August at WORD Brooklyn:
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Peter Straub, entertaining the audience with behind-the-scenes tales of Hollywood at the paperback launch of Emma Straub's Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures.

August is upon us and our spirits are high, just like the temperature. BA DUMP BUM! No, seriously folks, we're feeling good. There are good books to read, we're having great conversations with you all about them, and no one in the WORD basketball league has died of heatstroke. Causes for celebration all around!

Along with our in-store events and two park readings, we're participating in a bookshop walking tour of Brooklyn in honor of Christopher Morley's The Haunted Bookshop. Grab your sunscreen and your most bookish tote and join us on August 18! The tour begins at a special pop-up at LARK (1007 Church Ave), where we'll be kicking off the reading and selling copies.

We're also doing a book drive for Books Through Bars, a charity that sends quality reading material to prisoners and encourages creative dialogue on the criminal justice system. We put together a list of books based on their requests, and you can purchase a book to donate right here.

Books Beneath the Bridge 2012This month's featured event:

Books Beneath the Bridge:
Five Borough Blues

Monday, August 5, 7 p.m.
at The Brooklyn Bridge Park,
Granite Prospect, Pier 1

Celebrate the five boroughs with readings from Kevin Baker (Dreamland, Luna Park),
Binnie Kirshenbaum (Staten Island Noir, An Almost Perfect Moment), Victor Lavalle (The Devil in Silver, Big Machine), Alina Simone (Note to Self, You Must Go and Win), and Colson Whitehead (Zone One, Sag Harbor). Attendees will get a chance to win a Five Borough Noir set, courtesy of Akashic Books!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Coming up at WORD:

Heads in BedsFor anyone who has ever wondered what's going on in the next room:
Paperback Launch for Jacob Tomsky and Heads in Beds
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 7 p.m.

Brooklyn’s own Jacob Tomsky celebrates the paperback release of his memoir Heads in Beds with a reading, discussion, and signing, including refreshments! In honor of Short Story Thursdays, Tomsky’s weekly email-based short fiction club, he'll be joined by fellow writer Kristen Dombek reading an appropriately hotel-based short story.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Where's WaldoCalling all Waldo hunters:
Find Waldo Party
Sunday, August 4, 3 p.m.

After searching for Waldo all over Greenpoint in July, children and families are invited to enjoy snacks, drinks, and prizes. All participants will be entered in prize drawings for Waldo books, posters, and postcards, as well as gift certificates from local businesses!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
All Our Pretty SongsFor fans of mythology and/or rock'n'roll:
Sarah McCarry and All Our Pretty Songs
Thursday, August 8, 7 p.m.

Come in your best ‘90s outfit to celebrate the release of local author Sarah McCarry’s debut teen novel, All Our Pretty Songs. There will be a mix-tape cake, giveaways, music, and more!

Molly and Jenn are both huge fans of this book, which retells the story of Orpheus and Eurydice with a modern timeline and a gender twist. Says Jenn, "This book will make you feel like an angry teenager again, in the best possible way."

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Eating My FeelingsFor those who enjoy a good laugh as well as a good cake:
Eating Your Feelings with Mark Rosenberg
Wednesday, August 14, 7 p.m.

Essayist Mark Rosenberg joins us for real talk about body image in honor of his new collection, Eating My Feelings. From childhood fat camp adventures to personal trainer flirtations, Rosenberg leaves no stone unturned and no piece of red velvet cake uneaten.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Transmitter ParkFor fans of literary excursions in the park:
WORDs on the Waterfront with The Atlas Review, Electric Literature, and Emily Books
Tuesday, August 20, 7 p.m.
at Transmitter Park, Greenpoint Avenue at West St.

The Atlas Review, Electric Literature, and Emily Books help us close out the summer with an evening of readings at Transmitter Park. Bring your blanket or your lawn chair and prepare for literature, lemonade, and a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline! Readers will include Matt Dojny, Alex Morris, Helen Phillips, and Montana Ray.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For precise nerds:
A Game of Words: You Spell or You Die
Saturday, August 24, 5 p.m.

Calling all genre fans: bring your love of nerdery and your language skills! We’re throwing a multi-fandom spelling bee, moderated by Ryan Britt. Spellers can sign up for either the Harry Potter or Game of Thrones preliminary round; finalists will then go head to head in an all’s-fair-in-fandom face-off. Email to sign up. Spaces limited for spellers; studio audience members welcome.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Gotham Writers' WorkshopFor writers at work:
Gotham Writers' Workshop: Humor Writing with Ryan Britt
Sunday, August 25, 2 p.m.

Join Ryan Britt for a class focused on humor writing. Share your work in a dynamic and supportive environment, and leave with new pages in hand! Ryan Britt has published fiction and nonfiction in Nerve, Opium Magazine, Soon Quarterly, The Rumpus, Clarkesworld Magazine, The New Inquiry, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, and written for His plays and performances have been seen at numerous venues. He also teaches Memoir Writing and Creative Writing 101 at Gotham.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Google Place ReviewsFor fellow contrarians:
Judgment Day: Book Caging of Dolan Morgan's Google Place Reviews
Thursday, August 29, 7 p.m.

Rather than a book release, Dolan has invited four great writers to help him “cage” his book and eliminate it from the world forever. Iris Cushing, Natalie Eilbert, Mike Lala, and Danniel Schoonebeek will present the last readings ever from Google Place Reviews, along with their own work, including pieces they hope to retire from the universe -- all on a date made infamous by Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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:
  • Saturday, August 3, 12 p.m. Book Group: Saga Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Saturday, August 3, 2:45 p.m. Romance Book Group: Men in Kilts, Katie McAlister
  • Saturday, August 10, 12 p.m. Classics Book Group: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Saturday, August 10, 3 p.m. Music Writing Book Group: You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me, Nathan Rabin
  • Saturday, August 17, 1 p.m. YA Not? Book GroupUses for Boys, Erica Lorraine Scheidt
  • Saturday, August 17, 3 p.m. Brit Lit Book GroupPorterhouse Blue, Tom Sharpe
Reading for next month:

WORD's July bestsellers:

  1. I Wear the Black Hat, Chuck Klosterman (ebook)
  2. All Our Pretty Songs, Sarah McCarry (ebook)
  3. Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, Emma Straub (ebook)
  4. A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers (ebook)
  5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (ebook)
  6. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris (ebook)
  7. The Lullaby of Polish Girls, Dagmara Dominczyk (ebook)
  8. Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, Dave Roman
  9. The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
  10. Blue Plate Special, Kate Christensen (ebook)
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