Shop Small Astoria Spring Retail Crawl
Friday March 22 @ 11:00AM - Sunday March 24 @ 07:00PM
Celebrate the first weekend of Spring with your favorite Astoria shops!
A group of 17 independently owned retail stores have come together to host a weekend Retail Crawl 3/22-3/24. Shop at these stores for rewards and fun all weekend!
Here's how it works:
1. Shop at any of the participating stores and have a passport signed (passports available at each store)
2. If you shop at 5 or more stores you will be entered in to win a gift card from all participating stores (a $400 value). If you shop at 8 or more stores you will get swag bag filled with goodies and coupons from all participating stores as well as bars and restaurants around Astoria.
3. Drop off your completed passport at The Brass Owl, Chateau Le Woof, Lavender Label, or Lockwood Gift by 3/25
Participating stores include:
1. AlterWork Studios
2. The Astoria Bookshop
3. Belief NYC
5. The Brass Owl
6. Broadway Silk Store
7. Château le Woof - Pet Market & Café
8. Disco Paws
8. Good Games NYC
10. HiFi Records & Cafe
11. Inside Astoria
12. Lavender Label
14. Lockwood Paper
15. Lockwood Style
16. LoveDay 31
17. Petals & Roots
Feminist Reading Group
Saturday March 23 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Our focus is on an intersectional exploration of women's rights and status worldwide.
The next selection is The Vegetarian by Han Kang, which we will discuss on Saturdaym March 23rd 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.
YA Book Club: The Boneless Mercies
Sunday March 24 | 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.
The next meeting is on Sunday, March 24th at 1 pm, when we'll be discussing The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke.
Grab The Boneless Mercies for 10% off in store all month!
For more information about the YA Book Club, email email@example.com
Briallen Hopper in conversation with Joanna Scutts on Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions
Monday March 25 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
On March 25, join Briallen Hopper, author of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions, in conversation with Joanna Scutts, author of The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It. Hard to Love has been described by Literary Hub as a "compelling, smart collection of essays on relationships of many kinds—hoarding, dependence, female friendship, marriage or lack thereof—from a widely published literary scholar."
Hard to Love is about self-reliance, unbreakable female friendships,
being single, dealing with difficult roommates, our relationship to our
siblings as adults, tricky relationships with our parents, and even
Hopper’s quest to become a mother via sperm donor (it’s Moby-Dick
like you've never seen it). Hopper values each of these complicated
and underappreciated relationships, and reminds us that we can all
be surrounded by love, even if we’re romantically unattached.
Hopper has a talent for probing at our deepest emotions, picking
apart what it means to love friends, jobs, even inanimate objects.
Each essay draws from Hopper’s personal experience and manages
to be both funny and wise, peppered with references to highbrow and
lowbrow culture. Insights into the work of Joan Didion and Flannery
O’Connor sit next to commentary on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s
Sisters and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. As Publishers Weekly
says: “A literature scholar, Hopper cultivates a voice that is
sophisticated and analytical, but also earnest and eager.”
Briallen Hopper's essays, reviews, op-eds, profiles, listicles, and sermons have appeared in Avidly, HuffPost, Longreads, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, The New Republic, Newsweek, New York Magazine/The Cut, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She grew up in Tacoma, got a PhD in American literature from Princeton, and attended divinity school and taught writing at Yale. She currently teaches creative nonfiction at Queens College, CUNY, and lives in Jackson Heights.
Joanna Scutts is a literary critic, cultural historian, and the author of The Extra Woman, the story of the 1930s lifestyle guru Marjorie Hillis and the lives of single women in midcentury America. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Guardian US, among many other venues. She was the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society, where she co-curated the multimedia interactive installation “Women’s Voices” and the gallery show “Hotbed” for the Center for Women’s History.
Thursday March 28 | 11:00AM - 11:30AM
Join our weekly children's storytime! Free and open to the public.
Book launch! Jenn Marie Thorne on Night Music
Thursday March 28 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us on March 28th for the launch of Jenn Marie Thorne's latest young adult novel, Night Music, as well as live music from local Astoria harpist/singer Tracey Horst.
Ruby has always been Ruby Chertok: future classical pianist and daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after her horrendous audition for the prestigious music school where her father is on faculty, it’s clear that music has publicly dumped her. Now Ruby is suddenly just…Ruby. And who is that again? All she knows is that she wants away from the world of classical music for good.
Oscar is a wunderkind, a musical genius. Just ask any of the 1.8 million people who’ve watched him conduct on YouTube—or hey, just ask Oscar. But while he might be the type who’d name himself when asked about his favorite composer and somehow make you love him more for it, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok—not for a crush. He’s all too aware of how the ultra-privileged world of classical music might interpret a black guy like him falling for his benefactor’s white daughter.
But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Soon their connection crackles with the same alive, uncontainable energy as the city itself. Can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?
Jenn Marie Thorne graduated from NYU-Tisch with a BFA in drama and quickly realized she was having more fun writing plays, short films, and superhero webisodes than actually performing in them. She lives and writes in the UK with her husband, two sons, and hound dog Molly. She is the author of The Wrong Side of Right, The Inside Out, and Night Music.
Tracey Horst is an Astoria-based harpist/singer. She performs classical music, as well as her own arrangements of rock and original pieces. Featured in the Huffington Post as an Astoria Character, she has played at LIC Bar, Letlove Inn, Gold Sounds, and special events throughout the area. More info can be found on her website at www.traceyhorst.com
Alexandra Davis on Lumber Jills
Saturday March 30 | 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Join Alexandra Davis on March 30th for a rousing discussion of her new children's book, Lumber Jills, and an engaging, interactive activity.
In World War II, Great Britain needed lumber to make planes, ships, and even newspapers—but there weren’t enough men to cut down the trees. Enter the fearless Lumber Jills! These young women may not have had much woodcutting experience, but they each had two hands willing to work and one stout heart, and they came together to do their part. Discover this lyrical story of home front heroism and female friendship.
Alexandra Davis studied Children's Literature at New York University. Since then, Alex has also worked in the legendary New York children's bookstore, Books of Wonder, on 5th Avenue selling high-fashion shoes and handbags, and at home raising a curious little boy. Lumber Jills is her first book. Katie Hickey studied at Falmouth University. Since graduating, she has worked for various clients ranging from greeting card companies, magazines, and publishers.
Thursday April 04 | 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 nearly 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.
Parenting for Social Justice Book Club
Saturday April 06 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Welcome to Parenting for Social Justice!
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.
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Carol LaHines in Conversation with Rick Moody on Someday Everything Will All Make Sense
Tuesday April 09 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us April 9th for Carol LaHines, author of Someday Everything Will All Make Sense, in conversation with Rick Moody, author of Hotels of North America.
Someday Everything Will All Make Sense is a humorous and moving exploration of loss and bereavement, narrated by Luther van der Loon, a harpsichord virtuoso and professor of medieval music at a New York university. When Luther’s mother chokes on a wonton from Seven Happiness Chinese take-out, his attempts to dislodge the foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) prove futile, and his mother dies en route to the hospital. At 45 years of age, Luther is finally, irreparably, alone. His passage through the stages of grief is not straightforward. He obsesses over burial practices, rails against M & Sons Chapel and the funerary industry, and institutes a personal injury suit against Seven Happiness and its owner Bernice Wong, whose “sloppy methods” he blames for his mother’s death. Eventually, Luther learns to come to terms with his loss. Luther detests modern music and the equal temperament, the tuning convention whereby the octave was artificially divided into twelve equidistant steps. He believes, like Kepler and the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance, that music is constructed according to the divine Pythagorean ratios. The novel speaks to the absurdity of the legal system as a means of redressing our grievances, as well as to the universality of the loss suffered by the protagonist.
"An original and very funny novel about a man's obsessive longing and guilt after his mother accidentally chokes on wonton soup. We follow the endearing protagonist through a period of mourning, cleverly interwoven with musical theory and an attempt to sue the Chinese take out restaurant, all brought to a hilarious finale with a last symposium on medieval music."
--Sheila Kohler, author of Once We Were Sisters, Cracks, Dreaming for Freud, Becoming Jane Eyre, and many other novels
Carol LaHines’ novel, Someday Everything Will All Make Sense, a finalist for the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel and other accolades, is forthcoming in February 2019 from Adelaide Books. Her fiction has appeared in many literary journals including Fence, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Denver Quarterly, Cimarron Review, The Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, The South Carolina Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Nebraska Review, North Atlantic Review, Sycamore Review, Permafrost, redivider, Literary Orphans, Brain Child Magazine and Literal Latte. She is a graduate of New York University, Gallatin Division, and a long-time participant in the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute.
Rick Moody was born in New York City. He attended Brown and Columbia Universities. His works includes Hotels of North America, The Four Fingers of Death, Purple America, The Ice Storm, Garden State, as well as an award-winning memoir and multiple collections of short fiction. Moody is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and his work has been anthologized in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Moody lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Feminerdy Book Club: Fledgling, by Octavia Butler
Saturday April 13 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th at 1pm.
We'll be discussing Fledgling, by Octavia Butler, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion.
Questions about this group? Email email@example.com
General Interest Book Club
Sunday April 14 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM
The next General Interest Book Club Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 14th at 1 pm.
We'll be discussing Disoriental, by Négar Djavadi, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion.
Questions about this group? Email Kaity at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindful Astoria Book Club
Sunday April 14 | 3:30PM - 4:40PM
The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 14th at 3:30 p.m.
We'll be discussing Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion.
Book Launch! Lara Elena Donnelly on Amnesty
Tuesday April 16 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join Lara Elena Donnelly on April 16th for the third and final book in her Nebula and Lambda Award-nominated Amberlough Dossier trilogy. A glamorous, revolutionary alternate history, this trilogy has been described by Holly Black as "James Bond by way of Oscar Wilde."
In Amberlough City, out of the ASHES of revolution, a TRAITOR returns, a political CAMPAIGN comes to a roaring head, and the people demand JUSTICE for crimes past. As a nation struggles to rebuild, who can escape retribution?
Amnesty is a smart, decadent, heart-pounding conclusion to Lara Elena Donnelly’s widely-praised glam spy trilogy that will have readers enthralled until the very end.
Lara Elena Donnelly is the author of the vintage-glam spy thriller trilogy The Amberlough Dossier (Tor), as well as short fiction and poetry appearing in venues including Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, Nightmare, and Uncanny.
A graduate of the Clarion and Alpha writers’ workshops, Lara has also served as on-site staff at the latter, mentoring amazing teens who will someday take over the world of SFF. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Lara is a guest lecturer in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.
Sonya Gropman Books & Bites: Exploring German-Jewish Cooking
Saturday May 04 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Visual artist and co-cookbook author, Sonya Gropman, will be hosted by The Astoria Bookshop for reading from The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes & History of a Cuisine, the cookbook she authored with her mother, Gabrielle “Gaby” Rossmer Gropman. The day will also consist of a Q & A and book signing. Gropman will be providing some light refreshments from recipes in the cookbook.
Sonya Gropman is a visual artist and mediation professional, who was born in Germany in 1938 and emigrated to the United States in 1939. Her art has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Germany. A multimedia art installation about the history of her German-Jewish family was exhibited at the Villa Dessauer Municipal Museum in the town of her birth, Bamberg, Germany, in 1991 and again in 2013–14. SONYA GROPMAN, her daughter, is a painter, photographer, and writer whose work has been exhibited and published in the United States. She is involved in local sustainable agriculture in New York City. She and Gabrielle coauthor the website germanjewishcuisine.com, where they post original material about German-Jewish food and culture. Their Twitter handle is @Ger_Jew_Cuisine; their Facebook page is facebook.com/GermanJewishCuisine.
Hanif Abdurraqib on Go Ahead in the Rain
Monday May 06 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us on May 6th for an evening with Hanif Abdurraqib and his essay collection, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest.
How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? The seminal rap group brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders. Seventeen years after their last album, they resurrected themselves with an intense, socially conscious record, We Got It from You . . . Thank You 4 Your Service, which arrived when fans needed it most, in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group’s history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. The result is as ambitious and genre-bending as the rap group itself.
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much (Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press, 2016), nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ, and Publisher's Weekly, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Abdurraqib has multiple forthcoming books including a biography on A Tribe Called Quest titled Go Ahead In The Rain (University of Texas Press, February 2019), the new collection of poems A Fortune For Your Disaster (Tin House, 2019) and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don't Dance No Mo' (Random House, 2020).
*Due to expected high attendance, priority admission will be given to customers who purchase (or who have already purchased) Go Ahead In the Rain from us. We hope to accommodate as many other attendees as possible.