Update 3/16/20: Due to the coronavirus quarantine imposed on New York City evening events, we are postponing the March reading. The April reading is likely to be postponed, but we will make that decision once the month gets going. That said, the May reading is still expected to go forward as planned. Authors from March (and likely April) are expected to appear later in the year, so please watch this space for any changes! Stay healthy, wash your hands, exercise social distancing and dream of ice cream and readings to come!

Introducing a brand-new reading series!

Beginning in March Spring 2020, the Ample Hills Creamery will open its upstairs to a special reading series curated by Randee Dawn, featuring a variety of emerging and established writers reading from their current works. Each month will feature a different theme based around the authors — 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:

March 24: Sweet & … Speculative (POSTPONED)
Readers: Sam J. Miller, Nibedita Sen, and Alex Shvartsman

April 28: Sweet & … Sorcery (POSSIBLY POSTPONED, STAY TUNED)
Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dianna Sanchez, Zin. E. Rocklyn

May 26: Sweet & … Supernatural
C.S.E. Cooney, Barbara Krasnoff, Elaine Isaak

June 23: Sweet & … Scary (Vampires!)
Grady Hendrix, Steven Van Patten + TBA

July 28: Sweet & … The Return of the Scary
John Langan, Nicholas Kaufmann + TBA

August 25: Sweet & … Broads
The Women of Broad Universe (names TBA)

September 22: Sweet & … Young Adult
Carlos Hernandez, Mary Fan, Phil Stamper

Other readings, held each fourth Tuesday, also to be announced!

Note: Readings are for all ages, 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.)


Tickets for attendees are $10, available via the Ample Hills website and at the venue (pending availability).

Every ticket holder will receive a complimentary regular-sized ice cream of their choice to go with their sweet evening of reading. (Yes, there are vegan/non-dairy options!) All ice cream may be taken into the readings. Alcohol is BYOB (staff cannot open or decant). Food is allowed if it isn’t disruptive (leave that hot plate at home!)

Authors will also be selling/signing copies of their works!

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 a Reader. 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 email curator Randee Dawn via the contact form here with the previously-requested information, along with a brief list of upcoming publications/recent publications/relevant details.

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See you there, you sweet things!


1 Comment

  1. Teel James Glenn on 3/10/20 at 11:28 am

    Very cool line up!