Sunlanders by Sean Lotman


All are welcome. Event is free. Refreshments served.


Clinton Heylin on Bob Dylan, again.

judas-cover-printSpoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers welcomes the one and only Clinton Heylin for the third or fourth time around as he presents his latest work, JUDAS! FROM MANCHESTER TO THE FREE TRADE HALL, A HISTORICAL VIEW OF THE BIG BOO (Route Books, Pontrefact, UK).

Tuesday: October 11th, 2016 at 8:00 PM at our Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn shop. Admission is free and refreshments will be served, but please buy a book!

Clinton Heylin is probably the most distinguished writer on Bob Dylan in the world. he is the author of the definitive biography Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades. He’s also written on all aspects of popular culture including Despite the System: Orson Welles versus The Hollywood Studios; Babylon’s Burning: From Punk to Grunge and So Long As Men Can Breathe: The Untold story of Shakespeare’s SonnetsAnarchy in the Year Zero: The Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Class of ’76 among many other works on music and musicians.

Poems by Alvin Feinman

An Evening Reading of the Poems of Alvin Feinman.
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Please join us for a special reading and discussion of the poems of Alvin Feinman at 7:00 PM on Monday evening, September 19th, Spoonbill Books, 99 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Admission is Free and refreshments will be served. For further information please call 718-387-7322 or check Spoonbill’s facebook page.

The occasion is the recent release by Princeton University Press of Corrupted into Song: The Complete Poems of Alvin Feinman, Edited by Deborah DorfmanWith a foreword by Harold Bloom and an introduction by James Geary. Mr. Geary will be on hand to read from Alvin’s work but we hope that those who knew and worked with him might also participate with a reading or a recollection.

According to Harold Bloom, “The best of Alvin Feinman’s poetry is as good as anything by a twentieth-century American. His work achieves the greatness of the American sublime.” Yet, in part because he published so sparsely, Feinman remained little-read and largely unknown when he died in 2008. This definitive edition of Feinman’s complete work, which includes fifty-seven previously published poems and thirty-nine unpublished poems discovered among his manuscripts, introduces a new generation of readers to the lyrical intensity and philosophical ambition of this major American poet. Harold Bloom, a lifelong friend of Feinman, provides a preface in which he examines Feinman’s work in the context of the strongest poets of his generation—John Ashbery, James Merrill, and A. R. Ammons—while the introduction by James Geary, who studied with Feinman at Bennington College, presents a biographical and critical sketch of this remarkable poet and teacher. Corrupted into Song restores Feinman’s work to its rightful place alongside that of poets like Hart Crane and Wallace Stevens, with whom his poetry and poetics have so much in common.

Alvin Feinman (1929–2008) taught literature at Bennington College from 1969 to 1994. He was the author of Preambles and Other Poems and an expanded edition of that work, Poems (Princeton). He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at Brooklyn College, the University of Chicago, and Yale University. Feinman’s wife, Deborah Dorfman (1934–2015), taught literature at Temple University, Wesleyan University, and SUNY Albany. Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of the Humanities and English at Yale University. James Geary is deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and the author, most recently, of I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World.




Trans Poetry Reading / Bookstore Inauguration


Help us inaugurate Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers‘s new location at 99 Montrose Avenue with AN EVENING OF TRANSGENDER POETRY. Featuring readings by Cat Fitzpatrick, Merritt Kopas, Allison Parrish, Thel Seraphim, Charles Theonia, and Paco Salas Pérez.

If you’re in town for the Lambda Literary awards, please stop by to learn about (1) a good bookstore and (2) the vital deep cuts trans poets are engaging in now and every day forward.

More info:


6 PM – 8 PM

99 Montrose ave

True Homosexual Experiences

true-homosexual-experiences-ogSpoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers is pleased to host William E. Jones to present his new book True Homosexual Experiernces: Boyd McDoanald and Straight To Hell, published by We Heard You Like Books. Wednesday May 4th at 7:30 at 218 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, NY. 


As an added enticement, Spoonbill has about thirty anthologies of STH from the 80’s and 90’s plus a few old (ratty) original zines.

“An outrageous offering in its own right, and valuable for its insight and boldness.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Move over Maxwell Perkins – here’s another literary editor who deserves to be more famous than you. Boyd Mc Donald may have been an alcoholic, sex-obsessed lunatic who masturbated chronically while encouraging his perverted readers to send in endless descriptions of their gay sex lives with heterosexual men but he remained pure in spirit. His ‘Straight To Hell’ chapbooks join Valerie Solanas’s ‘SCUM Manifesto’ as the most radical (and hilarious) filth classics in modern literature.”

—John Waters on True Homosexual Experiences

A World War II veteran from the Great Plains, Boyd McDonald (1925-1993) had the makings of a successful career in the 1950s—an education at Harvard, jobs at Time/Life and IBM—but things didn’t turn out as planned. After 20 years of resentful conformity and worsening alcoholism, McDonald dried out, pawned all of his suits, and went on welfare. It was then that his life truly began.

From a tiny room in a New York SRO hotel, McDonald published Straight to Hell, a series of chapbooks collecting readers’ “true homosexual experiences.” Following the example of Alfred Kinsey, McDonald obsessively pursued the truth about sex between men just as gay liberation began to tame America’s sexual outlaws for the sake of legal recognition. Admired by such figures as Gore Vidal and William S. Burroughs, Straight to Hell combined a vigorous contempt for authority with a keen literary style, and was the precursor of queer ’zines decades later. Even after his death, Boyd McDonald continued to trouble the powers that be—he was the subject of a 2006 opinion by U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who ruled that one of his books was pornographic while acknowledging that this question is ultimately vague and subjective.

William E. Jones conducted in-depth interviews with many people from McDonald’s life, including friends, colleagues, and most unexpectedly, family members who revealed that he was a loving uncle who doted on his nieces and great-nieces. A complex portrait drawn from a wealth of previously unpublished material, True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell is the first biography devoted to a key figure of the American underground.


SABAT Magazine launch April 22nd

Elisabeth+Magazine+Launch-12_lowPlease join us at Spoonbill Books for the launch of Sabat magazine. The editor, Elisabeth Krohn, will be present. There will be Tarot readings and a discussion. Begins at 7:30 on Friday, Full Moon, April 22nd.

Serious Bidness…




Announcing the publication of

Serious Bidness: The Letters of Richard Bellamy

Brooklyn, NY: Near Fine Press; 72 pages, cloth.
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Miles Bellamy.
ISBN 978-0-692-51867-0. $40.00.
Date of publication: July 12, 2016.
Distributed by Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers.

THIS SELECTION of twenty-two letters written by the renowned art dealer Richard Bellamy (1927-1998) highlights his great sensitivity to the needs of the artists he represented, his special brand of humor and his literary predilections. The letters cover the year 1965, when he closed The Green Gallery — a showcase for many who would become the most important artist of the second half of the 20th century — to the last weeks of his life in 1998.

Included are letters to art collectors and patrons such as Virginia Wright, Vera List and A. Alfred Taubman, and letters concerning the artists Mark di Suvero, Walter De Maria and Yayoi Kusama, among others. There are also four letters written to his son, Miles Bellamy which draw a kind of narrative of their relationship. Miles Bellamy’s introduction and notes expound on that relationship and describe the contexts in which all the letters were written. Appended to the main text are Richard Bellamy’s essay on the painter Myron Stout, the only previously published writing by the dealer, as well as documentation of a posthumous reading of Bellamy’s letters at The New School in October 1998.

The publication of SERIOUS BIDNESS: THE LETTERS OF RICHARD BELLAMY coincides with that of a major new biography, Judith E. Stein’s EYE OF THE SIXTIES: RICHARD BELLAMY AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF MODERN ART, Farrar, Straus & Giroux; July 12, 2016.

For more information about SERIOUS BIDNESS please visit or email

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Spoonbill Books, 218 Bedford Avenue

Please join us Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 PM to enjoy Chris Jennings reading from his new book (releasing January 12th), PARADISE NOW (Random House).

PARADISE NOW: The Story of American Utopianism,  is a lively, thought-provoking intellectual history of the frenzied golden age of 19th-century American utopianism, which left its mark on the way we view the American character, even today.

 What do Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, and Horace Greeley have in common? All were early supporters of Brook Farm, the commune founded in Western Massachusetts in 1841, just one group of American utopians who tried to usher in a communal society free from the competitive and industrial ills of the 19th century. Drawing on the legacy of the European Enlightenment and the religious fervor of revival movements, groups like the Shakers, Owenites, Fourierists, Icarians, and Perfectionists were the source of hotly debated ideas and of practices that both inspired and scandalized the American public.

 In this relatively young United States, religious leaders, radical politicians, and secular intellectuals saw the country as blank canvas on which to realize their revolutionary visions of the future. Jennings’ deft narrative illuminates the infectious optimism and lunatic creativity of our utopian predecessors who insisted the world would follow their lead. These utopians put property, monogamy, money, hierarchy, sex, diet, and family all up for debate. They were the epitome of a uniquely American questing spirit that is still very much part of our national character.




Reading with Jeff Wood, author of The GLACIER; Signing; Music by Eric Hubel


Please join us tomorrow, November 11, at 7:30 PM for a multimedia event. Jeff Wood will read from his new cinematic novel, the Glacier, published by Two Dollar Radio. At the same time there will be a slideshow and Eric Hubel will perform musical accompaniment.

Where: Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers

218 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn NY