November at WORD Brooklyn:
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Allie Brosh signing HYPERBOLE AND A HALF
Allie Brosh, cartoonist and author of Hyperbole and a Half, signing and drawing with her fans

It is after Halloween which means that you will now be bombarded with holiday cheer, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. We hereby promise not to put any reindeer in our newsletters, but we do have some things that will hopefully bring you merriment.
  • On Sunday, November 10, bring your little ones down to Littlefield for the Animal Hop! dance and book party. Tickets benefit the Sean Casey Animal Rescue, and you'll be able to meet some of your favorite children's book authors; books on sale courtesy of yours truly. 
  • The following Sunday, November 17, Lit at Lark welcomes Pia Ehrhardt, Jael McHenry, and Nathan Oates at 5 p.m. and we'll be bookslinging as per usual. 
And we've got a full month of in-store events as well! Read on, friends; read on.


This month's featured event:
Indies First Day
Saturday, November 30, all day

Thanks to Sherman Alexie’s call to action, authors all over the borough -- and the country -- are stopping by their local bookstores on Small Business Saturday to help handsell their favorite titles. Here at WORD, you can meet and chat with authors including Jennifer K. Armstrong (Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted), Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins), Susannah Cahalan (Brain on Fire), Myke Cole (Shadow Ops series), Sarah McCarry (All Our Pretty Songs), Tim O'Mara (Crooked Numbers), Amy Shearn (The Mermaid of Brooklyn) and Emma Straub (Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures), find out what they’re recommending this holiday season, and get signed books. 

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.


Coming up at WORD:

Girl Who Soared Over FairylandFor lovers of bold voices:
Emily Books presents Samantha Irby
Tuesday, November 5, 7 p.m

Writer and performer Samantha Irby reads from her essay collection Meaty, a recent featured pick from indie e-bookstore Emily Books. In addition to co-hosting the sex-positive The Sunday Night Sex Show and Guts & Glory, a reading series featuring essayists, Irby has performed at Essay Fiesta, Write Club, This Much is True, Grown Folks Stories, The Paper Machete, and Story Club, among others, and opened for Baratunde Thurston during his “How to Be Black” tour.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For teens and teens-at-heartxo Orpheus:
Arin Greenwood and Save the Enemy
Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m

Join us for a special early release of HuffPo DC editor Arin Greenwood’s new teen novel, Save the Enemy. She’ll be in conversation with HuffPo Deputy National Editor Carly Schwartz about writing, survivalism, and more, and will take questions and sign.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
The New York Nobody KnowsFor New Yorkers:
Pete Hamill and The Christmas Kid
Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m.

New York chronicler Pete Hamill (Forever, Tabloid City) presents his collection of Brooklyn stories, The Christmas Kid, with a reading and signing. Full of pieces that have been unavailable for years, this collection is classic Hamill -- a must-read for his fans, for those who love New York, and for anyone who seeks to understand the world today through the lens of the world that was.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For screenwriters:
Gotham Writers' Workshop: Screenwriting with Raven Burnett
Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m.

Polish up your screenwriting skills with Raven Burnett! Burnett has written and collaborated on numerous feature and short screenplays, and was a staff writer on the web series Behind the Byte and the head writer for Lakoo Games. He is a co-founder of the 48NYC theater festival and was a resident playwright/director at the Idiom Theater.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Good Indian GirlsSomeday This Will Be FunnyFor short story readers:
Ranbir Singh Sidhu and Lynne Tillman
Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m.

Ranbir Singh Sidhu and Lynne Tillman will read from their latest works in celebration of Sidhu’s debut short story collection, Good Indian Girls, followed by a conversation, Q&A, and signing. Sidhu is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Alaska Quarterly Review and The Missouri Review. Tillman is the author of many books, including the story collection Someday This Will Be Funny.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
House GirlIndiscretionFor those who are new to the game:
New Voices: Tara Conklin and Charles Dubow
Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m.

Debut authors Tara Conklin (The House Girl) and Charles Dubow (Indiscretion) present a joint reading followed by a conversation about first-time publishing, the writing process, bestseller lists, and more.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Moby DickFor whale watchers:
Thar She Blows: Whale Tales, Sea Shanties, and More Melvillainy from Moby-Dick Marathon NYC
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m.

While the full marathon is on hiatus this year, we’re gathering for a special one-night whaling and Melville variety show celebrating Moby-Dick in life and literary culture. 

Featuring short presentations from:
  • sea shanties classic and contemporary from Amy Virginia Buchanan
  • scenes from the thriller 2010: Moby-Dick
  • a book report on MD from Lincoln Michel
  • "I spent three years on a whaleship and all I got was scurvy" with Brigid Harmon, who in 2011 spent three weeks on Nantucket reading whaling log books to find out what whalers ate
  • the beached whales of the Pacific Northwest with journalist Mary Pilon
  • Moby-Dick: The Card Game with King Post
  • Michelle Legro reads Owen Chase's account of the whaleship Essex, which was stove by a whale
  • Giveaways and tomfoolery from Melville House
  • The Illustrated Whale: Erin Chapman on Rockwell Kent, the "stormy petrel" of American art 
Plus clam chowder from sponsor Littleneck Brooklyn, brews from sponsor Harpoon Brewery, and more facts and fun TBA.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For football fans:Monsters 1985
Vol. One Brooklyn presents Rich Cohen
Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m.

Rich Cohen (Sweet and Low, Tough Jews) talks about Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, quite possibly the best book ever about the greatest football team ever, with Jason Diamond (Flavorwire/Vol. 1 Brooklyn/life-long Chicago Bears fan).

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Secret Language of ColorFor artists, scientists, and color enthusiasts:
The Science, History, and Culture of Color
Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m.

From outer space to Earth, from plants to animals to humans, The Secret Language of Color investigates the countless ways in which color shapes our world. Join Arielle and Joann Eckstut for a multimedia presentation, and come with questions about your favorite piece of ROY G BIV.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Tequila MockingbirdFor fans of cocktails and literary puns:
Tequila Mockingbird with Tim Federle
Friday, November 22, 7 p.m.

Comedian and author Tim Federle presents his cocktail book for the literati, Tequila Mockingbird. Join him for a cocktail tasting and presentation, detailing the many grueling hours of research he was forced to endure in the writing process and the trials and tribulations of literary pun-making. Drinks are complimentary, courtesy of Breuckelen Distilling, but donations are encouraged, and will benefit the Greenpoint Food Pantry.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.
For fans of new work:
Greenpoint Writers Group: LOCAL ORGANIC
Saturday, November 23, 6:30 p.m.

The Greenpoint Writers Group returns with the 7th installment of their powerhouse reading series Local Organic, featuring new members, new work, and free wine to go around. Spectators seeking the raw, the bold, the unfinished – look no further. After 12 weeks spent haunting the basement of WORD the collective will launch straight into performance mode.

Reading will be Crispin Kott, Nathaniel Kressen, Logan Medland, Luke Ohlson, Abby Ronner, Vinny Senguttuvan, Hannah Thurman, and Laura Weinert-Kendt.

Free admission. Complimentary wine. Merriment to follow.

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

Upcoming discussions:
Reading for next month:

WORD's October bestsellers:

  1. Hyperbole and a HalfHyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh (ebook)
  2. Battling Boy, Paul Pope
  3. Just One Year, Gayle Forman
  4. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland, Catherynne M. Valente
  5. Dying Is My Business, Nicholas Kaufmann (ebook)
  6. And Every Day Was Overcast, Paul Kwiatkowski (ebook)
  7. The Wes Anderson Collection, Matthew Zoller Seitz
  8. The Circle, Dave Eggers (ebook)
  9. Woman Rebel, Peter Bagge
  10. Dissident Gardens, Jonathan Lethem (ebook)
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