Coming up in February at WORD Brooklyn:
View this email in your browser
Below are the upcoming events for our Greenpoint, Brooklyn location. For more info on our Jersey City store and events, you can update your subscription preferences here!
austin kleon
Writer Haley Mlotek moderates a panel with Smithsonian curator Timothy Anne Burnside, and rock legend Nona Hendryx at the release party for issue 8 of The Pitchfork Review (in our gorgeously redecorated events space, which no photos can do justice to!)
Romance (literature) is in the air at WORD this February!  And music literature, and children’s literature, and lots of other wonderful miscellany.

Rashod Ollison reads from his debut memoir Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues, & Coming of Age Through Vinyl on 2/1, on learning about himself through his estranged father’s record collection.  On 2/3 we have Spanish author Francesc Miralles paired up with local author Gwen Cooper on cats, love, and cat-love.  W.B. Belcher reads from his compelling debut novel Lay Down Your Weary Tune on the ghostwriter of a mysterious folk singer (2/4).  2/7 brings a winter-y event for kids of all ages as Vin Vogel reads from The Thing about Yetis.  Kent Russell reads from his memoir of American malehood, I’m Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son with music critic and writer Amanda Petrusich (2/9).  Our friends at Volume 1 Brooklyn will be presenting Poor Your Soul memoirist Mira Ptacin in our events space (2/10). 

Oh, and we’re throwing a HUGE Galentine's Day party with Sarah MacLean and our new partner venue Villain in Williamsburg. We’ll start with a panel of 5 romance novelists at 7pm on Saturday, February 13th followed by a party at 9pm. 

On 2/11 we have TWO great events to offer you.  We will be co-presenting with our friends over at Housing Works Idra Novey’s release of Ways to Disappear at 126 Crosby Street in Manhattan, meanwhile in our events space we will be celebrating Mairead Case’s See You In The Morning with Jessa Crispin, Selah Saterstrom, and Danielle Campbell.  We will be hosting grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan in conversation with musician Kyp Malone for the release of Brennan’s new book How Music Dies (Or Lives) (2/19), and we will conclude our February events series with a fantastic ticketed event at our favorite metal bar St. Vitus with legendary The Runaways guitarist Lita Ford (2/22)!

Afraid you'll miss something? You can get text message reminders for events. We solemnly swear you'll receive no more (and sometimes fewer) than one lovingly handcrafted text per day.
Forward to Friend
This month's featured event:

For runaways:rogue not taken
WORD presents Lita Ford at St. Vitus Bard
Monday, February 22, 7:30 pm.  This is a ticketed event takes place at St. Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn.

Lita will read from her long awaited memoir, answer questions and sign her book.  Purchase tickets early to reserve your spot! Doors at 7pm and presentation begins promptly at 7:30pm. Purchasing the book through our website will guarantee entry to the event. Every person attending must pre-purchase a book to attend (no +1's). Must be 21 or older to attend.  In this long-awaited, emotionally powerful memoir Living Like a Runaway, HEAVY METAL'S LEADING FEMALE ROCKER (Rolling Stone) opens up about the 70s and 80s music scene and her trailblazing life as the lead guitarist of the pioneering band (New York Times) the Runaways and her platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated solo career. Hailed as the mother of all metal (Los Angeles Times) and one of the greatest female electric guitar players to ever pick up the instrument (Elle), Lita Ford bares her soul in Living Like a Runaway.

Coming up in Brooklyn:

For lovers of soul music and vinyl:
Rashod Ollison presents Soul Serenade: Rythm, Blues, and Coming of Age Through Vinyl
Monday, February 1 at 7 pm
soul serenade cover

In Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues, & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, Rashod Ollison, award-winning pop music critic and culture journalist, describes how soul music sustained him during his formative years growing up in central Arkansas in the 1980s and 1990s.  He paints a vivid picture of a childhood in the housing projects of Hot Springs, where the neighbors on Omega Street are identified by their music (either the soulful blues of Denise LaSalle, the lively funk of Shalamar, or the romantic duets of Alexander O’Neal and Cherrell). Raised in an environment dominated by hardened single mothers and their children, Ollison experiences a world of “cold love, a no-bullshit love, a love redolent of vinegar without the slightest hint of sweetness,” and the only thing that helps him endure is music. “Music remained my cocoon,” he writes, “the place where I found the most coherence and delicious engagement.”

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For cat people:
Love in Lowercase with Francesc Mirralles and Gwen Cooper
Wednesday, February 3, 7 pm

love in lowercase coverTwo cat-loving authors share their work!  Francesc Miralles, one of Spain’s most popular authors, will join us for the U.S. launch of his new book Love in Lowercase.  When Samuel, a lonely linguistics lecturer, wakes up on New Year's Day, he is convinced that the year ahead will bring nothing more than passive verbs and un-italicized moments until an unexpected visitor slips into his Barcelona apartment and refuses to leave. The appearance of Mishima, a stray, brindle-furred cat, becomes the catalyst that leads Samuel from the comforts of his favorite books, foreign films, and classical music to places he's never been (next door) and to people he might never have met (a neighbor with whom he's never exchanged a word). Even better, Mishima leads him back to the mysterious Gabriela, whom he thought he’d lost long before, and shows him that sometimes love is hiding in the smallest characters.  Gwen Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including the memoir Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For folk fans:
W.B. Belcher presents debut novel Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Thursday, February 4, 7 pm


lay down your weary tune cover

In this debut novel, a ghostwriter of the memoirs of a reclusive folk music icon—part Woody Guthrie, part Bob Dylan—attempts to glean fact from fiction, only to discover the deeper he digs into the musician’s past, the more his own past rises to the surface.  Set against a folk Americana aesthetic, Lay Down Your Weary Tune is an emotionally charged exploration of myth-making, desire, and regret, and the inescapable bond between the past and present.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For yetis and kids:
Sunday Story Time with The Thing About Yetis Author Vin Vogel
Sunday, February 7, 11 am

yeti coverCome listen to author Vin Vogel read his picture book, The Thing About Yetis! Yetis love snowball fights, sledding, and hot chocolate. But even yetis get the blustery winter blues. So here’s a secret about yetis: sometimes they miss summer, just like everyone else. Sometimes, they have to bring a little bit of summer to the coldest of winter days by creating their own summer vacation. Those yetis, they're just full of surprises!

RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For timid sons and daughters:
Kent Russell presents I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son with Amanda Petrusich
Tuesday, February 9, 7 pm

sorry to think coverI Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son, blistering and deeply personal, records Russell’s quest to understand, through his journalistic subjects, his own appetites and urges, his persistent alienation, and, above all, his knotty, volatile, vital relationship with his father. In a narrative that can be read as both a magnificent act of literary mythmaking and a howl of filial despair, Russell gives us a haunting and unforgettable portrait of an America—and a paradigm of American malehood—we have never before seen.  Amanda Petrusich is the author of several books about music, including Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 rpm Records. Her criticism and reporting has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Pitchfork, Spin, BuzzFeed, and the Oxford American, where she is a contributing editor. She teaches music writing at New York University.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For tear junkies:
Mira Ptacin presents Poor Your Soul with Jason Diamond (Volume 1 Brooklyn)
Wednesday, February 10, 7 pm

poor your soul coverMira Ptacin celebrates her new book, Poor Your Soul, with special guests and a live Q&A with Jason Diamond (Vol. 1 Brooklyn).  At twenty-eight, Mira Ptacin discovered she was pregnant. Though it was unplanned, she embraced the idea of starting a family and became engaged to Andrew, the father. Five months later, an ultrasound revealed that her child would be born with a constellation of birth defects and no chance of survival outside the womb. Mira was given three options: terminate the pregnancy, induce early delivery, or wait and inevitably miscarry.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For indie lit & film connoisseurs:
See You In The Morning book party with Mairead Case, Jessa Crispin, Selah Saterstrom and Danielle Campbell
Thursday, February 11, 7 pm

see you in the morning coverJoin us to celebrate the release of Mairead Case's See You In the Morning (featherproof), with readings from her, Jessa Crispin, and Selah Saterstrom, and the premiere of a dreamy new short film by Danielle Campbell.  Mairead Case is a working writer in Colorado. She is also a PhD student at the University of Denver, a columnist for Bookslut, and a poetry teacher at the women's jail. Before moving to Denver Mairead lived in Chicago for a decade, where she wrote for Punk Planet and worked at Louder Than a Bomb and the Poetry Foundation Library, among other places.   Selah Salestrom is the award-winning author of three novels, most recently Slab (Coffee House Press).  Jessa Crispin is the founder and editor of the magazines and as well as the author of The Dead Ladies Project, published by The University of Chicago Press.  Danielle Campbell is a media artist and curator based in Chicago, IL by way of San Antonio, TX.
For the Houdini in you:
WORD co-presents Ways to Disappear with Idra Novey and Nell Freudenberger at Housing Works
Thursday, February 11, 7 pm.  This event takes place at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St, Manhattan.

ways to disappear coverJoin us at Housing Works for the launch of acclaimed poet-translator Idra Novey’s debut novel, Ways to Disappear, about a legendary Brazilian novelist, mired in gambling debt, who goes missing and the American translator who sets off to find her. Called a “tour de force” by Kirkus Reviews, Ways to Disappear is an irresistible combination of mystery, romance, noir and humor that takes readers on a wild chase from snowy Pittsburgh to sultry Rio. Idra Novey will be in conversation with novelist Nell Freudenberger, author of The Newlyweds, The Dissident, and Lucky Girls. Complimentary food and drinks while they last.  Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is a nonprofit bookstore, cafe, and event space that raises money to fight AIDS and homelessness.
For romantic literary gals:
WORD presents Galentine's Day at Villain
Saturday, February 13, 7 pm.  This is a ticketed event that takes place at Villain LLC, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn.

Join WORD and beloved romance novelists Megan Frampton, Sarah MacLean, Maya Rodale, and others soon to be announced at a fabulous panel. Our WORDs of Love Book Group leader Madeline Caldwell hosts an evening of matchmaking, romance, and lively discussion. 

Doors: 7:00
Panel begins: 7:30 
Party begins: 9:00 

Tickets to the panel are $10.00 which includes 1 book of your choice by one of the panelists at the event.*

Cocktails, music and photobooths will make this an unforgetable event. 

*We'll have current releases and older titles for you to choose from but selections are first-come, first-served. 
For worldly music lovers:
How Music Dies (Or Lives)...Ian Brennan in Conversation with Kyp Malone
Friday, February 19, 7 pm

how music dies or lives coverGrammy-winning producer, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott) and Brooklyn musician, Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio, Rain Machine) discuss the inequitable distribution and promotion of music from the more remote and impoverished regions globally, and the threats posed due to recorded music’s existence and commercialization.  Ian Brennan recently produced the Zomba Prison Project, an album of music by Malawi prisoners, which has recieved a grammy nomination for best world music album!

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

Book Groups

Upcoming discussions:
Reading for next month:

January Top Ten

This email not enough WORD for you? No worries;
we're all over the Internet and the neighborhood:

This has been another production of the book-lovin' fools at:

WORD 126 Franklin St Brooklyn NY 11222

Open for your reading needs from: 10am to 9pm, seven days a week

Available during those hours at: 718.383.0096

And always open at:

Copyright © 2016 WORD, All rights reserved.
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences