D.I.Y. Magic by Anthony Alvarado @ Spoonbill



Thursday May 7 at 7:00 PM   Spoonbill Books 218 Bedford Ave 718 387 7322

Please join us to celebrate Anthony Alvarado’s new book, D.I.Y. Magic.
A Book of Magic.
A Book of Mind Hacks.
A Cookbook for Creativity.
D.I.Y. Magic is an extraordinary collection of techniques for reaching deeper levels of creative thought – for accessing the power of the subconscious. From vision quests and divination by crows to bibliomancy and using (legal) stimulants, the book also highlights some of the many practices used by such notable visionaries as Salvador Dali, David Lynch, and Leonardo da Vinci as it explores creativity through the lens of actual magic.

McKenzie Wark @ Spoonbill


Spoonbill welcomes the one and only McKenzie Wark and his newest book,Molecular Red, Theory for The Anthropocene (Verso, 2015). The author will engage in conversation with Janani Balasubramanian, queer South Asian artivist-techie, and one-half of the spoken word duo DarkMatter. MONDAY EVENING MAY 4, 7PM. Come early, seating is limited. Spoonbill is located at 218 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 718-387-7322.

Following the acclaimed titles The Beach Beneath the Street and The Spectacle of Disintegration, McKenzie Wark—media theorist, philosopher and accelerationist anti-hero—returns with Molecular Red, an earthy mix of figures as unexpected and diverse as Alexander Bogdanov, Andrey Platonov, Donna Haraway and Kim Stanley Robinson. Braiding strands of heretical Russian Marxism, the labor point of view, feminist cyborgology, science fiction and low theory together, Wark shows how these collective works have the power to change life in an age of ecological crisis.

 McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, The Beach Beneath the Street and The Spectacle of Disintegration, among other books. He is a professor of Media and Culture at The New School for Social Reseach and Eugene Lange College in New York City.





To mark the publication of volumes 2 and 3 of Eugene Thacker’s Horror of Philosophy trilogy, Spoonbill & Sugartown Books hosts an evening with the author.

Following In The Dust Of This Planet – Horror of Philosophy vol. 1 – by Zero Books…

Starry Speculative Corpse
Horror of Philosophy vol. 2:
Could it be that the more we know about the world, the less we understand it? Could it be that, while everything has been explained, nothing has meaning? Extending the ideas presented in his book In The Dust Of This Planet, Eugene Thacker explores these and other issues in Starry Speculative Corpse.
But instead of using philosophy to define or to explain the horror genre, Thacker reads works of philosophy as if they were horror stories themselves, revealing a rift between human beings and the unhuman world of which they are part. Along the way we see philosophers grappling with demons, struggling with doubt, and wrestling with an indifferent cosmos. At the center of it all is the philosophical drama of the human being confronting its own limits.
Not a philosophy of horror, but a horror of philosophy. Thought that stumbles over itself, as if at the edge of an abyss.

Tentacles Longer Than Night
Horror of Philosophy vol. 3
Our contemporary horror stories are written in a world where there seems little faith, lost hope, and no salvation. All that remains is the fragmentary and occasionally lyrical testimony of the human being struggling to confront its lack of reason for being in the vast cosmos.  This is the terrain of the horror genre. Eugene Thacker explores this situation in Tentacles Longer Than Night. Extending the ideas presented in his book In The Dust Of This Planet, Thacker considers the relationship between philosophy and the horror genre.
But instead of taking fiction as the mere illustration of ideas, Thacker reads horror stories as if they themselves were works of philosophy, driven by a speculative urge to question human knowledge and the human-centric view of the world, ultimately leading to the limit of the human – thought undermining itself, in thought.

Join fellow comrades-in-books at Spoonbill for an evening of discourse and diversion to mark Thacker’s ternion. With geniality for the palate by way of edelfäule, rouge and hock provided by Liberal Studies, NSSR at The New School.

March 26: Reading and Signing: The Boatmaker a novel by John Benditt



Thursday, March 26
7pm, free and open to the public
John Benditt reads from and discusses THE BOATMAKER with Jonas Kyle
John Benditt, author of The Boatmaker, a new debut novel published by Tin House Books, and a resident of the neighborhood, will read from and discuss the book with Spoonbill & Sugartown co-owner Jonas Kyle. A signing will follow.
Of the this new voice in literature, Jonas Kyle says, “I read The Boatmaker over a few nights, and while still in media res I, looked forward to driving toward the end. The novel comes across as fully formed, as if it had already been in existence for some time. At moments I toyed with the fancy that the author had plagiarized in toto an unpublished work of some Scandinavian or Baltic writer from the 19th Century.
It would be fortifying to think that the last century and the present one could resolve themselves in an environmental image as durable as a man on a remote island who has confidence, a far-flung but faithful family and a desire to build wooden boats.
While I was reading The Boatmaker I wondered what Herman Hesse reads like by comparison. As chance would have it, a paperback of Narcissus and Goldmund flaunted itself at me today as I left the store on my way via subway to a meeting in Manhattan. I snatched it for reading material and went through forty or fifty pages over the next few hours.
Although the comparison was on the fly, as it were, I did ascertain that the heroes of the Hesse book do not represent the future of the human race. Neither Narcissus nor Goldmund is capable of forming a lasting bond with a flesh-and-blood woman—Narcissus not even trying and Goldmund going from one to the next until he grows old, sick and tired. The hero of The Boatmaker, by contrast, manages to forge a relationship, for keeps it would seem, and yet also finds his freedom.”

Guy McPherson Book Signing and Reading with Wine and Cheese. Q & A.

Going Dark PosterPlain


Please join us on the evening Tuesday, February 24th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Spoonbill will be hosting Guy McPherson for a book signing and reading. He will also do a Q & A session. Wine and cheese will be served.

Guy McPherson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona. He taught and conducted research for 20 award-winning years before leaving the university for ethical reasonsin 2009. McPherson established a homestead and continues his prolific writing and teaching from there.

Poetry reading: Robert Fitterman and Jeremy Sigler, Jan 15, 7:30 PMg

Poetry reading: Robert Fitterman and Jeremy Sigler
Please join us. Spoonbill Books 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn.
Thursday, January 15th @ 7:30 pm
Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), Rob’s Word Shop (Ugly Duckling Press, forthcoming, 2015), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, and Veer [London] 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Notes On Conceptualisms, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). His long poem Metropolis, has been published in 4 separate volumes. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies. Samples of his writing can be found at his website: http://homepages.nyu.edu/~rmf1/
Jeremy Sigler (b. 1968) is the author of numerous books of poetry including To and To (Left Hand books, 1998) and Mallet Eyes (Left Hand Books, 2000), Crackpot Poet, (Black Square Editions, 2010) and ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ (The Kingsboro Press and For The Common Good, 2014).  Sigler co-edited the career retrospective monograph, Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place 1958-2010 (Dia Art Foundation and Yale University Press, 2014)

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.
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Thursday, March 20 at 8:00pm
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