Creative Writing Workshop
Sunday December 15 | 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Holiday Cookies & Characters: Back away from your manuscript, enjoy a holiday cookie (or 3), and spend the afternoon getting to know your characters outside of the world you've created. What would happen if you went through your protagonist's closet, or got some juicy gossip about your villain from their friends and family? Through a mixture of discussion and wacky writing prompts, we'll uncover surprising things about the people you've imagined. Write nonfiction? Try testing how well you know the real-life people you're writing about while unearthing the questions that still need asking.
$10 suggested contribution. BYO pen & paper. Cookies provided!
Instructor Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons is an award-winning essayist, playwright, and has taught creative writing at the Spence School, York College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and more. She also produces No, YOU Tell It! (www.noyoutellit.com) - a reading series that "switches-up" the storytelling. Each NYTI storyteller writes a true-life tale and then flips scripts with a partner to present each other's story. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feminist Book Club
Tuesday December 17 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
The next selection is Fleabag: The Scriptures by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which is 10% off all month in store.
Questions? Email Jen at AstoriaFeministBookGroup@gmail.com.
Nancy Bilyeau in Conversation with Kris Waldherr on Dreamland
Thursday January 16 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for an event with Nancy Bilyeau in conversation with Kris Waldherr on Nancy's novel, Dreamland!
Dreamland tells the story of Peggy Batternberg, a young heiress who spends the summer of 1911 on Coney Island. Expecting endless days of mingling with social climbers, she instead encounters a mystery which threatens to destroy her family along with a growing web of New York's elite. It is a novel of suspense, inspired by the early life of Peggy Guggenheim and the tumultuous years between the Gilded Age and First World War. Dreamland follows Bilyeau's acclaimed bestseller, The Blue, a novel of the deadly 18th century porcelain trade.
Nancy Bilyeau is a magazine editor who has lived in the United States and Canada. She studied History and English Literature at the University of Michigan. After moving to New York City, she
worked on the staffs of InStyle, Good Housekeeping, and Rolling Stone. She is currently the deputy editor of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the Research Foundation of John Jay
College/CUNY and a regular contributing writer to Town & Country and Mystery Scene Magazine. Nancy’s mind is always in past centuries, but she currently lives with her husband and two
children in Forest Hills in the borough of Queens. Dreamland is her first novel set in her adopted hometown of New York City. To her joy, researching Dreamland was “a subway trip away.”
Kris Waldherr’s books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was noted by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic.” Her fiction has won fellowships from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, and a works-in-progress reading grant from Poets & Writers.
As a visual artist, Waldherr is the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. She has had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in many galleries and museums including the Ruskin Library, the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is also a gifted tarotist with over thirty years experience.
Kris Waldherr’s latest book is her debut novel The Lost History of Dreams (Atria Books), which received a Kirkus starred review. She works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her family and their Bengal cat.
Dr. Kelly Neff on Sex Positive: Redefining Our Attitudes to Love and Sex
Wednesday February 12 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us with author Dr. Kelly Neff on their new book, Sex Positive: Redefining Our Attitudes to Love and Sex!
Offering a new take on the psychology of human sexuality, Sexpositive integrates modern day themes such as technology and the use of social media with self-help. This is the book that millennial's will turn to in order to rewrite the story of their love lives.
THE DIGITAL AGE IS USHERING IN A SEX POSITIVE REVOLUTION
Millennial disrupter Dr Kelly Neff believes radical change is underway in our love and sex lives. Fuelled by developing technology and shifting cultural beliefs, the Sex Positive movement is a social, political and philosophical wave that promotes and embraces sexuality and sexual expression, with an emphasis on safety and consent.
In this ground-breaking study of modern sexuality, Dr Kelly Neff explores this new cultural movement and examines LGBTQI issues, #MeToo, female orgasm, the rise of non-monogamous relationships and robotic sex partners, among many other contentious topics emerging as part of the ongoing social and political shifts surrounding sex, love and identity.
Dr Kelly Neff is a social psychologist, professor, futurist, radio personality and author who has electrified the media world with her unique focus on the intersection of psychology, consciousness, and human sexuality. An academically trained research
psychologist, she received her B.A. (2004) in Psychology magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University and
her M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in Social Psychology summa cum laude from Claremont Graduate University. She spent almost a decade teaching thousands of people in her online and in-
person Psychology of Human Sexuality courses at Saddleback College, CA.