2018-04-11 / Book Review

Events At The Astoria Bookshop

It’s spring, and Astoria Bookshop’s April calendar is packed with fun and exciting events! Join them for author readings, their monthly storytelling show, and mark your calendars for Independent Bookstore Day on the 28th! Check back later this month for details of all the fun happenings Astoria Bookshop is planning for the Independent Bookstore Day celebration.

Below is a list of events for April. Remember that you can always see the full calendar at www.astoriabookshop.com. RSVP for all events and club meetings on Astoria Bookshop’s Facebook page.

Dr. Arri Eisen, author of “The Enlightened Gene” visited Astoria Bookshop on April 6 and was joined by an enthusiastic audience. In “The Enlightened Gene,” Emory University Professor Eisen, together with monk Geshe Yungdrung Konchok, explores the striking ways in which the integration of Buddhism with cutting-edge discoveries in the biological sciences can change our understanding of life and how we live it. What this book discovers along the way will fundamentally change the way you think.

Also visiting Astoria Bookshop, was Julie Buntin as she discussed “Marlena,” her electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss. It tells the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and defined the other’s for decades. Julie was joined by Corinne Sullivan, who recently published her debut novel “Indecent,” which Publishers Weekly described as “[a] surprising debut...an affecting novel, examining self-doubt, self-sabotage, and the lasting impact of both.”

Join Astoria Bookshop on Thursday, April 12, from 7 – 8 pm, as Mariah Fredericks discusses her new novel, “A Death of No Importance,” “a taut, suspenseful, and complex murder mystery with gorgeous period detail” (Susan Elia MacNeal). Mariah will be joined by acclaimed mystery writer Radha Vatsal, author of the Kitty Weeks Mystery series.

Monthly Events:

The Feminist Book Club will meet Sunday, April 15, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm and Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The club’s focus is on an intersectional exploration of women’s rights and status worldwide. The next selection is “The Merry Spinster” by Daniel Mallory Ortberg, which they will discuss on Saturday, April 15 at 1 pm and/or Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm. The book is available for purchase at the Bookshop at 10% off all month long. Questions about this group? Email Jen at AstoriaFeministBookGroup@gmail.com.

YA Book Club: “To Kill a Kingdom” Sunday, April 22, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm The club will be discussing “To Kill a Kingdom,” available in-store at 10% off up until the date of the discussion. Their book club selections are published for readers ages 12 and up, but the book club itself is open to everyone (especially adults!). Questions about this group? Email Gabby at gabby@astoriabookshop.com.

Creative Writing Workshop Sunday, April 22, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Six-Word Memoirs. Legend has it that in the 1920s, Ernest Hemingwayʼs colleagues bet him that he couldnʼt write a complete story in just six words. His “response: For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” In November 2006, writer and editor Larry Smith issued a challenge to fans of his web publication, SMITH Magazine: inspired by Hemingwayʼs story, he asked his readers to describe their lives in six words. The Six-Word Memoir contest officially ended after a month, but the stories kept coming. A Six-Word Memoir is the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words. But how do you get started? During this session, participants will work together to create a personal timeline for your life to help find and shape your own Six-Word Memoir. $10 suggested contribution. BYO Pen & Paper!

General Book Club Sunday, April 29, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. The club will be discussing “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us,” available in-store at 10% off up until the date of the discussion. Questions about this group? Email Zora at zora@astoriabookshop.com.

The Astoria Bookshop’s Best Sellers List

1. “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

2. “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss” by Joe DiStefano

3. “The Perfect Nanny” by Leila Slimani

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

5. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Jee

6. “The Merry Spinster” by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

7. “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” by Michelle McNamara

8. “Call Me By Your Name” by Andre Aciman

9. “This Will Be My Undoing” by Morgan Jerkins

10. “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman

The Astoria Bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street in Astoria.


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