Scary events in the Astoria Bookshop

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Dear friends of the Astoria bookstore,

It’s time to get scary!

This month, celebrate the weird, not-so-creepy, and the unknown with events like a Spooky YA panel with Tiffany D. Jackson, Ryan Douglass, Victoria Lee, Goldy Moldavsky and hosted by Claribel Ortega; a medium-sized graphic novel event for SALT MAGIC with Hope Larson, Rebecca Mock and Ethan M. Aldridge; another part of the SHOP TALK series by Aaron H. Aceve with Aiden Thomas and Ryan Douglass; and a tarot workshop with Jessica Dore for TAROT FOR CHANGE.

Of course, let’s not forget the most exciting news: storytime is BACK and virtual. Join us on Instagram Live every Thursday in October at 7:00 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET for an evening reading with the extraordinary bookseller Emily.

Check out the events calendar to keep up to date with what’s happening in the Astoria Bookshop.

A photo of Hope Larson, Rebecca Mock, and Ethan M. Aldridge with the cover of Salt Magic.  Event details as listed below.
Hope Larson, Rebecca Mock and Ethan M. Aldridge for SALT MAGIC
Wednesday, October 20th | 7:00 p.m. ET

Join us as authors and illustrators Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock for a discussion about their book SALT MAGIC, a medium-sized graphic novel, with author and illustrator Ethan M. Aldridge.

Visit us on Crowdcast and Youtube. Here click the “Save My Place” button to RSVP

About SALZ MAGIC

When Vonceil’s older brother Elber returns to her family’s farm in Oklahoma after serving on the World War I front, things are not what to expect. His experiences have made him a serious and responsible man who no longer has time for Vonceil. A mysterious and fascinating woman appears on the farm and confronts Elber for leaving her in France.

Vonceil has to set out on his own and dive deep into the world of witchcraft, encounter dangerous relatives, shapeshifters, a moody sugar witch and the Lady in White herself – the ominous salt witch. The journey will change Vonceil, but along the way she will learn a lot about love and what it means to grow up.

About the authors

Hope Larson (she / she) has written and illustrated many graphic novels, including The whole summer long, which was nominated for Best Book by Kirkus Reviews 2018 and for the Eisner Award, as well as its recently published sequel, All together now. She has adapted and illustrated A fold in time: the graphic novel, which was on the New York Times Graphic Novel bestseller list for forty-four weeks and for which won an Eisner Award. She is also the author of South compass (A New York Times bestseller) and its companion volume, Knife edge, both illustrated by Rebecca Mock. She lives in North Carolina.

Rebecca Mock (she / she) is an illustrator and cartoonist. They illustrated the graphic novels South compass and Knife edge, both written by Hope Larson. Her work has also appeared in various publications, including the New York Times and The New Yorker. You are co-organizer of Hana Doki Kira Anthology. You live in Brooklyn, New York.

Ethan M. Aldridge (he / she) is a New York Times Best-selling illustrator and author. He grew up in a very small town in Utah. Growing up, his favorite thing to do was to draw ghosts, monsters, and whatever he liked most that week. He’s doing more or less the same thing for a living now. Ethan lives in New York City with his husband Matthew and their dog Kitsune.

Photos by Aaron H. Aceves, Ryan Douglass, and Aiden Thomas.  Details as listed below
SHOP-TALK with Aiden Thomas, Ryan Douglass and Aaron H. Aceves
Thursday, October 21st | 7:00 p.m. ET
Join a virtual discussion about writing and crafting with our next panel in the SHOP TALK series with authors Aiden Thomas, Ryan Douglass and Aaron H. Aceves!

This event will be streamed on YouTube and crowdcast! Here click the “Save My Place” button to RSVP

About Shop Talk

Often writers with marginalized backgrounds are placed on panels that focus solely on their identity. In this panel, writers will talk only about the process of writing: character formation, tone, structure, etc.

About the authors

Aaron H. Aceves (he / he) is a bisexual Mexican-American writer who was born and raised in East LA. He graduated from Harvard College and received his MFA from Columbia University. His fiction appeared in jmww, epiphany, and She., among other things. He currently lives in Texas, where he is an Early Career Provost Fellow at UT Austin and wrote his first novel, That’s why they hate us, to be published on March 29, 2022 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. You can find him on aaronhaceves.com or @aaronaceves on Instagram or @aaronhaceves on Twitter and TikTok.

Ryan Douglass (he / she) is a freelance writer, poet and NYT bestselling author of The capture of Jake Livingston. His media performance work has been published in The Huffington Post, Atlanta Black Star, Everyday Feminism, Nerdy POC, and LGBTQNation. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently lives. He enjoys wooden wick candles and falls asleep on airplanes.

Aiden Thomas (he / she) is trans, Latinx, New York Times Best-selling author of youth novels. You received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Originally from Oakland, California, they’re now based in Portland, OR. Notorious for being unable to guess the end of books and films, Aiden arranges her bookcases by color.

Jessica Dore photo and a cover of Tarot for Change.  Details as listed below
TAROT FOR CHANGE workshop with Jessica Dore
Tuesday, October 26th | 7:00 p.m. ET

Join us when Jessica Dore hosts a workshop for her new book TAROT FOR CHANGE. This is an opportunity to learn how to use the cards for self care, acceptance, and growth. Including discussions on the architecture of classic 78 card decks, tarot for divination vs. tarot for self-sufficiency, and how to interpret the cards in new ways.

About TAROT FOR CHANGE

In Tarot for change, Jessica Dore reveals years of hard-won secrets on how to work tarot to better understand ourselves and live in harmony with what is precious. Dore shows readers how to choose a deck, interpret images and relate to the cards, while also showing how the mythical imagery of tarot supports modern therapeutic concepts such as mindfulness, acceptance and compassion. Her reflections on each of the 78 cards are a living tapestry that interweaves ideas from psychology, behavioral science, spirituality and ancient stories and breathes a new language into ancient wisdom about what it means to be human.

About the author

Jessica Dore (she / she) is a licensed social worker, tarot reader, writer and teacher. Jessica has been studying and working in the fields of psychology and behavioral science publishing since 2010 and has a master’s degree in social work. She spent six years with self-help and psychology book publisher New Harbinger Publications and two years as editor of book reviews Psych headquarters. Your letter appeared in O, the Oprah magazine; VICE; and Psych headquarters, and her unique approach to working with and interpreting tarot was featured in The New York Times, The Cut, Vogue, Yoga diary, and many more.

Spooky YA Panel with Tiffany D. Jackson, Ryan Douglass, Victoria Lee, Goldy Moldavsky and moderated by Claribel Ortega
Thursday, October 28th | 7:00 p.m. ET
Join us for this very special creepy YA panel to celebrate the scary season. Tiffany D. Jackson, Ryan Douglass, Victoria Lee, Goldy Moldavsky, and host Claribel Ortega discuss everything that’s scary in YA fiction.

Hosted on crowdcast and YouTube. Here click the “Save My Place” button to RSVP

Signed bookplates are available from all authors EXCEPT Victoria Lee. Signed and personalized books available for Victoria Lee.

About the authors:

Tiffany D. Jackson (she / she) is the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Monday is not coming, and Let me hear a rhyme. A winner of the Walter Dean Myers Honor Book and Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University, her Master of Arts in Media Studies from New School, and has worked on television for over a decade as well Film experience. The Brooklyn native still lives in the part of town she loves.

Victoria Lee (she / she / he) grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent her childhood writing ghost stories and dreaming of going to boarding school. She has a Ph.D. in psychology, which she uses to over-analyze fictional characters as well as herself. Lee is the author of A lesson in vengeance as well as The fever king and its continuation, The electrical legacy. She lives in New York City with her partner, cat, and vicious dog.

Ryan Douglass (he / she) is a freelance writer, poet and NYT bestselling author of The capture of Jake Livingston. His media performance work has been published in The Huffington Post, Atlanta Black Star, Everyday Feminism, Nerdy POC, and LGBTQNation. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently lives. He enjoys wooden wick candles and falls asleep on airplanes.

Goldy Moldavsky (she / she) was born in Lima, Peru, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her family. she is the one New York Times–Best-selling author of Kill the boy band no good deed, and The Mary Shelley Club. Some of their influences are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the treasured works of John Irving, and the Mexican telenovelas she grew up with her mother.

Claribel A. Ortega (she / she) is a former reporter writing fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage for middle school and young adults. Her debut novel, Ghost Squad, was an NPR Best Book of 2020 and a Good Morning America Selection. When she’s not busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic, and video games into books, she travels the world doing her job in marketing, doing GIFS for her small graphic design company, GIFGRRL.

Photos of 3 books to be read during storytime: bunnicula, frankenslime and barely followed.  Details of the event as listed below.
Storytime is BACK on Instagram Live
Thursday in October | 7:00 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET
STORYTIME IS BACK

Right, we’re back and virtual. Join us on Instagram Live on Thursdays at 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM for a storytime with Emily reading a selection of not-too-scary Halloween picture books at 7:00 PM, followed by Bunnicula at 7:30 PM.

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