Out and About: Punt the Superbowl, Tackle a Book Event Instead

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Not that into football? Don’t let the Superbowl Mania keep you at home. Here are a few events to keep you bibliophiles happy.


Chinese_New_Year_DragonChinese New Year Dragons

“Chinese New Year is here, and McNally Jackson is hatching dragons this Saturday to celebrate. Kids can create colorful winged dragons and miniature pocket dragons. Wear red for good luck!”

  • Saturday, February 1st
  • 11:30am
  • McNally Jackson
  • 52 Prince St.
  • Free
  • All ages welcome


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“The Feminist Book Club reads and discusses feminism. We make no claims to any particular feminist platform. We read theoretical texts, literature, and primary works. All are welcome inclusive of gender, political persuasion, and familiarity. This month’s book is Feminism and Pop Culture by Andi Zeisler.”


James-Joyce-9358676-2-402Happy Birthday James Joyce

“Robert Seidman will guide this belated celebration of Joyce’s 132nd birthday. (Joyce was born on February 2nd, 1882.) As the co-author of Ulysses Annotated, Seidman makes Joyce’s masterwork accessible, whether you’re just starting your day in Dublin or well acquainted with Molly Bloom. Whiskey will be served.”

  • Sunday, February 2nd
  • 4pm
  • McNally Jackson
  • 52 Prince St.
  • $36.95 for Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses


Pens and Swords: Warriors Write Their Experience at WarScreen-Shot-2013-12-14-at-7.22.44-AM

“Join three authors who have been to war and back for a discussion of writing and PTSD. Adrian Bonenberger (The Afghan Post), Myke Cole (the Shadow Ops series), and Phil Klay (Redeployment, coming March 2014) will be in conversation with moderator/writer Ryan Britt about their work and their experiences in the military, and will take questions and sign.”


9780805097450_custom-b3a2bc2370e0c8efcdd1fb12adcdb78912c1fff5-s6-c30Gotham: Writers in the City

“Adelle Waldman discusses her debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., which follows a young Brooklyn literary sensation whose star is on the rise. In conversation with Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House Magazine. You can RSVP on Facebook here!”

  • Saturday, February 8th
  • 4pm
  • Hosted by Community Bookstore
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Dweck Auditorium, 10 Grand Army Plaza
  • Free


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“In a season of New York theatre replete with productions of Shakespeare’s plays, he is more than ever a part of contemporary cultural life. Join us for a conversation about Shakespeare’s lasting and intimate influence on the lives and work of writers and actor/directors.”

  • Sunday, February 9th
  • 7pm
  • BookCourt
  • 163 Court Street, Brooklyn


HW-signI Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy

“A night of speed dating for those who’d rather be judged by their book cover (glasses not required). Bring a book to break the ice and meet other readers for a chance connection you might otherwise have missed on the F train or browsing the stacks.”

  • Wednesday, February 12th
  • 7pm; Doors open at 6:45pm
  • Housing Works Bookstore Café
  • 126 Crosby Street
  • $15; includes 1 drink and 10% off books all night
  • Open to ages 21-39


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“Join Books of Wonder as MARISSA MEYER makes her one-and-only NYC appearance to introduce Cress, the third and latest chapter in her page-turning science-fiction fantasy series, The Lunar Chronicles. MARISSA MEYER will present her new book, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all her fantastic titles.”

  • Thursday, February 13th
  • 6pm-8pm
  • Books of Wonder
  • 18 West 18th Street
  • $18.99 for Cress


LittleprinceThe Little Prince: A New York Story Exhibition

“The first exhibition to explore in depth the creative decisions Antoine Saint-Exupéry made as he crafted his beloved story that reminds us that what matters most can only be seen with the heart. Focusing on the story’s American origins, this exhibition features twenty-five of the manuscript pages—replete with crossed-out words, cigarette burns, and coffee stains—and all forty-three of the earliest versions of drawings for the book. Also on view are rare printed editions from the Morgan’s collection as well as personal letters, photographs, and artifacts on loan from the Saint-Exupéry estate, private collections, and museums and libraries in France and the United States.”

About Blog Editor

The Women’s National Book Association was founded in 1917 by female booksellers who weren’t allowed in the men’s organizations. Nearly 100 years later, the WNBA is still supporting women in the book industry through literary events, networking, literacy projects, workshops, open mic nights, book clubs, and many other entertaining programs throughout the season!

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