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Catherynne M. Valente and actor Heath Miller joining us at WORD for a celebration of the final book in Catherynne's Fairyland series
We don’t know what we’re more excited about: that it’s OFFICIALLY Spring and the weather is finally reflecting that, or our amazing events lineup for April.  We hope you’ll join us for an intellectually trippy night with Jesse Jarnow as he premieres Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America on 4/4 and a night of smart satire with Jarett Kobek and Chelsea Hodson on 4/6.  On 4/7 we will host Leza Lowitz, who will share her latest YA novel about a boy caught in the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan.  Surely we will encounter some of you music buffs at (le) Poisson Rouge on 4/12 where we will be co-presenting Bob Boilen's book launch event.  4/13 will bring a conversation between Patrice Nganang and Chiwoniso Kaitano about Mount Pleasant, Nganang’s novel which illuminates the social climate of twentieth-century Cameroon.  Volume 1 will be co-presenting a short story collection by author Jane Liddle with a number of special guests on 4/14.  WORD is very pleased to announce that we are hosting our first poetry event in some time on 4/20 with Jacob Victorine, Rico Frederick and Justin Woo.  For something completely different, please do join us on 4/24 for a speculative fiction matinee with Sunil Patel, Keffy Kehrli, and Leanna Renee Hieber.  We have two funny and poignant authors with us for our final event of the month on 4/28: Christopher Boucher and Rachel Cantor, celebrating the release of Boucher’s Golden Delicious.  

On 4/8 you can catch WORD at Housing Works Bookstore selling books for Larry Kramer during his conversation with Bill Goldstein, and again on 4/26 selling copies of Chester Brown’s Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.
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For historical fiction fans:
Patrice Nganang presents Mount Pleasant with Chiwoniso Kaitano

Wednesday April 13, 7 pm

A majestic tale of colonialism and transformation, Mount Pleasant tells the astonishing story of the birth of modern Cameroon, a place subject to the whims of the French and the Germans yet engaged in a cultural revolution. The award-winning novelist Patrice Nganang’s lyrical Mount Pleasant is a resurrection of the world of early twentieth-century Cameroon and an elegy for the men and women swept up in the forces of colonialism.  Chi Kaitano is a writer and a co-founder of

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

Coming up in Greenpoint

For heady history buffs:
Jesse Jarnow Presents Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America
Monday, April 4, 7 pm

In 1960, half of America’s population was under eighteen years old. A youth-led society, America in the ’60s was marked by anti-establishment sentiments, a sexual revolution, and brewing social change. Also significant was the rising use of recreational drugs, most notably LSD and other substances known for their psychological effect. The powerful hallucinogen provided the fuel for a psychedelic underground that transformed American culture. Jesse Jarnow’s Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America is the story of how the psychedelic lifestyle became a legendary chapter in American history. 

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For anyone with a love/hate relationship to the internet:
Jarett Kobek presents I Hate the Internet with Chelsea Hodson
Wednesday, April 6, 7 pm

What if you told the truth and the whole world heard you? Would you expect to be believed? What if you lived in a country swamped with Internet outrage? What if you were a woman living in a society that hated women? In this, his first full-length novel, Jarett Kobek answers the questions of our moment: Why do we live with rank misery seeping from the world's cellphones and computers? Jarett Kobek is a Turkish-American writer living in California, and Chelsea Hodson is an author who lives in Brooklyn, NY.

RSVP encouraged, but not required
For daring young readers:
Leza Lowitz presents Up From The Sea
Thursday, April 7, 7 pm

Long-time Tokyo resident, award-winning writer Leza Lowitz was in Japan on 3-11-11 when disaster struck. Up From the Sea, her novel about a boy caught in the tsunami, is based on true stories of hope, resilience and activism.  Join us for this inspiring talk showing that ‘home'  is not just a physical location, ‘family’ is more than the nuclear unit, and even ordinary people can help each other across vast oceans. 

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For history lovers with imagination:
Housing Works and WORD present Larry Kramer in Conversation with Bill Goldstein
Friday, April 8, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St, Manhattan

Join Housing Works, Picador, and WORD Bookstore in celebrating the paperback launch of The American People: Volume 1. Legendary playwright, activist, and author Larry Kramer will be in conversation with Bill Goldstein, book critic for NBC's "Weekend Today in New York."

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For the musically inclined:
WORD & (le) poisson rouge Co-Present Bob Boilen's Your Song Changed My Life
Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm at (Le) Poisson Rouge at 158 Bleecker Street

(Le) Poisson Rouge and WORD Bookstore are proud to announce the launch event for Bob Boilen’s upcoming book, Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music that Inspired It. Bob Boilen is a name that needs little introduction for music fans: he is the creator and host of NPR Music’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert series and former director of NPR’s All Things Considered (1989-2007). Boilen is an avid concert goer—seeing close to 500 bands per year—and a passionate music fan. In Your Song Changed My Life, Boilen shares stories from musicians across all genres: from legendary Talking Heads front man David Byrne to indie icon Cat Power to electronic musician James Blake. Music fans and casual listeners of all ages will find much to admire in this rare, revelatory work.

Tickets available here.

For a murderously good time:
Vol 1 Brooklyn Presents Murder Launch with Jane Liddle, joined by Sean H. Doyle and Hannah Sloane
Thursday, April 14, 7 pm

From Vol 1.: We're very excited about the forthcoming publication of Jane Liddle's collection Murder by 421 Atlanta. We've published her fiction here at Vol.1 Brooklyn, and we're honored to be presenting her book release party at WORD this April. Joining her for readings will be Sean H. Doyle and Hannah Sloane. All three will read, followed by a conversation between Doyle and Liddle. There will be wine and cake!
RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For your inner poet:
Poetry Night: Brooklyn Release for Jacob Victorine's Flammable Matter with Rico Frederick and Justin Woo
Wednesday, April 20, 7 pm
Essayist, competitive slam-poet, and native New Yorker Jacob Victorine will be visiting from his current home base in Chicago to debut his new collection of poems, Flammable Matter.  Joining will be poets Rico Frederick, a fun-loving Trinidadian transplant, graphic novelist, and author of poetry collection Broken Calypsonian, and Justin Woo, a Rutgers graduate, Jersey City resident, and Chinese-American poet, theatre artist, videographer, photographer, and DJ.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For the strangely beautiful:
Speculative Fiction Matinee with Sunil Patel, Keffy Kehrli, and Leanna Renee Hieber
Sunday, April 24, 2 pm

The ground-breaking, boundary-pushing, award-nominated Clockwork Phoenix series of fantasy anthologies returns for a fifth incarnation with twenty new tales of beauty and strangeness. Also returning: Miss Percy Parker, the gaslamp fantasy heroine of Leanna Renee Hieber’s award-winning, bestselling The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker and The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, now in a single revised volume entitled Strangely Beautiful. Join Sunil Patel, Keffy Kehrli, and Leanna Renee Hieber for this beautifully strange event. 

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For a comical take on serious issues:
Housing Works and WORD present Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus with Chester Brown
April 26, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St, Manhattan

Chester Brown (author of the bestselling Paying for It: A comic-strip memoir of being a john) continues his thoughts on sex work by retelling nine stories from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian New Testament. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus forms a fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. With books for sale from WORD!

Details here.
For some delicious fiction:
Golden Delicious launch with Christopher Boucher and Rachel Cantor
Thursday, April 28, 7pm

Welcome to Appleseed, Massachusetts, where stories grow in soil, sentences are kept as pets, and pianos change your point of view. Golden Delicious chronicles the narrator’s rich, vivid childhood—driving to the local flea market with his father, causing trouble at school, pedaling through the neighborhood on his Bicycle Built for Two.  But as the local economy sours, the narrator’s family is torn apart. His mother joins a flying militia known as The Mothers; his father takes an all-consuming job; his sister runs away for a better life elsewhere. Who will save Appleseed? Will it be the Memory of Johnny Appleseed? The Mothers? The narrator himself?  Christopher Boucher is the author of the novels How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive and Golden Delicious. He will be joined by Rachel Cantor, author of A Highly Unlikely Scenario and Good on Paper.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Facebook RSVPs appreciated but certainly not mandatory.

Book groups

Romance Book Group
  • Saturday, April 7, 2:45 pm: Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh
    • Next Month: Duke of My Heart, Kelly Bowen
Gilmore Girls Book Group
  • Sunday, April 24, 5 pm: The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker
    • Next Month: Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
Greenpoint Young Readers Book Group
  • Wednesday, April 13, 4 pm: Secret Coders, Gene Luen Yang
    • Next Month: Lumberjanes Vol. 1, Noelle Stevenson
Classics Book Group
  • Saturday, April 2, 12 pm: My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin
    • Next Month: The Mabinogion, Jeffrey Gantz
Music Writing Book Group
  • Saturday, April 16, 2 pm: Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man, Robert Christgau
    • Next Month: Blondie's Parallel Lines, Kembrew McLeod
WORD Brooklyn Book Group
  • Saturday, April 28, 2 pm: Manhattan Transfer, John Roderigo Dos Passos
    • Next Month: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

April 2016 Top Ten:

  1. Insignficana by Dolan Morgan
  2. The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon (ebook)
  3. Greenpoint Brooklyn's Forgotten Past by Geoffrey Cobb
  4. Cities I've Never Lived In by Sara Majka (ebook)
  5. Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky (ebook)
  6. The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente (ebook)
  7. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (ebook)
  8. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (ebook)
  9. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (ebook)
  10. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (ebook)
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