SYMPOSIA Community Bookstore Events – May 2023

SYMPOSIA Community Bookstore Events – May 2023 

510 Washington St, Hoboken NJ  



Open Mic Night – Tuesday, May 9th 7:30 to 10 pm   

Join us for the MAY edition of Open Mic Night! This month, our (optional) theme is “Songs from Your Year/Decade.” We would love to hear you play a song from the year/decade in which you were born. 

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.  

*Link to Facebook event: 



American Mahjong Club Wednesday, May 10th AND Wednesday, May 24th from 6 pm to 9 pm 

 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. 

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 $8 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 551-225-6039 or 



Hoboken Hookers and Knitters: Thursday, May 11th AND Thursday, May 25th 6 pm-9 pm 

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 on 551-225-6039 or 


La Leche – New Moms Support Group– Friday, May 12th 10 am to 12 pm.  

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 


Symposia Writing Group – Saturday May 13th 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.  


Hoboken Book Club: Monday, May 15th from 6:30pm-8:30 pm 

 Our May 2023 book is ’Remarkably Bright Creatures’ by Shelby Van Pelt. 

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 551-225-6039 or 

NEW! “Philosophize This” – Conversation Group based on Stephen West’s podcast with the same name – Tuesday May 16th 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 on Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism of the podcast is strongly recommended if possible.   

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


NEW! “Symposi-HA!” –  Saturday, May 27th 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 $15 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!  

Fee: $15 


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 new 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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