July at WORD Brooklyn:
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Dagmara Dominczyk and Christine Onorati
Dagmara Dominczyk and Christine Onorati at the launch party for The Lullaby of Polish Girls

July might look a little less busy on the surface, but don't be fooled. In addition to our weekly events, we've got:
  • Our first event in Jersey City! Join us at Barcade (163 Newark Avenue) on Tuesday, July 9 at 8 p.m. for an event with Chuck Klosterman in honor of his new book, I Wear the Black Hat (please note, event is 21+). He'll be discussing villains and pop culture, taking questions, and signing books. To stay tuned for all our JC news, sign up for the dedicated newsletter here.
  • The Books Beneath the Bridge series kicks off its second year on July 8. Our night isn't until August 5, but you should check out the full line-up.
  • Find Waldo in Greenpoint! The guy in the red striped shirt and glasses is visiting more than a dozen local businesses this month. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons, free books, and more. Stop by WORD for a “Find Waldo Local in Greenpoint!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot. Seekers who get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to us to collect prizes, and be entered in grand prize drawing at our Waldo Celebration on August 4.
  • And last but not least, our summer reading challenge begins! Kids can pick up an entry sheet at the front counter, write in the title of each book they start, and have a parent or librarian sign when they finish! We'll have a Back to School Party on Sunday, September 1, at 3:00 p.m. to redeem prizes and celebrate all our participants.

This month's featured event:

Laura Lamont's Life in PicturesEmma Straub and Friends Go Hollywood
Tuesday, July 2, 7 p.m.

For the Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures paperback launch party, Emma Straub invites some friends to tell their own Hollywood stories. Special guests include Dagmara Dominczyk (The Lullaby of Polish Girls), writer and radio producer Starlee Kine, Amy Brill (The Movement of Stars), and Peter Straub (author of many many books, distinguished father of Emma). If you've been to an Emma Straub event before, you know they're as much fun as her books are good. Which is to say, very! If you haven't, come and find out.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Coming up at WORD:

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book PublishedFor writers who want to be heard:
The Art of the Novel: Agents and Novelists Discuss Writing & Selling
Wednesday, July 10, 7 p.m.

Join publishing gurus David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut (The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published), along with agent Ayesha Pande, for a presentation
on writing and selling your novel. After the presentation, three writers will be randomly selected from the audience to present a 90-second pitch/query, which the panelists will then critique. Come prepared to listen and learn, and maybe get a chance to boost your writing career!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Brain QuestFor whiz kids:
Brain Quest Kids Challenge Night
Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m.

Brain Quest brings its fast-paced, curriculum-based question and answer game to life with a Brain Quest Challenge. During the challenge, kids from 2 to 12 will have the chance to flaunt their smarts by answering questions individually or as part of a team. All attendees will receive Brain Quest-themed giveaways and official challenge participation certificates!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

The Blue BlazesPlaying TylerFor fans of speculative fiction:
Angry Robot Night with Chuck Wendig and TL Costa
Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m.

Angry Robot, a global imprint dedicated to the best in modern science fiction and fantasy, presents a reading and discussion with Chuck Wendig (The Blue Blazes, Mockingbird) and TL Costa (Playing Tyler). They’ll consider the current state of speculative fiction -- both adult and YA -- take questions, and sign.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

The More You Ignore MeFor bloggers and blog crashers:
Travis Nichols in conversation with Emily Gould
Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m.

Travis Nichols presents his new novel, which was inspired in part by his time as the administrator of the Poetry Foundation’s blog. The More You Ignore Me follows the exploits of user Lynksys181 as he unceremoniously crashes the wedding blog of complete strangers. Nichols will be in conversation with Emily Gould of Emily Books about (mis)behavior on the Internet, followed by a Q&A and signing.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

The Unchangeable Spots of LeopardsFor fans of music and lit:
Process with The Caribbean and Kristopher Jansma
Saturday, July 20, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Caribbean, a DC-based band with a literary streak, presents a night of discussion, readings, and music honoring the creative process. They’ll be joined by novelist Kristopher Jansma (The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards), and the event will be recorded for their podcast, Process.

This event is cosponsored by Literacy Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering high quality, community-based literacy programs in New York City. They believe that the ability to read is an essential element of an enriched and fulfilling life, and their goal is to empower adults to reach their full potential as individuals, parents and citizens.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For all writers:
Gotham Writers’ Workshop: Character Development with Alex Steele
Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m.

Join Alex Steele, dean of faculty at Gotham Writers’ Workshop, for a class on character development. Share your work in a dynamic and supportive environment, and leave with new pages in hand!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

All events are 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

Discussions this month: Reading for next month:

The Lullaby of Polish GirlsWORD's June bestsellers:

  1. The Lullaby of Polish Girls, Dagmara Dominczyk (ebook)
  2. The Middlesteins, Jami Attenberg (ebook)
  3. Hard Art, DC 1979, Lucian Perkins and Alec MacKaye
  4. The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (ebook)
  5. Taipei, Tao Lin (ebook)
  6. Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry, Dave Roman
  7. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls, David Sedaris (ebook)
  8. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (ebook)
  9. The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart (ebook)
  10. The Dead, James Joyce (ebook)
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