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Sunnyside bar starts monthly book club


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Photo courtesy of Sinead Curran

One Sunnyside bar is combining a good read with drinks.

Last month, The Courtyard Ale House, located at 40-18 Queens Blvd., began The Courtyard Book Club where bar patrons get together, talk about the previous month’s book pick and then select a new novel.

The group meets in the courtyard of the bar the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m. This month 12 people came together, and for the first meeting 16 people showed up.

“During the day a lot of people come in and are reading a book,” said Sinead Curran, a bartender at the bar. She came up with the idea of the book club after trying to have conversations about books with patrons, but having to shout at times in the bar atmosphere. “We just decided as a group of the regulars to start a book club.”

Curran said any genre of book is welcomed and the group members will take turns every month in choosing a book.

July’s selection was “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern and this month the group selected “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski.

She also said the group provides a “nice social setting” for everyone to sit around and talk about the book and also stick around after for drinks.

“It’s a good way for new people to get to know the neighborhood,” Curran said. “Sunnyside is a community, it’s a very close-knit community. We can all get together, all walks of life and get to know people that you wouldn’t have gotten to know beforehand.”

 

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Glendale pastor writes YA self-help book


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Writing a successful book for young adults can be hard if it doesn’t have magic and vampires in it.

But a pastor in a Glendale church wrote a book aimed to help troubled teenagers in 2011, and since then, the book has taken on a second life, spurring the creation of conventions and a clothing company.

Even a hip-hop group called Social Club released an album called “Misfits 2” which features the pastor rapping in a song.

The Rev. Chris Durso, a pastor in Christ Tabernacle, wrote “Misfit” in 2011 and since then interest in the book has become national, with religious youth conferences called MISFIT Tours being held in Washington, D.C., and other places. These conferences have attracted Christian rappers like “Da’ Truth” and Sean Simmonds. And in August, there will be another MISFIT conference.

“I had no idea that the book would get so big,” Durso said. “I never sought out to be an author. I grew up diagnosed with ADD and I never read many books. So it’s pretty ironic.”

The book reads like a self-help book and in the first few pages Durso writes about a student, Eugene, he knew in school who committed suicide. Durso wrote the book in the hopes that today’s youth won’t go down the same path.

“I didn’t want the book to read like I’m telling the reader what to do,” Durso said. “I wanted it to feel like we’re on a journey together.”

Along with the periodic tours, Durso, who is the youth minister, holds a youth group meeting at the church called Misfit NYC. Every Friday, kids from the area and all over the city sing, rap and hold a religious service. The group, led by Durso, discusses many of the issues that are in the book: being yourself instead of conforming to others and pursuing goals in life that are personally worthwhile.

“I want this book to spur you on and reach your goals,” Durso said. “There are too few revolutionaries in this world and if we had more we could see this world in a much better state.”

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Queens Morning Roundup


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Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. South wind 6 to 10 mph.

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