Used Book Buying Policy

Our buying hours are 12pm-5pm on weekdays, and 1pm-6pm on weekends. We do not accept donations, anything you bring in that we do not want will have to go back with you. Please call ahead of time if you have more than two tote bags of books you wish to sell. Do not email us photos of books. If for any reason we are not buying our usual hours, we will post on Instagram to let people know. Please check there before coming in to make sure we are buying. If there is no post, we are buying our normal hours. Thank you!

Bontrager / Hein / Ilgenfritz / Schoenbeck / Vitkova January 2nd, 8pm

Come out to Unnameable Books on January 2nd at 8pm for music by

Nathan Bontrager (cello)
Nicola Hein (guitar)
James Ilgenfritz (bass)
Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon)
Lucie Vitkova (accordion)

Manhattanville Reading Series, Tuesday 12/20

Join us at the bookstore on Tuesday, December 20th at 7:30pm for the season finale of the Manhattanville Reading Series (a Franklin Park Reading Series-affiliated event for emerging writers).

Featured author for the evening is 2016 Whiting Award winner Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years. He'll be joined by Liars' League NYC co-host Nancy Hightower, fiction writer and artist Carrie Cooperrider, and Sunday Salon NYC co-host Emily Cementina.

About the Authors:

MITCHELL S. JACKSON is a 2016 Whiting Award recipient and the author of the novel The Residue Years, which won The Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center For Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/ Hemingway Award, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. He received an M.A. in writing from Portland State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. A Portland, Oregon native, he lives in Brooklyn and serves on the faculty of New York University and Columbia University.

NANCY HIGHTOWER has published short fiction and poetry in journals such as storySouth, Sundog Lit, Gargoyle, and Word Riot. In October 2015, Port Yonder Press published The Acolyte, her first collection of poetry that rediscovers myth and ritual through a surreal, feminist interpretation of biblical narratives. Kinds of Leaving, her short story collection, was shortlisted for the Flann O’Brien Award for Innovative Fiction in 2014. She cohosts the live literary journal Liars’ League NYC with Andrew Lloyd Jones. She teaches at Hunter College.

CARRIE COOPERRIDER is a writer and visual artist who lives in Staten Island. Her work has appeared in New York Tyrant, The Southampton Review, Marginalia, Cabinet Magazine, the Antioch Review, and Artishock

EMILY CEMENTINA received her M.F.A. in fiction from The New School. She teaches first-year writing at CUNY and is a co-host of Sunday Salon, a monthly reading series in the East Village. She has published work in Fwriction and has just completed her first novel.

For more info on the series, visit their tumblr page!

Sarah Schulman: Conflict is not Abuse, 12/10 7pm

Unnameable Books is thrilled to host Sarah Schulman for a reading and discussion of her newest book, Conflict is not Abuse.

Though it's hard to gauge attendance via a Facebook event, we're expecting a big crowd in our *small* space, so *please* arrive early to ensure a seat/place to stand. Hopefully, we won't have to turn anyone away for lack of room. As an alternative, we'll be livestreaming the talk on Facebook-- more on how to access that stream soon! 

More About Conflict Is Not Abuse:

Novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer Sarah Schulman’s latest book is a timely and searing rejection of the cultural phenomenon of blame, cruelty, and scapegoating, revealing how those in positions of power exacerbate and manipulate fear of the “other” to avoid facing themselves. She illustrates how Supremacy behaviour and Traumatized behaviour resemble each other, through a shared inability to tolerate difference.

is the author of seventeen previous books, including the novels The Cosmopolitans, Rat Bohemia, and Empathy, and the non-fiction books The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination and Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. Her latest book is Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair. Her many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (Playwriting), a Fulbright Fellowship (Judaic Studies), and the Kessler Award for Lifetime Contribution to LGBT Studies. She is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York College of Staten Island.

Resist! Film Series: The Black Power Mixtape, 12/7 7pm

Join us for our first installment of the Resist! Film Series, a monthly showcase of films and documentaries that focus on radical resistance, historical and contemporary activist movements, and intersectionality.

Wednesday, December 7th, 7pm:

The Black Power Mixtape
The Black Power Mixtape is a documentary released in 2011 documenting the Black Power movement in the U.S. 

Check out the trailer here.

Where to from Here?: A Reading 12/3, 7:30pm

Join us at Unnameable on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 7:30pm for a reading, with the theme for the night: Where Do We Go from Here? Or, What Now?


Eve Packer
Violet Snow
Ron Kolm
Carol Wierzbicki
Jim Feast
Austin Alexis
Stella Padnos-Shea
Boni Joi
Tobi Joi
Tsaurah Litzky
Gbenga Adesina
Stella Padnos-Shea
Joanna Furman
Danny Shot
Angela Verga
Joanne Pagano Weber
Bruce Weber
Dean Kostos
April Greene
Arthur Meachem


Manhattanville Reading Series, 11/29

Join us at Unnameable Books on Tuesday, November 29th at 7:30pm for the Manhattanville Reading Series, featuring:

Joy Baglio, Tin House's Flash Fridays & PANK
Isaac Fitzgerald, BuzzFeed Books Editor
Ian MacAllen, The Rumpus Essays Editor
Darley Stewart, Tin House & The Brooklyn Rail

Unnameable Books Presents: The Resist! Film Series

Starting in December, Unnameable will be hosting the Resist! Film Series, a monthly showcase of films and documentaries that focus on radical resistance, historical and contemporary activist movements, and intersectionality.

Join us for our first installment on Wednesday, December 7th, 7pm:

The Black Power Mixtape

The Black Power Mixtape is a documentary released in 2011 documenting the Black Power movement in the U.S. 

Check out the trailer here.

Greetings Series This Thursday 11/17

Join us at Unnameable Books on Thursday, November 17th at 7:30pm for the Greetings Series hosted by Jeffrey Joe Nelson!

Launch Party for The Formidable Competitive Weapon by Nick DeBoer 11/8

Come by On 11/8 at 7:30pm for the book launch party for Nick DeBoer's new book, The Formidable Competitive Weapon!

Readings by:

Nick DeBoer
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Ariana Reines
Ian Dreiblatt

Sparrow Special Salad Reading and Performance Monday 11/7

Join us at 7pm at Unnameable Books for a pre-Election night reading and performance to celebrate the release of Sparrow X. Carter's new manifesto published by E Il Topo. a maga

Erika Howsare & Kate Schapira 11/5

Join us at Unnameable Books tomorrow at 7pm for a reading featuring Erika Howsare and Kate Schapira!

Greetings Series Thursday 11/3

Come through tomorrow at 8pm for Greetings, a bi-monthly series hosted by Jeffrey Joe Nelson.


SUZANNE GOLDENBERG from trying on the mask she just painted to chiding the golden parachutes off the backs of commodity fetish brokers, her poems & art combine an uncanny sense of space & erasure.

BECCA KLAVER A poet who ritually mixes 90's tape culture with the insides of fast cars, reducing our neo-Roman Empire to plastic ash! 

PARKER MENZIMER may have stolen his Grandmother's entire collection of fanciful Eighties sweaters but his pomes take YOU & Grandma into the land of Future Duckdom & beyond!

And the band I FEEL TRACTOR  fronted by long-time New York YEG, EDMUND BERRIGAN! so bring your friends & neighbors ya'll might just end up shakin' an ankle...

Events This Week

November 3, 2016
Come by on Thursday, November 3rd at 8pm for the Greetings Reading Series hosted by Jeffrey Joe Nelson!

November 5, 2016Join us on November 5th at 7pm for a reading with Erika Howsare and Kate Schapira.
September 2016

24th 6-9pm '100,000 Poets for Change'

29th 8-10 Greetings Reading Series hosted by Jeffrey Joe Nelson