Free Wine! No Cover!
Thursday, February 27
7:30 P.M. at Barboncino
781 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
As members of a dozen-plus book clubs over the last decade, we consider ourselves to be experienced in the art of going to book clubs, getting empty-stomach drunk on cheap white wine, smoking cigarettes out the window, saying something inflammatory and then, finally, trying to conjure up memories of a book we read five years ago. Maybe we’re the worst — but here’s another thought: MAYBE BOOK CLUBS ARE THE WORST. Bear with us for a moment.
We are not the only terrors at book clubs. Half the time, the other biddies there, all decked out in American Apparel or Ann Taylor Loft, haven’t even read the book — or they don’t get it — or they “hate the main character” — or they rant about how the same thing happened to them once upon a time — or they just bitch about their jobs the whole time. Besides, with more than half a dozen people, it’s nearly impossible to decide on a single book that everyone will enjoy, let alone finish. So we vote that we all just quit.
As our official resignation from every book club we have gone to only four meetings of, Black Balloon Publishing and The Airship invite you to booze up with us at our first ever Book Swap Party. Put simply, it’s a festive way to share your favorite books with strangers. There will be free admission, free wine and lonely books in dire need of swapping — won’t you help them find a good home?
The Rules of Book Swap
1st Rule: You do not talk about Book Swap. (Just kidding, please invite everyone you know.)
2nd Rule: Arrive with one book that you’ve already read and would manically recommend to anyone within earshot.
3rd Rule: 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.
4th Rule: Never tell someone that your book will change their life. Just don’t.
5th Rule: If someone says they’re not interested in your book, step off. Don’t give people shit for not wanting to swap with you.
6th Rule: One swap at a time, fellas.
7th Rule: When the buzzer sounds (at the end of two minutes), switch seats speed-dating style, moving one to your left, and start pitching again.
8th Rule: Keep pitching ‘til you make a swap. Then leave the circle, grab another drink and feel free to start reading!
Black Balloon Publishing is an independent press with both print and digital distribution channels, headquartered in New York, NY. We've published literary fiction, nonfiction and memoir, and we're willing to grow our reach in any direction that suits: Our books evolve, rotate, get mapped onto cities and light up your screen. We champion the weird, the unwieldy and the unclassifiable. The Airship is our blog and chief propaganda vehicle.