2017-09-13 / Front Page

Leading Authors Drop By Astoria Bookshop

Fall has arrived, and that means it’s time to break out sweaters, scarves, and other cozy clothing to bundle yourself up as we march into the cooler parts of the year. The Astoria Bookshop will be hosting a variety of events this month. So whether you like to listen to author readings, want to have dinner with your favorite writer, or need to see just how good of a Star Wars fan you are – you can find it all at Astoria Bookshop. To be sure and catch your favorite author or event, see their full calendar online at info@astoriabookshop.com
Books & Bites with Akhil Sharma: an Official 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Event.
Wednesday, September 13 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Get Tickets Here)
Books & Bites will feature a menu inspired by “A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma. Each ticket includes one copy of Akhil Sharma’s new collection of short stories, “A Life of Adventure and Delight” and a one-night-only tasting menu created by chef and owner of RaR Bar, Tina Stipanovic. Akhil will speak about his new collection of short stories, and then join attendees at the communal table for dinner, answering questions and chatting. After dinner will be the signing.
Sarah Porter on “When I Cast Your Shadow”
Thursday, September 14, 7:00 pm -8:00 pm (RSVP via Facebook)
Join us as Sarah Porter discusses her new book “When I Cast Your Shadow.” In this highly-anticipated standalone novel, Porter brings readers back to Brooklyn, New York...this time weaving urban sprawl with haunting dreamscapes of the Land of the Dead.
“Star Wars Made Easy” with Christian Blauvelt
Saturday, September 16, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (RSVP via Facebook)
Join Astoria Bookshop here at the Astoria Bookshop for a “Star Wars” themed event, for Christian Blauvelt’s new book, “Star Wars Made Easy.” To celebrate the launch of his new book, Christian Blauvelt’s will host a “Star Wars Made Easy” interactive event to help fans become Master Jedis of the franchise, featuring trivia games and challenges.
Chantel Acevedo and Santiago Gamboa
Friday, Septemeber 22, 7:00 - 8:00 pm (RSVP via Facebook)
Join Astoria Bookshop to celebrate the publication of two fantastic new novels coming from Europa Editions, by Miami-based historical novelist Chantel Acevedo and Colombian literary giant Santiago Gamboa.
Mayday: “A Handmaid’s Tale” Discussion
Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (RSVP via Facebook)
Summer’s over, and it’s back to work and study. We’ve all had time to catch up on “Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu. Come join the Astoria Bookshop Feminist Reading Group as they rehash the book and the series and relate them to their own lives and our current political situation. It’s Mayday. Bring a friend.
Monthly Events:
Storytelling Show!
Thursday, September 7, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (RSVP via Facebook)
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! FREE show, hosted by David Lawson
YA Book Club: “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
Sunday, September 17, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm (RSVP via Facebook)
For September we will be discussing “Six Of Crows.” From Leigh Bardugo, author of the New York Times–bestselling Grisha Trilogy, comes a thrilling new story: Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. A #1 New York Times bestseller.
Grab “Six of Crows” for 10% off in-store all month!
Creative Writing Workshop: Creating Life through Character Description.
Sunday, September 17, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm (RSVP via Facebook)
Dreaming up a resilient heroine, crafty CIA agent, or poker-maverick dragon in your mind and then putting that character down on the page is practically like giving birth. That’s a lot of pressure! So, initial descriptions can often be hard to lock down or result in dull and two-dimensional characters. In this workshop, they’ll work on writing effective character descriptions by exploring physicality, immediate surroundings, and inner lives to create personality. A great way to whip up new characters or breathe life into existing ones. $10 suggested contribution. BYO pen & paper.
Feminist Book Club: “Hunger” by Roxane Gay
Saturday, September 23, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (RSVP via Facebook)
Join Astoria Bookshop for their new Feminist Mosaic Reading Group. Each month they’ll read a book and examine it through the lens of modern feminism. For September they’re be reading “Hunger” by Roxane Gay.
Bookshop Book Club: “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy
Sunday, September 24, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (RSVP via Facebook)
We’ll be discussing “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy. Available in store 10% off through the month of September.
The Astoria Bookshop’s Best Sellers List
1. “Basic Witches” by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
1. “A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal” by Jen Waite
3. “Bitch Doctrine” by Laurie Penny
4. “Hunger” by Roxane Gay (10% off)
5. “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy (10% off)
6. “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware
7. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
8. “The Trespasser” by Tana French
9. “Dear Cyborgs” by Eugene Lim
10. “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur
The Astoria Bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street in Astoria.

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