Our Café & Bookstore is now open 9am–2pm, Monday–Wednesday, and 9am–6pm, Thursday–Sunday.

Our Café & Bookstore is a place to meet and make friends, read a book, bring your laptop, but most of all, it’s an occasion to get inspired by the books and exhibitions that surround it.

We work in partnership with drip coffee, who serve fine-tuned morning coffee, a light lunch, an afternoon pick-me-up, or a refreshing drink.

drip coffee makers was founded by Nigel Price and began as a mobile cart focusing solely on hand-brewed pour-over coffee under the mantra of “slow down and have coffee.” drip opened its first shop in Bushwick in 2020 and now has locations in Brooklyn Heights and Soho.

drip, also a multi-roasters retailer, carrying coffees from some of the best roasters globally, focuses on fostering quality relationships and making specialty coffee more accessible to all.

Espresso 3.20
Macchiato 4.00
Cortado 4.40
Cappuccino 4.80
Latte 5.40

Vanilla 6.20
Mocha 6.40
Dulce 6.80
Maple 6.40

Chai 5.20
Matcha 5.60
Turmeric 5.60
Tea 3.20
Cocoa 4.80

Batch Brew 3.20
Cold Brew 4.20

Sparkling 3.00
Still 3.00
Juice 5.00
Iced Teas 4.60

Good Morning Pastries

Butter Croissants/Chocolate Croissants 5
Strawberry Blueberry Parfait 10
Pumpkin, Matcha Lemon or Banana Sweetbreads (v) 5.60

Lunchtime Sandwiches

Oven-roasted Turkey & Cheddar
Slow-cooked Ham & Emmental
Organic Chicken Wrap
Avocado Veggie Wrap


Vegan Caesar Salad
Chicken Caesar Salad

(2pm–6pm, Thur-Sun)

Wine by the glass
Hand Work red, Garnacha, 2019
Isle Saint Pierre Blanc, 2020

Interboro, lifted IPA
Interboro, light lager

The Amant Café & Bookstore is a social space where a growing selection of books invites visitors to browse, sit down, read, and talk. This space was born in the spirit of a library: we believe in the power of books to create knowledge, imagine new social bonds, and empower.

To that end, the Café & Bookstore is also a space for public programs, often centered on writing, reading, and storytelling. It is the home of our Dear Reader public program series.

The books we collectively select are mostly published by independent presses and reflect the themes explored in our exhibitions and public programs. We are interested in a variety of disciplines, connecting contemporary art with poetry, literature, music, and theory.

Our collection of books introduces yet-unknown or recently translated international voices. To this end, each season, our guest artists and artists in residence also make a selection of books to acquire for our store. Their suggestions make lesser known references accessible to our local audience.

We believe in the pleasure of physical browsing and do not sell our books online. The books for sale change seasonally, and our offering is shaped by what our staff and residents are reading as well as by the season’s exhibitions and public programs. If you are looking for a particular title and believe we may stock it, please send a note to contact@amant.org

Books by Our Community of Artists

Plantation Memories: Episodes of Everyday Racism by Grada Kilomba, exhibiting artist fall 2021

Plantation Memories is a compilation of episodes of everyday racism written in the form of short psychoanalytical stories. From the question “Where do you come from?” to Hair Politics to the N-word, the book is a strong, eloquent, and elaborate piece that deconstructs the normality of everyday racism and exposes the violence of being placed as the Other.

Published by Between The Lines Books

The Virosexuals Orion J Facey edited by Taylor le Melle, New York Studio & Research resident fall 2021

A science-fantasy novel set in Manchester, UK in 2080, Orion J. Facey’s The Virosexuals portraits a subculture that shares a desire to escape the broad algorithmization of our lives, bodies, and minds. Experimenting with virosexuality—the sexual attraction to transmitting and receiving STI’s—, the group around the main character Amygdala negotiates their bodies and desires while being faced with a virus sweeping the scene and the dangers and vulnerabilities of going off-grid.

Edited by Taylor Le Melle for their collaboratively run independent publisher PSS (with Daniella Valz Gen, Ima-Abasi Okon and Rehana Zaman).

Neither Strivers nor Skivers, They Will Not Define Us Olivia Plender, exhibiting artist spring 2022

This publication documents the process behind making the work – which involved a series of meetings held during 2018-19 with female activists – along with the script of Liberty or Death by Sylvia Pankhurst, that is published for the first time. The subject of the play is women’s activism in East London, as it details the struggles of the East London Federation of the Suffragettes (ELFS) for better living and working conditions, along with the right to vote. In 2018, Britain celebrated the centenary of full suffrage for (some) women. However, to what extent the situation has really improved as a result of access to parliamentary representation remains a pressing question.

Published by The Bower

Intertitles co-edited by Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot, guest curators, The Noon Sirens, spring-fall 2022

Published in April 2021, Intertitles is an anthology of work situated at the intersection of writing and the visual arts. The anthology aims to explore their confluence and is conceived in response to a twofold observation: the increased presence of written, spoken and performed language in the work of visual artists and the simultaneous increase in visibility and circulation of the work and voices of writers in the visual arts arena.

With Fatema Abdoolcarim, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Bebe Ashley, Anna Barham, Paul Becker, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Adam Christensen, Sophie Collins, CAConrad, Rory Cook, Jesse Darling, Anaïs Duplan, Inua Ellams, Olamiju Fajemisin, Johanna Hedva, Caspar Heinemann, Sophie Jung, Sharon Kivland, Tarek Lakhrissi, Ghislaine Leung, Quinn Latimer, Jordan Lord, Dasha Loyko, Charlotte Prodger, Laure Prouvost, Flo Ray, P. Staff, Alice Theobald, Jesper List Thomsen. Foreword by Isabel Waidner, Afterword by Vahni Capildeo, designed by Traven T. Croves.

Published by Prototype Publishing

Smashing Statues Erin L. Thompson, contributor to public programs, winter 2021

Why do we care so much about statues? Which ones should stay up and which should come down? Who should make these decisions, and how? Erin L. Thompson lays bare the turbulent history of American monuments and its abundant ironies, from the enslaved man who helped make the statue of Freedom that tops the United States Capitol, to the fervent Klansman fired from sculpting the world’s largest Confederate monument—who went on to carve Mount Rushmore. And she explores the surprising motivations behind contemporary flashpoints, including the toppling of a statue of Columbus at the Minnesota State Capitol, the question of who should be represented on the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument in Central Park, and the decision by a museum of African American culture to display a Confederate monument removed from a public park.

Published by Norton

Economic Ekphrasis, Goldin+Senneby and Art for Business Education, New York Studio & Research residents, spring 2022

What happens when social scientists write about artworks? How does it affect the academic environment of a business school and how does it change the perception of art? Can it be used as a novel scientific method in business studies? This book investigates these matters by analyzing the Goldin+Senneby’s retrospective exhibition Standard Length of a Miracle set up in Tensta Konsthall and multiple other venues in Stockholm in the spring of 2016.

Contributions by: Maria Lind, Marie-Louise Fendin, Örjan Sjöberg, Ismail Ertürk, Anastasia Seregina, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Pamela Schultz Nybacka, Emma Stenström, Katie Kitamura, Clare Birchall, Brian Kuan Wood

Edited by Pierre de Guillet de Monthoux and Erik Wikberg Published by Sternberg Press

Cuentos de Cuentas Carla Zaccagnini, exhibiting artist spring 2022

Cuentos de Cuentas is the accompanying artist book to the exhibition of the same title. It brings together a series of recollections from Zaccagnini’s childhood in Brazil and Argentina in the 1980s. Punctuated by childhood drawings and personal photographs, the stories are structured around specific objects—a tent, a jar, a vest—that were pivotal in enabling secret economic transactions. Carla’s research reflects on the old tactics and strategies necessary to keep and transport money when it was still an object to be kept safe, secret, and under wraps. The book is bilinugal English and Spanish.

Published by K. Verlag and Amant

A Brief History of Black British Art Rianna Jade Parker, New York Studio & Research resident spring 2022

Taking as its starting point the London-based Caribbean Artists Movement, this introduction showcases the work of over sixty Black British artists from the 1960s until the present. The works included here offer a lens through which to understand the political and cultural climate, while shedding light on the unique Black British experience. Constructed around contemporary thoughts on race, nationhood, citizenship, gender, class, sexuality and aesthetics in Britain, this book explores themes at the heart of Black British Art.

Published by Tate Publishing

About to Happen Cecilia Vicuña, public programs contributor winter 2021

Beginning and ending at the edge of the ocean at the sacred mouth of the Aconcagua River, About to Happen serves as a lament as well as love letter to the sea. In this artist’s book, Chilean-born artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña weaves personal and ancestral memory while summoning the collective power to confront the economic disparities and environmental crises of the 21st century.

Collecting the detritus that washes up on shore, Vicuña assembles out of the refuse tiny precarios and basuritas―little sculptures held together with nothing more than string and wire, which she sometimes makes as offerings to be reclaimed by the sea. About to Happen traces a decades-long practice that has refused categorical distinctions and thrived within the confluences of conceptual art, land art, feminist art, performance and poetry. Vicuña’s nuanced visual poetics―operating fluidly between concept and craft, text and textile―transforms the discarded into the elemental, paying acute attention to the displaced, the marginalized and the forgotten.

Published by Siglio Press

Amant Staff Picks

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness Simone Brown, chosen by Stefanie Jason, Graduate Research Fellow

Published by Duke University Press

Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto Legacy Russell, chosen by Colleen Stonebrook, Visitor Engagement Representative and Education Facilitator

Published by Verso Books

Restaging the Object: A Participatory Exploration of Long Kesh/ Maze Prison Martin Krenn & Aisling O'Beirn, chosen by Hannah Marks, Executive Assistant

Published by K. Verlag

The Communism of Love, An Inquiry into the Poverty of Exchange Value Richard Gilman-Opalsky, chosen by Isabella Nimmo, Associate Curator

Published by AK Press

In Another World, Notes 2014-2017 Isabelle Craw, chosen by Nicholas Pilato, Chief Operating Officer

Published by Sternberg Press

Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman Michelle Wallace, chosen by Nicole Ruffin, Facilities Assistant

New edition published by Verso Books

Carceral Capitalism Jackie Wang, chosen by Nicole Ruffin, Facilities Assistant

Published by MIT Press

Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics Arlene Dávila, chosen by Rebeca Navarro, Visitor Engagement and Bookstore Manager

Published by Duke University Press

Planetary Longings Mary Louise Pratt, chosen by Ruth Estévez, Director and Chief Curator

Published by Duke University Press

These Birds of Temptation various editors, chosen by Sarah Demeuse, Head of Publications and Communications

Published by K. Verlag

Ecosoma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters Petra Kuppers, chosen by Silas Edgar, Communications and Community Coordinator

Published by University of Minnesota Press