General Interest Book Club: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Sunday February 02 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
The next General Interest Book Club Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 2nd and will be reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which will be 10% off all month!
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Amy Feltman in Conversation with Jordan Kisner for Willa & Hesper
Tuesday February 04 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for an event with author Amy Feltman and Jordan Kisner for the paperback release of WILLA & HESPER!
Willa's darkness enters Hesper's light late one night in Brooklyn. Theirs is a whirlwind romance until Willa starts to know Hesper too well, to crawl into her hidden spaces, and Hesper shuts her out. She runs, following her fractured family back to her grandfather's hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, looking for the origin story that he is no longer able to tell. But once in Tbilisi, cracks appear in her grandfather's history-and a massive flood is heading toward Georgia, threatening any hope for repair.
Meanwhile, heartbroken Willa is so desperate to leave New York that she joins a group trip for Jewish twentysomethings to visit Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland, hoping to override her emotional state. When it proves to be more fraught than home, she must come to terms with her past-the ancestral past, her romantic past, and the past that can lead her forward.
Told from alternating perspectives, and ending in the shadow of Trump's presidency, WILLA & HESPER is a deeply moving, cerebral, and timely debut
Amy Feltman graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University in 2016, and now works at Poets & Writers Magazine. An excerpt from "Willa and Hesper" appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, and her writing has also appeared in The Believer logger, The Toast, The Millions, The Rumpus, Lilith Magazine, Slice Magazine, and elsewhere. Her short story, "Speculoos," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016 and was long-listed for Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. She lives with her partner in Astoria, NY.
Jordan Kisner is the author of Thin Places, which will be published on March 3, 2020, by Farrar Straus & Giroux. Her essays have appeared in n+1, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Believer, and others. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and selected for residencies by PioneerWorks, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Art OMI. She teaches writing at Columbia University.
Queens Poets Night with Rosebud Ben-Oni, Jared Harél, Safia Jama and Richard Jeffrey Newman
Wednesday February 05 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a night of readings from local poets and their works!
Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of the 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery, forthcoming in 2021, and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019). She is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and CantoMundo. Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, POETS.org, The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature, TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal ,Hunger Mountain, The Adroit Journal, The Southeast Review, North American Review, Salamander, Poetry Northwest, among others. Her poem "Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark" was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, and published by The Kenyon Review Online. She writes for The Kenyon Review blog. She is currently editing a special chemistry poetry portfolio for Pleiades, and is finishing a series called The Atomic Sonnets, in honor of the Periodic Table’s 150th Birthday. Find her at 7TrainLove.org
Jared Harél is the author of the poetry collections Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018) and The Body Double (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012). He’s been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review, and two 'Artist Grants' from Queens Council on the Arts. New poems have recently appeared in APR, Arts & Letters, Harvard Review Online, New Ohio Review, Ploughshares and Threepenny Review. Further, Harél is on the Editorial Board for QUEENSBOUND, is a poetry editor for Newtown Literary and lives in Rego Park, NY with his wife and two kids.
Richard Jeffrey Newman has published two books of poetry, Words for What Those Men Have Done (Guernica Editions 2017) and The Silence of Men (CavanKerry Press 2006), as well as a chapbook, For My Son, A Kind of Prayer (Ghostbird Press 2016). In addition, he has co-translated three books of classical Persian poetry, most recently The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh (Junction Press 2011). Newman is on the executive board of Newtown Literary, a Queens-based literary non-profit and curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Jackson Heights, NY. He is Professor of English at Nassau Community College, where he also serves as secretary of the faculty union, the Nassau Community College Federation of Teachers (NCCFT). His website is www.richardjnewman.com.
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.
The Astoria Bookshop Valentine's Day Event
Thursday February 13 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us at the Astoria Bookshop the night before Valentine's Day to celebrate the day of love (romantic, platonic, or otherwise!) Come in to read classic love letters and poems and enjoy the day before Valentine's Day with your friendly neighborhood booksellers!
Patrice Caldwell, Charlotte Nicole Davis and J. Marcelle Corrie in Conversation for A Phoenix First Must Burn
Monday March 09 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a conversation with Patrice Caldwell, Charlotte Nicole Davis and J. Marcelle Corrie for A Phoenix First Must Burn!
Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.
Evoking Beyoncé's Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler's heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.
Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder and fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing—a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before shifting to be a literary agent. In 2018, she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on The Writer’s Digest podcast and Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world.
Charlotte Nicole Davis is the author of The Good Luck Girls, a young adult fantasy novel releasing in Fall 2019 with Tor Teen. A graduate of The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Charlotte loves comic book movies and books with maps in the front. She currently lives in Brooklyn with a cat with a crooked tail. Twitter:@charlottendavis Instagram: @charlottenicoledavis
After years of working in apparel and home furnishings, J. Marcelle Corrie is now a marketing professional in publishing. She writes young adult science fiction featuring people of her community and beyond. When she isn't writing or working, you can find her at bookish events across New York City. Visit her website at www.jmarcellecorrie.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @jmarcellecorrie.
Alexander Kriss on The Gaming Mind
Thursday April 09 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a discussion on Alexander Kriss on his book The Gaming Mind: A New Psychology of Videogames and the Power of Play!
A therapist reveals the role of videogames in the lives of his patients, writing in the tradition of Oliver Sacks
Society has come to malign videogames and their players, suggesting that videogames promote violence or indulge antisocial behavior. The Gaming Mind is the antidote to this rhetoric.
Drawing us into his therapy office, clinical psychologist Alexander Kriss explores the positive impact of playing videogames and how they connect us with our humanity. Kriss sees videogames as a window into the mind, and he weaves together case studies, professional insight, and his personal history in a gripping narrative that disrupts our assumptions about gaming and “gamers.” We meet his patients: Jack struggles to decode emotions yet relishes the relationship-building dynamics of Mass Effect; while Patricia, a former aspiring model, finds solace in the wake of trauma by crafting a hideous avatar, “Pat.” Kriss also recounts how even he experienced Silent Hill 2 as a virtual landscape, in which to process the death of a friend.
Without shying away from potentially risky subjects like addiction and online harassment, Kriss advances a balanced, scientifically supported view of videogames. Sometimes the way we play reveals who we are—and what we want from our lives.
Alexander Kriss, PhD, runs a psychotherapy practice in New York City, where he treats patients with anxiety, depression, and videogame “addiction” (a term he disputes). He has a psychology degree from The New School and a playwriting BFA from NYU. Kriss’s writing on mental health and technology has appeared in Logic, Kill Screen, and numerous academic publications.