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April Events



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 KnausgaardCookbook 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.

May Events

Thursday, May 1 at 7pm


Labor of Love: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Writers

Join us for an evening of birth stories, wine, and conversation with contributors to the anthology Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers with Amy Brill, Susan Burton, Phoebe Damrosch, Jennifer Gilmore, Amy Herzog, Sarah Jefferis, Joanna Rakoff, and Gina Zucker. Co-editors Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon will moderate.

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Friday, May 2 at 7pm


Teju Cole and Amitava Kumar


Two noted authors talk about the troubled but rich complexities of their hometowns, the subjects of their newest books. Teju Cole’s novel, Every Day is for the Thief, is about Lagos, Nigeria. Amitava Kumar’s A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, is a memoir-history about the capital of India’s poorest state, Bihar.

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Tuesday, May 6 at 7pm


Roxane Gay in conversation with Sari Botton


Cosponsored by Vol 1. Brooklyn


Roxane Gay’s debut novel, The Untamed State, follows Mireille, a privileged Haitian woman kidnapped for a ransom her father refuses to pay. It is a story of wealth, poverty, and endurance in the face of hopelessness. In conversation with Sari Botton, writer and editor of Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NY.

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Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm

Know Your Books with Honey & Wax Booksellers

Dig out your old and cherished books that you’ve lugged from apartment to apartment and introduce them to rare-book dealer Heather O’Donnell of Honey and Wax Booksellers for a free appraisal of your heirloom or household curiosity.

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Thursday, May 8 at 7pm

Sam Chaltain in conversation with John Merrow

How do we remake our schools to help all children learn? Education activist Sam Chaltain, author of Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice, explores how American cities are experimenting with options for parents and teachers that can make a difference in children’s lives. In conversation with the education correspondent for PBS NEWSHOUR, John Merrow.

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Saturday, May 10 at 4pm

Gotham: Writers in the City at Brooklyn Public Library

Rachel Kushner in conversation with Rob Spillman.

Rachel Kushner discusses her second novel, The Flamethrowers, the story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970s. The novel was a finalist for the National Book Award, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book of 2013, and one of Time magazine’s top-ten fiction books. Curated and hosted by Rob Spillman, writer and Editor-in-Chief of Tin House.

Tuesday, May 13 at 7pm

Bibliocraft Night

Get crafty with literature! Jessica Pigza, New York Public Library Rare Book Librarian and author of BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects, will lead do-it-yourself projects inspired by research libraries and rare books with Heather O’Donnell of Honey & Wax Booksellers. Materials provided.

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Thursday, May 15 at 7pm

Kate Christensen in conversation with Rosie Schaap

Celebrate the paperback release of Kate Christensen’s Blue Plate Special, a literary memoir in the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher, about hunger and desire, taste and memory, and how cooking and eating food becomes a vehicle for unpacking a life. In conversation with New York Times Drinks columnist and Drinking with Men author Rosie Schaap.

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Friday, May 16 at 7pm


The Pogues’ James Fearnley

Get your punk-music fix with James Fearnley, a member of the classic Celtic punk band The Pogues and author of Here Comes Everybody, a memoir about punk music and his life growing up in England.

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Wednesday, May 21 at 7pm

Steven Drachman

Park Slope author Steven Drachman celebrates the publication of Watt O’Hugh Underground, the second book is his rollicking fantasy series.Watt O’Hugh is a time traveler, a self-made man, Civil War vet, and a former orphan of the New York slums who finds himself the star of a Wild West show.

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