2018-07-11 / Front Page

July Events at the Astoria Bookshop

Are you staying hydrated? Keep yourself cool this summer at Astoria Bookshop’s air-conditioned bookshop, and meet some incredible, inspiring authors at the same time. Below is a list of upcoming events for July, and remember that you can always see the full calendar at www.AstoriaBookshop.com. RSVP via Facebook for all events.

The Hunt Is On!

It’s July and that means Waldo is back and hiding in 20 local businesses around Astoria. Grab a passport at any of the participating businesses and find as many Waldos as you can to be entered into the grand prize drawing on July 29 at the Bookshop!

For more info and a list of participating businesses, visit www.AstoriaBookshop.com and click on events.

Glynnis MacNicol on “No One Tells You This”

Thursday July 12, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Astoria Bookshop on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 pm with Glynnis MacNicol on her memoir “No One Tells You This.” If you’re over the age of 40 and you’re not a wife or a mother, then what are you? What defines your life and your womanhood?

A revelatory memoir that pulls back the curtain on the lives of “all the single ladies” through the prism of one woman’s 40th year as she embarks on a journey of adventure and self-discovery and an inspirational quest to embrace a seemingly radical lifestyle: living without a husband or children, happily. The very best of memoirs crystallize a particular experience with telling detail in a way that makes it universal, which is what MacNicol does so powerfully in this memoir.

Darnell L. Moore & Kleaver Cruz on “No Ashes In The Fire”

Thursday July 19, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Astoria Bookshop on Thursday, July 19th with Kleaver Cruz interviewing Darnell L. Moore on his memoir “No Ashes In The Fire.” From a leading organizer with the Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ movements comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir of radical black love.

When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen years old, three boys from his Camden, NJ neighborhood tried to set him on fire. Darnell was tall and awkward and constantly bullied by those who saw him as other. That afternoon, the boys doused him with gasoline and tried lighting a match—but it was too windy. It was not the last time he would face death. “No Ashes In The Fire” is a story of beauty and hope, giving voice to the rich, varied experiences of all those who survive on the edges of the margins. As he reckons with what it means to be free, Darnell charts a glorious path toward liberation.

Where’s Waldo Party!

Sunday July 29, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Astoria Bookshop on July 29th to celebrate another summer of fun! Turn in your Waldo passport to be entered into the grand prize drawing and enjoy refreshments to wrap up another year of Waldo.

“The Shortest Way Home” Launch Party!

Tuesday July 31, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come celebrate with Astoria Bookshop for the launch of “The Shortest Way Home” on Tuesday, July 31st, at 7 pm with debut author Miriam Parker. Miriam will be joined by Beth Parker, as well as a few adorable pups (yes, this is a dog-friendly event)! Many of us, no matter how happy or lucky we may be, have two lives: the life we have and the life we dream about pursuing. Miriam Parker invites readers on a journey into this duality with her novel, “The Shortest Way Home,” an unforgettable debut that sparkles with humor and heart. With all the complexity and delight that you find in your favorite bottle of wine, Miriam’s debut will leave readers enchanted and inspire them to reexamine what is possible.

Kevin Allison on “RISK!”

Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At this event, Kevin Allison, host of the “RISK!” podcast and editor of the new “RISK!” book, will be joined by “RISK!” book storytellers Walter Zimmerman, Ames Beckerman, and Tracey Segarra to read incredible true stories from the book and talk about how the book came together.

This is a free event, and no tickets are necessary.

Fans who bring or buy a copy of the “RISK!” book at the this event will be able to have it signed by Kevin and the storytellers and meet and take photos with them as well.

Monthly Events:

Storytelling Show

Thursday July 5, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come to the Bookshop ready to tell a five-minute true story about something that happened to you. Don’t worry about sticking to a theme; you don’t have to. Participants’ names will be pulled from a basket, open-mic style. And of course, non-storytellers welcome to join the audience! For over four years there have been performances from authors with big book deals, standup comics with national TV credits, The Moth GrandSLAM performers and complete and total strangers who had a story to tell. Free show. Hosted by David Lawson

Creative Writing Workshop

Sunday July 15, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Story Starters! Hook readers from the first word by learning and practicing various techniques to start your short story, chapter, or personal essay. Feel free to bring in a piece to play with during the workshop. They’ll also work together to create multiple story starters for the same tale.

$10 suggested contribution. BYO Pen & Paper!

Young Adult Book Club

Sunday July 22, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Welcome to the Astoria Bookshop YA Book Club! They’ll be reading books published for readers ages 12 and up. The book club is open to everyone.

On July 22 at 1 pm, they will be discussing “Roar” by Cora Carmack.

Grab Roar for 10% off in store all month!

Feminist Reading Group

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The focus is on an intersectional exploration of women’s rights and status worldwide.

The next selection is “Disoriental” by Negar Djavadi, which they will discuss on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 pm. The book is available for purchase at the bookshop at 10% off all month long.

General Interest Book Club

Sunday August 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The next General Interest Book Club meeting will be held on Sunday, August 5 at 1 pm.

They’ll be discussing “Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions” by Valeria Luiselli, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion.

The Astoria Bookshop’s Best Sellers List

1. “Calypso” by David Sedaris

2. “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” by Michelle MacNamara

3. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer

4. “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan

5. “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

6. “Sour Heart” by Jenny Zhang

7. “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin

8. “Not That Bad” by Roxane Gay

9. “There There” by Tommy Orange

10. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee

Happy reading! The Astoria Bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street

Astoria, NY 11106

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