Upcoming Events

May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Join us FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013, 7 – 9 PM
for a night of readings with Rosebud Ben-Oni, Metta Sama,

Ekere Tallie and James Yeh

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. SHE’s a co-editor for HER KIND at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work appears in Arts & Letters, BAYOU, B O D Y, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and Puerto del Sol. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, SOLECISM is her first book of poems. Find out more at 7TrainLove.org

Metta Sma is a poet, professor, activist, painter, collage artist, fiction and essay writer. She is the author of Nocturne Trio (YesYes Books 2012), with visual artist Mihret Dawit and South of Here (New Issues Press, published under the name Lydia Melvin), a collection of poems. Her work appears in Callaloo, The Feminist Wire, Drunken Boat, jubilat and Crab Orchard Review .

Ekere Tallie is the author of Karmas Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2011) and Mother Nature: Thoughts on Nourishing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit During Pregnancy and Beyond (Savage Goddess, 2009). She has been a featured reader at festivals and events throughout Europe and North America. Find out more at ekeretallie.com

A founding editor of Gigantic, J AMES YEH’S stories have appeared in NOON, Fence, Tin House, and PEN America. his nonfiction work has appeared in Vice, the Rumpus, and the Faster Times . A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, he was a 2011 Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers Fellow.

100 N 3rd St
(between Wythe Ave & Berry St) Brooklyn, NY 11211

Larry Livermore reads from new memoir *Spy Rock Memories* plus special Chicago guests Jim Joyce, Collin Brennan and Matt Whispers! @ Book Thug Nation
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Larry Livermore reads from his new memoir *Spy Rock Memories*
Plus, on tour from Chicago:
Jim Joyce of *Let It Sink* fanzine
Collin Brennan of *Continental Interlude*
and Matt Whispers of *Effigy*

4th Annual N3rd St Block Party! (Free Children’s Book Giveaway!)
Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Announcing our 4th Annual Community Block Party! Come out and enjoy delicious food from local restaurants, amazing sales and freebies, photo booth, ping pong, arts & crafts, games for everyone, awesome live music, and The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library!

***KIDS & PARENTS*** For the third straight year BTN will be giving away a ton of really good children’s books.  We’ll begin the giveaway around noon, so come early for the good stuff!



N 3rd St (between Berry St and Wythe Ave)
in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Saturday, September 14, 2013
11am to 9pm

Jackqueline Frost, Judah Rubin & Enrique Winter Reading! @ Book Thug Nation
Sep 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come celebrate the release of Jackqueline Frost’s & Judah Rubin’s new books with O’clock Press!

Joining them to read will be Enrique Winter

Saturday, September 14th, 8pm @ Book Thug Nation in Williamsburg…


You Have the Eyes of a Martyr || Jackqueline Frost

Phrenologue || Judah Rubin


JACKQUELINE FROST is the author of The Antidote (Compline), as well as two chapbooks: The Soft Appeal (Nous-Zot Press) and You Have the Eyes of a Martyr (O’Clock Press). Her poetry and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming in Rethinking Marxism, Lana Turner, The Death and Life of American Cities, Kelsey Street, Steamer, Hi Zero, Dreamboat, and LIES. Currently, she is part of the Tsega Center Collective, a (future) feminist organizing space, and she curates n/a gallery’s queer reading series Red Element. Jack lives with her baseball bat and her class resentment in Oakland, California.

JUDAH RUBIN is the author of Phrenologue (O’Clock, 2013), Phrenologue (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and With Fierce Convulse / Die Into Life (Diez, 2013) as well as the self-published Lulu classics, Protocols of the Elders of Zion / On the Jews and Their Lies and The Standard Bearer. He was the editor of Well Greased Magazine and The Death and Life of American Cities, and currently edits Well Greased Press.

ENRIQUE WINTER (Santiago, Chile, 1982) is author of Atar las naves (winner of the Víctor Jara Arts Festival), Rascacielos (National Book Council fellowship; soon to be published as Skyscrapers in New York), Guía de despacho (winner of the National Young Poet Competition) and –with Gonzalo Planet– Agua en polvo (winner of the Fund for the Promotion of Chilean Music), collected in Primer movimiento. In addition, he translated the anthologies Blanco inmóvil, by Charles Bernstein and –with Bruno Cuneo and Cristóbal Joannon– Decepciones, by Philip Larkin. His poems and videos are included in about a hundred publications in six languages. He was the editor of Ediciones del Temple and is now an MFA candidate in creative writing at NYU.


Can’t wait.


Damned Flowers: A Special Night of Poetry with Chilean Poets José Pablo Jofré and Sine Die
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The NY ART Book Fear

A special night of fanzines, artist´s books, music and poetry with Chilean poets José Pablo Jofré (Berlin) and Sine Die (Chile). Musical accompaniment by GRIO.

October 10th, 7.30 PM
Book Thug Nation bookstore
100 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York; between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (L Train to Bedford Avenue)
We will have an afterparty in a place to be announced (RSVP at elpapermagazine@gmail.com)

José Pablo Jofré, poet and journalist based in Berlin. He has published Usted (2013) with Milena Berlin artist´s books independent publisher. His poem The Light Age was part of the poetic bombing action over London in 2012 by Casagrande collective. In 2010 he was awarded with the Prize City San Andreu de La Barca, Spain, for his poem La Danza de la Existencia.

Sine Die, poet who experiments with writing, video, photography and performance. She has published Eronías (Chile, 2005) and her artist book Sine Die is a work in progress in which she questions any family or social establishment. As a member of the interdisciplinary collective A la Sombra, she develops literary workshops within Chilean prisons.

The New York Art Book Fear is an international exhibition of artist’s books and fanzines to be announced soon at Local Project´s new location with works of different book artists from around the world: Printaboutme (Italy), Chisato Tamabayashi (Japan-London), Ratalia Espigadora (Chile-Barcelona), Milena Berlín (Berlin), Limit (Mexico), and eL Paper Magazine (New York).

Barry Gifford @ BTN and Spectacle Theater!!!
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

An Evening With Barry Gifford:

A screening of two episodes of HOTEL ROOM written by Gifford and directed by David Lynch and a discussion of Gifford’s new collection THE ROY STORIES


Thursday, October 17th from 6:30pm-9:30pm

Reception and reading from THE ROY STORIES, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Book Thug Nation

100 North 3rd Street, (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue)

Brooklyn, New York, 11249


wine and light refreshments will be served

Screening of HOTEL ROOM episodes followed by Q&A, 8pm-9:30pm

The Spectacle Theater

124 South 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY, 11211


Gifford will sign copies of The Roy Stories following the show. 


Co-sponsored by Vice Magazine, Book Thug Nation, The Spectacle Theater and Seven Stories Press.


Join renowned author Barry Gifford for a very special evening of literary discussion paired with an exclusive screening of two rarely seen episodes from David Lynch’s HBO series HOTEL ROOM, both written by Gifford. In ‘TRICKS,’ the uneasy meeting of two men and a hooker at the Railroad Hotel has deadly repercussions. In ‘BLACKOUT,’ a power failure is the catalyst for strange revelations between a husband and his ailing wife in a New York hotel. Following the screening Gifford will discuss his career as a poet, author, and screenwriter as well as his long-running collaboration with David Lynch (WILD AT HEART, LOST HIGHWAY).


Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the 1980s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to Miami in a Hemingway style Nick Adams story. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism, these stories capture a Beat-inspired sense of time and place and a record of the attitudes and the language of the time.


Barry Gifford, called “a master of the short story” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Gifford’s most recent prose works include Sailor & Lula: The Complete NovelsSad Stories of the Death of Kings, and Memories from a Sinking Ship: A Novel. His first full-length novel, Landscape with Traveler, will be back in print for the first time in fifteen years this October from Seven Stories Press.


Chandrahas Choudhury Reads from New NYRB Release: Arzee the Dwarf
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sunday evening at the movies — with the smallest man in Indian literature!
Arzee the dwarf hates being called Arzee the dwarf, but that’s how the world insists on seeing and slotting him. No matter: Arzee has long had a dream, and now that dream has come true. Arzee has been crowned as head projectionist at the Noor, the Bombay cinema where he has worked since his teens. The grand, gloomy old cinema is virtually Arzee’s second body, giving him a heft and power that his own frame does not possess. As long as he can rule over the Noor’s dark vault as custodian of the Great Beam , Arzee can hold his three-foot frame high “in the world of the fives and the sixes”.

But — not for the first time — Arzee hasn’t accounted for the tricks and traps that life might have in store for him. Can Arzee fight off all the forces that menace his world, or will the vast city that he loves succeed in crushing him?

Chandrahas Choudhury and Book Thug Nation invite you to an evening in Brooklyn and Bombay. Walk with Arzee on the streets of one of the world’s great cities, and join him inside the vast dream and beam-streaked night of the Noor.

Arzee the Dwarf is published as an e-book this month by NYRBLit, an imprint of New York Review Books: http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/nyrb-lit/arzee-the-dwarf/

Vol. 1 BK Presents: Jamie Iredell, John Dermot Woods, and Hugh Sheehy
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jamie Iredell’s previous books, Prose. Poems. A Novel and The Book of Freaks, have long been favorites around these parts. Now, he’s returned with an essay collection on Future Tense with the amazing title I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac. On Tuesday, November 5th, we’ll be hosting Iredell, along with John Dermot Woods and Hugh Sheehy, at Book Thug Nation.

Jamie Iredell‘s most recent book is I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac. He is also the author of The Book of Freaks. His writing has appeared in many literary magazines, among them Gigantic, PANK, The Rumpus, and Opium Magazine. He lives in Atlanta.

John Dermot Woods writes stories and draws comics in Brooklyn, NY. His first collection of comics, Activities, is now available from Publishing Genius Press. He is the author of the image-text novels The Complete Collection of People, Places, and Things, and, in collaboration with J. A. Tyler, No One Told Me I Was Going To Disappear. He and Lincoln Michel published their funny comic strip, Animals in Midlife Crises at The Rumpus. (Now they are hard at work on very long story featuring Werner Herzog as a park ranger.) He is a founder of the online arts journal Action, Yes and a professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

Hugh Sheehy‘s book of short stories The Invisibles won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award and was published by the University of Georgia Press in October of 2012. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he teaches Creative Writing and Literature.

Book Thug Nation is located at 100 N.3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Facebook RSVP here.

Two Wishnias and a Spagnuolo: Three Great NYC Writers!
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Three great New York writers in one place—Book Thug Nation in Williamsburg on Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m.


Aging rock’n’rollers facing the Great Recession get a reunion-gig offer. An immigrant detective from Ecuador faces a shadowy corporate-criminal combine. And a poet from Greenpoint serves up 21st century sonnets, like egg and cheese on a roll, made fresh every day.


Steven Wishnia is the author of the novel When the Drumming Stops (Manic D Press, 2012), the short-story collection Exit 25 Utopia, and The Cannabis Companion, and contributed to Long Island Noir. A journalist specializing in housing, labor, and drug issues, he coedited the forthcoming Imagine: Living in a Socialist U.S.A. He also played bass in the 1980s punk band False Prophets and artist Mac McGill’s multimedia show.


Kenneth Wishnia is the author of 23 Shades of Black and The Glass Factory, both recently reissued by PM Press. His novels have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Anthony and Macavity awards, and made best-of-the-year lists at the Washington Post, Booklist, Library Journal, and The Jewish Press. His novel The Fifth Servant was named Best Jewish Book of the Year by the Association of Jewish Libraries, He teaches writing and other deviant forms of thought at Suffolk Community College on Long Island.


Peter Spagnuolo lives in Greenpoint. He has received both California and Pennsylvania state fellowships in poetry; his poems appear in POETRY, Threepenny Review, and the Agricultural Reader, and his letterpress works can be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Library of Congress, and various universities. He is a founder of the Lower East Side Squatter-Homesteader Archive at the Tamiment Collection at NYU. He is the author of The Return of the Son of Ten by Fourteen.


Thursday, Nov. 14

7-9 p.m.

Book Thug Nation

100 North 3rd St., between Berry St. and Wythe Ave.

Directions: L train to Bedford Ave./N. 7th St. Walk four blocks south on Bedford and make a right on N. 3rd. It’s about 1 ½ blocks down on the left.

Bill Ayers Book Signing and Reception!
Nov 19 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

On Nov 19th at 7:30pm at Indie Screen (NOTE: READING IS NOT AT BOOK THUG NATION), American radical, Bill Ayers, one-time leader of the Weather Underground, Education Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Author of Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident (Beacon Press, 2013), talks about his re-emergence on the national scene during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Following the reading at 830 Book Thug Nation will host a reception and book signing.  Come by and get a signed copy of the new book!