It’s time to feel the literary love, guys and dolls. Sign up for I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating at 7pm on Oct 16 at housingworksbookstore. Ladies’ tickets are gone already, so dudes, here is your chance. (Ladies, don’t despair if you’re interested, you can sign up for the waitlist.)

Sign up for 10% off of books all night, a drink, and a chance to bat your eyelashes with someone else who read Infinite Jest twice. 

The Agents’ #FridayReads, September edition…

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Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng (Agent 3rdrail)

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Fourth of July Creek, Smith Henderson (Agent Ampersand)

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Middlemarch, George Eliot (Agent Bathwater)

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The Word Exchange, Alena Graedon (Agent Bridge)

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The Elusive Moth, Ingrid Winterbach (Agent Brooklina)

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Then We Came To The End, Joshua Ferris (Agent With Cheese)

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The Dog Stars, Peter Heller (Agent Daily Double)

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The TV Writer’s Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts, Ellen Sandler (Agent Danger)

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The Prisoner of Heaven, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Agent Figtree)

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Women in Clothes, Sheila Heti (Agent Honeychurch)​

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Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin (Agent HudVal) 

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Black Wings of Cthulhu, ed. S. T. Joshi (Agent Keaton)

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Petite Mort, Beatrice Hitchman (Agent Laundry)

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The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (Agent Llama)

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Ada’s Algorithm, James Essinger (Agent Mangrove)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7: The Third Wheel, Jeff Kinney (Agent Neon Sloth)

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Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry (Agent Next)

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Tampa, Alissa Nutting (Agent Pineapple)

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Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay (Agent Silvertongue)

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10:04, Ben Lerner (Agent Sunshine)

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The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman (Agent Velocipede)

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Life After Life, Kate Atkinson (Agent Woollysocks)

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"YA definitely doesn’t mean a solely young adult readership, unless we elide (or are charitable about) the "young". At YALC Meg Rosoff revealed that 55% of YA titles are bought by adults. Presumably, some of these are gifts for teenagers, but casting an eye down the average Tube carriage reveals YA titles aplenty, read with absorption by those who won’t see 15 again. The "crossover" phenomenon incenses clickbaiters with nothing better to worry about, and induces much taking up the cudgels on YA’s behalf in return."

Our pals at the Guardian get it, they know that YA isn’t just for “the kids.” And we know that you get it too!

That’s why YOU, you YA lover you, are invited to come to wordbookstores in Jersey City at 7:30 pm for YA Show and Tell on Aug 13. Bring your favorite YA book to share with the group, and make a shelf talker, Coverspy style. 

Please RSVP to the event so that we know what book you’re bringing so we’ll have some on hand! We can’t wait to spy you there!

Have you been too busy with your nose in a book to decide whether or not to come to strandbooks tonight for our Singles Mixer? Well, we’ve left the strongest reason for last. Did you know that science says readers are the best kind of people to fall in love with? Readers are good speakers. They’re wise, and they’re understanding. The facts are all here

We can’t promise you’ll find everlasting love tonight, but we’re giving you a good group of people to start the journey with! So brush up on the science of bookish romance, and get yourself a ticket to The Strand Singles Literary Mixer before time runs out!

Spy you tonight, you beautiful book lovers.

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