2017-11-08 / Front Page

Events At The Astoria Bookshop

Astoria Bookshop selected some highlights of their events and top reading picks. They said, “November is the month of family and community. Also, it’s NaNoWriMo for all of you aspiring authors and recreational writers – Good luck! Thanksgiving is coming up, and while we will be spending November 23 with our families, we love to see all of our favorite customers come in the store to share in enjoying our community with Thanksgiving spirit. Whether you’re picking up a book or attending one of our many events, we are thankful for all of you. Remember that you can always see the full calendar on our website, astoriabookshop.com.”

Astoria Bookshop will be closed on Thursday, November 23, for Thanksgiving.

The bookshop asks that you RSVP via Facebook for all events.

Saturday November 11, 11:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m.: “Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight” Children’s Storytime! – A special Children’s Storytime with guest author Michael Dotsikas as he reads his new book, which encourages kindness and compassion to overcome life’s challenges.

Wednesday November 15, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: “Project Extreme Brewing” – Join Dogfish Head Craft Brewery founder Sam Calagione and brothers and founders Jason and Todd Alström of BeerAdvocate as they celebrate the release of their new book, “Project Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Extreme Brewing at Home” at Alewife in Long Island City (Off-Site Event).

Thursday November 16, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Astoria resident Joanna Scutts discusses her new book, “The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It.”

“An important homage to a woman’s right to choose how to live her life. A sparklingly intelligent and well-researched cultural history.” —Kirkus Reviews

Saturday, November 25, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Small Business Saturday. Come shop in-store on Small Business Saturday and all your purchases will earn double points in the Astoria Bookshop customer loyalty program! Pick up something new for yourself, or get a jump on your holiday shopping. They’ve got gifts for everyone on your list.

And don’t forget to pick up your passport for the Shop Small Astoria Small Business Saturday Retail Crawl. Visit four stores to get a goodie bag, and visit eight or more to be entered to win the grand prize!

Monthly Events:

Saturday November 18, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Feminist Book Club. “Her Body and Other Parties” by Carmen Maria Machado will be discussed at the Astoria Bookshop Feminist Mosaic Reading Group. Each month you read a book and examine it through the lens of modern feminism. All women and allies, teens and up, are welcome to join this group.

Sunday November 19, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. YA Book Club: “Forest of a Thousand Lanterns” Julie C. Dao – The club will be reading books published for readers ages 12 and up. The book club is open to everyone.

Sunday November 19, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Creative Writing Workshop with Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons. My Family Story: Everyone has a story, whether it’s your own or your ancestor’s. Writing your family history so people will want to read it means pushing past the dry facts to craft a compelling narrative. In this workshop, you examine a powerful piece of family storytelling: James McBride’s “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother.” You will also practice techniques such as writing descriptive events from your ancestors’ lives or creating a character profile based on a relative. $10 suggested contribution. BYO pen & paper.

Bookshop Book Club: Astoria Bookshop Book club will be taking a break to celebrate Thanksgiving, but will return in December to discuss Kazuro Ishiguro’s “Remains of the Day.” (10% off for the entirety of November!)

The Astoria Bookshop’s Best Sellers List

1. “Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green (Signed Copies Available)

2. “F*cked” by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson (Signed Copies Available)

3. “We Were Eight Years In Power” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Signed Copies Available)

4. “Vanishing New York” by Jeremiah Moss (Signed Copies Available)

5. “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur

6. “What Happened” by Hillary Clinton

7. “The Book of Dust” by Philip Pullman

8. “Her Body and Other Parties” by Carmen Maria Machado

9. “Basic Witches” by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

10. “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan (Signed Copies Available)

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