The Moth StorySLAM


This week at HWBC we have one thing on our mind: LOVE.

On Tuesday, The MOTH StorySLAM will explore the theme, “Love Hurts”. This event nearly always sells out, so make sure you arrive early!

Wednesday we have the fine folks at vol1brooklyn sharing the Greatest 3-Minute Love Stories. Our lovely readers are Jen Vafidis, Tyler Coates, Kashana Cauley, Erika Anderson, Kristen Radtke, Eric Nelson, Nicole Haroutunian, Jen Doll, and Ashley Ford/ smashfizzle! Free. 7pm.

In other exciting news, Sunday kicks off our annual GEEK WEEK SALE AND EXTRAVAGANZA which will actually run for two weeks because THAT’s how much we love you. Thirty-percent off sci-fi, fantasy, comics, vintage vinyl, science and math books, what! Plus a whole host of geeky events which we will tell you more about next week. Hoorah!


It’s a huge week here at HWBC and it’s just the first of many. Here’s what we have:

On TUESDAY, a screening of 1987 film classic The Princess Bride! We’ll have Cary Elwes’ memoir of the film, As You Wish, for sale (and, of course, beer/wine/coffee/tea and tasty treats from our cafe!).

On WEDNESDAY, our ever-popular literary speed-dating event with coverspy.

On THURSDAY, The Moth StorySLAM! Theme: skin. 

On FRIDAY, the return of Geeks vs. Nerds Trivia Happy Hour! This time around it’s hosted by Kevin Harrington of geekweekboston and Raj Sivaraman of the Universe City Podcast. 

On SUNDAY, our Face to Face book group for middle readers will meet to discuss Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. 

And ALL WEEK LONG, it’s our annual Geek Week Sale and Extravaganza! Thirty-percent off sci-fi, fantasy, vintage vinyl, science and math books, etc. 

Tune in next week for the exciting conclusion of Geek Week!


This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, our events look at Valentine’s Day from every angle! And then teach you how to be funny while writing, which is maybe something you need after Valentine’s Day week.

Tonight is the first night of The Recital, a new series in which writers and performers turn the bookstore into an old-fashioned red schoolhouse so they can recite by heart 1-3 minutes of poetry or prose they have memorized. Hosted by writer Rachel Syme and Slaughterhouse 90210’s Maris Kreizman. The theme for this week is Swoon!

Tomorrow join us for The Moth StorySLAM! This time the theme is Love Hurts. Tickets are $8.

Wednesday Coverspy helps you find your bookish mate with I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating. This event is sold out, but if you missed it this time be sure to sign up for the waitlist so you can hear about the next one!

On Friday, double the events and also fun as our weekly Slush Pile Happy Hour (4-8pm) is joined by funny lady country trio Ménage à Twang’s return to the bookstore for My Country Valentine: an Alt-Valentine Mixer at 7pm!(Notice: This event was previously ticketed but is now FREE.)

Sunday morning Gotham Writers’ Workshop presents a free humor writing workshop with writer, playwright, and fiction writer Ryan Britt!


Another week, another lot of amazing events. That’s just how things go here at Housing Works.

On Monday, we’ll be hosting The Last Banquet; a lively celebration of food and literature. Novelist Jonathan Grimwood will be joined by Charlotte Druckman, Matt Grossand Gideon Lewis-Kraus. While our very own executive chef, Emily Casey will be preparing dishes inspired by The Last Banquet!

Wednesday night will feature I Like Your Glasses, our hotly anticipated Literary Speed Dating event. This event is sold out, but sign up to the wait list to keep abreast of future events and grab yourself a ticket if someone drops out.

On Thursday, the storytellers of The Moth StorySLAM will be waxing lyrical on the subject of ‘Home.' 10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. $8 at the door. This event always sells out. Limited seating; please arrive early.

Friday sees us celebrate the release of’s first book, appropriately named The Book of Jezebel in The Age of Ladyblogs.The book’s co-author Kate Harding will be joined by Jessica Coen, Anna Holmes, Edith Zimmerman and others for a discussion that promises to take in everything from pop culture to politics to modern womanhood.

And on Saturday, we’ll be hosting Then and Now, a book club reveling in history and pop culture. This week’s book is Sam Kean’s delightfully titled,The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. 


This week! Here it is; sorry this is later than usual, we were Occupying.

  • Today is the last day of the Kid’s Book Sale! Come on in for 30% off and $1 paperbacks.
  • Tomorrow 9/18, we’re kicking off a great fall Live From Home lineup with David Wax Museum. There are still tickets available, buy online or at the door. Doors at 7:30PM, show at 8PM. Check the band out on NPR’s Tiny Desk here.
  • Thursday 9/20 is the Moth StorySLAM. Mind your manners (the night’s theme), and plan to be in line by 6PM or so for the 7PM show. $8 at the door.
  • Sunday 9/23 is Gotham Writer’s Workshop on article writing with Ken Dery. Free! 11AM in the cafe.

Boom! A couple heads up: we close at 7PM on Wednesday and at 6PM on Friday for private events.


This Week! At HWBC:

Bring your thinking caps to Wednesday’s event with nplusonemag founder Mark Greif! We’re celebrating the release of The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973. He’ll be in conversation with A.O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times. 7pm. Free.

Thursday sees another edition of The Moth StorySLAM. Theme? Blunders.

And on Sunday we’re pleased to present another meeting of our Face to Face Middle Readers Book Group, this month discussing Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz.

ALSO! Just for today, everything in the store is 30% off. Who loves ya, baby?


This Week at HWBC
Wednesday stop by as Spring St. Social Society presents Camp Cabaret, a night of stories, music, vaudeville, and comédie acrobatique. The event is curated by Patrick Janelle and our lovely cafe manager Amy Virginia Buchanan. Jo Firestone is hosting.

Then on Thursday night The Moth returns for the second week in a row, this time for stories on the subject of Patterns.

Friday is our weekly Slush Pile happy hour which is as always the best time to drink and eat sandwiches while catching up on your Friday Reads.

Finally, Saturday morning join the  International Crime Book Group as it returns to discus Cara Black’s Parisian mystery Murder in the Marais. Last time the snow storm cut down on attendance so be sure to visit this time if you missed it or come again to continue the discussion.


This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:

Try something new at Monday’s Comedy Notebook, hosted by Rob Paravonian. Established comedians test their new material on you, the audience. Mwahaha.

We’re exploring the great Midwest and its rich lit culture with curbsidesplendor and vol1brooklyn at In the Middle of Everything. ​Readings by Jason Diamond, Dmitry Samarov, Megan Stielstra, Erika Wurth, and D.Foy! 

Your worst e-mail nightmares will come true (for other people) at Shit Rough E-mails with Paul Laudiero and Friends. We promise this event will be highly therapeutic.

Storytellers will throw down Thursday’s The Moth StorySLAM. The topic? Rivalry. OoooOOOOoooh.

We’re hosting a pair of book club meetings this weekend! Fans of Billy Pilgrim assemble for Saturday’s Kurt Vonnegut Book Club. The selection is Slaughterhouse-Five. On Sunday Face-to-Face, our book club for readers aged 8-12, will meet to discuss Jerry Spinelli’s Maniac Magee

One more note: We’re holding a second monthly sale day! The bookstore was unexpectedly closed for much of last Saturday, but we still want to offer you blazing hot deals on books, music, and MORE. Visit us on Saturday, September 13, for Monthly Sale: Pt 2


This week at HWBC:

We’re kicking the week off with The Moth High School GrandSLAM! The Moth brings the art and craft of personal storytelling to high schoolers all across NYC, and we get to enjoy the results. $5 suggested donation.

Wednesday’s event is one we’ve been looking forward to for, legitimately, months. Chefs Brooks Headley and Gabrielle Hamilton will discuss their new cookbooks, both of which are super-mega-crazy cool. 7pm. Free!

Then on Thursday we have a classic Moth StorySLAM, this time with the theme “saved”. 

Saturday we’re getting festive at our fifth (!!) annual What The Dickens?: A Christmas Carol Marathon Reading. Thanks to classicpenguin for sponsoring this event, which will be SO merry and bright you won’t even believe it. Free!


This week at the bookstore! So many things! And next week we have a full lineup of BEA amazingness, prepare ye. Want to stay updated? Be sure you sign up for our newsletter.

  • Tonight, we welcome the MothSHOP Community Education Showcase, a night of stories from this season’s Moth workshops in high schools and marginalized communities. The store won’t close, and the event is $5 suggested donation, so come check out some of the amazing work the Moth does teaching folks how to tell their stories.
  • Tomorrow we have another storytelling event: Native Tongue, a celebration of the Islamic storytelling tradition with American Muslims’ stories of heartache. Free, 7PM.
  • Wednesday we celebrate the new literary zombie – yup, zombie – novel from Two Dollar Radio,A Questionable Shape, with author Bennett Sims as well as Fiona Maazel and Benjamin Hale. Free, 7PM.
  • Thursday the Moth StorySLAM presents a special Internet Week NYC edition with the theme “Technology,” hosted by Dan Kennedy. The store will close at 6PM, doors at 7PM, $8 cover at the door. Get in line early, it always sells out!
  • And Friday is the last Slush Pile of the season (and the last Friday before summer hours start kicking in!). Join us for great specials in the cafe and kick off your weekend.
  • Freedom isn’t free, but the whole store will be 30% off on Monday, May 27 in celebration of Memorial Day.

This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:

Join us on Tuesday for The Moth StorySLAM with theme “Nerds and Geeks”! All tickets for this event are now sold through; please check with them for availability!

Wednesday, we’re joining forces with thelithub and Lambda Literary to launch Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees.  With readings, conversation, and special guests Natalie Diaz, Taiye Selasi, and Naomi Jackson. Also featuring live music by Reiko and Nano Fueting. 7pm. Free! Don’t miss this one!

Thursday, longreads gives us a night of storytelling about change hosted by editors Mike Dang and Mark Armstrong. With storytellers Nikole Hannah-Jones, Burt Helm, Jessica Gross, Rembert Browne, Jessica Pressler, 
and John Herrman. 7pm. Free! Don’t miss this one either. 

And on Saturday, NYU and the Free Art Society present an art and storytelling workshop for children aged 5-13

Our hours this week: Monday 9am-9pm; Tuesday, 9am-6pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.


This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:

Editor Sari Botton and a host of contributors to the new anthology Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York will be here on Tuesday to read and celebrate. 7pm. Free!

The Moth StorySLAM is back on Thursday with the theme “Caught”. Show up early and get ready to ride the emotional rollercoaster. 

And on Sunday we’re pleased to host our book group for middle readers, Face to Face. The November selection is the beloved classic, and rightly so, The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis.

But wait! Next week is also our cookbook sale. Just in time for Thanksgiving, shop Housing Works’ great collection and get thirty-percent off all cookbooks and food writing, including recipe-driven cookbooks, celebrity and restaurant books, wine and cheese books, vegetarian cookbooks, baking, fiction books on cooking, and so much more.


This week, we’ve got food, drinks, stories, and kid’s books:

A quick heads up that we be closed UNTIL 5PM tomorrow, Tuesday, for a film shoot. Also, tickets are on sale NOW for benefit concerts with David Wax Museum, Jerrod Niemann, and Jake Shimabukuro.


This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:

You’ll never believe it! Our monthly 30% off sale is extended through Monday!

Frank Portman is bringing some really cool friends to the bookstore on Tuesday to celebrate his new book King Dork Approximately. 7pm. Free. (And free beer for the first 100 attendees!)

The Moth is Thursday with a theme very close to our hearts: art. It’ll be a big one as always, so arrive early for your best chance of making it in. 


This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:

Tonight, we’re hosting The Moth StorySLAM with the theme of “The Fast Lane”! Please note that the ticketing policy for this event has changed and there will be no general admission tickets available at the door. See for more details!

Tuesday, join us for another round of ABC Trivia with electricliterature, bombmagazine, huffpostarts, and huffpostbooks! ABC: that’s art, books, and culture. It will scratch your brain in just the right way. 7pm. Free!

Wednesday, it’s the return of Ask Roulette! With very special guests Starlee Kine of The Mystery Show and James Hamblin (The Atlantic, “If Our Bodies Could Talk”) and of course house band Eli Bolin (Sesame Street) and our debonair host Jody Avirgan. Tickets $8, with proceeds to benefit our mission.

Our hours this week: Monday 9am-6pm; Tuesday 9am-9pm; Wednesday 9am-6pm; Thursday-Friday 9am-9pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm.


This week at HWBC:

We’re hosting an original, interactive forum play created and performed by the 13 Theatre Troupe. Blood/Work: You Shoulda Told Me is happening Monday, 7pm!

The Moth is back on Tuesday with a theme close to this reporter’s heart, which is HAIR. 

huffpostarts, huffpostbooks, electricliterature, and bombmagazine present ABC Trivia with host Jacob Tomsky! Wednesday, 7pm. 

The week wraps up in style with Hey Ladies: Live! Part Two: Home for the Holidays. You’ll laugh, you’ll sob with recognition, you’ll laugh again! Thursday! 7pm!