2018-09-12 / Features

Astoria Bookshop September Events

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall! Astoria Bookshop has an exciting roster of authors coming into the Bookshop – including two Queens residents, Jennifer Baker, and Suzi Siegel! Remember that you can always see the full calendar on the Astoria Bookshop website, www.astoriabookshop.com.

A River of Images: An Evening of Punjabi Poetry with Ajmer Rode and Rafia Zakaria

Wednesday September 12 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Join Words Without Borders for a celebration of Punjabi poetry with poet and playwright Ajmer Rode in discussion with journalist and literary critic Rafia Zakaria. Free with RSVP. Please register at Eventbrite. Wine reception to follow.

Suzi Siegel’s Tiny New York (RSVP via Facebook)

Tuesday September 18 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Join Astoria Bookshop on Tuesday, September 18th with Queens local Suzi Siegel for “Tiny New York: The Smallest Things in the Biggest City.” While New York may be famous for its towering skyscrapers and colossal neon billboards, it turns out it’s actually the little things that tell the real New York story.

Meet the tiniest standouts in the Big Apple: A teacher who coaches immigrants how to pass the taxi test in a cramped basement classroom. A punk rock singer turned yoga teacher who got rid of all her furniture to turn her studio apartment into a yoga studio. And a great-grandmother from the tiny neighborhood of Ramblersville, Queens, who rebuilt her home from the rubble after it was decimated by Hurricane Sandy.

How To Be Less Stupid About Race: Dr. Crystal M. Fleming in Conversation with Dr. Leah Perry (RSVP via Facebook)

Monday September 24 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Join Astoria Bookshop on Monday, September 24th at 7pm with Dr. Crystal M. Fleming and Dr. Leah Perry as they discuss “How To Be Less Stupid about Race,” a unique and irreverent take on everything that’s wrong with our “national conversation about race”— and what to do about it.

“How to Be Less Stupid About Race” is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sortamaybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstanding about race persist, even as white supremacy and racial injustice are more visible than ever before.

Monthly Events:

Storytelling Show (RSVP via Facebook)

Thursday September 06 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Come to the Bookshop ready to tell a fiveminute 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 are welcome to join the audience! For over 4 years they’ve had 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

General Interest Book Club (RSVP via Facebook)

Sunday September 09 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM

The next General Interest Book Club meeting will be held on Sunday, September 9th at 1 pm.

They’ll be discussing “There There” by Tommy Orange, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion. Questions about this group? Email Zora at zora@astoriabookshop.com.

YA Book Club (RSVP via Facebook)

Sunday September 23 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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 September 23rd at 1 pm, they will be discussing “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” by Jenny Han, available for 10% off in store all month!

Questions about this group? Email Gabby at gabby@astoriabookshop.com

Creative Writing Workshop (RSVP via Facebook)

Sunday September 23 | 5:00PM - 6:30PM

I Remember. Memory feeds our writing in a multitude of ways. At its best, a writer’s memory enriches what the reader experiences on the page. When it fails, however, words lose their essence. How aware are you of memory’s power over our connection with other people? Through a mixture of discussion and writing exercises, they will explore the ways in which memory affects our lives and our writing. $10 suggested contribution. BYO Pen & Paper!

Feminist Reading Group (RSVP via Facebook)

Saturday September 29 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Their focus is on an intersectional exploration of women’s rights and status worldwide. The next selection is “The Door” by Magda Szabo, which they will discuss on Saturday, September 29th at 1pm. 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.

The Astoria Bookshop’s Best Sellers List

1. “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan

2. “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik (signed copies available)

3. “China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan

4. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (signed copies available)

5. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer

6. “There There” by Tommy Orange

7. “Hope Never Dies” by Andrew Shaffer

8. “Rich People Problems” by Kevin Kwan

9. “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik

10. “Risk!” edited by Kevin Allison

Happy reading,

The Astoria Bookshop’s website is www.astoriabookshop.com. They are also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street in Astoria.

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