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Independent Bookstore Day

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Join us for the first ever Independent Bookstore Day!

We’ll have prizes, special guests, exclusive bookstore merch (including a limited number of Alvin Lustig prints courtesy of New Directions), free Sixpoint beer, a kids-only mad scientist extravaganza with Jon Scieszka in the morning, and an evening party featuring Paul Auster, William Corbett, and Felix Harr. Doesn’t that sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday?

And visit our sister store, Terrace Books  for an evening with poet Matthea Harvey.

Bookstore Day Program of Events

All day:  Buy any 2 New Directions books and get a free Alvin Lustig poster. A limited quantity will also be available for purchase.

9  AM: Bagels and special prizes

9:30 AM: Storytime!

11 AM: Mad Scientist Party with Jon Scieszka

All Afternoon: Free Sixpoint beer and special guests

7 PM: Felix Harr with Paul Auster and William Corbett

Join us to celebrate Felix Harr’s Love or Nothing: Tennis Matches We Would Like To See, newly released from Pressed Wafer. Paul Auster, a friend of Harr’s, and William Corbett, publisher of Pressed Wafer, will join Harr, who covers tennis and other sports for the Saskatoon Gazette, to read from this stunning debut.

April 2015 Events


Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm
Jeffrey Rotter in conversation with Hannah Tinti

In his darkly comic second novel, The Only Words Worth Remembering, Jeffrey Rotter explores a near-future America where human knowledge has devolved to a Pre-Copernican state. The trouble-making Van Zandt family must flee from the law against this dystopian backdrop where science and religion are diminished to fairy tales, and earth once again occupies the lonely center of the universe.  In conversation with novelist and One Story editor-in-chief Hannah Tinti.


Euphoria by Lily King cover

Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm
Lily King in conversation with Stephanie Valdez

Lily King’s beautifully constructed novel, Euphoria, tells the story of three gifted young anthropologists and the love triangle that threatens their bonds, careers, and ultimately, their lives. The winner of the first annual Kirkus Prize for Fiction was inspired by the life of Margaret Mead. She will be in conversation with Community Bookstore co-owner Stephanie Valdez.


jazz palace

Thursday, April 16 at 7:30pm
A Jazz Age Party for Mary Morris’s The Jazz Palace

Don your best flapper wear for a Jazz Age-themed book party for Mary Morris’s The Jazz Palace, a novel about the high hopes and heartbreak of Chicago’s jazz scene in the roaring twenties. Festivities marking the launch of Morris’s 13th book include costumes, drinks, and music.



Saturday, April 18 at 4pm
Brooklyn Public Library

Gotham: New York City’s Best Writers: Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty discusses The Sellout, a biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court. The novel challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant. RSVP here.



Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm
Brooklyn By the Book presents Christopher McDougall

**This program has been moved from Congregation Beth Elohim to Community Bookstore. It will now be a free event and run.

Christopher McDougall, who famously described Native-Mexican ultra-marathoners in Born to Run, turns his gaze to Crete and daring World War II resistance fighters in Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance. McDougall’s new book is both a thrilling story and a description of what it takes physically and mentally to attempt the heroic.

Join Christopher McDougall and his “Heroes Gang” for the Brooklyn launch of Natural Born Heroes. McDougall will lead a optional fun run sponsored by JackRabbit Sports, followed by a one-of-a-kind stage show featuring the lost arts of the Ancient Greek Heroes. Books will be for sale from Community Bookstore. RSVP here!



Friday, April 24 at 7pm
Maureen Gibbon in conversation with Brigid Hughes

Maureen Gibbon’s Paris Red tells the story of Victorine Meurent, a poor young woman who becomes Édouard Manet’s favorite model and muse. Victorine is awakened to the beauty of the artist’s world at the same time that she is exposed to the penchant for scandal in Parisian society in the mid-19th century. In conversation with A Public Space editor Brigid Hughes.



Monday, April 27 at 7pm
Jón Gnarr in conversation with Jacob Silverman

Jón Gnarr, author of The Indian, is not just an actor and comedian but also the ex-mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland, elevated to office in 2010 in an electoral upset as the candidate of the satirical Best Party. The Indian is Gnarr’s memoir about his chaotic childhood as a bullied young boy once diagnosed as severely mentally retarded. In conversation with Jacob Silverman.



Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm
Congregation Beth Elohim
Lawrence Wright in conversation with George Packer

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David is a gripping narrative of how peace was forged in 1978 between the bitter enemies Israel and Egypt. Lawrence Wright, author of Going Clear and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, draws vivid portraits of a persistent president and his Israeli and Egyptian guests, all within the context of the complex issues underlying conflict in the Middle East. In conversation with New Yorker writer George Packer.

Tickets are $15 ($12 for BPL and CBE members) and can be used towards a discount on (1) copy of Thirteen Days in September. Buy tickets here!



Thursday, April 30 at 7pm
A Celebration of Antonio Tabucchi’s Time Ages In A Hurry

The nine stories in Time Ages in a Hurry, by the late, celebrated Italian writer Anthony Tabucchi, are imaginative inquiries into things hidden or disguised. Each protagonist must confront phantoms from the past, misguided beliefs, and puzzles of identity. With translators Martha Cooley, author of The Archivist, and Antonio Romani.



May 2015 Events

Preparation for Next Life

Tuesday, May 5, 7pm
Atticus Lish in conversation with Brandon Caro

In his breakout debut novel, Preparation for the Next Life, Atticus Lish tells the story of the tumultuous relationship between a veteran of the war in Iraq battling PTSD and an Uighur woman living illegally in Queens– an affair The New York Times calls “the finest and most unsentimental love story of the new decade.” Lish will be in conversation with Brandon Caro.



Thursday, May 7, 7pm
Benilde Little 

Welcome to My Breakdown, a memoir, describes how wife, mother and acclaimed author Benilde Little fell from a picture-perfect life into a spiral of depression, and then clawed her way back out.



Saturday, May 9, 11am
Story-time with Kris Poluchowicz

A is for Aquarium, B is for Brooklyn Bridge, and C is for Coney Island Cyclone! In Brooklyn ABC, Kris Poluchowicz takes the alphabet on a trip around everyone’s favorite borough. Catch the 26 best of Brooklyn at this special story-time event.



Tuesday, May 12, 7pm
Amitava Kumar in conversation with Dani Shapiro

Amitava Kumar says that writers are observers, and the subjects of his keen observations in his new essay collection, Lunch with a Bigot, range from Salman Rushdie to a member of an ultra-right Hindu organization who puts him on a hit list. Kumar will be joined by author Dani Shapiro for a discussion on writing in the globalized world.



Tuesday, May 19, 7pm
Nell Zink in conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides

On the heels of her explosive debut novella, The Wallcreepers, Nell Zink returns with Mislaid, a novel about a woman who discovers harsh truths about class, race, and sexuality in contemporary America when she tries to remake a life in shambles by moving to a housing project and passing as black. Zink will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides.


Thursday, May 21, 7pm
Brooklyn By the Book presents
Jim Shepard in conversation with Joshua Ferris
at The Brooklyn Public Library
RSVP here

National Book Award finalist Jim Shepard gives a child’s-eye-view of the Holocaust that is both heartbreaking and comic in The Book of Aron. Narrator Aron is a resourceful, engaging young boy whose family is stripped from him by the Nazis and who ends up in the Warsaw orphanage run by the heroic and doomed Janusz Korczak. In conversation with novelist Joshua Ferris. Free with RSVP.

At Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11215




April 2015 Book Clubs

Community Bookstore Book Club

Led by Stephanie Valdez

Wednesday, April 8th, 7:30pm

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt


Non-Fiction Book Club

Led by Philipp Goedicke

Monday, April 13th at 7:30 PM

Notes on a Native Son by James Baldwin


Cookbook Club

Led by Sam Jaffe Goldstein

Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 PM

Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi