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Silent Reading Party NYC

A chance to have a quiet drink with some friendly characters. Join us at Muchmore's for an evening of books, booze, comfy couches, good lighting, and beautiful harp music provided by the amazing Brandee Younger (all the better to drown the din of turning pages and clinking glasses).

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  • Larry B.

    This sounds wonderful - I hope the wifi will be turned off so that people read books without clicking. Explain the harpist - does she play while one is trying to read or are there intervals of harp in between silent reading? I always find reading and listening to music to be multi-tasking. One can do it, but it isn't as good as doing just one or the other.

    April 13, 2014

    • Jamie

      Muchmore's has wifi, but most people have been pretty engaged with their reading--some of which takes place on e-readers, which are welcome. The harpist plays while we read. It's quite nice since the backroom at Muchmore's is not actually totally silent--some noise seeps in from the front room/bar, and people are turning pages, getting up to get drinks, visiting the restroom, etc. The harp smooths it out. It's looking like next month's event will be at a new venue, so I'm not sure if there will be music in May or not. Details forthcoming!

      April 13, 2014

  • Nolan

    This should be a weekly thing.

    2 · April 11, 2014

    • Jamie

      That would be amazing, but exhausting to organize.

      1 · April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sunday evenings unfortunately don't work for me...sorry to miss it.

    April 7, 2014

    • Jamie

      Sundays are really the only option at Muchmore's. But I'll definitely keep you and the rest of the group members posted if I'm able to book a weeknight in the future.

      1 · April 8, 2014

  • Jamie

    Definitely come out! Some of my friends laughed at the idea of this event too. But I don't think it's any more ridiculous than the other kinds of events that exist to allow people to have a communal literary experience. Truth be told, I find a Silent Reading Party way more fun than a traditional literary reading, book launch, or book club meeting.

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • SooYoung

    wish i had made it to the last one. i told some friends and they kind of made fun the idea, so i bailed at the last minute. but it looks like you all had a great time, so i will be there in april!

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Jamie

    Bookish just posted a nice write-up on the inaugural Silent Reading Party: http://www.bookish.com/articles/new-york-citys-first-silent-reading-party-at-muchmores.

    1 · March 27, 2014

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