NYC – The Con Artist Launch Party

Join  Astoria Bookshop on Tuesday, July 10th, to celebrate the launch of Fred Van Lente’s new book The Con Artist! As the #1 New York Times best-selling writer of comics like The Amazing Spider-Man, Deadpool vs. the Punisher, and Archer & Armstrong, Fred Van Lente has been called “a popular culture maven” (Vice). His work has been praised as “some of the funniest material you’ll read in any format” (The Hollywood Reporter), and his debut novel, Ten Dead Comedians was an Amazon Best of the Month in Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense. In The Con Artist, Van Lente, who has worked in the comic book industry for nearly twenty years, returns with his second novel, a murder mystery set at a comic convention.

An unconventional whodunit for comic book fans and mystery lovers alike, THE CON ARTIST perfectly captures the chaotic energy of comic cons and reveals that heroes and villains aren’t just reserved for the pages and panels of our favorite graphic novels.

Fred Van Lente will be joined by Brian Cronin. Brian Cronin has been writing professionally about comic books for over a dozen years now at CBR (primarily with his “Comics Should Be Good” series of columns, including Comic Book Legends Revealed). He has written two books about comics for Penguin-Random House – Was Superman a Spy? And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed and Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? And Other Amazing Comic Book Trivia! His third book, 100 Things X-Men Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, came out out from Triumph Books in April 2018. His writing has been featured at ESPN.com, the Los Angeles Times, About.com, the Huffington Post and Gizmodo. He features legends about entertainment and sports at his website, Legends Revealed.

Fred Van Lente is the #1 New York Times bestselling writer of such comics as The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Zombies, Deadpool vs. the Punisher, GI Joe, Archer & Armstrong, and many others. He also wrote the novel Ten Dead Comedians. He lives in Brooklyn.

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The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street (between Broadway and 31st Avenue)
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 278-2665

NYC – Flying Machines Signing

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Join graphic novelists Alison Wilgus and Molly Brooks at the Astoria Bookshop Saturday June 3rd at 3:00 PM as they chat about and illustrate the famous flying machines designed by the Wright Brothers. Perfect for curious minds ages 8-12, learn about the first airplane models then try your hand at designing your own!

Flying Machines follows the Wright Brothers from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly competitive international race toward flight, Orville and Wilbur were up against a lot more than bad weather. Mechanical failures, lack of information, and even other aviators complicated the Wright Brothers’ journey. Though they weren’t as wealthy as their European counterparts, their impressive achievements demanded attention on the international stage. Thanks to their carefully recorded experiments and a healthy dash of bravery, the Wright Brothers’ flying machines took off.

Called “inspirational reading for budding middle grade inventors and engineers” by the School Library Journal, Flying Machines is an original take on science for kids and makes for an event you do not want to miss!

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The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street (between Broadway and 31st Avenue)
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 278-2665

NYC – Difficult Women Signing

000-roxane-gayPress Release:

The Astoria Bookshop is thrilled to announce a reading and signing with award-winning author Roxane Gay for her new collection of short stories, Difficult Women. This will be a ticketed event on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM, and only those who have purchased a copy of Difficult Women will be allowed to enter the event.

You may pre-order your copy online or in store. Once capacity has been reached we will start a waitlist. The store will notify those on the waitlist as space opens up and we hope to accommodate as many people as possible, space permitting. There will be limited seating, and a ticket does not guarantee you a seat so please plan for standing-room-only. Customers who require seating for health reasons will be accommodated.

Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction; the essay collection Bad Feminist; and Ayiti, a multi-genre collection. She is at work on a memoir, Hunger, and a comic book in Marvel’s Black Panther series. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012the New York Timesthe Guardian, and many others. She is a recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors. She splits her time between Indiana and Los Angeles. She can be found online at www.roxanegay.com and on Twitter @rgay.

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The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street (between Broadway and 31st Avenue)
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 278-2665