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October Events

Tuesday, October 7, 7pm

The Center for Fiction Presents:

Writing Gothic: A Lively Discussion of the Macabre

On the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death, join us for a discussion about the darker side of fiction and the relevance of the gothic in literature today with Edward Carey, author of Heap House and Observatory Mansions, and Shelley Jackson, author of Half Life and Skin (a story tattooed serially on 2095 volunteers). There will be a short reading from Poe’s work, and Edward Gorey’s fur coat will make an appearance. Moderated by writer and bookseller A. N. Devers.


Wednesday, October 8, 7pm

CANCELLED: Molly Antopol

Due to unforseen circumstances, Molly Antopol has had to cancel her event.


Thursday, October 9, 7pm

Alice McDermott

National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott’s latest novel, Someone, is a quiet gem that strikes a Dubliners-esque tone as it follows Brooklyn resident Marie Commeford, an ordinary woman from an Irish-American family, through life’s joys and sorrows.


Monday, October 13, 7pm

Eula Biss

“Why do we fear vaccines?” Eula Biss asks in On Immunity, the provocative book resulting from her investigation into the metaphors and myths surrounding disease and immunity, launched after she became a new mother. In conversation with writer and bookseller A. N. Devers.


Tuesday, October 14, 7pm

Words Without Borders Presents: New Writing from Guatemala

Words Without Borders, the website and organization dedicated to international literature, presents a night of Guatemalan fiction. With Eduardo Halfon, author of The Polish Boxer, on the publication day of his new novel Monastery, and Rodrigo Fuentes, short story writer and editor of Suelta. Moderated by poet, translator, and novelist Idra Novey.

Thursday, October 16, 7pm

The Cutting Edge: New Young Adult Novels

A stellar line-up of young-adult novelists in conversation, including:  E. Lockhart (We Were Liars), C. Alexander London (Proxy, Guardian), Adele Griffin (The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone), and Micol Ostow (Amity).



Monday, October 20, 7:30pm at Congregation Beth Elohim

Maira Kalman in conversation with Ira Glass

From Maira Kalman, author and illustrator of the The Principles of Uncertainty and The Pursuit of Happiness, comes My Favorite Things, a pictorial and narrative exploration of the significance of objects in our lives. In conversation with This American Life’s creator and host Ira Glass, Kalman will explore how objects help us understand our society, history, culture, and ourselves.

Tickets are $10 ($7 for CBE members & Brooklyn Public Library card holders). RSVP at www.brooklynbythebook.com


Tuesday, October 21, 7pm
David Shafer and Lev Grossman 

Join us for David Shafer‘s only New York City event as we celebratehis darkly comic debut novel Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which New York Times critic Dwight Garner nominated as the book of the summer. Shafer will be in conversation with Time magazine critic Lev Grossman, author of The Magician’s Land, the third and final book in his best-selling trilogy about a young wizard growing into adulthood. 


Wednesday, October 22, 7:30pm at Congregation Beth Elohim

Marilynne Robinson in conversation with Paul Harding

Marilynne Robinson’s stunning new novel, Lila, returns to the characters and setting of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead, in telling the story of a woman’s struggle to build a home and family after years living on the fringes of society. In conversation with Paul Harding, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Tinkers.

Tickets are $10 ($7 for CBE members and Brooklyn Public Library card holders). RSVP at www.brooklynbythebook.com


Thursday, October 23, 7pm
Book Launch: The Misshapes by Elisabeth Donnelly and Stuart Sherman (aka Alex Flynn)
In Alex Flynn‘s debut young adult novel, Sarah Robertson, no ordinary girl, can control the weather with her emotions. But her powers aren’t particularly remarkable in her town of Doolittle Falls, a place full of superheros, and instead of going to the prestigious Hero Academy, she is outcast as a “Misshape.” Join us to celebrate the launch of The Misshapes, and the writing team of Elisabeth Donnelly and Stuart Sherman (collectively known as Alex Flynn).

Saturday, October 25, 12-4pm

Community Bookstore at Ghouls and Gourds Festival

Get in the spooky spirit this Halloween at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Ghouls & Gourds Festival’s Children’s Book Barn. Community Bookstore will sell books by favorite children’s book writers and illustrators.


Tuesday, October 28, 7pm

The Poetry of Todd Colby

From punk band frontman to performance artist, poet and provocateur Todd Colby has worn many hats in his pursuit of art and poetry. Join the author of Riot in the Charm Factory as he reads from his newest collection, Splash State.


Wednesday, October 29, 7pm

Vol. 1 Brooklyn Presents Jac Jemc

In Jac Jemc’s new story collection, A Different Bed Every Time, a thief steals the air from a room, children invent a nursery rhyme to make sense of their fate, and a band of girls rot from the outside in. In conversation with poet Sasha Fletcher, author of It is Going to Be a Good Year.


Thursday, October 30, 7pm at Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center

Bryan Stevenson with Ta-Nehisi Coates

When law professor and criminal justice attorney Bryan Stevenson first visited a maximum security prison as a law student he knew little about the justice system. Since then he’s made its reform his life’s work. In Just Mercy, Stevenson shares his experiences from his time as an idealistic young attorney to his founding of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to helping those who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. In conversation with writer and senior editor of The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Tickets are free but reservations are encouraged. RSVP atwww.brooklynbythebook.com