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April Events


Wednesday, April 9th, 7:30 PM

Brooklyn by the Book: Congregation Beth Elohim

Barbara Ehrenreich in conversation with Jeff Sharlet

Barbara Ehrenreich heroically brought income inequality to the forefront of American consciousness with Nickel and Dimed. Living With A Wild God, part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, will spark a lively and heated conversation of a different sort–this one about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the “meaning of life.” Ehrenreich will be in conversation with Jeff Sharlet, nationally bestselling author of The Familyand Radiant Truths. He’s the cofounder of KillingtheBuddha.com

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Thursday, April 10, 7pm, at Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby Street in Manhattan)

No Chaperones: An Awkward Middle School Dance

Presented by Buzzfeed Books and Community Bookstore

Cut footloose in celebration of Kevin Brockmeier’s memoir of the seventh grade, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, and join Kevin Brockmeier, Chiara Atik, Jen Doll, Katie Heaney, Anna Holmes, Saeed Jones, Daniel Ralston and more for music, dancing, and readings about their own awkward middle school experiences

You can RSVP on Facebook here!

Gotham: Writers in the City: Lydia Davis
Saturday, April 12,  4:00PM
Central Library, Dweck Center

Davis discusses her new story collection, Can’t and Won’t. Davis’s powerful, compact stories reveal the mysterious, the alienating, and the pleasurable within the patterns of daily life. She is the author of one novel and four previous story collections, and the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. For her translations of Madame Bovary and Swann’s Way she was awarded France’s Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Curated and hosted by Rob Spillman.

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Sunday, April 13th, 1:00 PM

Brooklyn by the Book: Dweck Auditorium, Brooklyn Public Library

Katherine Boo

Join us in welcoming Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo for the paperback debut of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, a hard-hitting and emotionally charged chronicle of children and families struggling to survive in Mumbai’s slums. In conversation with Amy Waldman, author of The Submission.


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Wednesday, April 23, 7:30pm at Congregation Beth Elohim

Lydia Denworth in conversation with Laurie Muchnick

In her book, I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language, science writer and former Newsweek reporter, Lydia Denworth reveals the remarkable and unprecedented story of the history and invention of the cochlear implant, the mystery of the brain’s remarkable plasticity, and the politics that made this “superhero technology” so controversial, all woven into her own son’s journey through sound to language and literacy. In conversation with Laurie Muchnick, former Books Editor at Bloomberg and current Fiction Editor at Kirkus Reviews.

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Thursday, April 24th, 7PM

A Valentine to Middlemarch

Join Community Bookstore for a discussion of George Eliot’s masterwork Middlemarch with New Yorker staff writer Rebecca Mead and New York magazine writer Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong. Mead’s new book, My Life in Middlemarch, explores the history of Eliot’s life in letters and how readers relate to their favorite books. Moderated by writer and Community Bookstore Events Coordinator Michele Filgate. This event is rescheduled from February.

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Friday, April 25 at 9:30pm


Two-Book Minimum


Dan Wilbur and Ross Hyzer welcome some of their favorite fellow writer-comedians into a closed bookshop for a free night of stand-up, stories, and a few drunken ramblings about their favorite books.

Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm

On the Essay

Join us for a discussion about the essay and its many forms, with essayists Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy ExamsJessica Hendry Nelson, author of If Only You People Could Follow Directions, and Valeria Luiselli, author of Sidewalks. Moderated by writer and Community Bookstore Events Coordinator, Michele Filgate.

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April Book Clubs

Terrace Books Book Club

Led by Nick Raschella

Tuesday, April 8th, 7:30PM

Snapper by Brian Kimberling

Community Bookstore Book Club
Led by Stephanie Valdez (co-owner)

Wednesday, April 9th, 7:30pm
My Struggle, Book One by Karl Ove Knausgaard 

Cookbook Book ClubLed by Sam Jaffe Goldstein

Wednesday, April 30, 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: Olives, Lemons & Za’atar by Rawia Bishara.