SYMPOSIA Community Bookstore Events – March 2023 

SYMPOSIA Community Bookstore Events – March 2023 

510 Washington St, Hoboken NJ  



Symposia Writing Group  – Saturday March 11th at 5 pm 

Symposia’s Writing Group held its first meeting on October 16, 2021 with five authors in attendance. The group has met monthly since then and has grown to eight members. We meet the second Saturday of the month and critique two submissions at each meeting.   

 Ours is an eclectic group, with some writing short fiction and others writing essays and plays. There’s always lively discussion about the works submitted, with our authors getting and giving valuable and constructive criticisms.   

 If you’re interested in joining us, you can contact the facilitator Marie Castronuovo at      

Membership fee of $5 per meeting includes a free book of your choice, as well as a critique and feedback from the other members of your submitted work. 


NEW! “Symposi-HA!” –  Friday March 17th AND 24th at 8 pm 

Come see our Bookstore’s first ever live Stand-Up Comedy Show! 

The show is produced by Hoboken comedian Matt Pena and will feature comedians from all over New Jersey and New York. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will go towards supporting the store as well as supporting the performers!  

Please follow “Symposiha” on Instagram for all news and updates and grab your tickets on by searching “Symposi-Ha”.  

Don’t forget to bring your own beverages and snacks to enjoy at the show! 


NEW! “Philosophize This” – Conversation Group based on Stephen West’s podcast with the same name – Tuesday March 21st at 7 pm  

This deeply engaging series introduces listeners to thinkers and ideas upon which our society is based, but in a way that is easy for non-philosophers to digest and understand.   

Our discussion group will create a safe environment where we can gain knowledge while also sharing personal experiences as they relate to the topics presented in the podcast.   

Listening to the episodes 3, 4 and 5 of the podcast is strongly recommended if possible. 

For more info or to register, contact Carmen at or 201-805-1739 

Fee: $10 


American Mahjong ClubWednesday, March 1st AND  March 15th from 6:30pm-9.30pm 

 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 meets twice a month at Symposia Bookstore. 

It takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  

No experience needed. Beginners welcome. Age: 14+ 

We limit the number of attendees to 12 people, per event.  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. 

There is a $5 fee payable to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their venue and this entitles you to a free book from their bookshelves.  


For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact Anel Laurens on 917-488-9336 or 


Fundraiser for Symposia Bookstore: “Beaded Jewelry Making Workshop”- Sunday March 19th 12 to 5 pm (Pop In Sessions)

Cost:      $30 Per person – Bookings required in advance.

Proceeds will go to Symposia Bookstore, after deducting a small amount for materials.

RSVP:     For more information, please contact

Anel Laurens –  or 917-488-9336

If you have any broken or unwanted (beaded) jewelry or beads to DONATE to this very worthy cause, please drop it off at Symposia Bookstore or contact me directly.

 Hoboken Book Club – Monday, March 13th OR Monday, March 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm 

 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 book 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 March 2023 book is “Black Flowers, White Lies” by Yvonne Ventresca. 

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


For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact Anel Laurens on 917-488-9336 or


Open Mic Night – Tuesday, March 14th 7:30 to 10pm 

Link to Facebook Event:
 “If everybody was happy in their relationship there wouldn’t be any good music.”
– unknown

Come sing a love song, or maybe a breakup song.  Read us a love poem, or tell a few relationship jokes.  Or not…just come share your talent. 
This inclusive, encouraging environment is the perfect place to practice what you’ve been working on at home. Original material and covers are welcome (songs, poems, readings, comedy). This event is open to all ages, therefore we ask that all material be clean and family-friendly.

*Suggested donation $5/attendee to support Symposia (non-profit bookstore)

*Some simple snacks will be provided but feel free to BYO drinks/snacks.   


Hoboken Hookers and Knitters – Thursday, March 9th AND Thursday, March 23rd, 6pm-9pm 

 If you love knitting or crochet then please come and 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.  

It takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.  

There is a $5 fee payable to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their space, which will entitle you to a free book from their bookshelves. 


For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact Anel Laurens at anel@laurens .co or 917-488-9336 


La Leche – New Moms Support Group- Friday March 31st 10 to 11.30 am 

Come join us for this support group where you can share and learn from other moms. 
 La Leche league is an international volunteer run support group open to all families interested in lactating or providing human milk to their babies.

La Leche League was founded over 60 years ago when the founders (a small group of mothers) found that families were most successful when supported by their peers and it has continued with the premises of providing non bias support to local families.  

For more info contact Tiffany at 


Our family at Symposia wishes you a beautiful Spring and 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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