Events

Women’s Networking Wednesdays – 50% off all glass wines

April 24th, 4 pm – 8 pm
Gigi Trattoria

Wednesdays in April: Ladies – Are you ready to unwind and connect with some fantastic local women over a glass of wine? Join us any Wednesday from 4 pm on for Women’s Wine Networking Wednesdays at Gigi Trattoria!

It’s not just about the vino; it’s about building connections and fostering a strong local network. Enjoy 50% off on all glass wines as you mingle and make new friends. Our Wednesday gatherings will continue through April; if the turnout remains strong, we may extend them further!

So mark your calendars and join us for laughter, conversation, and community evenings. See you there!

PS—Gents, you are welcome to join us at Gigi. We’ll think of something special for you in the future.

“ABORTION BEYOND THE LAW” Booksigning with author Naomi Braine

April 25th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books

Drawing on years of research with activists around the world, sociologist Professor Naomi Braine describes the strategies, politics, and tactics of direct action feminists bringing abortion pills, information, and support to people seeking to end unwanted pregnancies. From combatting the legal strictures of Bolsonaro’s Brazil, to navigating the NGO-dominated landscape of Kenya and Nigeria, feminist activists are making safe, accessible abortion care available against the odds.

Abortion Beyond the Law: Building a Global Feminist Movement for Self-Managed Abortion, explores how feminists across Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the United States make self-managed abortion available to women in diverse situations, and the powerful transnational feminist movement built by their work. More Info

 

Independent Bookstore Day!

April 27th, 10 am – 6 pm
Oblong Books

One Day. Fifty States. Hundreds Of Bookstores. Join The Celebration!

This national one-day party held the last Saturday in April celebrates independent bookstores across the country online and in-store. Through exclusive books and literary items, it’s a party you don’t want to miss! Learn More HERE.

Exclusive IBD items will be available for purchase at Oblong Books stores for this one day only.

“I THOUGHT I HEARD YOU SPEAK: Women at Factory Records” Booksigning with author Audrey Golden

April 30th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books

Factory Records has become the stuff of legend. The histories of the label have been told from many perspectives, from visual catalogues and memoirs to exhibitions. Yet no in-depth history has ever been told from the perspectives of the women who were integral to Factory’s cultural significance.

The untold history of Factory Records is one of women’s work at nearly every turn: recording music, playing live gigs, running the label behind the scenes, managing and promoting bands, designing record sleeves, making films and music videos, pioneering sound technology, DJing, and running one of the most chaotic clubs on the planet, The Haçienda. Told entirely in their voices and featuring contributions from Gillian Gilbert, Gina Birch, Cath Carroll, Penny Henry and over fifty more interviewees, I THOUGHT I HEARD YOU SPEAK is an oral history that reveals the true cultural reach of the label and its staying power in the twenty-first century. More Info

“STRONG PASSIONS: A Scandalous Divorce in Old New York” Booksigning with author Barbara Weisberg

May 7th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books

The divorce trial Strong v. Strong riveted the nation during the final throes and aftermath of the Civil War, offering a shocking glimpse into the private world of New York’s powerful and privileged elite. Barbara Weisberg presents the chaotic courtroom and panoply of witnesses―governess, housekeeper, private detective, sisters-in-law, and many others―who provided contradictory and often salacious testimony. She then asks us to be the jury, deciding each spouse’s guilt and the possibility of a just resolution. Social history at its most intimate, Strong Passions charts a trial’s twists and turns to portray a family and country in turmoil as they faced conflicts over women’s changing roles, male custody of children, and men’s power―financial and otherwise―over wives. Read More

Oblong Online: Author John Wiswell, “SOMEONE YOU CAN BUILD A NEST IN”

May 16th, 7 pm – 8 pm
Oblong Books

This event will be online via Zoom

Oblong Books’ Nicole Brinkley will talk with Nebula Award-winning debut author John Wiswell about his new creepy, charming monster-slaying fantasy romance—from the perspective of the monster. Registration Required. More Info

“AND THEN? AND THEN? WHAT ELSE?” Booksigning with author Daniel Handler (a.k.a Lemony Snicket),

May 25th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books

The writer otherwise known as Lemony Snicket will discuss his bold, candid, vulnerable, and entertaining memoir of a literary life.

Part memoir, part inspiration for aspiring writers, And Then? And Then? What Else? traces Daniel Handler’s sometimes challenging and often amusing path toward one of the most spectacularly successful writing careers of the twenty-first century. Declaring his love of strange literature, Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil in particular, Handler reflects on the life experiences—some of them deeply personal and revealed for the first time—and the cultural influences that shaped his writing, both under his own name and as Lemony Snicket, the lonely, beleaguered, somehow both cynical and romantic narrator of the beloved thirteen-volume saga of three unlucky orphans that became one of the best-selling series of all time. Inspiring, revelatory, and entertaining, And Then? And Then? What Else? is destined to become a classic of its genre, every bit as influential as Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings or Stephen King’s On Writing have been on previous generations. More Info

“A NOVEL LOVE STORY” Booksigning with author Ashley Poston

June 29th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books

In conversation with Oblong’s Nicole Brinkley.

New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Year Slip and The Dead Romantics, Ashley Poston talks about her new book in which a  professor of literature finds herself caught up in a work of fiction…literally

Eileen Merriweather loves to get lost in a good happily-ever-after. The fictional kind, anyway. Because at least imaginary men don’t leave you at the altar. She feels safe in a book. At home. Which might be why she’s so set on going her annual book club retreat this year—she needs good friends, cheap wine, and grand romantic gestures—no matter what. But when her car unexpectedly breaks down on the way, she finds herself stranded in a quaint town that feels like it’s right out of a novel… More Info