Coming up in May at WORD Greenpoint and Beyond!
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Author Mark Tompkins (The Last Days of Magic) stopping by for a visit to steal our hearts!
We think this may be a new record for WORD Brooklyn.  This May we have thirteen in-store events AND we’re co-presenting three events at other venues.  There were just two many great books coming out this month!  We suppose there are worse problems to be had than TOO MUCH amazing literature… 

We are hosting 3 ticketed events this month.  As always, tickets are available through our website and include a new copy of the book being highlighted..  On Tuesday, May 3rd, the much-celebrated UK-based poet and rapper Kate Tempest will be at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on the occasion of the publication of her first novel.  Not to be missed, and tickets are going really fast for this one!  Wednesday May 11th brings an event sure to please your inner metalhead and hardcore fan; Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die) both have books out and are going to be in conversation at our favorite metal bar, Saint Vitus.  Choose between Scott’s or Keith’s book with your ticket! Sebastian Junger and David Epstein (The Sports Gene) will be discussing Junger’s book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging at Housing Works on Wednesday, May 25th. The ticket includes Tribe and guaranteed thought-provocation.  See ya there!
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We are celebrating our favorite national holiday with an all-day extravaganza including coupons, a huge open-to-the-public raffle with 10+ possible prizes, free review copies, exclusive merchandise, temporary tattoos courtesy of Litographs, a fun #BkBookstoreCrawl task and a special edition of beloved reading series The Hustle!  

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Coming up in May

For femme fatales:
L.S. Hilton Presents Maestra
Sunday, May 1, 2 pm

Join British author L.S. Hilton for donuts and mimosas, and to hear her read from and discuss the US release of her highly anticipated psychological thriller Maestra (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) on Sunday, May 1st. The first in a trilogy, the novel follows femme fatale Judith Rashleigh, a smooth confident woman with a talent for self-invention and a penchant for revenge, as she becomes entangled in an international art crime. 

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For thieves and poets:
Housing Works and WORD Co-Present Kate Tempest's The Bricks That Build the Houses
Tuesday, May 3, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St, Manhattan

Join us at Housing Works for the exclusive NYC appearance of UK poet and rapper Kate Tempest  in support of her debut novel The Bricks that Built the Houses. Becky, Harry, and Leon are leaving London in a fourth-hand Ford with a suitcase full of stolen money, in a mess of tangled loyalties and impulses. But can they truly leave the city that's in their bones? Kate will be in conversation with poet Natalie Diaz. Audience Q&A and signing to follow. 

Tickets available here.
For amateurs:
Dylan Hicks presents Amateurs with Franklin Bruno
Wednesday, May 4, 7 pm

Join Dylan Hicks and Franklin Bruno for a night of words and music as Dylan celebrates the release of his new novel, Amateurs. Dylan will appear alongside songwriter, author, and critic Franklin Bruno for an event that showcases the many talents of both.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For rogues and spirits:
Adrian Van Young presents Shadows in Summerland with Lincoln Michel and Alice Sola Kim
Thursday, May 5, 7 pm

Join us to celebrate the release of Adrian Van Young's Shadows in Summerland with Lincoln Michel, author of Upright Beasts and writer Alice Sola Kim. Roughly based on the real-life story of spirit photographer William H. Mumler and his clairvoyant wife, Hannah Mumler, Shadows in Summerland immerses the reader in a shifting world of light and shade where nothing is quite what it seems at first glance.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For italophiles:
Martin Seay presents The Mirror Thief in conversation with JW McCormack
Monday, May 9, 7 pm

A masterful, time-bending novel with huge literary ambition, The Mirror Thief is set in three different Venices during three different time periods. In sixteenth century Italy, "gorgeously rendered as a fantasia of conspirators, alchemists and heretics," the famed makers of Venetian glass perfect one of the old world’s most wondrous inventions: the mirror. No glassmaker is allowed to leave the island, but one man has a plan to escape. In 1950's Venice Beach, and at the Venetian Casino in 2003, two other schemers launch similar plans. Their stories are intimately linked, and woven together in the book's dazzling conclusion. 

RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For middle graders:
Best Friends for Never and Mayhem Middle Grade Launch Party with Adrienne Maria Vrettos and Jeff Salane
Tuesday, May 10, 7 pm
Join your friendly neighborhood Young Adult/ Middle Grade authors for a double-launch party!  Celebrating Adrienne Maria Vrettos’ Best Friends for Never, as well as Jeff Salane’s Mayhem, the third book in the Lawless series.
RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For metalheads and hardcore fans:
WORD Presents Scott Ian with Keith Buckley at Saint Vitus
Wednesday, May 11, 7 pm at Saint Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint
We have once again teamed up with our friends at our favorite metal venue Saint Vitus to bring you Scott Ian, guitarist and author of the memoir I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax (Da Capo Press) in conversation with Keith Buckley, vocalist of the legendary hardcore band Every Time I Die and debut author of the novel Scale (Rare Bird Books). Purchasing a ticket to the event guarantees entry plus 1 copy of the paperback edition of I'm the Man OR 1 copy of the paperback edition of Scale. Be sure to specify which book you would like in your order, and buy your tickets early to reserve your spot! 

Tickets available here.
For botanists:
Future Green Studio Presents Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC
Thursday, May 12, 7 pm

Although we tend to think of our cities as concrete jungles, our post-new urban environment is awash in plant life. Wild urban plants have taken root along roadsides and chain-link fences, between cracks of pavement, and within vacant lots, rubble dumps and highway medians. Spontaneously propagating, these resilient plants find distinctive niches to thrive in and inhabit our most derelict landscapes. The environmental benefits of these “weeds” go widely unrecognized when, in fact, reframing this often invisible urban ecology as a beneficial amenity can offer a fresh perspective on how cities perform.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For anyone who's gotten a second chance:
Mishka Shubaly presents I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You

Sunday, May 15, 7 pm
An apology for choices Mishka Shubaly wasn’t sure he’d live long enough to regret, this fiercely honest, emotional, and self-laceratingly witty book is a story of family, heartbreak, violence, punk rock, brokenness, broke-ness, sex, love, loss, drinking, drinking, drinking, drinking, and an unlikely savior: distance running. I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You is a memoir of a precocious young man trying to be good and failing (and failing, and failing)—until, one day, he succeeds.
RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For writers who love writers:
Identity Crisis: Featuring Elyssa East, Erica Wright, and Alex Segura
Tuesday, May 17, 7 pm

Writers Elyssa East, Erica Wright, and Alex Segura discuss the rewards and challenges of writing in multiple genres. Moderated by Ricardo Maldonado. Sponsored by Guernica Magazine.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For fearless feminists:
Lindy West presents Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Wednesday, May 18, 7 pm
Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women," Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly-anticipated literary debut.  Shrill is comprised of a series of essays that bravely shares her life, including her transition from quiet to feminist-out-loud, coming of age in a popular culture that is hostile to women (especially fat, funny women) and how keeping quiet is not an option for any of us.
RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For the freshest of fresh writing:
Greenpoint Writers Group Reading
Saturday, May 21, 5 pm

Spectators seeking the raw, the bold, the unfinished – look no further. After 12 weeks spent haunting the basement of WORD, the Greenpoint Writers Group will launch straight into performance mode to premiere their latest work.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For anyone looking for answers:
Rufi Thorpe presents Dear Fang, With Love in conversation with Rachel Fershleiser
Wednesday, May 25, 7 pm

From the acclaimed author of The Girls from Corona del Mar, a sprawling, ambitious new novel about a young father who takes his teenage daughter to Europe, hoping that an immersion in history might help them forget his past mistakes and her uncertain future.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For thought-provocation:
WORD and Housing Works Co-Present Sebastian Junger in Conversation with David Epstein
Wednesday, May 25, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St, Manhattan
We are excited to announce that WORD and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe are once more teaming up to present Sebastian Junger on Wednesday, May 25th, to celebrate the launch of his new book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, the follow-up to his bestselling book War. Junger will read a selection from Tribe, and will then be joined in conversation by ProPublica investigative reporter David Epstein and author of The Sports Gene. A signing will follow reading and discussion.

Tickets available here.
For bad women:
Bad Advice From Bad Women
Wednesday, May 25, 7 pm

Join some of New York City's best bad women as they read their inflammatory work and plot further upending of traditional feminine mores. Featuring poet, essayist, fiction writer, and style icon Jenny Zhang; clinician, writer, and aspiring cyborg Maggie Nelson Lola Pellegrino, noted editors, essayists, and renegade Canadian duo Haley Mlotek and Alexandra Molotkow, fiction writer, lit critic, and multi-lingual girl genius Morgan Jerkins, and essayist, cranky tweeter, and former prostitute Charlotte Shane.

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

Upcoming discussions:

  • Romance Book Group

  • Saturday, May 7, 2:45 pm: Duke of My Heart, Kelly Bowen

    • Next Month: Captive Prince, C.S. Pacat

  • Gilmore Girls Book Group

  • Sunday, May 22, 5 pm: Eva Luna, Isabel Allende

    • Next Month: TBA

  • Greenpoint Young Readers Book Group

  • Wednesday, May 11, 4 pm: Lumberjanes, Noelle Stevenson

    • Next Month: Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Classics Book Group

  • Saturday, May 14, 12 pm: The Mabinogion, Jeffrey Gantz

    • Next Month: Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath, Sigrid Unset

  • Music Writing Book Group

  • Saturday, May 14, 2 pm: Blondie's Parallel Lines, Kembrew McLeod

    • Next Month: The Spitboy Rule, Michelle Cruz Gonzales

  • WORD Brooklyn Book Group

  • Saturday, May 28, 2 pm: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

    • Next Month: Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers

May 2016 Top Ten:

  1. Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen (ebook)
  2. Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America by Jesse Jarnow (ebook)
  3. Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (ebook)
  4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (ebook)
  5. The Mage of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
  6. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (ebook)
  7. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus by Chester Brown
  8. So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
  9. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (ebook)
  10. Greenpoint Brooklyn's Forgotten Past by Geoffrey Cobb
  11. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (ebook)
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