Announcing Biblioball 2010 : Spellbound


It’s that time of the year…

On December 4th, be sure to find yourself among the bibliophiles at the Desk Set’s third annual Biblioball, the winter formal dance party for the well-read and the well-attired.

Saturday, December 4, 2010 at The Bell House

7:30 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.

Tickets $10 – $55*

Purchase tickets now! All proceeds benefit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.

Since 2008, hundreds of New York City’s savviest librarians and bibliophiles have flocked to Brooklyn for the nerdiest party of the year: the Desk Set’s annual Biblioball. Photo archivists mingle with children’s book authors to the sounds of the city’s finest DJs spinning soul 45s. Live music follows a sexy trapeze act, and guests win big in the Fancy Pants Raffle–all to support LIT, and their work to provide programming for incarcerated and detained youth–only at the Biblioball.


Jean Loscalzo, photo by Sara Brown

Crazy Pills

Live musical performances curated by Tom Pavlich, (of the Great Pumpkin blog) feature Brooklyn’s Crazy Pills, Baltimore’s Raindeer, and some extra special wizardly guests…

Plus …

Supercreator Jean Loscalzo presents Tableau Vivant: Living Picture trapeze/dance/video performance. Librarians and other book nerds perform in Shush…tifying … A Spectacle of Spectacles, a library inspired riff on dance/theater performed & created by members of the Desk Set.

DJs Marty McSorley, Megan Awesome, Shakey, Mikey Post, John XI, and Jimmy T spin 40s, 50s & 60s Soul, 70s Funk, Pre-Punk Psych, Juke-Joint, Bogooloo, and more.

Masters of Ceremonies, Brownsville librarian, MC Official Burn and writer/musician Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith keep the party flowing.

Our wizardly guests will host the Fancy Pants Raffle, and lucky winners will walk away with prizes from Exhale Spa, Harper Collins, the Strand, First Second Books, James, Melville House, Rosewater, The Great Jones, Enid’s and many more.

Guests can take home a copy of The Borough is my Library: A Greater Metropolitan Library Workers Zine, Issue 2 and a special commemorative Biblioball portrait.

*Ticketing Details

Leatherbound Tickets : Admission at 7:30 PM for our special VIP Happy Hour includes Classic Specs tote bags filled with hip magazines and goodies. Guests receive complimentary Brooklyn Lager, and delicious appetizers and snacks, and they can mingle with the literati as some favorite writers such as Dave Tompkins (How To Wreck a Nice Beach, Melville House/Stop Smiling, 2010) and special guests spin records.
$45 advance / $55 at the door.
Hardcover Tickets : Admission at 8:30 PM, $20 advance / $27 at the door.
Paperback Tickets
: Admission after midnight, $10 at the door

Special thanks to our sweet sponsors who are helping to make sure Biblioball 2010: Spellbound is the best party of the season, and possibly ever: Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Based, n+1, First Second, A Public Space, Classic Specs, Park Slope Eye, Word Brooklyn.

Can’t wait to see you at the ball!

Questions? write us at, and we’ll answer ’em.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Official Burn
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 10:18:12

    WOW! I can’t wait

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