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George Saunders
George Saunders stopped by for some donuts, and signed a few books!
It was a time of snow and cold, ice and salt, vortexes and storm warnings, and wishing fervently that more apartments came with working fireplaces. January, you guys. But now February approaches and ... well, it might be as cold and as icy, who knows, but we live in hope. And in the meantime, come by and let the fires of literature warm your soul! (We have hoodies if you'd also like to warm your body.)
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The Scar BoysThis month's featured event:
Len Vlahos presents The Scar Boys
Tuesday, February 4, 7 p.m.

Join us for the launch of Len Vlahos’s debut young adult novel, The Scar Boys. A coming-of-age novel that tackles trauma and recovery, toxic friendships, first love, first passions, and the power of music, it’s a favorite of both our kids’ book experts and our general staff.

Says Jenn: "This is a big and bold-hearted debut. It's set in the 1980s, but the stings and elations of teen years are timeless, and both adults and teenagers alike will recognize themselves in -- and be rooting for -- the characters."

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Coming up at WORD Brooklyn:

For soldiers and their supporters:
Pens and Swords: Warriors Write Their Experience at War
Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m.

Join three authors who have been to war and back for a discussion of writing and PTSD. Combat veterans Adrian Bonenberger (The Afghan Post), Myke Cole (the Shadow Ops series), and Phil Klay (Redeployment, coming March 2014) will be in conversation with moderator/writer Ryan Britt about their work and their experiences in the military, and will take questions and sign.
Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Breach Zone  Afghan Post  Redeployment
Testament of MaryFor readers who love a strong character:
Colm Toibin and The Testament of Mary
Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m.

Join literary legend Colm Toibin, in conversation with Morgan Library curator Declan Kiely, for a reading and discussion of his novel The Testament of Mary, newly released in paperback. Toibin is the author of nine books, has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Costa Book Award for his novel Brooklyn.
Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For fans of new fiction:
Gina Frangello and Rob Roberge
Tuesday, February 11, 7 p.m.

Gina Frangello and Rob Roberge return to WORD to present their newest novels, A Life in Men and The Cost of Living respectively, with a reading, discussion, and signing. The discussion will be moderated by fellow author Caroline Leavitt.
Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For those who love a good laugh:
Comedy Night with Seth Olenick and Friends
Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m.

Join Seth Olenick, Janeane Garofalo, and Dave Hill for a special comedy night in honor of Olenick's newly published collection Funny Business!
Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Southern Cross the DogFor fans of unique voices:
Paperback Launch for Bill Cheng and Southern Cross the Dog
Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m.

Join us for the paperback launch of Bill Cheng's novel, Southern Cross the Dog, with a reading, Q&A, and signing.
Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Red Light PropertiesFor comics and real estate enthusiasts:
Dan Goldman presents
Red Light Properties

Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m.

Meet Miami's best (and only) previously-haunted real estate agency in Dan Goldman’s newest graphic novel Red Light Properties. A husband/wife team who run an exorcism/real estate office wherein they “clean” and flip haunted houses, Jude and Cecilia Tobin have to contend with not only the ghostly inhabitants of Miami but their own complicated lives as well.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
AphroditeFor Olympians-in-training:
George O'Connor presents Aphrodite
Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m.

How much do you know about the goddess of love? George O’Connor returns to WORD with the latest installment of his Olympians graphic novel series, with the spotlight on Aphrodite! Join us for an interactive presentation and signing.
Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
S.For literary experimenters:
S. Book Group (2 of 2)
Saturday, February 22, 1 p.m.

J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst's book S. seems destined to be a book group pick -- between the footnotes, the marginalia, and all the extras shoved between the pages, how do you not talk about this book with a group? We'll host two discussions.

In January, we talked about the novel inside the novel; this month, we’ll talk about the marginalia, the extras, the internet, how it all meshes (or doesn't mesh) and more!
For writers at work:
Gotham Writers Workshop: Dialogue with Raven Burnett
Sunday, February 23, 2 p.m.

Raven Burnett presents a dialogue workshop, sponsored by the Gotham Writers Workshop. Burnett has written (or collaborated on) numerous feature and short screenplays, including The Eel, which is included on the prestigious Black List. He has been a staff writer on the web series Behind the Byte, head writer for Lakoo Games, co-founder of the 48NYC theater festival, and was a resident playwright/director at the Idiom Theater.
Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Unchangeable Spots of LeopardFor fans of new fiction:
Kristopher Jansma and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m.

Find out why the The Village Voice called The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards "F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson." Jansma will be in conversation with fellow author Brendan Kiely (The Gospel of Winter) about his novel and the writing process, and he will also read and sign.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Nigerians in SpaceFor armchair astronauts:
Deji Olukotun in conversation with Joel Whitney
Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m.

PEN Fellow Deji Bryce Olukotun presents his novel Nigerians in Space -- a crime novel involving a Nigerian lunar geologist, his son, a South African abalone smuggler, and a freedom fighter’s daughter, with a plot that travels through both space and time -- in a conversation with Joel Whitney of Guernica and Al Jazeera.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
AnnihilationFor speculative fiction fans:
Jeff VanderMeer presents Annihilation
Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m.

After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, every scientist is on their own in Annihilation, the first book of Jeff VanderMeer’s newest trilogy. VanderMeer is an award-winning author and editor whose fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and in multiple year’s-best anthologies.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
All events are in our Brooklyn store, and 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

Upcoming discussions:
Reading for next month:

WORD's January bestsellers:

  1. Tenth of December, George Saunders (ebook)
  2. The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (ebook)
  3. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (ebook)
  4. Super Graphic, Tim Leong (ebook)
  5. Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh (ebook)
  6. Mastermind, Maria Konnikova (ebook)
  7. Baby Penguins Everywhere!, Melissa Guion (ebook)
  8. Little Failure: A Memoir, Gary Shteyngart (ebook)
  9. Wiggle!, Taro Gomi
  10. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Peter Brown
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