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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St.

A Walk on the Wild Side: Downtown Stories with Brendan Jay Sullivan and More with WORD Bookstore

September 3, 2013

“Celebrate Brendan Jay Sullivan’s debut book, the memoir Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives with a discussion and stories of a neighborhood in constant flux in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s and beyond. Featuring Will Hermes (Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever), Dave Hill (Tasteful Nudes), Elna Baker (This American Life), Brendan Jay Sullivan, and moderated by Alan Light (The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of ‘Hallelujah’).”


9.5 Theses on Art and Class with Ben Davis and Special Guests

September 5, 2013

“Author Ben Davis will discuss his new book of essays about artists, the economy, and political activism, alongside a panel of the artists whose voices have influenced the text”


quillYou’ve written your book, revised it, had your writing group help with edits, then revised again. Now, you’re ready for the query phase. Before you send out that manuscript, take a look at this HuffPost Books article on knowing whether your book falls into the mainstream or literary fiction category.

Literary And Mainstream Novels: What’s The Difference?

The article, written by the Writer’s Relief staff, highlights the major differences and how knowing these guidelines will strengthen your query letter and marketing strategies.

Do these definitions work for you, WNBA-ers? Too simplified? Or just common knowledge? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

children readingThis fall, the WNBA-NYC is partnering with Kids Research Center to collect new and gently-used books for children.

Not sure what books to contribute? Here is a list of KRC likes to collect and what the Housing Authority stocks in their reading rooms:

  • Picture books
  • Early readers
  • Chapter books
  • Middle-grade books
  • Children’s reference books
  • “Who was…?” biographies
  • Magic Tree House, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter

Bring your donations or bookstore gift cards to all fall WNBA-NYC events.

The Book Drive will kick-off at our Networking party on September 11th.  All donations will go to a Reading Room for a spring 2014 opening.

books_blogFort Greene Park Literary Festival

August 24, 2013
2:00 – 6:00pm
Fort Green Park Martyr’s Monument
Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Enjoy readings by Writers Foundry faculty members Chris Adrian, Ayana Mathis, Timothy Small, Jackson Taylor, and Joseph Torres, and young writers from the New York Writers Coalition workshops.  The after party  will be held at Greenlight Bookstore.

Hosted by Laurie Cumbo and Angel Nafis

quillNow thru November 15, 2013, The WNBA is accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual National Writing Contest!


  • Unpublished work only
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter
  • Short fiction only; 2500 word limit
  • No memoir or novel excerpts
  • 3-5 pages of poetry; 35 lines per page
  • Acceptable formats include RTF (Rich Text Format), Word 2007, 2003 or earlier versions
  • You may submit more than once. Each entry must be submitted and paid for separately

Upload your work to https://wnba.submittable.com/submit

Please upload each of your entries without identifying information. There is a separate form for personal data.

Each entry is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Winners will be announced March 2014, and will receive a $250 cash prize and appear in the Bookwoman, the official publication of the WNBA. Proceeds from the contest will go toward scholarships, professional development, and writing conferences.

Good luck to all entrants!

Questions about the contest? Email joan@joangelfand.com

Please visit http://wnba-books.org/contest for more information on this year’s contest, a list of last year’s winners, and this year’s judges.

wnbaNYC-150The 2013-14 WNBA-NYC season is about to start and our membership drive is underway! Check your emails for your renewal information.

Membership Benefits include:

  • Admission and advance notice to WNBA events and programs.
  • Eligibility to vote in all local and national elections; join chapter committees; nominate candidates for offices and awards.
  • Subscriptions to The Bookwoman,WNBA National’s quarterly newsletter (Summer 2013 Issue), and The New York Bookwoman, our chapter’s quarterly e-newsletter
  • Opportunities in the WNBA National Promotion Program offered exclusively to members on the national website.
  • Participation in the WNBA-NYC Blog.
  • Access to the “Members Only” sections of WNBA National website, featuring the Membership Directory of all 10 WNBA chapters.

Renew or become a member now so you don’t miss out on any of this year’s exclusive events and programs.

Don’t forget that our Season Kick-off party and Networking event is coming up soon.  RSVP now!

Here are some events happening in the coming week:

mcnallyjackson_logoGlamour Magazine presents: Summer Love (or Lack Thereof) with Adelle Waldman

August 17, 2013
McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street

To celebrate Glamour’s spotlight on fiction in the August issue, five contributing authors will read from new or recent novels: Megan Abbott, from Dare Me, Tamara Houston, from Waiting for Jules, Sarah McCarry, from All Our Pretty Songs, Galt Niederhoffer from Love and Happiness, and Adelle Waldman, from her biting Brooklyn satire, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P

housing worksThe Moth StorySLAM: Magic

August 22, 2013
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

StorySLAM is 10 stories, 3 teams of judges, and only one winner. This event is $8 at the door. Seating is limited so please arrive early.