(Photo: Courtesy of Word Bookstore)

(Photo: Courtesy of Word Bookstore)

THURSDAY

Ed Gross presents: The Fifty-Year Mission
July 7, 7pm at Word Bookstore, at Villain LLC at 50 N 3rd Street.
Trekkies, this one’s for you! Word Bookstore and the event space Villain LLC will be hosting a launch party to celebrate the release of Ed Gross’s The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years, which diligently tracks the history of the Star Trek franchise and offers behind-the-scenes peeks at the show’s production and its impact on current pop culture. With Star Trek-themed cocktails such as the Romulan Ale or Klingon Blood Wine, Trekkies and newbies alike are sure to have an enjoyable evening. Ed Gross will be joined in conversation by the science fiction critic Ryan Britt, who is the author of Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths. Tickets are $5 and can be used toward the purchase of the book.

(Photo: Courtesy of Tom Cole for Stephen Donovan)

(Photo: Courtesy of Tom Cole for Stephen Donovan)

Experiments and Disorders: Curated by Tom Cole & Christen Clifford
July 7, 7:30pm at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street.
Dixon Place will be hosting an evening packed with fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and performance texts by a number of up-and-coming and established authors and artists alike, all of which will share the theme of crossing genres and working with multiple forms of narrative. The readings have been curated and will be hosted by British performer Tom Cole and NYC-based performer and author Christen Clifford.

FRIDAY

(Photo: Courtesy of Shout Your Abortion NYC)

(Photo: Courtesy of Shout Your Abortion NYC)

Shout Your Abortion NYC
July 8, 7pm at Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street.
More of a public forum than a reading per se, Bluestockings will be opening the floor to women to share their own personal abortion stories, de-stigmatize their experiences, and creating a space for people to discuss the current political climate surrounding abortion access and rights. This will also simultaneously be a launch party for Volume 2 of the zine Shout Your Abortion NYC.

SUNDAY

Photo: Courtesy of Bowery Poetry Club)

Photo: Courtesy of Bowery Poetry Club)

Bearing Witness: A Reading by Nika Sabasteanski
July 10, 8:30pm at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery.
Sabasteanski, a biology student and all-around do-gooder, has been documenting her experiences working at Oxford Aid to the Balkans for the past two years, where she worked on aid and research of the Syrian refugee crisis and the refugees who passed through Bulgaria. The result of this time is Bearing Witness, a poetry collection that touches on her work in Bulgaria, while also focusing on broader moments of introspection.