Spring is officially upon us, and the April showers have started early. There will be plenty of blooming, raining and sneezing in the weeks to come, but regardless of what the weather or your allergies are up to, our April events schedule aims to provide some sunny relief. Here’s what we have on deck:

Our first two events of April include appearances by some of our favorite YA authors. In fact, the first full week of April is YA Week at WORD: On Tues. 4/6, Adrienne Maria Vrettos launches her latest YA novel, THE EXILE OF GIGI LANE and on Thurs. 4/8 we host our next YA Not? literary salon for not-so-young-adults, featuring Barry Lyga and Michael Northrop. We’re calling it Fanboys and Gentlemen.

Other author events include:

**Tues. 4/13: Arthur Philips reads from his novel, THE SONG IS YOU
**Thurs. 4/15: Launch party for REALITY MATTERS: 19 WRITERS ON THE SHOWS WE CAN’T STOP WATCHING Editor Anna David and contributors Austin Bunn, Amelie Gillette, Helaine Olen, Rex Sorgatz, and possibly a special Skyped guest!
**Wed. 4/21: Bryan Charles reads from 33 1/3 Pavement’s WOWEE ZOWEE + Q&A with Matthew Perpetua of Fluxblog
**Thurs. 4/22: Celebrate Earth Day with Emily Elizabeth Anderson, author of ECO-CHIC HOME w/demos and great green tips
**Wed. 4/28: Luis Alberto Urrea reads from MR. MENDOZA’S PAINTBRUSH, his new graphic novel, and is joined by local Brooklyn illustrator Christopher Cardinale.

Our kids’ event this month is an arts & crafts hour with Klutz kits – activities, storytime and snacks on Sun. 4/24 at 10:30 am – this is rescheduled from Feb. and this event is FREE, no sign up required but hope to see you and the kids there. Also, a reminder that we also host storytime each Monday morning at The Gym Park.

Other activities? Of course! There’s book club, running group, writing group and…Bananagrams in the Basement is back! Sun., 4/18 at 3pm – who’s in?

Our entire April event schedule can be viewed here, and Facebook RSVPs are encouraged. And as a closing treat…all those April showers bring May flowers, right? Look here to see what we’ve got blooming for May events (dates confirmed, details to come soon.) See you at the store!


March Events at WORD

February 28, 2010

We’re excited about our schedule of events for March, and even more excited about two other important milestones: SPRING officially arrives later this month AND we celebrate our 3rd anniversary! Yea us! And yea to all of you for supporting WORD for another awesome year. Here’s what we have planned for the month:

Thurs. March 4, 7:30 PM: I Love New York: 5 Minute Series storytelling night, hosted by Chairmen of the Bored, a great group of creative literary folks (who all met while playing basketball at WORD.) Sign up to tell a 5 minute tale and come for the fun (and the beer!)

Thurs. March 11, 7:30 PM: Author Amelia Klem Osterud will read from and discuss her new book THE TATTOOED LADY. We’ll have fake tattoos too, of course!

Sat. March 13, 3:00 PM: Our next YA Not? will feature Carrie Ryan, author of the new book, THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES. Zombie donuts will be served. Our YA Not series is an ongoing literary salon for not-so-young adults. But YA fans of all ages are invited to attend.

Thurs. March 18, 7:30 PM: The first of two indie press nights we have planned for March, this one features several authors with new works from Vulgar Marsala, Two-Handed Engine, Emergency Press and MFG Imprint. Readings from: Jesi Bender, Chad Faries, Lisa A. Flowers and Cesca Janece Waterfield.

Wed. March 24, 7:30 PM: Museyon Guides and Jauntsetter host Russian Night at WORD! Featuring Russian rocker Mike ‘Vivisector’ Antipow, frontman of  Gulag Tunes; singer-songwriter Alina Simone, your guide to Russian chanson in Music + Travel Worldwide; and Laurel Maury, who uncovers Russian film locations in Film + Travel Europe. Budem zdorovy!

Fri. March 26, 7:30 PM: Indie Press Night with Tin House, featuring Geoffrey Becker, author of Hot Springs, Keith Lee Morris, author of Call It What You Want and Steve Almond, Tin House contributor and author of the upcoming release, Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.

Sat. March 27, 3:00 PM: Launch party for FLYING LESSONS, a new picture book from local author/illustrator Gilbert Ford. We’ll serve lemonade for the kids and make paper airplanes! Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun and an event for kids of ALL ages!

Don’t forget this month’s book club, Sunday morning running group and new Monday evening writers group. All our events are listed here and you can RSVP for many of them on Facebook here (encouraged but not required.) See you this month at the store!

Local Greenpointer Jessica Reed has created this beautiful menu and will be serving up the items on it for our Venus in the Kitchen cocktail party on February 11th. Won’t you join us?

About Jessica Reed and Time Table:

Jessica Reed is a Greenpoint-based artist, writer, and amateur culinary historian interested in the intersections between food, history, art, and culture. Time Table, her most recent project, invites guests to taste the past at small gatherings serving food and drink made from period recipes, and utilizing period serving pieces and decorative elements whenever possible. Her ambition is to bring people together with food as a means of connecting with our shared history. Learn more here (soon!)

February Events at WORD

January 29, 2010

From Eat When You Feel Sad to The Art of Eating In, we’ve got a nice collection of new titles that will be featured at WORD author events in February. Sandwiched between these two, you’ll find much more, including one fun vintage Valentine themed event too! Let’s get right to list then, shall we?

Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 pm: Melville House launch party for Zachary German’s Eat When You Feel Sad, hosted by Tao Lin. Facebook RSVP. Wine will be served.

Thursday, February 11, 7:30 pm: We’ve partnered with Jessica Reed of Time Table to host a special cocktail party featuring aphrodisiac food and drink from the 1952 book, Venus in the Kitchen: Or Love’s Cookery Book. Come single or with a sweetie and spend some time sampling love potions of the early 50’s. We can’t make any promises on the power of these wacky concoctions—but we can promise a good time. Feel free to dress the part, though modern-day attire is just fine. There will be Fritters of Elderflower, Marmalade of Carnations, and Lovage, on the Rocks – you don’t want to miss this! See the “historic” menu for the event here and reserve your spot (Tickets are $5, no book purchase required but they will be available for sale.) Facebook RSVP.

Friday, February 19, 7:30 pm: We’ll celebrate the release of two new Harper Perennial titles with reading/Q&A, and some wine (of course!) Kevin Sampsell, Portland indie bookseller, will read from his new memoir, A Common Pornography and Brooklyn author Justin Taylor, will read from his debut story collection Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever. Facebook RSVP.

Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 pm: Julie Klausner, author of the new memoir, I Don’t Care About Your Band, will host a night of funny stories about love-gone-bad, also featuring Rachel Shukert, author of Have You No Shame? and Mike Albo, author of The Underminder: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life. Hilarity will ensue. Facebook RSVP

Thursday, February 25, 7:30 pm: A reading and discussion with Not Eating Out in New York foodie blogger Cathy Erway, author of the new book The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove. Delicious treats will be served! Facebook RSVP.

And finally, something for the kids! On Saturday, February 27 at 10:30 am, we’ll host a Klutz Crafting Hour: Let’s Get Handy! Sign up here to reserve your spot – tickets are $5 and include all the crafting supplies plus snacks and refreshments too.

Oh, and don’t forget: We’ll do Bananagrams in the Basement again on Saturday Feb. 20 at 3 pm. Yes, more tasty banana-flavored goodies will be served. (Facebook RSVP) Plus – our book club meets next week on Feb. 3 and 6 to discuss The Group, and the new WORD running group meets outside the store every Sunday morning at 10 am. Plenty to keep you busy….so see you soon!

Photo by Flickr user Dan_DC.

So, you’ve probably heard by now: the G train isn’t going to be running AT ALL for the next four weekends. From 10:30pm Friday to 5am Monday, starting this weekend, no G going anywhere. Which, if you’re a Greenpointer, effectively strands you here, unless you feel like walking to the L (blegh), taking the brand-new B62 (double blegh) or taking the sure-to-be-on-time shuttle buses that will replace the G.

We know. We were depressed too. But then we just decided to make our little corner of Greenpoint more awesome than usual to compensate! For the next four weekends, we’re going to do something special every Saturday and give you some more good reasons to love spending the weekend in Greenpoint.

This weekend, here’s what we’re featuring:

Bananagrams tournament Saturday afternoon! Bananagrams in the basement this Saturday, 1/16, starting at 3pm. One of the most loved games in Greenpoint, tournament-style! Come if you’re an expert or if you’ve never played, because it’s easy to learn and there’s enough luck involved that anybody can compete. Or just come for the banana-themed baked goods.

Bananagrams discount! Saturday 1/16 and Sunday 1/17 only, 10% off your very own Bananagrams. You will not regret it, we promise.

Stay-at-home book discount! All weekend, we’ll have a table of books worth staying home with: a few great novels, a few DIY and craft books, and so on. All books on the table will be 10% off.

MetroCard raffle! All weekend, buy raffle tickets for $1 each to win a $20 MetroCard, which you’ll be able to use from your favorite neighborhood again someday, we’re sure. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Greenpoint Food Pantry.

We’ve got more tricks up our collective sleeve for the next three weekends, but let us know if you have any ideas—we’d love to hear what else you’d like us to do.

Are you starting to feel it? The sun sets before 5pm. You have to wear a hat everywhere, even indoors a lot of the time. You are finding yourself wondering if August was really as bad as everybody said. It is that sad time of the year when ice cream loses its appeal. There is only one thing that can save us from the pits of despondency and vitamin D deficiency.


Photo by flickr user Pabo76.

That’s right! Soup, soup of all kinds. Veggie, egg drop, chili, lentil, three bean, Italian meatball, tomato, borscht, chicken noodle, miso…obviously, I could go on for awhile. But I won’t, because even better than soup is when other people make it for you. And that’s why WORD is hosting:


Next Saturday, January 23 is the fourth National Soup Swap Day, and we’re going to get Greenpoint in on the action. The concept of a soup swap is simple: you bring six one-quart containers of the same homemade soup, preferably one that freezes well. You leave with six different kinds of homemade soup made by other attendees. Easy as pie…er, soup!

The fun starts at 2pm on 1/23 in the WORD basement, and there’s only one requirement (aside from the bringing 6 quarts of soup part): you must, MUST RSVP to stephanie@wordbrooklyn.com by 1/22 in order to attend. So crack open your How to Cook Everything and RSVP today!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out last night! Pictures to come on our Flickr shortly. For now, just imagine our basement full of beautiful people laughing and smiling.

Without further ado, our four winning six-word writing memoir entries:

“Landlady still refuses prose for rent.” — Mikki Halpin

“Erotica: What’s another word for ‘penis?'” — Grace Bello

“Procrastinating on novel? Start a blog!” — Jake Roren

“Write without inhibition, edit rigorously, repeat.” — Erin McInnis

Is one of those entries yours? If so, email info@wordbrooklyn.com toot sweet to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who entered!

January Events at WORD

January 3, 2010

We’re starting off the new year with a solid schedule of events! There is a mix of book launches, readings and some special non-author programs too. All the details are on our calendar and here’s a summary of what’s coming up:

Tues. 1/5 at 7:30 pm: Launch Party for IT ALL CHANGED IN AN INSTANT: MORE SIX-WORD MEMOIRS – Hear from contributors to the latest book in the popular series from Smith Magazine, plus we’ll announce the winners of our own 6-WORD contest. All this, and wine too – join us!

Wed. 1/13 at 7:30 pm: Julie Powell will read from and discuss her new book, CLEAVING: A STORY OF MARRIAGE, MEAT AND OBSESSION.

Thurs. 1/14 at 7:30 pm: Witty Women Writers at WORD! Bloggers, performers and writers Sara Barron, Doree Shafrir and Claire Zulkey read from their humorous books.

Sat. 1/16 at 3 pm: Bananagrams in the Basement! We’re obsessed with this fast-paced anagram game – it’s like Scrabble without the board (or those pesky points). Join us for some afternoon Bananagrams WORD play…and some banana-themed edibles. Yum.

Wed. 1/20 at 7:30 pm: Esther Smith demos some of the fantastic crafting projects in her latest book, THE PAPER BRIDE. Great tips for brides-to-be, wedding planners or any crafty spirits.

Thurs. 1/21 at 8 pm: Join us at The Diamond Bar for an 80’s music mixer to celebrate our Between the Covers matchmaking board. All book lovers are invited to mingle (and dance, of course). DJ RUSSCOMM (who loves Bret Easton Ellis and went on two dates as a result of our matchmaking board) will spin the tunes. Drink specials, raffle prizes, and literary love jokes throughout the night.

Tues. 1/26 at 7:30 pm: The Family Grill with Jedediah Berry – A reading and roundtable featuring the author of THE MANUAL OF DETECTION, his sister, his brother, and his other brother. Sure to be a good time!

Thurs. 1/28 at 7:30 pm: Jami Attenberg will read from and discuss her latest novel, THE MELTING SEASON. It will be awesome. Seriously.

Sat. 1/30 at 10:30 am: We’ll be making sock puppets and celebrating Sandra Boyton’s ONE SHOE BLUES. We’ll provide the materials to create fun sock puppets, plus there will be healthy refreshments, tattoos, coloring, bingo and more. This event costs $5 per child (no book purchase necessary) and is the first in a new kids’ event series we will host on the last Saturday of each month.

Whew! Should be something on this list that strikes your fancy, no? We hope so. There are invitations for all of the events on our Facebook page, please RSVP if you plan on coming. We look forward to seeing you in the store this month!

It’s crunch time! How are you doing with your gift-getting so far? Don’t forget to consult our gift guide, even more gift recommendations and our growing collection of signed books in stock – this list changes daily, but as of right now we have new signed copies by a host of authors, including Peter Brown, A.J. Jacobs, Michelle Knudsen, Alice Munro, Isabella Rossellini and many more.

We’re extending our hours just a bit to offer you some extra shopping time – and we’ll be closed a few days too. Here is our store schedule for the upcoming holidays:

Open until 9 pm:
Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Wednesday, Dec. 23

Dec. 24:  Open 10 am – 5 pm
Dec. 25 & Dec. 26: CLOSED

Dec. 31: CLOSED (for inventory)
Jan. 1: CLOSED

We’re also taking a break with events until the new year — except for one more program we are hosting this Friday evening, Dec. 18th: It’s a writing workshop with Stephen Elliott, On Creating the Adderall Diaries. You can register on our website here.

Finally, don’t forget: We have here a set of signed Twilight hardcovers (all four books!) that we will be raffling away until 12/21. Each raffle ticket costs $1, and all proceeds will go to the Greenpoint Food Pantry. Stop by anytime between now and the end of the day 12/21 to buy one ticket, or as many as you like. We’ll announce the winner on the morning of 12/22, and hopefully will make somebody’s Christmas or Kwanzaa extra special (or perhaps provide a late but amazing Hanukkah present!)

December Events at WORD

November 30, 2009

In between holiday parties and family gatherings, why not spend a few of the remaining days of 2009 at some literary events hosted by your friendly indie bookstore? We’ve got several options for your December calendar. Come visit us for great gift ideas, and stay for an event! Here’s what WORD has planned for the last month of the decade:

We start things off tomorrow (12/1) with a launch party for Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town. It’s going to be a packed house! If you can’t make the event, join us at The Diamond Bar afterwards, where you can meet author Elyssa East.

Next up is Thursday’s event (12/3) with funny man David Ellis Dickerson, author of House of Cards: Love, Faith and Other Social Expressions and mastermind behind Greeting Card Emergencies. Dave has created special cards where Hallmark has failed us – his video creations include cards for coming out, the recession and the zombie apocalypse. Because everyone needs a card for that!

What card do YOU need this holiday season that you can’t find? Email us at kelly@wordbrooklyn.com before Thurs. night and David will try to create just the card for you at the event!

Then this weekend we are hosting a Holiday Open House! We thought it would be fun (for you and us) if we invited some of our favorite authors to hang out at the store – they will sign copies of their books, share gift recommendations, and help out with bagging and wrapping gifts. We’ll have snacks and a gift wrap station downstairs. We’ve got authors scheduled from 1-5 pm on Saturday, Dec. 5th and again on Sunday Dec. 6th – click on each date to see who will be here.

There’s much more…after the jump:

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