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.
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Thursday, March 20 at 8:00pm
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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


Jacqueline Schmidt reads from her new Children’s Book

patchworkPlease join us for a children’s event at the store this Sunday at 10:30 in the morning. Jacqueline Schmidt, famed for her Screech Owl greeting cards and other products, has illustrated a children’s book called Patchwork Helps a Friend.

October 27, 10:30 am @ Spoonbill Bo0oks, 218 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

Paul Rome at Bat Haus Friday, 7:00 pm

Please join us for the launch of Paul’s new book.


Friday, October 18 , set up at 7, party at 8 pm
Bat Haus | 279 Starr Street Brooklyn, NY 11237
Brooklyn Brewery will provide beer.


As Tom Claughlin–a husband, recent father, and long-time advocate for New York City’s workers–becomes increasingly rattled by domestic life inside a one bedroom apartment, he plunges further into the case of a haunted former receptionist, using it as a way to get closer to the firm’s newest intern, and unwittingly pledging his own worth on its outcome.

Playing out on two fronts, home and work, the drama is set in motion when new characters emerge in each: a young male baby-sitter stealing the affection of Tom’s wife and son and the receptionist seeking justice and vindication. Framed by four months in the fall of 2005, a simmering family and office story slowly unravels into something, more unusual, surreal, and ambiguous. We All sleep In The Same Room blends the tra- ditional intimacy and immediacy of private-eye noir-style with the hu- morous, obsessive, digressive, observations of modern realism. Below a surface that is both touching and disturbing, optimistic, and cynical, is a sustained meditation on family and work, responsibility, and abandon- -and the transformative and destructive impact of beauty and death on an otherwise moral life.

PAUL ROME is a writer of fiction and performance literature. His work has been described endearingly neurotic and sharp satire that glistens with sophistication and wit. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.




Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers is pleased to present:

AN EVENING WITH GEOFF DYER at 10:00 PM on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

Seating is limited; admission is free, but please buy a book!

In celebration of Geoff Dyer’s stint in New York, indeed on Spoonbill’s local soil, we thought it would be nice to expand the usual reading format, loosen the reins, go “after hours. ” Dyer’s last book, Zona was published nearly 2 years ago, and it’s unlikely he’ll be reading from it. Instead, we hope to be treated to a premiere. In other words, he won’t tell us what he’ll be reading.

Dyer is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and, most recently, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; a critical study of John Berger, Ways of Telling; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and five genre-defying titles: But Beautiful, The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, and The Ongoing Moment. He is the editor of John Berger: Selected Essays and co-editor, with Margaret Sartor, of What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney.

A selection of essays from Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room entitled Otherwise Known as the Human Condition was published in the US in April 2011 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

His most recent book is Zona (2012), about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker He is also the editor of a collection of John Berger’s writing  on photography (to be published by Aperture in November).

Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1958 and educated at the local Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2005.

***[Photo of the author by Marzena Porgorzaly]

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