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Now We Are 6
On March 14, WORD turned six years old!

This month, we've got a special opportunity for you to give back to the literary community. Help us nurture the next generation of writers while also eating pizza and donuts! The Story Pirates, a great nonprofit that encourages kids to write more, needs help giving feedback to all the stories submitted to them. We'll be reading stories, writing comments in the margins, and chowing down on Wednesday, April 3. 

We'll also be hanging with lots of grown-up authors, answering classics trivia, workshopping, celebrating World Book Night, and more. And we've got two new book groups to welcome to the fold: YA Not?, and British Fiction. Full scoop below; vive la Spring!

This month's featured event

The InterestingsMonday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Meg Wolitzer in conversation with Jami Attenberg

Staff favorite Meg Wolitzer (The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap) presents her new novel, The Interestings, in a conversation with author Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins). Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Coming up at WORD:

For everyone with exasperating family:
Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn Launch: Jennifer Close and The Smart One

WORD is delighted to welcome back Jennifer Close for her new novel, The Smart One. With her bestselling debut, Girls in White Dresses, Close captured friendship in those what-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life years of early adulthood. Now, with her new novel of parenthood and sibling rivalry, Close turns her gimlet eye to the only thing messier than friendship: family.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For eager volunteers (and fans of pizza):
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.
Story Love: Volunteer Night

The Story Pirates need you! Each year, they help tens of thousands of children write a complete, original story, and with the help of volunteers like you they provide positive, personalized feedback for each and every one. Swing by WORD to browse through some stories and give them some love! Two of their fiercest Pirates will be there to assist you as you eat a bite, have a drink, and immerse yourself in some wonderful stories. $5 suggested donation; all proceeds go to help Story Pirates continue their good work!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For shapers of young minds:
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Educator Night

Teachers and librarians, please join us for our Spring Educator Night! You'll get a sneak peek at some great new children's books, meet special guests Nancy Carpenter (illustrator of Lucky Ducklings) and Jeff Salane (author of Lawless), enjoy wine and snacks, and go home with some prizes and giveaways.

Please RSVP to

Lucky Ducklings          Lawless

Practical ClassicsFor trivia junkies:
Sunday, April 7, 5 p.m.
Classics Jeopardy with Kevin Smokler

Do you remember every little detail from your classics classes in high school and college? Or did you avoid Moby-Dick and Pride and Prejudice like the plague? Either way, you'll want to come out for Classics Jeopardy with Kevin Smokler. You can pit your classics knowledge against other teams and win prizes, or find out why the classics are (still) worth your time.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

For writers on the road less traveled:
Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.
DIY Self-Publishing Workshop

Independent publishing consultant Gabe Stuart hosts a self-publishing workshop on creating the book you've always wanted to publish. Bring your questions on book publishing; we’ll discuss traditional publishing versus print-on-demand, their strengths and weaknesses and pitfalls, the process of putting together your own virtual publishing team, and more.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

LawlessFor our fellow criminal minds:
Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn Launch: Jeff Salane and Lawless

Local author and ruffian Jeff Salane celebrates the criminal lifestyle at the launch party for the first book of his middle grade trilogy, Lawless. Mystery and mayhem are sure to prevail!

Jenn says: “This novel is Leverage or Ocean’s Eleven for the younger set! Action-packed, full of twists and turns and double-crosses and international intrigue, it’s a true page-turner.”

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

Gotham Writers WorkshopFor writers-in-training:
Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m.
Gotham Writers Workshop

Join writer Shelly Oria for a fiction writing class on generating ideas and storytelling techniques, and share your work in a dynamic and supportive environment. You will leave the workshop with new pages in hand!  Shelly Oria has published fiction in McSweeney’s and the Indiana Review, served as senior editor at Storyscape, and taught fiction at the Pratt Institute. She curates the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers series.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For fiction lovers:
Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Joshua Henkin and Josh Rolnick

Two literary Joshes read and discuss their latest fiction: Rolnick’s Pulp and Paper and Henkin’s The World Without You (just released in paperback). These two acclaimed writers explore the tragedies and mini-triumphs of the modern American family.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

Pulp and Paper The World Without You

nomadic sojournsFor fans of stories with a message:
Thursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.
nomadic sojourns

nomadic sojourns creative collective, a publishing collective “of staid movement,” presents a night of socially-conscious readings from its annual journal and music. Featuring writers Eric Anthamatten, Shaun Randol, Jason Wirth, and musical performances by Lara Ewen ( and the band Belle Reve.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

For everyone who has ever loved a poem:
Monday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Pre-World Book Night Poetry Reading and Party

Help us kick off World Book Night 2013 with an evening of book and poetry love the night before. Several local poets will be reading from Favorite American Poems, one of the 2013 World Book Night Picks. Refreshments will be served, and WBN givers can also pick up their boxes. The event is open to all! Supported by the fine folks at Poets & Writers.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For foodies and memoir readers:
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Food is Life, Life is Food: Lucy Knisley and Beth Griffenhagen

Join artist/author Lucy Knisley (Relish) and author/Murray’s Cheese events genius Beth Griffenhagen (Haiku for the Single Girl) for a discussion on the best things to eat, the important moments in life, and the overlap between. Refreshments will be served!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Relish     Haiku for the Single Girl

SnapperFor fans of new voices:
Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn Launch: Brian Kimberling in conversation with Emily Temple

Author Brian Kimberling will be in conversation with Emily Temple of Flavorwire about his debut novel Snapper, which follows an affable bird researcher in the Indiana backwater as he goes through a disastrous yet heartening love affair with the place and its people.

Says Jenn: "Snapper is a quiet, almost unassuming read, but the images and characters will sneak in the cracks of your mind and take up residence. Kimberling's prose is clean and crisp, and the everyday moments he describes are made vivid and absorbing, worthy of a deeper look."

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Every time you attend an event, you get a chance to
our event book raffle for a signed set of featured books!
Facebook RSVPs appreciated but certainly not mandatory.

Book Groups

Discussions this month: Reading for next month:
  • Book Group: Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi
  • Romance Book Group: TBD
  • Classics Book Group: Old Maid, Edith Wharton
  • Music Writing Book Group: Brian Eno's Another Green World, Geeta Dayal
  • YA Not? Book Group: Feed, M.T. Anderson
  • British Fiction Book Group: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene

WORD's March bestsellers:

  1. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Stephan Pastis
  2. The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson
  3. Lucky Peach, Issue 6
  4. Tenth of December, George Saunders
  5. Song Reader, Beck
  6. My Life After Now, Jessica Verdi
  7. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  8. Chess Story, Stefan Zweig
  9. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  10. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid
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