Slide Show/Book Launch with Christopher Merritt and Domenic Priore July 8 at 8 pm






Please join us to celebrate the new book Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space-Age Nautical Pleasure Pier.

The authors, Christopher Merritt and Domenic Priore, will have a slide show and sign books.




Lloyd Kahn’s new book: TINY HOMES ON THE MOVE Tuesday May 27

Please join us for a signing and slide presentation of Lloyd Kahn’s new book “Tiny Homes on the Move.” It is the hope of Spoonbill & Sugartown that the stable, salaried stuck-in the-mud life will be abandoned in favor of the resourceful nomadic adventure. Why do we need thousands of square feet to hoard our junk when we can have a tiny mobile footprint of living space on land or on water and billions of square feet outside in which to craft an interesting life? “Tiny Homes on the Move” presents the avant garde of the mobility movement – what the pioneering few have accomplished. They lead the way, challenging us to follow in their wake or their tracks.


Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 pm @ Spoonbill Books, 218 Bedford Ave




71 Women at Spoonbill


Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers is pleased to present a reading from:

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH SO HELP ME GOD: 73 WOMEN ON LIFE’S TRANSITIONS on Tuesday June 3rd at 7PM, Spoonbill Books, 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Admission Free but seating is limited – come early. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Miles Bellamy, 718-387-7322.

Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions
is the highly anticipated follow up to Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection. From becoming a mother to dealing with religion, recovery from disease and addiction to starting a business, this new anthology of essays and art sheds light on all the times along our evolution when changes shake us up and make us who we are.

73 Women on Life’s Transitions features work from NY Times best-selling authors Kelly Corrigan and Gabrielle Bernstein, notable trailblazers like Belva Davis and Rita Henley Jensen, esteemed businesswomen like Janet Hanson and social entrepreneurs like Megan Calhoun, as well as many new women, eager to share how transitions in their lives brought them unexpected gifts, lessons, and growth.

Readers on the 3rd will include Karen Lynch, Heather Kristin, Christie Coombs, Kim Festa, Rita Henley Jensen, Kat Hurley, Karen Lynch, Siobhan Neiland & Shannon Weisleder.
Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions
is the handbook for all women to know they are not alone as they navigate through the many transitions we go through in life.
Praise for Nothing But The Truth:

Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions shares stories of women who handle transitions- good, bad, and ugly- with grace, bravery, wit, and wisdom. And they are better for it. Read this book if you want to feel like you’re catching up with an old friend. And be prepared to see yourself in many of the stories.

- Jennifer Siebel Newsom, CEO of The Representation Project, Filmmaker, Mother, and Second Lady of California

It is women’s connections that build families, communities and culture. Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God is a testament to what is possible when we show up for our sisters.

-Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, and activist

[Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God shows] women change each other’s lives just by being there for one another.

-Arianna Huffington

Women’s stories boldly told have always been at the center of feminist political consciousness and empowerment. Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God captures the spirit of the personal as political and will inspire the reader to find her own voice.

- Katherine Spillar, executive editor, Ms. Magazine


Thu, Mar 20, 8pm: Book launch for Chris Hosea’s Walt Whitman Award-winning Put Your Hands In, which John Ashbery named the year’s best first book of poems. Also reading will be poet, author, and translator Ariana Reines (Mercury 2011, Coeur de Lion 2007, others). Refreshments will be served.
Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers's photo.
Thursday, March 20 at 8:00pm
32 people are going so far

Spoonbill Storms The Armory


Come on up to Park Avenue where we’ll be offering a selection of new and and second-hand books under the auspices of the venerable Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) at The Art Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, March 5-9, 2014.

We’ll be mingling art books from our own stock with those contributed by the ADAA member galleries. Seventy-two galleries are exhibiting, out of a total of one hundred and eighty members, and roughly one hundred are contributing three titles each to our shop. (Have you memorized all those numbers?) 

We love the room we’ve been given: alternately called The Trophy Room, The Library or The Silver Room, it’s the work of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Studio with Stanford White as consultant. The room is less ornate than many of the adjacent ones and hasn’t received the Herzog & de Meuron treatment like some others in the building, but it’s still quite special and we feel that the low light, the silver trophies and the array of good books will make crossing the room’s threshold a rewarding experience. 

The above photo shows a view of the room from up in the mezzanine (which we won’t be inhabiting) with a few Roseate Spoonbills thrown in for added excitement. Photoshop courtesy of Lucinda Warchol.

This is the 26th edition of The Art Show but the first year they’ve had a bookshop. We’re grateful to have been asked to participate. 

Admission to the Show is $25/day which benefits the Henry Street Settlement. For more information about The Art Show go to

 See you there!




SPOONBILL & SUGARTOWN, BOOKSELLERS & DISTRIBUTED ART PUBLISHERS present artist Adam Helms on Tuesday, November 19 at 8PM. Admission is free.

Upon the release of his new monograph ADAM HELMS (Snoeck; $55), the artist will join in conversation with writers Claire Barliant and William S. Smith to discuss elements of  his studio practice and the works reproduced in the book. Designed in close collaboration with the artist himself, with full color reproductions and full page fold-outs, this publication is a survey of his work from 2005 to 2012.

“Using an array of media, from found photography, gouache and charcoal on paper and silkscreen to assemblage and installation, acclaimed New York–based artist Adam Helms (born 1974) explores social and military conflict and the continuities between past and present instances of injustice. Helms draws heavily on found imagery (such as online images or photographs from library archives), frequently superimposing contemporary images and drawings upon them to establish both the eerie remoteness and the relevance of the past.” (Text from D.A.P.)
With an interview by Bob Nickas and an essay by William S. Smith, the monograph serves as the first comprehensive survey and entry point into the artist’s work over the last 8 years.
Signed copies of the book will be available at the event.

William S. Smith is an editor at Art in America and Triple Canopy.

Claire Barliant is a freelance writer whose writing has appeared in Art in America, the New Yorker, and other places. She is an adjunct professor in the MFA Program at SUNY Purchase and curatorial advisor to EFA Project Space. She is currently working on a book about Delphine Seyrig.

Marcel Dzama Signing @ Spoonbill 11/20

Marcel Dzama will be presenting and signing his new book at Spoonbill on November 20th at 7:00 PM.

MarcelDzama04079JFMarcel Dzama:

Sower of Discord



Features written contributions by

Raymond Pettibon, Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze, and Bradley Bailey

Created in full collaboration with the artist, Marcel Dzama: Sower of Discord (Abrams;  $65.00) is the first comprehensive survey of Dzama’s work. More than five hundred color images trace his artistic evolution from the mid-1990s, when he first attracted critical attention while an art student in Winnipeg, to the present. Written contributions include a foreword by the contemporary artist Raymond Pettibon; three original short stories inspired by Dzama’s work by Dave Eggers; an interview with the artist by the filmmaker Spike Jonze; and an essay by the art historian Bradley Bailey. These diverse writings provide a foundation for understanding Dzama’s work within the personal and cultural context in which he makes it.

Marcel Dzama Portrait