The Astoria Bookshop and Black Balloon Publishing would like to invite you to join us for a Book Swap on Saturday May 10, 2014 at 5:00PM. It’s a festive way to share your favorite books with strangers, and it's a chance for us to talk more with all of you about the good books we love. There will be free admission, free wine, and lonely books in dire need of swapping — won’t you help them find a good home?
Author Kevin Clouther will be the "Swapper of Honor" to celebrate the publication of his new story collection, WE WERE FLYING TO CHICAGO. Kevin is an Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate, winner of the Richard Yates Fiction Award for best short story, creative writing instructor, and coordinator of Stony Brook University's Program in Writing Reading Series—so bring your A-game and expect him to be an expertly persuasive book swapper!
1. Arrive with one book that you’ve already read and would maniacally recommend to anyone within earshot. (Don't want to give your beloved copy away? Support the Astoria Bookshop by picking up another one!)
2. With wine in hand, take a seat across from someone you don’t know. You have one minute to pitch them your book; they have one minute to pitch you their book.
3. If you don't successfully swap, when the buzzer sounds (at the end of two minutes), switch seats speed-dating style, moving one to your left, and start pitching again.