Feminist Book Club
Thursday October 24 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Our focus is on an intersectional exploration of women's rights and status worldwide.
The next selection is Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, which we will discuss on Thursday, October 24th at 7pm. The book is available for purchase at the Bookshop at 10% off all month long.
Valya Dudycz Lupescu and Stephen H. Segal for Forking Good: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place
Saturday October 26 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
For fans of NBC's The Good Place, a pun-filled and fully illustrated cookbook of 30 original recipes inspired by the philosophy and food humor of the hit show.
With its high concept, exceptional writing, eye-popping set design, stellar cast, meaningful explorations of what it means to be a good person, and clam chowder fountains, The Good Place has captured the hearts and minds of critics and viewers alike.
For the first time ever, fans can indulge their cravings for The Good Place with delicious, comforting, original recipes like “Macaroni and Socra-cheese,” “I Think Therefore I Clam (Chowder),” “I Kant Believe It’s Not Buttermilk Pancakes,” and more. Each recipe title references a philosopher or philosophical concept from the show and uses food analogies to explain those concepts to readers who, like Eleanor, can’t always follow Chidi’s lectures.
A refreshing and entertaining twist on cookbooks, Forking Good will help you plan your next viewing party as you re-binge your favorite show.
Valya Dudycz Lupescu and Stephen H. Segal are the coauthors of Geek Parenting and the cofounders of the Wyrd Words storytelling laboratory. They live in Chicago in an Art Deco building that dates to the days of pulp magazines and Prohibition. Their weird family enjoys fan conventions, well-considered color palettes, and lots of music.
Valya is the author of the novel The Silence of Trees. She earned her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2019, Kenyon Review, Culture, Gargoyle Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Chicago Reader.
Stephen is a journalist who has covered artists, scientists, musicians, and makers for Philadelphia Weekly and WQED Pittsburgh. As the chief editor at Legacy.com and, formerly, Weird Tales magazine, he has encouraged writers of both fiction and nonfiction to dig deep for unexpected truths. He grew up at the Jersey Shore.
General Book Club
Sunday October 27 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
The next General Interest Book Club Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 27th at 1pm.
We'll be discussing Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion.
Questions about this group? Email us at email@example.com.
Leah Vernon on Unashamed
Tuesday October 29 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join Leah Vernon on Tuesday, October 29th at 7 PM at the Astoria Bookshop for a reading and discussion of Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim.
UNASHAMED is a searing, honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she chooses to live her life unapologetically. Tired of the constant policing of her clothing in the name of Islam and Western beauty standards, Leah Vernon takes to task the myth of the perfect Muslim woman with frank dispatches on her love-hate relationship with her hijab and her faith, on weight, on mental illness, on domestic violence, on sexuality, and on the process of finding her voice. With charming irreverence, Vernon reflects on her experiences hustling paycheck to paycheck, navigating the millennial world of dating, and coming to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope.
Leah Vernon is based in New York, is a style blogger, plus-size model, public speaker, and activist. She has been featured in BuzzFeed, HuffPost, Elle, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, MuslimGirl, and hundreds of combined podcasts, television appearances, radio spots, and other features. She has also worked with national and international brands such as Adidas Originals, Torrid, Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Addition Elle, and Eloquii.
TWO Halloween Story Times
Thursday October 31 | 11:00AM - 11:30AM
Join us for story time with Gina as we celebrate Halloween with not-very-spooky books! (The second story time will begin at 11:40am.)
We will also be giving out candy to trick or treaters - COSTUMES are encouraged.
TWO Halloween Story Times
Thursday October 31 | 11:40AM - 12:10AM
Join us for the second installment of Halloween Story Time with Gina.
Costumes encouraged as we will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Feminerdy Book Club: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Sunday November 03 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 3rd at 1pm. We'll be discussing The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion.
Questions about this group? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Borges on The More or Less Definite Guide on Self Care
Wednesday November 06 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Some days you need a pick-me-up, some days you need a life preserver.
“For most of us,” writes Anna Borges, “self-care is a wide spectrum of decisions and actions that soothe and fortify us against all the shit we deal with.” You may already practice some form of self-care, whether it’s taking an extra-long shower after a stressful day, splurging on a ~fancy~ dinner, or choosing Netflix over that friend-of-a-friend’s birthday party. But when life gets so overwhelming that you want to stay in bed, some more radical care is crucial to maintain your sanity.
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care is here to help you exist in the world. Borges gathers over 200 tips, activities, and stories (from experts and everyday people alike) into an A-to-Z list—from asking for help and burning negative thoughts to the importance of touch and catching some Zzz’s. Make any day a little more OK with new skills in your self-care toolkit—and energy to show up for yourself.
Anna Borges is a writer, podcast host, mental health advocate, and senior health editor for SELF. Previously, she was a senior health and wellness writer at BuzzFeed, where she helped build its mental health platform from the ground up. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, The Outline, SELF, and more. She lives in Brooklyn with two cats, and you can find her making sure everyone in the group chat is practicing self-care. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care is her first book.
Thursday November 07 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Come to the Bookshop ready to tell a five-minute true story about something that happened to you. Don't worry about sticking to a theme...you don't have to. Participants' names will be pulled from a basket, open-mic style. And of course, non-storytellers welcome to join the audience! For 5 years we've had performances from authors with big book deals, standup comics with national TV credits, The Moth GrandSLAM performers and complete and total strangers who had a story to tell. FREE show. Hosted by David Lawson.
From Manuscript to Marketplace: Angie Cruz in conversation with Amelia Possanza and Caroline Bleeke for Dominicana
Friday November 08 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join the Authors Guild Foundation and fellow writers for this exciting literary series in New York! Authors and members of their publishing teams will discuss the process of creating and publishing their books, revealing how their manuscripts made it to the marketplace. The authors of the books and industry professionals who worked on them will candidly share their experiences regarding publicity, social media, working with agents and editors, and more. The panel discussions will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. All are encouraged to attend, especially new authors looking to learn more about the business of writing.
From Manuscript to Marketplace is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Angie Cruz is the author of three novels, Dominicana, the inaugural GMA Cover to Cover Book Club pick, Soledad, and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist in 2007 for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published work in The New York Times, VQR, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, and other publications, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She is founder and editor in chief of Aster(ix), a literary and arts journal, and is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
Amelia Possanza is the Assistant Director of Publicity at Flatiron Books, where she helps books of all genres find their readers. You can find her on Twitter @ameliapossanza.
Senior Editor Caroline Bleeke edits upmarket fiction and nonfiction at Flatiron Books, with an emphasis on underrepresented voices, innovative structure and style, writing with a strong sense of place, and heart. Her list includes Angie Cruz's Dominicana (inaugural pick for Good Morning America's book club), Anuk Arudpragasam’s The Story of a Brief Marriage (DSC Prize winner and Dylan Thomas Prize finalist), Neel Patel’sIf You See Me, Don’t Say Hi (NYT Book Review Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year), Bronx Book Festival founder Saraciea J. Fennell's Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed, and Yangsze Choo’s The Night Tiger (NYT bestseller and Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick). Bleeke has a Master’s degree in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature. She is on Twitter and Instagram @cableeke
Jackson Bird on Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, Finding My Place
Wednesday November 13 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join NYC author Jackson Bird for a reading and discussion of his debut memoir Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, Finding My Place.
Sorted: When Jackson Bird was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to his friends, family, and anyone in the world with an internet connection. Assigned female at birth and having been raised a girl, he often wondered if he should have been born a boy. Jackson didn’t share this thought with anyone because he didn’t think he could share it with anyone. Growing up in Texas in the 1990s, he had no transgender role models. He barely remembers meeting anyone who was openly gay, let alone being taught that transgender people existed outside of punchlines.
Today, Jackson is a writer, YouTuber, and LGBTQ+ advocate living openly and happily as a transgender man. So how did he get here? In this remarkable, educational, and uplifting memoir, Jackson chronicles the ups and downs of growing up gender confused. Illuminated by journal entries spanning childhood to adolescence to today, he candidly recalls the challenges he faced while trying to sort out his gender and sexuality, and worrying about how to interact with the world. With warmth and wit, Jackson also recounts how he navigated the many obstacles and quirks of his transition––like figuring out how to have a chest binder delivered to his NYU dorm room and having an emotional breakdown at a Harry Potter fan convention. From his first shot of testosterone to his eventual top surgery, Jackson lets you in on every part of his journey—taking the time to explain trans terminology and little-known facts about gender and identity along the way. Through his captivating prose, Bird not only sheds light on the many facets of a transgender life, but also demonstrates the power and beauty in being yourself, even when you’re not sure who “yourself” is.
Jackson Bird is a YouTube creator and LGBTQ+ advocate dedicated to demystifying the transgender experience. His TED Talk “How to talk (and listen) to transgender people” has been viewed over a million times. Jackson is a recipient of the GLAAD Rising Star Digital Innovator Award and lives in New York City. You can follow him online @JackIsNotABird.
Dana R. Fisher in conversation with Vanessa Wruble on American Resistance: From the Women's March to the Blue Wave
Thursday November 14 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
American Resistance traces activists from the streets back to the communities and congressional districts around the country where they live, work, and vote. Using innovative survey data and interviews with key players, Dana R. Fisher analyzes how Resistance groups have channeled outrage into activism, using distributed organizing to make activism possible by anyone from anywhere, whenever and wherever it is needed most. Beginning with the first Women’s March and following the movement through the 2018 midterms, Fisher demonstrates how the energy and enthusiasm of the Resistance paid off in a wave of Democratic victories. She reveals how the Left rebounded from the devastating 2016 election, the lessons for turning grassroots passion into electoral gains, and what comes next. American Resistance explains the organizing that is revitalizing democracy to counter Trump’s presidency.
Dana R. Fisher is professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her books include Activism, Inc.: How the Outsourcing of Grassroots Campaigns Is Strangling Progressive Politics in America (2006).
Vanessa Wruble has dedicated her life to producing socially relevant media, political organizing, and redefining the global narrative of modern African culture. Okayafrica, the company she started with Questlove of The Roots, is now the largest media company focusing on a forward-thinking, nuanced view of Africa today. She previously worked as the first international correspondent at Al Gore’s Current TV, as a Communication Specialist for the United Nations, and as a journalist for several print magazines. Wruble first arrived in Africa to work in humanitarian aid for an NGO in Sierra Leone, but quickly turned from development to deep immersion in the many, and unique, cultures overflowing on the continent. During her extensive time living and working in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Gabon, Sao Tome & Principé, Equatorial Guinea, and Somalia, Wruble found herself working with and representing some of Africa’s biggest music stars. That lead her to the great honor of working with the family of Fela Kuti to re-release his music, assist in the production of Fela! on Broadway, and reignite the legacy of Fela as an anti-colonialist, political revolutionary in the collective global consciousness.
Wruble graduated Cum Laude from Williams College where she studied Women’s Issues, Psychology, and Fiction Writing. She holds Master’s Degrees from The New School for Social Research in Psychology and from NYU in Interactive Media, where she focused on using technology to enable rich human interaction, and is an echoing green social entrepreneurship fellow. Vanessa helped to found the Women’s March on Washington, where she served as the Head of Campaign Operations, so as to right the imbalance of power, fight on behalf of all marginalized people, and ensure the end of structural patriarchy.
¡PA’QUE TU LO SEPAS! : An Anthology to Benefit Puerto Rico
Saturday November 16 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico as a Category 4—a devastatingly powerful storm that left immense suffering in its wake.
The island still hasn’t recovered completely; a victim of continued neglect and the continued efforts of many to demean and frame Puerto Ricans as “other” or “lesser” even though they are citizens of the United States.
With a foreword by editor Angel Luis Colón and 11 stories from veteran and newcomer Latinx authors who need to be on your radar, ¡Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas! is a loud and proud celebration of Latinx writing, joy, trauma, and most of all, love.
Alex Segura is the author of the Pete Fernandez mystery series set in Miami, short stories that have appeared in numerous anthologies, and a number of best-selling and critically acclaimed comic books. He also co-writes the LETHAL LIT podcast.
Richie Narvaez (aka R. Narvaez) was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His literary and crime fiction have been published in Mississippi Review, Murdaland, Pilgrimage, Indian Country Noir, Long Island Noir, and Tiny Crimes. His first collection of short stories, Roachkiller and Other Stories, received the 2013 Spinetingler Award for Best Anthology/Short Story Collection and was listed as one of BookRiot's 100 Must-Read Works of Noir. His debut novel Hipster Death Rattle will be published in 2019.
Christopher Novas is a Dominican-American writer born and raised in New York. He has recently graduated with an MFA from The New School. This is his first published story.
Angel Luis Colón is the Derringer and Anthony Award shortlisted author of HELL CHOSE ME, The Blacky Jaguar novella series, The Fantine Park novella series, and dozens of short stories that have appeared in web and print publications like Thuglit, Literary Orphans, and Great Jones Street. He also hosts the podcast, the bastard title.
Prachi Gupta on AOC: Fighter, Phenom, Changemaker
Monday November 18 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a discussion with Prachi Gupta on AOC: Fighter, Phenom, Changemaker
Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: a fighter, a phenom, a changemaker. In 2018, AOC became the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress—and from that moment on, she’s continued to inspire millions of women, millennial voters, and progressives. Her commitment to speaking truth to power, her ability to shape national conversations through the use of social media, and her popularization of democratic socialism have made her a polarizing and fascinating political figure worthy of consideration.
Drawing from her public interviews as well as author interviews with historians, former campaign volunteers, and campaign staff, AOC explores how a 28-year-old Latina democratic socialist and bartender from the Bronx ousted a ten-term Congressman against all odds. Featuring an array of her most inspirational quotes and brief explainers on some of her largest proposals, the biography seeks to demystify Ocasio-Cortez’s political rise and contextualize her win within this unique moment in US history, illustrating why her win was not a fluke, but rather a sign of the growing influence of the grassroots movements that she represents.
Written by former Cosmopolitan.com and Jezebel politics reporter Prachi Gupta, AOC will inspire readers with Ocasio-Cortez’s remarkable life story and a clear and compelling look at who she is, what she stands for, and the movement that she’s energized.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Prachi Gupta is a journalist in New York. She was a senior reporter at Jezebel and cohost of Jezebel’s politics podcast, Big Time Dicks. Prior to that, she covered the 2016 election for Cosmopolitan.com. She has interviewed figures including Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Ivanka Trump, and Michelle Obama and reported on the refugee crisis in the Middle East.
Catherine Kapphahn in conversation with Nita Noveno, Malcolm Chang and Tim Fredrick for Immigrant Daughter
Tuesday November 19 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
American-born Catherine knows little of her Croatian mother's early life. When Marijana dies of ovarian cancer, 22 year old Catherine finds herself cut off from the past she never really knew. As Catherine searches for clues to her mother’s elusive history, she discovers that Marijana was orphaned during WWII, nearly died as a teenager, and escaped from Communist Yugoslavia to Rome, and then South America. Through travel and memory, history and imagination, Catherine resurrects the relatives she's never known. Traversing time and place, memoir and novel, this lyrical narrative explores the collective memory between mothers and daughters, and what it means to find wholeness.
Catherine Kapphahn’s Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me received The Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award. It was also shortlisted for a Del Sol Press Prize. She has received artist grants from the Queens Council on the Arts. Her writing has appeared in Astoria Magazine, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say Goodbye, CURE Magazine, and SalonZine. She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University and B.A. from Hunter College. Catherine is an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York at Lehman College in the Bronx, where her students’ brave stories continue to inspire her. Catherine also is a yoga teacher. She grew up in near the mountains in Colorado and now lives between two bridges in Queens, New York with her husband and two sons.
Nita Noveno teaches composition and literature at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. She is a graduate of The New School MFA Creative Writing Program and the founder and co-host of Sunday Salon, a long-running monthly reading series in NYC. Nita writes about memory, culture, identity, and immigrant lives. Her work has appeared most recently in About Place Journal, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Open City Magazine, and The Seventh Wave. Originally from Southeast Alaska, she lives in Queens, New York.
Malcolm Chang is a third generation Chinese South African now living in New York.
He is the President of the Board of Directors of The Newtown Literary Alliance.
His writing has appeared in Gravel, The Newtown Literary Journal and the online poetry project, Queensbound. His story "The Cruelty of Children" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
He has read at LineBreak, Queens Writers Resist, First Tuesdays, and other venues in New York.
His recently completed novel – Dimitri and the Worm – is based on the life of the man who assassinated the South African Prime Minister in 1966.
Tim Fredrick is a fiction writer, teacher, and editor. His short-story collection, We Regret to Inform You, was called “captivating” by IndieReader. His work has been published in Burningword, Pif Magazine, Wilde Magazine, and Em Dash Literary Magazine. Tim is the executive director and founding editor of Newtown Literary, a literary journal and nonprofit organization supporting and promoting the work of writers living in Queens, NY. He has been profiled in The Daily News, Poets & Writers Readings and Events Blog, and DNAinfo, and has been featured on WBAI’s “State of the Arts NYC” and NY1.