Events at the Astoria Bookstore

Shopdog Quincy and his best friend Paddington hope you’re feeling fresh this week and have plenty of treats and good books to read.

Astoria Bookshop says: “It’s already July and it’s sweltering outside, but our air conditioning is working perfectly and we have some wonderful events on the calendar. We’re excited to introduce you to YA authors Faridah ÀbíkéÍyímídé and Adiba Jaigirdar, local poet Pichchenda Bao, picture book author Ashley Woodfolk and illustrator Niña Mata, and short story writer Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh. Plus: the monthly Storytelling Show! Read on for details and reserve a date night at the bookshop for you and your sweetie!” RSVP and find out more about all events at:

Date Night at Astoria Bookshop: The first round of June date nights sold out in 30 minutes! They are now scheduling dates for July. Grab one while supplies last! (All reservations are sold out, check back at:

Four Eids and a Funeral by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and Adiba Jaigirdar, with Chloe Gong Wednesday 10 July, 7pm. A very special evening to celebrate the new young adult novel Four Eids and a Funeral, a funny and healing contemporary romance between two best friends turned enemies turned lovers. Award-winning and bestselling co-authors Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and Adiba Jaigirdar will be in conversation with Chloe Gong. RSVP (free, click “Buy tickets”)

Storytelling Show Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 pm Come to the bookstore ready to tell a five-minute, non-themed true story about something that happened to you. Participants’ names will be drawn from a basket, open mic style. Since 2014, we’ve had performances by authors with big publishing deals, stand-up comedians with national TV credits, The Moth GrandSLAM performers, and complete unknowns who had a story to tell. FREE show. Hosted by David Lawson. Seating is limited – RSVP by emailing [email protected]!

“Story Time” for Parents and Caregivers with Poet Pichchenda Bao, Monday, July 15 at 7:00 pm A special daytime book reading event with local poet and mother Pichchenda Bao and meet other caregivers navigating the early years of life with a baby. Note: Unless the weather is unusually cool, this event will be held indoors. Confirm assistance

Special Sunday Storytime: BEACH HAIR by Ashley Woodfolk and Nina Mata Sunday, July 21, 11:30 a.m. Bring the whole family to a special Sunday Storytime to celebrate summer and BEACH HAIR with author Ashley Woodfolk and illustrator (and Woodside native) Niña Mata. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Walk-ins are VERY welcome! Confirm assistance

ZAN: Stories of Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh, in conversation with Arash Azizi Thursday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. We are honored to host Iranian-American writer Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh in conversation with journalist Arash Azizi, in which they will discuss Suzi’s new short story collection, ZAN, a set of stories that offer deep and nuanced insight into contemporary Iranian women as they navigate a pivotal moment in their nation’s history. RSVP

WANTED: TODDLER’S PERSONAL ASSISTANT by Stephanie Kiser, in conversation with Anastasia Garcia Wednesday, August 7, 7:00-8:00 pm The launch of Wanted: Toddler’s Personal Assistant by Stephanie Kiser, a poignant yet funny memoir that reads like a cross between Maid and Primates of Park Avenue. Stephanie will be joined in conversation by Anastasia Garcia. RSVP

The Astoria Bookstore
30th Street 36-19
Astoria, New York 11106