Independent Author Night!
Thursday July 25 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Calling all Queens writers! Join us for an evening celebrating emerging authors in Astoria and beyond. If you're a writer with a work-in-progress or an independently published work, we invite you to participate! Please prepare a five-minute passage to share with the audience, and email email@example.com with your name & a description of what you'd like to read to sign up. Space is limited so please wait for us to confirm your spot via email.
Feminist Reading Group
Saturday July 27 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Our focus is on an intersectional exploration of women's rights and status worldwide.
The next selection is A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum, which we will discuss on Saturday, July 27th at 1 p.m. The book is available for purchase at the Bookshop at 10% off all month long.
Questions about this group? Email Jen at AstoriaFeministBookGroup@gmail.com.
Keith Hernandez at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
Sunday July 28 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
General Interest Book Club
Tuesday July 30 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
The next General Interest Book Club Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 30th at 7 pm.
We'll be discussing How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion.
Questions about this group? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Storytime! Kyle Lukoff
Thursday August 01 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Join children's book author Kyle Lukoff for a special storytime on Thursday, August 1st at 11 a.m. for a reading of his books A Storytelling of Ravens and When Aidan Became a Brother.
A Storytelling of Ravens: A sloth of bears, a smack of jellyfish, a nuisance of cats -- these are some of the surprising and idiosyncratic names we have for groups of animals. Inspired by the evocative possibilities of collective nouns, also called "terms of venery," author Kyle Lukoff and illustrator Natalie Nelson have created a picture book full of clever wordplay and delightful illustrations.
When Aidan Became a Brother: When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl's room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life. Then Mom and Dad announce that they're going to have another baby, and Aidan wants to do everything he can to make things right for his new sibling from the beginning--from choosing the perfect name to creating a beautiful room to picking out the cutest onesie. But what does "making things right" actually mean?
Kyle Lukoff is the author of A Storytelling of Ravens, which Kirkus Reviews called "not to be missed" in a starred review. After a decade as a bookseller, he now works as a school librarian and writer in New York City. Kyle first came out as trans in 2004, and has over 15 years experience discussing trans identities and issues with adults and children from many different communities.
Thursday August 01 | 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.
C. S. E. Cooney on Desdemona and the Deep
Tuesday August 06 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join award-winning fantasy author C. S. E. Cooney on Tuesday, August 6th at 7 p.m. for the NYC launch of her latest book, Desdemona and The Deep.
In Desdemona and the Deep, the spoiled daughter of a rich mining family must retrieve the tithe of men her father promised to the world below. On the surface, her world is rife with industrial pollution that ruins the health of poor factory workers while the idle rich indulge themselves in unheard-of luxury. Below are goblins, mysterious kingdoms, and an entirely different hierarchy.
C. S. E. Cooney (csecooney.com/@csecooney) is an audiobook narrator, the singer/songwriter Brimstone Rhine, and author of World Fantasy Award Winner Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015). Her work includes the Dark Breakers series, Jack o’ the Hills, The Witch in the Almond Tree, and poetry collection How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, which features Rhysling Award-winning “The Sea King’s Second Bride.” Her short fiction and poetry can be found at Lightspeed, Fireside, Strange Horizons, Apex, Uncanny, Lakeside Circus, Black Gate, Papaveria Press, GigaNotoSaurus, Goblin Fruit, Clockwork Phoenix 3 & 5, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, Rich Horton’s and Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy anthologies, and elsewhere.
Special Storytime! Galia Bernstein
Thursday August 08 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Join us on Thursday, August 8th at 11 a.m. for a special storytime with children's book author Galia Bernstein, who will be reading her latest book, Leyla.
Leyla is sick of her big, loud, overbearing family. They are always chatting, snuggling, and grooming each other (ew!), and—for Leyla—there’s no escape from their attention. So, she decides to run away until she can’t hear (or smell) her baboon troop anymore. In the middle of her desert habitat, she finds a lizard sunning himself. Unlike her family, the lizard loves to sit alone, be quiet, and do absolutely nothing at all. Leyla joins the lizard, and after soaking up some quiet time, she feels recharged and ready to return home to her large, ever-doting family. Now that she knows where she can always find a little peace, Leyla can embrace the chaos and the kisses with open arms. From the celebrated author-illustrator of I Am a Cat, Leyla shows kids how to appreciate both the wild and the mild.
Galia Bernstein was born and raised in Israel. She started her career as a designer and cartoonist in the Israeli Army’s magazine, and was the art director of two children’s magazines and a writer of a monthly column in a computer magazine, before moving to New York to study illustration in Parsons the New School for design. Today, she is a full time illustrator and author who also works in textile design and ceramics.
Her debut author/illustrated picture book, I Am A Cat, was published by Abrams Books in 2018 and has co-editioned into over 12 languages and countries, across Europe and around the world. Her second picture book, Leyla published May 2019 with a starred review from PW. Galia lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Parenting for Social Justice Book Club
Saturday August 10 | 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Parenting for Social Justice meets every other month after reading a predetermined book that focuses on topics such as race, gender, social class, and similar subjects.
All are welcome to attend, however, meetings will aim to encourage dialogue between parents. Discussions will include issues such as implicit racial bias, cultural appropriation, and white privilege in order to raise self-awareness on these topics and also consider how personal insights can be translated into parenting techniques as well as interactions with other families and people in our community.
The next selection is The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells, which we will discuss on Saturday, August 10th at 4:30pm.
Sheila Moeschen on Famously Funny Women
Wednesday August 14 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
On Wednesday, August 14th at 7 p.m., join writer and author of The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women: 50 Trailblazers of Comedy Sheila Moeschen for a book talk, Laugh's Best: What Famously Funny Women Taught Me About the Power of Humor.
From well-known comedy icons such as Phyllis Diller, Mae West, and Moms Mabley to contemporary legends in the making such as Kate McKinnon, Tina Fey, and Maria Bamford, the women of The League demonstrate that funny is more than a job or an art form, it is a superpower we all share and when it falls in the hands of women--watch. out.
Sheila's talk brings the stories of these women to life to highlight how they used their unique style of humor in positive and empowering ways to deal with issues such as mental illness, self-confidence, and resilience. Wit wins every time, laughter is pure connection and uplift. These women show us the way.
Sheila Moeschen, PhD is a Boston-based writer and author of The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women: 50 Trailblazers of Comedy. After graduating with a Doctorate in Gender and Theatre Studies from Northwestern University and doing a stint in academia teaching about the history of American humor, gender and comedy, she took her passion for and interest in comedy to the stage where she learned and performed improv and sketch in the Boston comedy scene. She has also brought her comedy skills beyond the theater, running wellness and creativity workshops that incorporate the tools and benefits of improv and humor. Sheila's additional publishing credits include The Huffington Post, Red Line Roots, Feminine Collective, and RYOT. She has also contributed on-air to the nationally syndicated podcasts Backstory with the History Guys and Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson and been featured on radio as a guest of Chicago's WGN Bill Leff & Wendy Snyder Show.
Bookstore Romance Day!
Saturday August 17 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM
In support of the the first annual Bookstore Romance Day, come by the bookshop on Thursday, August 17th for a day-long celebration of all things romance! We'll have complimentary rosé, heart-shaped cookies, literary MASH, and 10% off select staff romance novel picks.
Feminerdy Book Club: A Memory Called Empire
Sunday August 18 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 18th at 1pm. We'll be discussing A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion.
Questions about this group? Email email@example.com
The Astoria Bookshop's 6th Birthday!
Wednesday August 21 | 11:00AM - 7:00PM
On Wednesday, August 21st, stop by the Astoria Bookshop to help us celebrate our 6th birthday! We'll have wine, snacks, and fun activities all day!
Carrie Goldberg with Jamia Wilson on Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls
Thursday August 22 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join author Carrie Goldberg on Thursday, August 22nd at 7 p.m. for a reading and conversation about her book, Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls, with author Jamia Wilson.
Nobody's Victim is an unflinching look at a hidden world most people don’t know exists—one of stalking, blackmail, and sexual violence, online and off—and the incredible story of how one lawyer, determined to fight back, turned her own hell into a revolution.
Riveting and an essential timely conversation-starter, Nobody's Victim invites readers to join Carrie on the front lines of the war against sexual violence and privacy violations as she fights for revenge porn and sextortion laws, uncovers major Title IX violations, and sues the hell out of tech companies, schools, and powerful sexual predators. Her battleground is the courtroom; her crusade is to transform clients from victims into warriors.
Carrie Goldberg is a victim's rights lawyer in Brooklyn, litigating for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and blackmail, and is most known for her work involving revenge porn. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Carrie spent five years working for Nazi victims, and before starting her firm in 2014, she worked at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. She has been profiled in The New Yorker, Vice, Teen Vogue, Jezebel, the NY Post, and on NPR, and has written op-eds for the Washington Post and Huffington Post. Here she discusses her work on the BBC. She was featured in the documentary Netizens, and her life and work is the basis for an upcoming fictional legal procedural television show being developed by Paramount Television.
Jamia Wilson is an activist, feminist leader, writer, and speaker. As director of the Feminist Press at the City University of New York and the former VP of programs at the Women’s Media Center, Jamia has been a leading voice on women’s rights issues for over a decade. Her work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the New York Times, the Today Show, CNN, Elle, BBC, Rookie, Refinery 29, The Washington Post. She is the author of Young, Gifted, and Black and, the introduction and oral history in Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World, and Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live Your Best Life.
Lisa Lutz on The Swallows
Tuesday August 27 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join author Lisa Lutz on Tuesday, August 27th at 7 p.m. for a reading and discussion of her new novel, The Swallows.
A new teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender war—with deadly consequences—in a provocative novel from the bestselling author of The Passenger and the Spellman Files series.
What do you love? What do you hate? What do you want? It starts with this simple writing prompt from Alex Witt, Stonebridge Academy’s new creative writing teacher. When the students’ answers raise disturbing questions of their own, Ms. Witt knows there’s more going on the school than the faculty wants to see. She soon learns about The Ten—the students at the top of the school’s social hierarchy—as well as their connection to something called The Darkroom.
Ms. Witt can’t remain a passive observer. She finds the few girls who’ve started to question the school’s “boys will be boys” attitude and incites a resistance that quickly becomes a movement. But just as it gains momentum, she also attracts the attention of an unknown enemy who knows a little too much about her—including what brought her to Stonebridge in the first place.
Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling, Alex Award-winning author of the Spellman Files series, as well as the novels Heads You Lose (with David Hayward), How to Start a Fire, and The Passenger. She has also written for film and TV, including HBO's The Deuce. She lives part-time in New York’s Hudson Valley.
YA Book Club: Death Prefers Blondes
Saturday September 14 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM
The next meeting is on September 14th at 3 pm, when we'll be discussing Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig
Grab Death Prefers Blondes for 10% off in store all month!
For more information about the YA Book Club, email firstname.lastname@example.org