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Kenji Yoshino reads from Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial.

May is in flower and we’ve got a full bouquet of events to match, starting with Independent Bookstore Day on May 2! As the warm weather rolls in, critic Jessica Hopper presents her new (and aptly titled) collection, The First Collection of Criticism By a Living Female Rock Critic, Sean H. Doyle launches his debut, and we welcome Andrew Knapp and his adorable canine friend Momo.

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This month's featured event:

anger is an energyFor listeners:
Jessica Hopper and The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
Monday, May 11, 7 pm

Pitchfork senior editor Jessica Hopper, a juggernaut of music writing and criticism, releases a collection of work from more than two decades in the front row.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.


Coming up in Brooklyn:

For indies:
Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, May 2, all day
Celebrate the many splendors of independent bookstores -- and pick up some exclusive Independent Bookstore Day chapbooks and other fun items --  with your favorite Greenpoint shop. We’ll be celebrating the first ever Independent Bookstore Day along with many other NYC bookstores, and joining forces with them for an IBD party at Powerhouse at 9 pm (see details here).

We kick the day off with our original book group, which meets at noon to discuss Mark Doten’s The Infernal. The lively romance book group meets at 2:45 to discuss Meljean Brook's The Iron Duke.

In between, at 1:30 pm, we’ll have a presentation from Ann Morgan on her book The World Between Two Covers, which details her quest to read one book, fiction or memoir, from every country of the world over the course of a year.

And at 5 pm, join us for All Books Book Group and happy hour: Come have a glass of wine and talk to fellow readers about whatever you’ve been reading! 

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
jon sandsFor hustlers:
The Hustle with Stacia L. Brown, Alizah Salario, and Jon Sands
Sunday, May 3, 2 pm

Join Stacia L. Brown (Beyond Baby Mamas), Alizah Salario (Slate, Al Jazeera), and Jon Sands (The New Clean) for The Hustle, a new discussion series about the business of writing: how writers pay the bills, how they get the work done, what they read, and more.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
supermutantFor supermutants:
Jillian Tamaki at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Tuesday, May 5, 7 pm

Jillian Tamaki, one of WORD’s favorite graphic novelists, follows up on the Caldecott Honor-winning This One Summer with SuperMutant Magic Academy.

This event takes place at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, NYC.
For comic tragedians:Borb
Jason Little presents Borb
Wednesday, May 6, 7 pm

In Borb, Jason Little (Shutterbug Follies, Motel Art Improvement Service) animates the story of a severely alcoholic homeless man whose misfortunes pile up at an alarming rate.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
million milesFor roadies:
Amy Fleisher Madden presents A Million Miles
Thursday, May 7, 7 pm

At age 16, Amy Fleisher Madden started Fiddler Records. Ten years later, she started Death + Taxes magazine. Now, she's an advertising copywriter -- and novelist. Her debut novel, A Million Miles, follows 19-year-old Maddy Traeger as she drops out of college to go on tour with her favorite band. "Amy Fleisher Madden has written a singular coming of age story you won’t soon forget and won’t want to put down," says Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie.

Amy will be joined by musician Mason Avery, and refreshments and sweets will be served.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For locals:greenpoint writers
Local Organic: Greenpoint Writers Group
Saturday, May 9, 6:30 pm

The Greenpoint Writers Group returns with the latest installment of the Local Organic reading series, featuring all new work and free wine to go around.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
lovelaceFor graphic scientists:
Sydney Padua presents The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
Tuesday, May 12, 7 pm

Animator and artist Sydney Padua presents her new graphic novel (a collected version of her popular webcomic), which imagines an alternate timeline in which Ada Lovelace (the brilliant daughter of Lord Byron) and Charles Babbage (one of the fathers of the computer) use their computer brilliance to fight crime.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For Victorians:bronte
Deborah Lutz and The Brontë Cabinet
Wednesday, May 13, 7 pm

Victoriana scholar Deborah Lutz presents The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects, which examines a series of artifacts from the Haworth parsonage where Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë lived most of their lives and wrote their novels.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For story lovers:
Nathan Larson, Stacy Wakefield, and Megan Abbott
Thursday, May 14, 7 pm

Nathan Larson releases The Immune System, the third installment of his Dewey Decimal crime-fiction series, along with fellow Akashic author Stacy Wakefield and her new novel, The Sunshine Crust Baking FactoryMegan Abbott joins in celebration of the paperback edition of The Fever.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.

             positive    sunshine crust       fever
For searchers:
Vol. 1 Brooklyn presents Sean H. Doyle with D. Foy, Natalie Eilbert, and Jordan Ginsberg
Friday, May 15, 7 pm

Sean H. Doyle launches his debut, This Must Be the Place, which Jim Ruland called "a ferocious testament to love and loss written with razor blades and backed with blood." D. Foy (Made to Break) and Natalie Eilbert (Swan Feast) will join Doyle in reading from their work. After the readings, Doyle will be interviewed by Eilbert and Jordan Ginsberg (Hazlitt).

RSVP encouraged, but not required.

             positive    made to break       swan
Gotham WritersFor rovers:
Andrew Knapp and Momo present Find Momo Coast to Coast

Tuesday, May 19, 7 pm

Andrew Knapp and his four-legged co-author, Momo, share photos and stories from their latest “where’s Momo” photo collection, Find Momo Coast to Coast, the followup to Find Momo.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
re janeFor orphans and friends:start a fire
Patricia Park and Lisa Lutz

Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm

Patricia Park presents Re Jane -- Jane Eyre recast in present-day Queens -- with Lisa Lutz and her new novel, How to Start a Fire, a story of “three women thrown together in college who grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them.”

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For truth seekers:
Karim Dimechkie presents Lifted by the Great Nothing
Thursday, May 21, 7 pm

Karim Dimechkie presents his first novel, Lifted by the Great Nothing, a coming-of-age story about a Lebanese-American young man who discovers he’s been living a lie. "This promising debut offers a finely nuanced look at race, gender, and power in American society," says Kirkus Reviews.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For sons and daughters:
Memoir Night with Sarah Tomlinson and Melissa Cistaro
Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm

Sarah Tomlinson (Good Girl) and Melissa Cistaro (Pieces of My Mother) reflect on parents and growing up in their new memoirs.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For writers:
Gotham Writers’ Workshop: Article Writing with Jennifer Armstrong
Sunday, May 31, 2 pm

Jennifer Armstrong is the co-founder and editor of the website Sexy Feminist, and co-author of the nonfiction book Sexy Feminism. Her other books include Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted and Why? Because We Still Like You.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
All events are in our Brooklyn store, and free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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Reading for next month:

April Top Ten:

  1. Anger is an Energy by John Lydon (ebook)lydon
  2. Brooklyn's Historic Greenpoint by Brian Merlis and Riccardo Gomes.
  3. Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (ebook)
  4. The Pitchfork Review Issue #5
  5. Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen
  6. My Struggle: Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard (ebook)
  7. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (ebook)
  8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (ebook)
  9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (ebook)
  10. Justice by Jeffrey Salane (ebook)
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