To find yourself speed dating is to acknowledge, at least to yourself, not without humor, a waywardness of romantic course, to become increasingly conscious of yourself as an advertisement for yourself, a mercurial herald, as you move from one table to the next, one consciousness and then another and another flitting by image-saturated eyes.
Each participant found at the entrance a neon green envelope, including a library card in manila sleeve for taking notes on each “date,” and a name tag featuring the handle of a character from a favorite book (favorites requested earlier by e-mail). These would be our pseudonyms for the night. Each date would last an almost militantly enforced four minutes. A single case of lingering — whether affectionate, desirous, or uncertain — could cause the entire caterpillar crawl to go legs up. There was to be no lingering. Lingering is for books.
One thing about capitalism, I have noticed, is that its appeal is never stronger than in the aftermath of a breakup, love spilling forth from the vessel that shaped it, all that energy and longing to be known and to know in turn seeking new forms to cleave to, things that did not previously define you.
The ladies are currently outnumbering the gentlemen for our speed dating event, so we are recruiting you, bookish dudes (glasses not required).
You know how you always walk into a bookstore and are like “Dang, these girls are so cool and well-read, oh look she’s reading Zadie Smith, I wish I could talk to her.” Or “… she’s reading Don DeLillo, I wish I could talk to her.” Well, now your dreams are coming true. We’re matching people by their literary tastes. Plus a free drink to get things going! Buy a ticket now.
Hey, men! Did you hear that? They have too many women signed up for this literary speed dating event. What the heck are you waiting for??? There’s even a DISCOUNT CODE for reduced-price tickets!
This is going to be a blast. Come on down to Housing Works!
Celebrate the launch of Jen Adams’ The Books They Gave Me with a night of literary education starring Jen as English, Jason Oberholtzer of I Love Charts as Math, Phil Edwards of Fake Science as Science, and Michelle Legro of My Daguerreotype Boyfriend as History.
Free drinks, school picture day with laser backdrop (courtesy of Have Booth Will Travel), brown bag PBJ/PBR specials, and more! Books will be for sale to benefit Housing Works, as will a Limited Edition My Daguerreotype Boyfriend 2013 Pin-Up Calendar. Enter the #bookstheygaveme contest for a chance to read on stage!
To celebrate the re-release of two books by iconic British author Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim and The Old Devils, New York Review Books Classics and Vol. 1 Brooklyn present an evening dedicated to his life and work. Rosie Schaap (New York Times Magazine Drink writer and author of the forthcoming book Drinking With Men), Parul Sehgal (Editor at the New York Times Book Review) and Maud Newton (Writer and critic) will all share their thoughts on Mr. Amis. And since no celebration of the life and work of Mr. Amis is truly complete without cocktails, Brooklyn Gin will be on hand to serve gin and tonics.
October 11, 2012, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Housingworks Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street,
New York, NY
Come out tonight and enjoy a cocktail or five. We’d love to meet you.
This week at Housing Works we’ve got something for everyone, every night: storytelling, tales of Britain, a lit mag party (we love those), Russian literature, and beers. Everything is free; well, not the beers, but they’re pretty cheap and, as you all know by now, Housing Works beers are good deeds.
- Tonight we’re proud to host the MothSHOP Showcase, featuring storytellers from the Moth Community Outreach Program. $5 donation at the door.
- Tuesday, May 22, we’re grabbing a cucumber sandwich and a Newcastle — we’ll have both available! — in celebration of Granta 119: Britain, which you’ll remember was declared highbrow-brilliant only last week.
- Wednesday, May 23 Moonshot magazine celebrates its newest issue with a bunch of great readers: Richard Kostelanetz, Dawn Raffel, Victoria Redel, Terese Svoboda, Chloe Caldwell and Skye Tyler.
- Thursday, May 24, the Festival of Russian Arts comes to Housing Works for “The Return of the Great Russian Novel: The New Russian Realism” with the winners of the Debut Prize and moderator Liesl Schillinger. The New Yorker and TONY both think you should come meet the next Tolstoy.
- Friday, May 25, is the last Slush Pile of the season! But that’s OK, because starting next Friday, 6/1, happy hour becomes happy day as we celebrate that glorious publishing tradition of Summer Fridays. Get out of work early and come drink in our bookstore!
Plus, all week, it’s the Cookbook & Gardening Spring Sale! Want to make sushi? Grow flowers? Bake cupcakes? Turn your fire escape into a farm? We’ve got hundreds of new and special stock books for all your food and garden needs, all 30% off already discounted prices.
Dearest readers in the New York City area: we’ve just made your plans for you.