2018-10-10 / Front Page

Astoria Books’ Upcoming Events

Halloween is right around the corner, and Astoria Bookshop has some spooky events to get you in the mood! Check out some of their exciting events below – and remember that you can always see the full calendar on their website.

Thursday October 11, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Join Astoria Bookshop on Thursday morning for another special storytime as children’s author Anna Membrino reads from her two board books I Look Up To. . . Michelle Obama and I Look Up To. . . Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If you can see it, you can be it! It’s never too early to introduce your child to the people you admire! Each spread highlights an important trait, and is enhanced by a quote from Michelle and RBG themselves. Kids will grow up hearing the words of the influential women and will learn what YOU value in a person!

Friday October 12, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Astoria Bookshop on Friday, October 12 at 7:00 with Susan Harlan as she discusses her new book Decorating a Room of One’s Own – wickedly funny “interviews” with fictional literary characters about their homes and dwellings using the language of contemporary interior design reportage. Susan will be joined in conversation with Maris Kreizman, creator of Slaughterhouse 90210.

Saturday October 13, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join Astoria Bookshop on Saturday, October 13 at 1 pm when Amanda Moeckel celebrates the launch of her stunning new children’s book, Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song!, an inspiring story of creative pursuit for determined children. When a song whispers in Khalida’s ear late one night, she is determined to catch it. But the next day, no matter how hard she tries, bad timing and a busy schedule get in the way of her creative pursuit. Khalida longs for time to sit at the piano and make her own music and refuses to give up on her quest. When she finally succeeds, we discover the power of a captivating melody. Readers will relate to Khalida’s overscheduling frustrations as well as her joy as inspiration becomes art. Lush watercolor art showcases how one girl’s determined pursuit of an idea rewards us all with the enduring magic of a beautiful song.

Wednesday October 17, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Astoria Bookshop on Wednesday, October 17 at 7 pm with author and journalist Karla Starr for Can You Learn to Be Lucky?: Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others. Fifteen years ago, when journalist Karla Starr almost died in a car accident, State Farm called the series of events leading to her skull fracture an Act of God. Depending on who you ask, timing, human error, or luck were to blame. Starr’s freak accident was the impetus to her quest to find meaning behind life’s hidden patterns, better known as “luck.” In Can You Learn to Be Lucky, Starr combines scientific research with fascinating true stories to show us how we can improve outcomes that appear to be random or out of our control.

Thursday October 18, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Newtown Literary and the Astoria Bookshop welcome you to Prose Night! They’ll be showcasing some of the borough’s best emerging writers. Readers to be announced soon. Newtown Literary is committed to providing accessibility for people with various disabilities. Please contact them (editor@newtownliterary.org) at least two weeks before this event if you have any accommodation requirements.

Tuesday October 30, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come sit by the candlelight, and prepare for a night of fright! In honor of Halloween, Astoria Bookshop staff will be reading aloud from some of their favorite mysteries, ghost stories, and terrifying tales. Don’t be afraid to jump in and read your personal favorites, or share something of your own!

Monthly Events:
Feminist Reading Group (RSVP via Facebook)
Astoria Bookshop focus is on an intersectional exploration of women’s rights and status worldwide.

The next selection is The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, which they will discuss on Saturday, October 29 at 1pm, and Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm. 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.
General Book Club (RSVP via Facebook)

Sunday October 21, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The next General Interest Book Club Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 1 pm. We’ll be discussing Dead Girls by Alice Bolin, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion. Questions about this group? Email Zora at zora@astoriabookshop.com.
Young Adult Book Club (RSVP via Facebook)

Sunday October 21, 3:00 pm - 4:00 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 October 21 at 3 pm Mirage by Somaiya Daud. Grab Mirage for 10 percent off in store all month!
Questions about this group? Email Gabby at gabby@astoriabookshop.com.
Creative Writing Workshop (RSVP via Facebook)

Sunday October 21, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Playing with Point of View: Most often categorized as first-person (“I”) or third-person (“they/he/she”) depending on from whose vantage point the story is told, the point of view can also be an incredibly powerful way to affect readers’ emotions. But how do you decide what POV is best? Through a mixture of discussion, writing prompts, and by playing around with POV in poetry, this workshop will explore how varying the point of view can shape or shake up your story.
$10 suggested contribution. BYO pen & paper. Cookies provided!
The Astoria Bookshop’s Best Sellers List
1. Fear by Bob Woodward
2. How to be Less Stupid About Race by Dr. Crystal M. Fleming (signed copies available)
3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book by Kim Smith
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
5. The Door by Magda Szabo
6. Girls Resist! by KaeLyn Rich
7. Dog Man #5: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey
8. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
9. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
10. The Babysitters Club #6: Kristy’s Big Day by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan
Astoria Bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11106.

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