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We hope you had as lovely of a National Poetry Month as we did.

May! May! May! We have fourteen events in May! Fourteen events not including our many book groups. Are you ready? We are so ready. Poetry, translation, writing workshops, kids' events, memoir, sci-fi, locals, launches, you name it, May has got it.

And! In a very exciting partnership, we're delighted to announce that we're co-hosting Brooklyn's first Shipwreck event, in partnership with the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, at the Bell House on May 29. The Great Gatsby erotic fanfiction narrated by Cecil Baldwin, y'all. Tickets are right here.

Details for all our events below; brace yourselves.
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This month's featured event:

Lambda Award Nominees Reading
Thursday, May 1, 6 p.m.

The Lambda Literary Foundation is proud to showcase finalists of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, and WORD is proud to host! Join us for a 20-author reading extravaganza.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Coming up in Brooklyn:

For the good times:
James Fearnley and Here Comes Everybody
Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.

James Fearnley, co-founder and accordion player of the Pogues, has some stories to tell you. Get behind the scenes with his memoir, Here Comes Everybody.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For naughty naturalists:
Menno Schilthuizen presents Nature’s Nether Regions
Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m.

Find out all the things you never thought you wanted to know (but really should hear) about the animal kingdom’s naughty habits -- and what they can teach us about ourselves -- with ecologist and evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen (Nature’s Nether Regions).

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For pragmatic moms:
The Good Mother Myth
Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m.

Contributors Abby Sher, Anne-Marie Lindsey, and Heather Hewett and editor Avital Norman Nathman take a long look at what it means to be a mother with a discussion of The Good Mother Myth.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For international readers:
The Art of Translation: Stacey Knecht and Alex Zucker on Hrabal
Wednesday, May 14, 7 p.m.

Join Stacey Knecht and Greenpoint’s own Alex Zucker as they discuss the art of translation and Knecht’s translation of Harlequin’s Millions by Bohumil Hrabal.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

For versifiers:
Graywolf Poetry Tour with Saskia Hamilton, Nick Lantz, and Mark Wunderlich
Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.

Graywolf’s hit poetry tour comes to Brooklyn with authors Saskia Hamilton (Corridor), Nick Lantz (How To Dance as the Roof Caves In), and Mark Wunderlich (The Earth Avails). They’re doing three stops in three days; catch them before they’re gone!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.


For good friends:
Jillian and Mariko Tamaki present This One Summer
Friday, May 16, 7 p.m.

WORD’s favorite graphic novel cousin team, Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, return with their new graphic novel This One Summer. Nostalgia, coming of age, and beautiful art; find out the how and the why behind its creation, and get a signed copy.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

For urban sowers:
Rediscovering the Natural World with Marcie Cuff
Sunday, May 18, 11 a.m.

Got a green thumb (or wish you did)? Rediscover the natural world with Marcie Cuff (This Book Used to Be a Tree) in a seed-bomb making workshop, followed by a tour of the Java Street Community Gardens. Open to all ages!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

For writers in progress:
Gotham Writers' Workshop: Creative Writing 101
Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m.

The Gotham Writers' Workshop presents a Creative Writing 101 workshop, taught by Michael Leviton (My First Ghost). Come with ideas and leave with new pages in hand!

For wordsmiths:
Writecraft with Myke Cole
Sunday, May 18, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

WORD is delighted to announce Writecraft, a new monthly series of writing workshops focused on paying it forward to aspiring writers. Following a craft-focused talk from an author, participants will write for an hour -- no talking allowed! Myke Cole (Breach Zone, Fortress Frontier) will kick off the series with a workshop focused on overwriting (The "All Mules Must Haul Wood" rule) and the importance of character flaws in creating a compelling protagonist.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

For teens and teens-at-heart:
Panic and Lies with E. Lockhart and Lauren Oliver
Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m.

Join YA authors E. Lockhart (We Were Liars) and Lauren Oliver (Panic) as they celebrate their newest novels with a joint reading, Q&A, and signing.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

For pop-culture historians:
Kipp Friedman and Barracuda in the Attic
Friday, May 23, 7 p.m.

Mobsters, Groucho Marx, the literati -- these are just a few of the larger-than-life characters in Kipp Friedman’s memoir Barracuda in the Attic. Discover what it was like to be part of Bruce Jay Friedman’s dynasty at Friedman’s reading and signing.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

For adventurous young'uns:
Storytime: A Boy and His Jaguar
Sunday, May 25, 11 a.m.

Greenpoint’s own illustrator Catia Chien presents a jaguar-tastic storytime for the picture book/memoir A Boy and His Jaguar, written by wildlife conservationist Alan Rabinowitz.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

For those who have wondered, "What if?":
Twisted Timelines with Jo Walton
Tuesday, May 27, 7 p.m.

Is Patricia Cowan just suffering from your average dementia, or did her life split in two at some point in her past? Come and contemplate Alzheimer’s, parallel universes, and alternate history with Jo Walton and My Real Children.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. 

For fans of twisted fiction:
Shipwreck and WORD present The Great Gatsby
at the Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Thursday, May 29, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Good theatre for bad literature? Marital aid for book nerds? A literary erotic fanfiction competition for the ages? Shipwreck is all of these things.

Six Great Writers will destroy one Great Book, one Great Character at a time, in service of the transcendent and the profane (and also laughs). Marvel as beloved characters are plucked from their worlds and made to do stuff they were never meant to do in places they were never meant to see.

Featuring Fanfiction based on The Great Gatsby written by: Meg Bashwiner, Jeffrey Cranor, Joseph Fink, and more TBA. All stories will be recited by the voice of Welcome to Night Vale, Cecil Baldwin. 
For locavores:
Local Organic: New Works from the Greenpoint Writers Group
Saturday, May 31, 6:30 p.m.

The Greenpoint Writers Group returns with the 8th installment of their reading series Local Organic, featuring all new work and free wine to go around. Readers include: Jon Herzog, Nathaniel Kressen, Logan Medland, Luke Ohlson, Danielle Pollack, Abby Ronner, Vinny Senguttuvan, Hannah Thurman, and Laura Weinert-Kendt.

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.

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Reading for next month:

WORD's April Bestsellers:

  1. NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, Nathan Pyle (ebook)
  2. Parched, Georgia Clark
  3. The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison (ebook)
  4. Can't and Won't, Lydia Davis
  5. A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies, Douglas Watson
  6. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. Grandma Gatewood's Walk, Ben Montgomery
  8. Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (ebook)
  9. The Harm in Asking, Sara Barron (ebook)
  10. The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer (ebook)
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