids and adults to enjoy. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun!
Finally, just a reminder that our running group meets every Sunday morning at 9am instead of 10am to beat the summer heat.
June 10, 2010
That’s right, this time next week you should be prettying up and getting ready for WORD’s Prom Night Literary Matchmaking Mixer!
To get in the mood, here’s a heartwarming story from our last matchmaking mixer, from an anonymous attendee:
“I went to WORD’s literary mixer in January expecting to find a bar full half full of females and half empty, but my friend had asked me to go along as her wingman and at worst I figured we would enjoy a drink and each other’s company, and maybe flirt with the bartender. Surprise: the place was packed with interesting females and males alike. I’d never been to a singles mixer before, and noticed immediately how easy it was to start conversations–after all, everybody was there to meet people, so one needed only make eye contact to initiate conversation. My friend exchanged numbers with three or four guys that night, and I with one, a boy who turned into a fun month-long fling, exactly what I wanted at the time. There was another guy I met that night, who I later kept running into in my neighborhood. Happy ending: we fell in love. As if WORD weren’t already the best bookstore in NYC….”
All together now: AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.
Want to prepare? There’s still time to submit your Worst Prom Story. Send it to info at wordbrooklyn dot com by Tuesday the 15th—the winner will be announced at the event.
Otherwise, we’ll see you in a week for drink specials, two guest authors (Virginia Vitzthum, My Blind Date Went Blind, and Erin Bradley, Every Rose Has Its Thorn), and, of course, romance. Facebook RSVP here (appreciated but not required).
May 23, 2010
Thurs. June 3 at 7:30 pm: Chairmen of the Bored’s Five Minute Series: Let’s Get… Awkward! Finally. Something good will come out of that time you ran into your gym teacher at the strip club. Click the link to get details on how you can share your store. (Facebook RSVP)
Tues. June 8 at 7:30 pm: Discussion plus show & tell with Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz for FIVE HUNDRED 45s: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE SEVEN-INCH RECORD. Co-sponsored with Permanent Records. (Facebook RSVP)
Thurs. June 17 at 8 pm: WORD Prom Night Literary Matchmaking Mixer at The Diamond Bar – It’s time for our next matchmaking mixer at The Diamond Bar and this time we will crown a king and queen of the prom! There will be drink specials, all your favorite prom tunes from DJ RUSS COMM, a “worst prom stories” contest plus a few authors will join us for the festivities. More details to come in early June. Taffeta and ruffles not required but certainly welcome. (Facebook RSVP)
For course we continue our regular monthly activities as well: book club, running group, gym park storytime, writing group – all listed on our full June calendar.
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!
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.