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October at WORD Brooklyn
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Rob Sheffield, kicking off our Love and Karaoke Night in honor of
his new memoir, 
Turn Around Bright Eyes.
 
You guys, we have SEVENTEEN EVENTS in October. So many. You're coming to all of them, right?

On top of that, we'll be slinging books at the Del Rey booth at New York Comic Con, October 10 - 13 -- we expect all of you attending to come by and show us your awesome costumes. And/or buy some books. Same goes for Lit at Lark on October 20 (although you may not have a costume for that one), at which Patty Chang Anker, Stephanie Lehmann, and Carolyn Turgeon will be reading.

The next couple days are your last chance to preorder signed, personalized copies from Paul Pope (Battling Boy, deadline October 4) and Gayle Forman (Just One Year, deadline October 9). We'll do our best to have signed copies on display as well, but preorders are guaranteed! You could also be one of the lucky folks to get a special set of One Good Earl playing cards for preordering Sarah MacLean's forthcoming novel No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. Neat, right?

This month's featured event:


Mad About the BoyMad About the Boy: Bridget Jones Late-Night Release Party
Monday, October 14, 10:30 p.m.
Admission: Pre-order of Mad About the Boy


Celebrate the return of our favorite Girl Around Town! Compete in the Bridget Jones look-alike contest, enjoy dramatic readings from the previous novels (or give one of your own), and then get your copy of Mad About the Boy at midnight. Surprises and refreshments guaranteed. Attendees must preorder to attend, and your preorder also gets you a shot at the signed copy raffle! 

You can preorder your copy here; if you'd like to be one of our readers, please email brooklyn@wordbookstores.com. You can also RSVP on Facebook.

Coming up at WORD:

Girl Who Soared Over FairylandFor lovers of fantasy and adventure:
A Trip to Fairyland with Catherynne M. Valente
Tuesday, October 1, 7 p.m.

Join staff favorite Catherynne M. Valente for a Fairyland extravaganza in honor of The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two. The evening will feature performances from SJ Tucker, readings, and a Q&A with fellow YA author Bennett Madison (September Girls). All ages welcome!

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Forxo Orpheus modern myth tellers:
xo Orpheus with Emma Straub, Peter Straub, and Dawn Raffel
Wednesday, October 2, 7 p.m.

xo Orpheus contributors Dawn Raffel, Emma Straub, and Peter Straub present readings from this stunning collection of new myths. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, a squid who falls in love with the sun, and a girl who gives birth to cubs, these are extravagantly imagined contemporary stories, heralding a new beginning for one of the world’s oldest literary traditions.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
The New York Nobody KnowsFor urban trailblazers:
The New York Nobody Knows with William Helmreich
Saturday, October 5, 5 p.m.

William Helmreich decided to walk virtually every block of all five boroughs -- a journey of 6,000 miles! Come find out things you never knew about North Brooklyn, then join Helmreich for a guided local walking tour.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Ike's Incredible InkFor creative kids:
Brianne Farley and Ike’s Incredible Ink
Sunday, October 6, 4 p.m.

Ike is all set to write an incredible story -- but he needs the right materials! Join author and illustrator Brianne Farley for an all-ages presentation of Ike’s Incredible Ink and learn how to tell stories of your own. 

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
The Wes Anderson CollectionFor tennis fans and foxes:
Matt Zoller Seitz and The Wes Anderson Collection
Tuesday, October 8, 7 p.m.
  • Pulitzer Prize finalist Matt Zoller Seitz presents a discussion of Wes Anderson and his films as documented in The Wes Anderson Collection, the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career.
Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Dying Is My BusinessFor risk-takers:
What’s in the Box? with Nicholas Kaufmann
Wednesday, October 9, 7 p.m.

From Pandora’s box to Pulp Fiction, pop culture has its fair share of “Do Not Open” warnings. Join Nicholas Kaufmann for a discussion of the mysterious and hidden, in honor of the release of his debut novel Dying Is My Business.

Dying Is My Business follows Trent, the "fix-it" man for a psychotic Brooklyn crime boss who regularly finds himself on the wrong end of too many bullets. Yet each time he’s killed, he wakes a few minutes later completely healed of his wounds but with no memory of his past identity. What’s worse, each time he cheats death, someone else dies in his place. Sent to steal an antique box from some squatters in an abandoned warehouse near the West Side Highway, Trent soon finds himself stumbling into an age-old struggle between the forces of good and evil.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
The Revolution of Every DayFor fans of music and words:
Largehearted Lit: Mitchell S. Jackson and Cari Luna
Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m.

Debut novelists Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years) and Cari Luna (The Revolution of Every Day) present readings from their books. They’ll be joined by musician Echo Bloom.

Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America’s whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In the ’90s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding autobiographical novel The Residue Years, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in that time and place.

Meanwhile in '90s New York, the Lower East Side contained a city within its shadows: a community of squatters who staked their claims on abandoned tenements and lived and worked within their own parameters, accountable to no one but each other. With gritty prose and vivid descriptions, Cari Luna's debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, imagines the lives of five squatters from that time.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For admirers of innovative lit:
Small Press Night
Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m. 

Celebrate small independent presses with Elephant Rock Books! They’ll be joined by Akashic Books, Black Balloon Press, and C&R Press for an evening of readings from Jacob Appel (The Biology of Luck), Robert Antoni (As Flies to Whatless Boys), Bruce McEver (Scaring Up the Morning), and Paul Kwiatkowski (And Every Day Was Overcast).

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

The Biology of Luck As Flies To Whatless Boys Scaring Up the Morning And Everyday Was Overcast
Crooked NumbersFor Brooklynites who dig mystery:
Brooklyn Launch: Tim O’Mara and Crooked Numbers
Friday, October 18, 7 p.m. 

Tim O'Mara reads from his second Raymond Donne mystery, Crooked Numbers, about a Brooklyn schoolteacher who crosses the line and a deep culture gap to solve the murder of a student from the wrong side of the Williamsburg Bridge. O’Mara will sign and answer questions from the audience after the reading.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
The Black SpiderThe Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us AllFor those who want a good scare:
From the Devil to Cosmic Horrors: A Night of Fears
Tuesday, October 22, 7 p.m. 

Prepare for Halloween with a night of tales of terror! Bring your flashlight and your safety blanket and settle in as readers present stories from old-world gothic to modern horror. The evening features Laird Barron (The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All), translator Susan Bernofsky (The Black Spider), Tobias Carroll of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and others.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
The Roy StoriesFor fans of stories in all forms:
Storytelling with Barry Gifford
Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m.

Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart) celebrates his new short story collection, The Roy Stories, and the rerelease of his novel Landscape with Traveler with a reading accompanied by jazz guitarist Miles Okazaki. He’ll also be in conversation about his work, and will take questions and sign. 

In The Roy Stories, Gifford brings his signature style to a collection of tales following the titular character, who has made appearances in a number of previous story collections. Roy lives a mystical kind of life, skinning crocodiles in Southern Florida at age nine in the 1940s and playing in the back alleys of Chicago in the 1950s.

In print for the first time in fifteen years, Landscape with Traveler is written as the protagonist's diary -- inspired by the first century Japanese writer Sei Shōnagon’s pillow book -- and structured as three acclaimed short novels bound into one volume. The book recounts the deep friendship between a middle-aged gay man and a young straight man through vignette-like entries, all the while tracing a history of the US from the 1930s through 1970s.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Woman RebelFor kickass readers and graphic novel lovers:
Woman Rebel with Peter Bagge and friends 
Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m.

Join us for a night of reading and storytelling in honor of activist Margaret Sanger. Featuring a presentation from cartoonist Peter Bagge, author of Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, the evening will also include writer Thomas Page McBee, Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms), and pro-voice activist Kassi Underwood. 

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For fans of theater:
Bookshop Workshops presents Goldfish Love by Ryan Fogarty
Saturday, October 26, 5 p.m.

Bookshop Workshops presents a reading of Ryan Fogarty’s play Goldfish Love. Bookshop Workshops aims to promote theatre through independent bookstores across New York and Connecticut.

Charles, the main character of Goldfish Love, is suffering from a form of dementia in an assisted-living center. When his former lover, Dean, returns after his wife has passed away, Charles struggles to understand why Dean has come back after so long. Charles’ daughter, Mae, believes it to be his money, but his nurse Serena believes he wants a new beginning in the twilight of their lives. Charles tests Dean’s love, revealing that while it’s important to take advice from the ones you love, it’s your own heart that knows the truth.
                                              For writers-in-progress:
Ken Derry-Gotham Writers' WorkshopGotham Writers Workshop: Article Writing with Ken Derry
Sunday, October 27, 2 p.m.

Ken Derry, deputy editor of Yankees Magazine, leads a workshop on article writing. Share your work in a supportive environment, and leave with pages in hand!   

Derry has written articles for the New York Times, ESPN.com, Outside, Runner’s World, Bicycling, AM New York, the Times of Trenton, Blue, the Rough Guides, and Shecky’s Nightlife Guides.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
The UnknownsThe Other RoomFor fans of new fiction:
Kim Triedman and Gabriel Roth
Tuesday, October 29, 7 p.m.

Authors Gabriel Roth (The Unknowns) and Kim Triedman (The Other Room) read from their debut novels, take questions, and sign.    

The Unknowns introduces Eric Muller, former teenage geek and current Silicon Valley millionaire. When Eric falls for the beautiful, fiercely opinionated Maya Marcom, and she miraculously falls for him too, he's in new territory. But the more he learns about his perfect girlfriend's unresolved past, the further Eric's obsessive mind spirals into confusion and doubt. Can he reconcile his need for order and logic with the mystery and chaos of love?

The Other Room follows a grieving couple three years after the sudden, mysterious death of their 1-year-old daughter Lily. Josef Coleman, a high-strung New York surgeon, and his editor wife, Claudia Macinnes, remain mired in anguish and grief. Their mourning has left them reaching out for different things in different ways: Josef for a primal, physical connection that Claudia can no longer bear, and Claudia for a connection of the soul that Josef has never really known how to offer.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For fellow hyperbolists:
Hyperbole and a Half with Allie Brosh

Wednesday, October 30, 7 p.m.

Allie Brosh, the award-winning blogger and cartoonist behind Hyperbole and a Half, presents her memoir of the same name, which features favorite stories from the blog as well as new material. This event is free and open to the public; reserved seating is available for the first 50 people to preorder Hyperbole and a Half.    

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
enter
our event book raffle for a signed set of featured books!
Facebook RSVPs appreciated but certainly not mandatory.

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Discussions this month:
Reading for next month:

WORD's September bestsellers:

  1. This Is How You Say GoodbyeThis Is How You Say Goodbye, Victoria Loustalot (ebook)
  2. A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, Dylan Tucillo, Jared Zeizel, and Thomas Peisel (ebook)
  3. This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila Sales (ebook)
  4. Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon (ebook)
  5. Rivington Was Ours, Brendan Jay Sullivan (ebook)
  6. Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Jeffrey Brown
  7. Turn Around Bright Eyes, Rob Sheffield (ebook)
  8. This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz (ebook)
  9. Several Short Sentences About Writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg (ebook)
  10. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Peter Brown
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