2019-03-13 / Front Page

March Events At Astoria Bookshop

Winter is on its way out, and Astoria Bookshop has lots of great events to usher in the spring! Stop by the bookshop and meet local authors and artists of Astoria. Below is a list of upcoming events, and remember that you can always see the full calendar on their website (www.astoriabookshop.com). To attend, please RSVP at Astoria Bookshop’s Facebook page.

Reclaiming Our Space: Feminista Jones with Special Guest Host Sinnamon Love on Thursday, March 21st, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. In Reclaiming Our Space, social worker, activist, and cultural commentator Feminista Jones explores how black women are changing culture, society, and the landscape of feminism by building digital communities and using social media as powerful platforms. As Jones reveals, some of the best-loved devices of our shared social media language are a result of black women’s innovations, from well-known movement-building hashtags (#BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName and #BlackGirlMagic) to the now ubiquitous use of threaded tweets as a marketing and storytelling tool. For some, these online dialogues provide an introduction to the work of black feminist icons like Angela Davis, Barbara Smith, bell hooks, and the women of the Combahee River Collective. For others, this discourse provides a platform for continuing their feminist activism and scholarship in a new, interactive way.

Shop Small Astoria Spring Retail Crawl on Friday March 22nd, 11:00 am through Sunday, March 24th, 7:00 pm. Celebrate the first weekend of spring with your favorite Astoria shops! A group of 17 independently owned retail stores have come together to host a weekend Retail Crawl 3/22-3/24. Shop at these stores for rewards and fun all weekend!

Briallen Hopper, author of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions, in conversation with Joanna Scutts, author of The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It, on Monday, March 25th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Hard to Love has been described by Literary Hub as a “compelling, smart collection of essays on relationships of many kinds—hoarding, dependence, female friendship, marriage or lack thereof—from a widely published literary scholar.”

Book launch: Jenn Marie Thorne on Night Music (young adult novel) on Thursday, March 28th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Ruby has always been Ruby Chertok: future classical pianist and daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after her horrendous audition for the prestigious music school where her father is on faculty, it’s clear that music has publicly dumped her. Now Ruby is suddenly just…Ruby. And who is that again? All she knows is that she wants away from the world of classical music for good. Oscar is a wunderkind, a musical genius. Just ask any of the 1.8 million people who’ve watched him conduct on YouTube—or hey, just ask Oscar. But while he might be the type who’d name himself when asked about his favorite composer and somehow make you love him more for it, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok—not for a crush. He’s all too aware of how the ultra-privileged world of classical music might interpret a black guy like him falling for his benefactor’s white daughter. But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Soon their connection crackles with the same alive, uncontainable energy as the city itself. Can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?
Alexandra Davis on Lumber Jills on Saturday, March 30th, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Join Alexandra Davis on March 30th for a rousing discussion of her new children’s book, Lumber Jills, and an engaging, interactive activity. In World War II, Great Britain needed lumber to make planes, ships, and even newspapers—but there weren’t enough men to cut down the trees. Enter the fearless Lumber Jills! These young women may not have had much woodcutting experience, but they each had two hands willing to work and one stout heart, and they came together to do their part. Discover this lyrical story of home front heroism and female friendship.

Monthly Events:
Creative Writing Workshop - Wacky Revision Techniques! on Sunday, March 17th, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. All writing is rewriting. Well, great, but how does a writer approach their first, third, twelfth revision from a fresh perspective? In this workshop, you’ll be led through a series of fun, bizarre, and efficient methods to tackle those tough revisions. Feel free to bring in something you’ve been working on already and/or practice materials will also be provided.
$10 suggested contribution. BYO pen & paper.
Feminist Reading Group on Saturday, March 23rd, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. The group’s focus is on an intersectional exploration of women’s rights and status worldwide. The next selection is The Vegetarian by Han Kang, which they will discuss on Saturday, March 23rd at 1 pm. The book is available for purchase at Astoria Bookshop at 10% off all month long.
Questions about this group? Email Jen at AstoriaFeministBookGroup@gmail.com.
YA Book Club on Sunday, March 24th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. The club will be reading books published for readers ages 12 and up. The book club is open to everyone. They will be discussing The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke at this meeting.
Grab The Boneless Mercies for 10% off in-store all month!
For more information about the YA Book Club, email christian@astoriabookshop.com

The Astoria Bookshop’s Best Sellers List

    1.    Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
    2.    Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman
    3.    Go Ahead in the Rain by Hanif Abdurraqib
    4.    Becoming by Michelle Obama
    5.    The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang
    6.    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    7.    111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss by Joe DiStefano
    8.    When You Read This by Mary Adkins
    9.    The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
    10.    Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

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

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