Molly Idle reads Pearl @ The Astoria Bookshop
Nov 13 @ 4:00 pm
Molly Idle reads Pearl @ The Astoria Bookshop | New York | United States

Join for a very special storytime with Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book author and artist Molly Idle as she reads and celebrates her new book Pearl. Molly Idle dazzles with an original mermaid tale about how small, persistent actions can achieve great things.

With stunning colored pencil illustrations and an inspiring message for children about self-worth, Molly Idle truly outdoes herself. Young readers will come away from the story with a sense of hope, wonder and empowerment, wanting to see the beautiful images again and again. Mermaids are trending, inspiring everything from lattes to hair and makeup looks. For fans of All the World and Marcus Pfister’s classic The Rainbow Fish, Pearl combines a unique story with a hot topic that will only continue to grow.

“For her fable about patience and perseverance, Idle has created stunning watery spreads, full of curves reflecting the gently scalloped edges of the giant clam that is Pearl’s home. …Careful word choice and thoughtful phrasing make this a pleasure to read aloud. A gentle, glowing lesson that even the smallest efforts can lead to large, even environmental results.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This contemporary fable is sure to captivate.”—School Library Connection, starred review

“Glorious.”—School Library Journal

Molly Idle’s work as an author-illustrator includes the Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo, Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks, Flora and the Chicks, Flora and the Ostrich, and Tea Rex, Camp Rex, Sea Rex, and Santa Rex, among other books. She lives with her family in Arizona, and invites you to visit her at

Manzoor Ahtesham on “The Tale of the Missing Man” with Jason Grunebaum & Ulrike Stark @ The Astoria Bookshop
Nov 14 all-day
Manzoor Ahtesham on "The Tale of the Missing Man" with Jason Grunebaum & Ulrike Stark @ The Astoria Bookshop | New York | United States

Join Manzoor Ahtesham as he discusses The Tale of the Missing Man (Dastan-e Lapata), winner of the Global Humanities Translation Prize. Manzoor will be joined by co-translators Jason Grunebaum and Ulrike Stark.

The Tale of the Missing Man (Dastan-e Lapata) is a milestone in Indo-Muslim literature. A refreshingly playful novel, it explores modern Muslim life in the wake of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. Zamir Ahmad Khan suffers from a mix of alienation, guilt, and postmodern anxiety that defies diagnosis. His wife abandons him to his reflections about his childhood, writing, ill-fated affairs, and his hometown, Bhopal, as he attempts to unravel the lies that brought him to his current state (while weaving new ones).

A novel of a heroic quest gone awry, The Tale of the Missing Man artfully twists the conventions of the Urdu romance, or dastan, tradition, where heroes chase brave exploits that are invariably rewarded by love. The hero of Ahtesham’s tale, living in the fast-changing city of Bhopal during the 1970s and ’80s, suffers an identity crisis of epic proportions: he is lost, missing, and unknown both to himself and to others. The result is a twofold quest in which the fate of protagonist and writer become inextricably and ironically linked. The lost hero sets out in search of himself, while the author goes in search of the lost hero, his fictionalized alter ego.

New York magazine cited the book as one of “the world’s best-untranslated novels.” In addition to raising important questions about Muslim identity, Ahtesham offers a very funny and thoroughly self-reflective commentary on the modern author’s difficulties in writing an autobiography.

Why The Beach Boys Matter & Why The Ramones Matter? @ The Astoria Bookshop
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm
Why The Beach Boys Matter & Why The Ramones Matter? @ The Astoria Bookshop | New York | United States

Join in Donna Gaines and Tom Smucker as they discuss their two books Why The Ramones Matter and Why the Beach Boys Matter.

“Donna speaks for me and every one of us who found our salvation in the only band that really mattered to the outsider in us all.” —CJ RAMONE

“Smucker’s mix of unabashed fanboy enthusiasm with razor-sharp analysis makes him the perfect teller of this story.” –Marc Ribot, guitarist

Donna Gaines is the author of Teenage Wasteland and A Mis t’s Manifesto. She has written for Rolling Stone, MS, the Village Voice, Spin, Newsday and Salon. Since 2013, she has taught social science, music, youth and community studies at Empire State College of the State University of New York.

Tom Smucker has written rock criticism for Creem, Fusion, Rolling Stone, and the Village Voice.

Book launch: HOLLY’S HURRICANE by Marie Carter @ Q.E.D.
Nov 18 all-day
Book launch: HOLLY'S HURRICANE by Marie Carter @ Q.E.D. | New York | United States

Come and celebrate the launch of tour guide and author Marie Carter’s new book, HOLLY’S HURRICANE. Discounted books will be available for sale. There will be a short talk, reading, trivia prizes such as walking tour passes, books, and other surprises!

What others are saying about HOLLY’S HURRICANE:

“HOLLY’S HURRICANE, smartly set in the near future after a category 4 hurricane hits New York, will appeal to futurists and history buffs.”—Laurie Gwen Shapiro

“Prepare to be swept away by the sheer force of HOLLY’S HURRICANE—a fantastical ode to New York City’s glorious and horrifying past, as well as a warning to us for its future.”—Molly Gaudry

“This is the kind of novel that haunts you, and you’ll find yourself thinking about it for days to come.”—Liz Scheid

Marie Carter is a writer, editor, and tour guide who hails from Scotland. She is a tour guide with Boroughs of the Dead, a macabre and ghostly historical walking tour company. She designed and leads the tour “Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria.” She is also the author of THE TRAPEZE DIARIES and the forthcoming novel, HOLLY’S HURRICANE.