Rooftop Readings at Ample Hills in Brooklyn, New York

Rooftop Readings at Ample Hills in Brooklyn is underway!

In May 2021, the Ample Hills Creamery opened its upstairs to a special Rooftop Reading series featuring a variety of emerging and established writers reading from their current works. Each month will feature different authors of different genres — science-fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, mystery, humor … the sky’s the limit!

And bonus: There’s ice cream involved!

Here are the details:


Readings will be held from 7-9pm on the third Tuesday of each month.

Note: All ages are welcome to attend, but unless labeled as Young Adult/Middle Grade/Children’s may feature adult content, including themes and language.


Ample Hills Creamery Gowanus
305 Nevins Street (between Nevins and 3rd Avenue), Upstairs
Located 2 blocks from the R train (Union St.)

Reader shown at Ample Hills Creamery Rooftop Readings


Tickets are $10, available via the Ample Hills website (click to choose your date and purchase). For space and pandemic reasons, a limited number of tickets will be available for each reading. You can buy your ticket on the website, or take your chances and purchase it as a walk-up on the night.

Every ticket holder will receive a complimentary regular-sized ice cream of their choice to go with their sweet evening of reading. (There are vegan/non-dairy options!) All ice cream may be taken into the readings. Food is allowed if it isn’t disruptive (leave that hot plate at home), and Ample Hills also serves pizza, which can be ordered upstairs.

Authors will also be selling/signing copies of their works, if they choose.

During a reading at Ample Hills Creamery Rooftop Readings

Who’s Reading?

September 20

Jonathan Brazee
Robert V.S. Redick
Barbara Krasnoff

October 18

Special reading for authors from Even in the Grave, a new anthology of ghost stories from eSpec Books, featuring editors Carol Gyzander and James Chambers.

Teel James Glenn
Steven Van Patten
Amy Grech
Randee Dawn
Marc Abbott

November 29

Leanna Renee Hieber w/ Andrea Janes
Christa Carmen
Chris Ryan

December 20

Elaine Isaak
Fran Wilde
Molly Horan

2023 dates to come!

What Is Ample Hills?

An ice cream shop, Ample Hills has literary origins: “I too lived – Brooklyn, of ample hills, was mine,” wrote Walt Whitman in Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. The shop’s founders wanted to open a place that would bring the community together, and ice cream was precisely the way to do it. They use farm fresh ingredients, are a registered dairy plant, pasteurize (and make most of their mix-ins) on site, and have been called “Brooklyn’s freshest.”

I’m an Author. How Can I Get on the Schedule?

We are currently looking authors who have recently had books or stories published, or will have books or stories published in the upcoming months. We are also actively seeking established featured writers to read at each event.

Let us know which you fit in best so we can slot you in appropriately: science-fiction, fantasy, horror or mystery, or other (let us know which).

If you are interested in reading, please respond via this Google Form:

You will be asked to pinpoint the months you are available in 2023, and upload a bio/photo. If we have a great slot for you, we’ll reach out in the coming months!

Follow us for updates on Twitter!

See you there, you sweet things!

Ice cream and reader shown at Ample Hills Creamery Rooftop Readings