Coming up in March in Greenpoint:
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Kim Kelly (NOISEY) and Rock Goddess Lita Ford at St. Vitus Bar, presented by WORD Brooklyn
Starting the month off with two back-to-back young reader events that will be sure to impress any 9-13 year olds you know: debut author Goldy Moldavsky with KILL THE BOY BAND in conversation with Danielle Henderson on 3/1, and then Catherynne Valente with her latest and final installation in the Fairyland series, which we will be celebrating with an Underworld theme party 3/2.  

We have a full roster for adult-reader events the rest of the month and we couldn’t be more excited about all the rising literary stars who will be gracing our stage this month; on 3/3 Sara Majka and Garth Greenwell will be chatting about their respective new and ravely reviewed titles, Cities I’ve Never Lived In and What Belongs to You.  Our favorite Sunday reading series The Hustle is back with as delicious a line-up as ever on 3/6. We will be hosting Leslie Jamison and Heidi Julavits on 3/8 to celebrate the paperback release of Julavits’ The Folded Clock.  Suzanne Berne will share excerpts from her latest Dogs of Littlefield on 3/10, and Ranbir Singh Sidhu and Tanwi Nandini will be celebrating Deep Singh Blue  and Bright Lines on 3/15.  We’re hosting Greenpoint local and friend-of-WORD Dolan Morgan’s Insignificana release on 3/18 with special guests Nelly Reifler and Roberto Montes, and concluding our March in-store lineup with a conversation between Glen Weldon and fiction writer Alexander Chee about Weldon’s new book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture on 3/22.

And we are co-presenting two events over at Housing Works (our favorite ever used bookstore/cafe/bar/ nonprofit/literary hub at 126 Crosby St, Manhattan): Melissa Broder’s launch for her new essay collection So Sad Today on 3/17, and Rob Spillman’s All Tomorrow’s Parties launch on 3/29.
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Our featured event:

For fantastical creatures:
Cat Valente's Fairyland Revel at the WORD Underworld
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 pm

WORD is honored to be hosting Catherynne M. Valente for the debut of her latest Fairyland novel, The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home.  We will celebrate the closing book in this beloved fantasy series with a Fairyland theme party.  Think costumes, contests, prizes, refreshments, and our downstairs events space transformed into the Underworld depicted in Valente's novels. And Gleam! 

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Coming up in Greenpoint

For superfans:
Goldy Moldavsky presents KILL THE BOY BAND with Danielle Henderson
Tuesday, March 1, 7 pm

From debut YA author and Brooklyn local Goldy Moldavsky comes KILL THE BOY BAND, the story of four superfan friends whose devotion to their favorite boy band has darkly comical and murderous results.  She will be joined by writer and critic Danielle Henderson, whose vast career includes editing and staff writing at Rookie magazine and authoring Feminist Ryan Gosling.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For travelers and wanderers:
Sara Majka and Garth Greenwell in Conversation
Thursday, March 3, 7 pm
WORD will be celebrating the release of Sara Majka’s critically acclaimed debut short story collection Cities I’ve Never Lived In (Graywolf Press, 2016).  Sara will be joined in conversation by Garth Greenwell, whose first full-length novel What Belongs to You has recently received praise in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

RSVP encouraged, but not required
For hustlers:
The Hustle Reading Series
Sunday, March 6, 2 pm

The Hustle is a writers' conversation series at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn. Three writers do a brief reading then talk about how they hustle—what hours they keep, how they pay the bills, how they read, the importance of community and more. This month is the hustle’s one year anniversary edition and guests will be Melissa Febos, Marie-Helene Bertino, and Leah Falk!

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For journal keepers and readers:
Heidi Julavits in conversation with Leslie Jamison
Tuesday, March 8, 7 pm

Join us for a conversation between authors Heidi Julavits and Leslie Jamison to celebrate the paperback release of Julavits’s latest work, The Folded Clock: A Diary. She is previously the author of four critically acclaimed novels (The Vanishers, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace) and coeditor, with Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes. Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For disappearing dog detectives:
Suzanne Berne presents Dogs of Littlefield
Thursday, March 10, 7 pm
Littlefield, Massachusetts, named one of the Ten Best Places to Live in America, full of psychologists and college professors, is proud of its fine schools, its girls’ soccer teams, its leafy streets, and charming village center.  Yet no sooner has sociologist Dr. Clarice Watkins arrived to study the elements of “good quality of life” than someone begins poisoning the town’s dogs. Are the poisonings in protest to an off-leash proposal for Baldwin Park—the subject of much town debate—or the sign of a far deeper disorder? Certainly these types of things don’t happen in Littlefield.  Suzanne Berne is the author of four books and currently she teaches creative writing at Boston College and lives outside of Boston.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For readers bright and blue:
Ranbir Singh Sidhu and Tanwi Nandini Islam in conversation
Tuesday, March 15, 7 pm

Ranbir Singh Sidhu and Tanwi Nandini Islam will read from their debut novels, Deep Singh Blue and Bright Lines, and discuss the ways they have re-invented the immigrant narrative using their own experiences and by creating first-generation protagonists that defy stereotypes.   Ranbir Singh Sidhu is the author of the story collection Good Indian Girls and is a winner of a Pushcart Prize and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. 
RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For sad girls:
So Sad Today Launch with Melissa Broder at Housing Works Bookstore 
Thursday, March 17, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St.
WORD Bookstores co-presents the launch event of So Sad Today, a darkly funny and brutally honest collection of essays from Melissa Broder, acclaimed poet (Last Sext, Meat Heart) and creator of the popular Twitter account @sosadtoday.

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For absurdists:
INSIGNIFICANA launch with Dolan Morgan, joined by Nelly Reifler and Roberto Montes
Friday, March 18, 7 pm

Dolan Morgan returns to WORD for the launch of his second book of stories, Insignificana.  He will be joined by fellow authors Nelly Reifler and Roberto Montes. Dolan Morgan lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. His previous story collection is That's When the Knives Come Down.  Nelly Reifler is the author of a story collection, See Through, and a novel, Elect H. Mouse State Judge.  Roberto Montes is the author of I Don’t Know Do You, named one of the Best Books of 2014 by NPR.
RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For Batman in disguise:
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture with Glen Weldon and Alexander Chee

Tuesday, March 22nd, 7 pm
Join NPR contributor and Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist Glen Weldon for the launch of his new book, which explores the intersection of Batman and nerd culture.  At once a deep dive into the character’s history and an analysis of how and why Batman has become the focus of a passionate and occasionally toxic breed of nerdery, The Caped Crusade offers Batman as a lens through which to examine The Way We Nerd Now. Glen Weldon has been a theater critic, a science writer, an oral historian, a writing teacher, a bookstore clerk, a movie usher, a PR flack, a spectacularly inept marine biologist, and a slightly-better-than-ept competitive swimmer.  He will be joined in conversation by Alexander Chee, author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). 

RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
For party animals:
WORD and Housing Works present All Tomorrow’s Parties with Rob Spillman
Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St.

WORD Bookstores co-presents the launch event for All Tomorrow’s Parties, Tin House co-founding editor Rob Spillman’s intimate and spirited memoir of his fierce pursuit of an artistic life as a young man, and a lively portrait of Berlin in the midst of a cultural renaissance.
RSVP encouraged, but not required. 
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Facebook RSVPs appreciated but certainly not mandatory.

Book groups

  • Romance Book Group
  • Saturday, March 5, 2:45 pm: Something About You, Julie James
    • Next Month: Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh
  • Gilmore Girls Book Group
  • Sunday, March 6, 5 pm: The Group, Mary McCarthy
    • Next Month: The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker
  • Greenpoint Young Readers Book Group
  • Wednesday, March 9, 4 pm: Redwall, Brian Jacques
    • Next Month: TBA
  • Classics Book Group
  • Saturday, March 12, 12 pm: The Black Spider, Jeremias Gotthelf
    • Next Month: My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin
  • Music Writing Book Group
  • Saturday, March 12, 2 pm: Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll, Peter Bebergal
    • Next Month: Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man, Robert Christgau
  • WORD Brooklyn Book Group
  • Saturday, March 26, 2 pm: Riders of the Purple Sage and the Rainbow Trail, Zane Grey
    • Next Month: Manhattan Transfer, John Roderigo Dos Passos

March 2016 Top Ten:

  1. Living Like a Runaway by Lita Ford (ebook)
  2. My American Duchess by Eloisa James (ebook)
  3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (ebook)
  4. Greenpoint Brooklyn's Forgotten Past by Geoffrey Cobb
  5. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (ebook)
  6. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (ebook)
  7. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (ebook)
  8. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
  9. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (ebook)
  10. Something About You by Julie James (ebook) 
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