The coronavirus pandemic has radically disrupted the book business, setting off waves of bookstore closures and book festival cancellations, so authors and booksellers are teaming up to shift live events online.
The fiction writer on the twentieth anniversary of Small Beer Press and the opening of Book Moon, a bookstore in Massachusetts that she co-owns with her husband, Gavin J. Grant.
Andy Hunter, the cofounder of Electric Literature and Literary Hub, launches Bookshop, an e-commerce platform that promises indie bookstores a way to take back sales from Amazon.
In a tiny bookshop in London, writer A. N. Devers spotlights women’s writing by only stocking rare books and modern first editions by female authors.
Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers was established in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg in 1999. The shop specializes in used, rare, and new books on contemporary art, architecture, and various design fields with an emphasis on imported or hard-to-find selections. Thousands of books are hand-picked for clientele from the eclectic collection of philosophy, literature, cinema, and children’s books. Their second location is located in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Shakespeare & Co. is an iconic Manhattan bookstore founded in 1983. The store is adjacent to the Hunter College campus and hosts book signings, readings, talks, and writing workshops.
The Lexington Avenue store also includes a high-quality café and the patented Espresso Book Machine technology, which can produce on-site bookstore-quality books in minutes from a catalog of over 7,000,000 in-copyright and public domain titles.
PowerHouse on 8th is a bookstore, reading club, mini-gallery, and community space bringing South Slope the best in fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, YA, novelty, cooking, decorating, stationery, and more, all from the curatorial minds hived at Dumbo’s famed powerHouse Arena. The shop hosts book launches, readings, and a Sunday Story Time series.
Chartwell considers itself “a bookstore in the classic tradition.” For thirty years they have been selling rare and out-of-print Winston Churchill books, as well as books on the military, motors, baseball, photography, jazz, classic fiction, and nonfiction. The store is named after Sir Winston Churchill’s home in England’s Kent countryside, and is the only standing bookshop in the world devoted to his writings.
B&B Rare Books specializes in eighteenth through twentieth century American, British, and French literature, modern first editions, poetry, mystery and detective fiction, children's literature, and signed and inscribed books. After graduating from college and moving to New York City, Joshua Mann and Sunday Steinkirchner opened B&B Rare Books inspired by their shared love for rare books and literature. A second location in Murray Hill is open “by chance or by appointment.”
Argosy Book Store has been in business for eighty nine years, making it New York City’s oldest independent book store. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Argosy has an extensive stock of antiquarian and out-of-print items. The store specializes in Americana, modern first editions, autographs, art, antique maps and prints, and the history of science and medicine.