SYMPOSIA Community Bookstore Events – August 2022

SYMPOSIA Community Bookstore Events – August 2022

510 Washington St, Hoboken NJ


Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else, disrupting the delusion that we’re permanent and at the center of the universe. Suddenly (we’re saved!) other people are real again, and we’re fond of them. —George Saunders


“Untitled Unmastered”- Painting Exhibit by Fiona Popescu – Sunday Aug. 7th 4 to 6 pm

After hours musings, exploring colors and styles, Fiona’s paintings reveal multiple worlds of either playful or deep reflective art. For the past several years, she adopted different styles, while maintaining her unique artistic touch. Watercolors, oil painting, or crayon, on canvas or jeans, Fiona’s art is an invitation to journey into the “un mastered”, unrestrained.

Come join us Sunday Aug. 7th 4 to 6pm for a talk with the artist, refreshments and art enjoyment.



Hoboken Book Club  – Monday Aug. 8th and 15th at 6.30 pm

We host the Hoboken Book Club at Symposia Bookstore. We meet twice a month to discuss the same book at both of these meetings. Members of the club choose which of the 2 dates suit them best to attend. We limit the number of attendees to 12 people, per meeting, to make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to contribute to the discussion.

Our August book is The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré.

The dates to choose from are:

Monday, August 8th at 6.30pm


Monday, August 15th at 6.30pm

If you are interested to join our club, please do e-mail me on or text me on 917-488-9336.

There is a $5 fee that goes to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their venue and it entitles you to one free book from their shelves.


Open Mic Night – Tuesday, August 9th at 7:30pm

Singers, songwriters, comedians, poets, and contortionist: Come one, come all…..share your talent with the community. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never performed outside your shower or if you are a trained professional. This casual community open mic is a great place to have your time in the spotlight. This inclusive, encouraging environment is the perfect place to practice what you’ve been working on at home. Not sure if you’re ready for the stage, no problem. Come be part of the audience and applaud others as they take the stage.

*Some simple snacks will be provided but feel free to BYO drinks/snacks.
*Suggested donation $5/attendee to support Symposia (non-profit bookstore)


Hoboken Hookers and Knitters – Thursdays August 11th and 25th 6 to 9 pm

If you love knitting or crochet, come join us for a relaxing evening. Bring your own project or come and learn how to knit or crochet, there is always someone who is willing to show others the ropes.

$5 donation to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their space which will entitle you to a free book from their bookshelves.

For more info, contact Anel at or 917-488-9336


American Mahjong Club – Wednesday, August 24th at 6.30pm  

Mahjong is a tile-based, rummy-style game that was developed in the 19th century in China.  It is commonly played with four players, but could also be played with 2 or 3 players. Players attempt to form sets of matching sequenced tiles. The goal of the game is to reach certain combinations of tiles, by either matching numbers or suited numerically sequential tiles.

Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and luck. If you are feeling up for a friendly challenge, please do join our Mahjong Club that will meet twice a month at Symposia Bookstore.

From September onwards it will take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

Our September dates are:

Wednesday, September 7th at 6.30pm

Wednesday, September 21st at 6.30pm

There will be a $5 fee that goes to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their venue and this entitles you to a free book from their shelves.

It is a BYOB event. Adults only.

We will limit the amount of people to 12 due to space and see if we are able to fit another table in. So, if you reserve a spot, please be kind to let me know beforehand if you are unable to attend so that I can give your seat to someone else.

For more information, please contact Anel Laurens on 917-488-9336 or


Our family at Symposia hopes that everyone is staying safe and well read!

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to shelf books and/or help customers.

Flexible hours, great environment, free books!


Other ways to help Symposia:


DONATE YOUR BOOKS!  Symposia stays in business by selling donated books online.


Donate your used shipping supplies: In an effort to stay environmentally friendly, Symposia Bookstore welcomes donations of used clean shipping materials like small bubble wrap and bubble mailers/envelopes.


BUY FROM SYMPOSIA!  Need new reading material? Peruse Symposia’s inventory with over 2,500 titles on Amazon at


Any donation will help make an impact as this is a nonprofit organization that serves as the only used-bookstore in the area and community center for locals. Thank you so much in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to our community. It is our pleasure curating the best books for our customers thanks to your donations.


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