If you’re not too busy working on your submission for the WNBA Writing Contest (don’t forget, entries are due March 1st), break up the tedium of February with bookish events around the city!
First, listen to the poets of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. Then sign up for the Open Mic after the slam (or just come to listen and appreciate)!
Grab a drink and prove your spelling chops at the New York City Spelling Bee (for adults). You can enter as a speller or sit back and watch.
12:30 – 2:30 PM
Jefferson Market Library, Willa Cather Room
The American Book Producers Association is hosting a brown bag lunch about “Making and Marketing Kits for Adults.” The three panelists have extensive experience in book publishing as well as in creating and selling kits.
ABPA Members: Free
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Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
Part of an ongoing effort to introduce US audiences with writers from the Caribbean diaspora, this staged reading in the Caribbean Reading Series features young playwrights and actors.
Doors: 6:00 PM
A panel of women celebrate letter-writing, with this month’s letters dedicated to the writers’ secret powers. One of the letter-writers this month is Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland, who you may remember seeing at the WNBA Centennial back in October.
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Join the Astoria Bookshop’s Feminist Book Club for a discussion of Mary Beard’s manifesto Women & Power, which traces how women throughout history have been denied positions of power and discusses concepts of power itself.
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
This screening of the documentary Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth will follow Alice Walker’s life from her origins in Georgia to her recognition as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple.
Anca Szilágyi presents her debut novel Daughters of the Air, which follows Pluta as she navigates Brooklyn alone in the 1980s after her father disappears as a result of Argentina’s Dirty War and her mother sends her away.
Ticket: $5 toward anything in the store