There’s strength in numbers, but there’s fun in words. A lot of fun.
This weekend, authors, booksellers, essayists, poets, and other verse enthusiasts will head to LIC Bar for the Queens NYC Lit Fest, a two-day celebration of the borough and its booming writing scene. Organized by Michael Geffner from The Inspired Word, this first annual extravaganza will feature scheduled readings by residents from around the borough, including Maria Lisella, the newly appointed Queens poet laureate, and Audrey Dimola, hostess of the reading-and-live-writing series Nature of the Muse. Plus, both days will begin with open mic time at 11 am. (First come, first served. Five-minute slots.) More information and another photo on jump page.
This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and written word shops across New York City will participate in this first annual event. There will be scavenger hunts, marathon readings, story-telling times, and other literary events, but as always, the most fun will take place in Queens.
The Astoria Bookshop will welcome graphic novelists Raina Telgemeier (Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), who will lead a team game of Pictionary for youngsters at 1 pm. Participants will be able to take home whatever Raina and Dave draw during the activity.
Louis Armstrong, Chazz Palminteri, and renowned Korean folk artist Jae Choon Kim headline another busy week in Queens. Other options include Mexican dance, sheep-shearing, Yiddish music, Bollywood films, walking tours, sex education, and nature photography. Here’s the rundown.
Queens is hot and hip these days, but the world’s most diverse county also has a proud and interesting past. On February 12th at the Astoria Bookshop, author Kevin Walsh will discuss his recently released book, Forgotten Queens (Arcadia Publishing), with Rich Melnick from the Greater Astoria Historical Society. A regular contributor to this blog, Walsh partnered with GAHS on this publication, which uses black-and-white images and information-heavy captions to document the borough’s 1920-to-1950 transformation from a semi-rural grouping of towns into an urban center. Readers will learn about everything from Depression Era shanty towns to Rockaway Playland to the Queensboro Bridge before it was named after a Manhattanite.
Yesterday We Heart Astoria extended a very warm welcome to The Astoria Bookshop, now open at 3129 31st Street. The store is selling books of all kinds, as well as greeting cards, notebooks, pens, book plates, and the like. The official hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm. According to the Astoria Bookshop Facebook, the gran opening was a big success. So who got to check it out?
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The Daily News reports that an independent bookstore may be coming to Astoria. Lexi Beach, who makes a living managing accounts for a website focusing on digital audio books, wants to open Astoria Bookshop in early 2013.