Sunday July 01 @ 11:00AM - Sunday July 29 @ 07:00PM
Where’s Waldo? In Astoria, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons, and more.
From the Astoria Bookshop at 31-29 31st Street to Lockwood at 32-15 33rd Street to Raising Astoria at 26-11 23rd Avenue, Waldo and friends will be well hidden in local business establishments. Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Astoria!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to the Astoria Bookshop to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing on July 29th, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.
Here are the 20 business to begin your Waldo search!
Darnell L. Moore & Kleaver Cruz on No Ashes In The Fire
Thursday July 19 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us on Thursday, July 19th with Kleaver Cruz and Darnell L. Moore on his memoir No Ashes In The Fire. From a leading organizer with the Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ movements comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir of radical black love.
When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen years old, three boys from his Camden, NJ neighborhood tried to set him on fire. Darnell was tall and awkward and constantly bullied by those who saw him as other. That afternoon, the boys doused him with gasoline and tried lighting a match—but it was too windy. It was not the last time he would face death.
No Ashes In The Fire is a story of beauty and hope, giving voice to the rich, varied experiences of all those who survive on the edges of the margins. As he reckons with what it means to be free, Darnell charts a glorious path toward liberation.
“Darnell Moore is doing something we've never seen in American literature. He's not just texturing a life, a place, and a movement while all three are in flux; Darnell is memorializing and reckoning with a life, place, and movement that are targeted by the worst parts of our nation. He never loses sight of the importance of love, honesty, and organization on his journey. We need this book more than, or as much as we've needed any book this century.”—KIESE LAYMON, author of How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
“No Ashes in the Fire is part memoir, part social commentary. Darnell honestly tells his story with an intensity and passion that offers readers a deep understanding of a gay black male coming of age who open-heartedly claims his identity, and who embraces redemptive suffering. Ultimately, he reaches out to everyone with an inclusive love.”—Bell Hooks
Darnell L. Moore is an editor-at-large at CASSIUS (iOne Digital), a columnist at LogoTV.com and NewNowNext.com, and a contributor at Mic, where he hosted their widely viewed digital series The Movement. He writes regularly for Ebony, Advocate, Vice, and Guardian. Moore is a writer-in-residence at the Center of African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University, has taught at NYU, Rutgers, Fordham, and Vassar, and was trained at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2016, he was named one of The Root 100, and in 2015 he was named one of
Ebony magazine's Power 100 and Planned Parenthood's 99 Dream Keepers. He divides his time between Brooklyn and Atlanta.
Kleaver Cruz is an Uptown native of NYC, a writer and creative. His work has been featured in La Galería and African Voices Magazine as well as on Vibe.com and the Huffington Post among others. He is an alum of the VONA/Voices of Our Nation Foundation's Emerging Writer's Workshop where he studied essay writing. Kleaver is the creator of The Black Joy Project, a digital and real-world initiative to center Black joy as a form of resistance. He is a member of We Are All Dominican. a U.S.-based collective that works in solidarity with movements for inclusion and citizenship led by Dominicans of Haitian Descent as well as educating and activating the Dominican diaspora in order to challenge anti-Haitian and anti-black discourses. Kleaver believes in the power of words because they allow him to tell the stories that did not exist when he needed them the most.
Young Adult Book Club
Sunday July 22 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Welcome to the Astoria Bookshop YA Book Club! We'll be reading books published for readers ages 12 and up. The book club is open to everyone.
On July 22nd at 1 pm, we will be discussing Roar by Cora Carmach
Join us at the Bookshop on July 29th to celebrate another summer of fun! Turn in your passport to be entered into the grand prize drawing and enjoy refreshments as we wrap up another year of Waldo.
The Shortest Way Home Launch Party!
Tuesday July 31 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Come celebrate with us for the launch of THE SHORTEST WAY HOME on Tuesday, July 31st, at 7 pm with debut author Miriam Parker. Miriam will be joined by Beth Parker, as well as a few adorable pups (yes, this is a dog-friendly event)! Many of us, no matter how happy or lucky we may be, have two lives: the life we have and the life we dream about pursuing. For Miriam Parker, that dream life revolves around escaping the responsibilities and stress of a nine-to-five job in New York City to enjoy a simpler, more romantic existence in the California wine country. Parker invites readers on a journey into this duality with her novel, THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, an unforgettable debut that sparkles with humor and heart.
Hannah is finally about to have everything she ever wanted. With a high-paying job, a Manhattan apartment, and a boyfriend about to propose, all she and Ethan have to do is make it through the last couple of weeks of grad school. But when, on a romantic weekend trip to Sonoma, Hannah is spontaneously offered a marketing job at a family-run winery and doesn’t immediately refuse, their meticulously planned forever threatens to come crashing down. And then Hannah impulsively does the unthinkable - she takes a leap of faith. Abandoning your dream job and life shouldn’t feel this good. But this new reality certainly seems like a dream come true—a picturesque cottage overlooking a vineyard; new friends with their own inspiring plans; and William, the handsome son of the winery owners who captures Hannah’s heart only to leave for the very city she let go.
Soon, the mission to rescue the failing winery becomes a mission to rescue Hannah from the life she thought she wanted. Crackling with humor and heart, The Shortest Way Home is the journey of one woman shedding expectations in order to claim her own happy ending.
With all the complexity and delight that you find in your favorite bottle of wine, Miriam’s debut will leave readers enchanted and inspire them to reexamine what is possible.
“Delightful…effervescent, heady and intoxicating.” -Elin Hilderbrand
“Miriam Parker has infused every page with an appreciation for the alchemy of character and place that can transform a cluster of grapes into a beautiful glass of wine. She turns the same keen eye on matters of the heart—exploring how and where and with whom we find happiness, declare a home—with spectacular results.” – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest
Miriam Parker has worked in book publishing for more than seventeen years, and is currently the Associate Publisher of Ecco. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington and a BA in English from Columbia University. Her short stories have been published in The Florida Review and Fourteen Hills. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her spaniel, Leopold Bloom. The Shortest Way Home is her first novel.
Beth Parker has almost two decades of book publishing experience working in-house and freelance at Penguin, Random House, Houghton Mifflin and Simon & Schuster in both adult and children’s trade fiction and non-fiction. She has worked on numerous New York Times bestselling campaigns. In 2014 she started her own book PR firm, Beth Parker PR. She lives in Astoria.
Kevin Allison on RISK!
Wednesday August 01 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
At this event, Kevin Allison, host of the RISK! podcast and editor of the new RISK! book, will be joined by RISK! book storytellers Walter Zimmerman, Ames Beckerman, and Tracey Segarra to read incredible true stories from the book and talk about how the book came together.
This is a free event, and no tickets are necessary.
Fans who bring or buy a copy of the RISK! book at the this event will be able to have it signed by Kevin and the storytellers and meet and take photos with them as well.
From the creator of the “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching” (Slate) RISK! podcast and live show, Kevin Allison, RISK!: True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare To Share (Hachette Books; July 17, 2018) brings together the podcast’s most celebrated stories along with all-new true tales about towering secrets and bold adventures. A spellbinding portrait of the transformational—and often uproariously funny—moments in life we all experience but rarely talk about, RISK! proves that secrets are so much better out in the open. The book draws together adrenaline-laden and stunningly raw essays from actors and comedians including Michael Ian Black, Aisha Tyler, Dan Savage, Lili Taylor, and Marc Maron as well as from everyday people, offering a lively panorama of the breadth of human experience. A lifelong construction worker shares the intimate details in transitioning to become a woman, a bestselling author discusses how he assumed the identity of his nanny on an online dating website in a bizarre social experiment gone awry, and an ordinary woman takes us back to the day when she was molested by her stepfather and the day many years later when, in a surprising turn of events, she held her stepfather’s fate in her bare hands. By turns heartrending, cautionary, and even hilarious, these stories transport us into uncharted, vulnerable territory and show how our lives can dramatically change in any given moment.
The broadly accessible topics the book explores range from trauma to sexuality to love to loss to finally understanding what human connection means. A must-read for anyone who loves vivid, well-told, hysterically funny, and brutally honest stories, RISK! will open you up to fascinating new experiences and show you what happens when you take an extraordinary leap.
Kevin Allison launched RISK!, the live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share, in 2009. Prior to RISK! he was a writer and actor for MTV’s sketch comedy series, The State, and appeared in other comedy series including Reno 911!, Flight of the Conchords, and High Maintenance.
General Interest Book Club
Sunday August 05 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
The next General Interest Book Club Meeting will be held on Sunday, August 5th at 1 pm.
We'll be discussing Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion.