Greenpoint, Brooklyn, isn’t just any neighborhood — it’s my neighborhood! And so I’m especially pleased to be highlighting one of its best little retail spaces in this latest installment of Waxing Literary.
Word Books, situated on one of the loveliest historic blocks in Greenpoint’s Franklin Street shopping area, is an indie gem through and through. As with many independent booksellers, the store’s smallish confines mean that they can’t carry Every Last Thing, but the eclectic mix of mainstream bestsellers, books by local authors, pop culture paraphernalia and kitschy gifts means that you’re bound to find something that tickles you. (Case in point: I once stopped in while Christmas shopping and walked away with a magnet that said, “Life is too short to dance with ugly men”, and The Cunt Coloring Book [Note: link NSFW in a black-and-white line drawing of vaginas sort of way] . )
Not only that, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the staff will fall all over themselves to special-order it for you.
What can I say? They’re just really nice .
In an area that’s rife with writers, Word also serves as a sort of community hub for the literary-minded. A book club operates out of the store’s downstairs, where members meet four times a month to discuss the latest in contemporary lit. You can also stop by for fun events with a local bent — a reading and signing by Ed Strosser and Mike Prince, authors of Stupid Wars: A Citizen’s Guide to Botched Putsches, Failed Coups, Inane Invasions, and Ridiculous Revolutions , will take place this Thursday evening; or join the author of Walking Brooklyn on Saturday morning for a walking tour of the neighborhood.
Oh, and in the event that this is all sounding too wholesome for you – if you’ve gotten this far only to say, “That’s all well and good, but I don’t leave the house except to procure beer” – well, hold on to your f—ing hat , because tonight (and on every third Tuesday of the month) is WORD GAME NIGHT. You bring your Scrabble board and your A-game, and they, in return will give you beer whilst you play.
I think I can speak for every hard-drinking word nerd in Brooklyn when I say: Best. Bookstore. Ever.
Word is located at 126 Franklin Street, on the corner of Franklin and Milton. Game night is every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm.