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January 2015 Events

Sunday, January 25, 11am

Kids Event: Stephen Savage

Stephen Savage, author and illustrator of such kid-hit books as Little Tug and Where’s Walrus,  is back with SUPERTRUCK, a read-aloud picture book about a brave snow-removal truck that helps save the city from a colossal snowstorm. For ages 3+.



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David Shields, with Richard Nash

In I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, David Shields and Caleb Powell retreat into a cabin for four days to argue about art and the merits of their respective life choices: as a writer and professor (Shields), and as a stay-at-home dad (Powell). The result is a provocative examination of ego, power, intellectual pursuit, and other of life’s large questions. Shields will be joined by independent publishing entrepreneur Richard Nash.


Thursday, January 29, 7-9pm

The Works of Silvina Ocampo
A conversation with translators Jason Weiss & Daniel Balderston, moderated by Yvette Siegert

Though largely unknown in this country, author Silvina Ocampo (1903–1993) is a legend of Argentine letters. Jorge Luis Borges said “her stories have no equal in our literature.”  Now NYRB Classics brings an original collection of stories (Thus Were Their Faces) and a book of poetry (Silvina Ocampo) to English readers. Join Ocampo translators Daniel Balderston and Jason Weiss for a lively discussion of Ocampo’s work, moderated by translators Yvette Siegert and Esther Allen.

February 2015 Events

Monday, February 2, 7:30pm at Congregation Beth Elohim

Brooklyn By the Book presents Ron Lieber, with Jennifer Senior

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New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber says that parents should talk about money much more often with their kids, no matter their age, since those conversations can help imprint good values. In his new book, The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, Lieber explains the value of talking to kids about everything from tooth-fairy awards to their parents’ salaries to college tuition. Lieber will be in conversation with Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood. Stick around after the event to sample the world premiere of the Ample Hills Creamery ice cream flavors Want and Need.

Friday, February 6, 4pm

Kids Event: George O’Connor Drawing Demo

Kids 7+

Draw your favorite characters from the pantheon of Greek gods and explore mythology with George O’Connor, author and illustrator of the Olympians series of graphic novels.  Learn about the creation of the seventh book in the series, Ares: Bringer of War, as O’Connor leads a drawing workshop for kids (ideal for age seven and up).

Tuesday, February 17, 7pm

Bill Roorbach and Melissa Falcon Field

Bill Roorbach’s The Remedy for Love, a finalist for the first Kirkus Prize, is a humorous and harrowing story of two lost souls forced together in the Maine wilderness.  In What Burns Away, Melissa Falcon Field’s debut novel about loyalty and consequences, a young mother sinks into depression and reckless behavior after she relocates to a cold climate and reconnects with an ex-boyfriend.

Wednesday, February 18, 7pm

John Benditt in conversation with Rob Spillman

A man wakes from a fever-dream compelled to build a boat and sail to the isolated island of his birth. Along the way he is swept up by the sea, a torrid love affair, and a fanatical religious movement. John Benditt’s debut novel, The Boatmaker, is a fabulistic odyssey and everyman’s journey through the challenges of life. In conversation with Tin House editor Rob Spillman, with complimentary bourbon.

Thursday, February 19, 7pm

Joshua Max Feldman and Alena Graedon

Two first-time novelists celebrate the paperback releases of their much-praised books. Joshua Max Feldman’s modern retelling of The Book of Jonah is the story of a successful Manhattan lawyer whose life is upended when he has a bizarre and seemingly biblical vision at a party. Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange is a dystopian investigation of a not-so-distant future in which language is bought and sold after the disappearance of the printed word.

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 4pm at the Brooklyn Public Library

Gotham: New York City’s Best Writers: Richard Ford

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In Let Me Be Frank with You, Richard Ford reinvents his character Frank Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. Bascombe appeared previously in The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner winningIndependence Day, and The Lay of the Land. Through Bascombe—protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate—readers meet the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century.

Tuesday, February 24, 7pm

Janet Krone Kennedy

Many books offer advice on how to get infants and toddlers to sleep on a schedule, but Janet Krone Kennedy’s The Good Sleeper actually works. How do we know? Because it was field tested by one of our staff members–a new (and eternally grateful) mother.

Saturday, February 28, 11am

Storytime with Author Steven Weinberg

Kids 4+

Illustrator and writer Steven Weinberg’s newest storybook, Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!, is about a rambunctious T. Rex who journeys across the prehistoric landscape to save the thing he loves most.

January 2015 Book Clubs

Cookbook Book Club

Led by Sam Jaffe-Goldstein

Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30pm

The cookbook club will choose a cookbook and then participants will come together to share recipes from the book. This month’s book: Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton.

February 2015 Book Clubs

Community Bookstore Book Club

Led by Stephanie Valdez

Wednesday, February 11th, 7:30pm

A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes


Non-Fiction Book Club

Led by Philipp Goedicke

Monday, February 9th at 7:30 PM

When We Were the Kennedys by Monica Wood