2019-01-09 / Front Page

Astoria Bookshop’s January Events

Astoria Bookshop says, “Happy New Year! We hope that 2018 was filled with new and exciting stories! Welcome in 2019 with us at the Astoria bookshop with some more amazing authors. Below is a list of upcoming events, and remember that you can always see the full calendar on our website, AstoriaBookshop.com.”

Astoria author Sara Holliday on A Thousand Dances! (RSVP via Facebook)

Join Astoria Bookshop on Wednesday, January 9th, 7-8 pm, for a talk by local author Sara Holliday on her new book A Thousand Dances: A Novel of the British Blues Boom. The novel is set in 1963 London, amid the British blues boom, and many of the songs, musicians and venues of that era figure in the story.

A Panel on The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions (RSVP via Facebook)

Tuesday January 15, 7-8 pm, featuring Tess Koman, Author, Features Editor At Delish.com; Gena Kaufman, Director of Social Media for Vogue; V. Brown, Writer, Manager of Y7 Studio; and Carina Hsieh, Sex & Relationships Editor At Cosmopolitan.com Going through the day-to-day motions of adulthood can feel like a never-ending ride full of bumps, twists, and turns. Having a social life can be a chore, brunch is A Whole Thing, and more often than not, the only relationship worth maintaining is the one that provides unlimited access to Netflix. Simply put, life as a millennial can be hard.

Lyndsay Faye in conversation with Karina Carrasco on The Paragon Hotel (RSVP via Facebook)

Join Astoria Bookshop on Thursday, January 24 at 7pm to celebrate the launch of Lyndsay Faye’s newest novel, The Paragon Hotel. In Lyndsay Faye’s intricate new book, a gutsy gun moll flees Prohibition-era Harlem for Oregon’s elegant Paragon Hotel, where the exclusively black residents and a chilling missing child crisis unlock new worlds she couldn’t have imagined. Lyndsay will be joined by Karina Carrasco, author of The Best Bad Things.

Monthly Events:

Storytelling Show (RSVP via Facebook)

Come to the bookshop on Thursday January 10, 7-8 pm 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 are welcome to join the audience! For nearly five 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.

Feminerdy Book Club (RSVP via Facebook)

The next Feminerdy Book Club Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 3 pm. They’ll be discussing Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, available in store 10% off up until the date of the discussion. Questions about this group? Email feminerdybooks@gmail.com

General Interest Book Club (RSVP via Facebook)

The next General Interest Book Club Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 13 at 1 pm. They’ll be discussing My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, 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)

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. The next meeting is on Sunday, January 20 at 1 pm, when they’ll be discussing Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean Grab Empress Of All Seasons for 10% off in store all month! Questions about this group? Email Gabby at gabby@astoriabookshop.com.

Creative Writing Workshop (RSVP via Facebook)

Story Starters! On Sunday January 20, 5-6:30 pm, give your new year of writing a strong start by playing with a variety of ways to begin your short story, chapter, or personal essay. Feel free to bring in a previous piece you’ve been working on to give it a new start. They’ll also work together to create multiple story starters for the same tale. $10 suggested contribution. BYO Pen & Paper!

Feminist Reading Group (RSVP via Facebook)

Our focus is on an intersectional exploration of women’s rights and status worldwide. The next selection is Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister, which will be discussed on Saturday, January 26 at 1 pm OR Tuesday, January 29 at 7 pm. The book is available for purchase at the bookshop at 10 percent off all month long. Questions about this group? Email Jen at AstoriaFeministBookGroup@gmail.com.

The Astoria Bookshop’s Best Sellers List

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama

2. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

3. Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

4. Gmorning, Gnight! By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun.

5. 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss by Joe DiStefano

6. Circe by Madeline Miller

7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

8. Educated by Tara Westover

9. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney

Did you expand your shelves last year? Fill out Astoria Bookshop’s 2018 Bingo Board and tag @astoriabookshop on Instagram and show them how you did!

Keep an eye out for their 2019 Edition!

The Astoria Bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street Astoria, NY 11106.




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