On the evening of October 29, more than seventy-five people crammed into The Red Wheelbarrow, a newly opened Anglophone bookshop, to inaugurate a reading series and celebrate two literary magazines: Upstairs at Duroc, published at the Anglo cultural center WICE, and Pharos, edited collectively by poet Alice Notley’s workshop at the British Institute in Paris. The enthusiastic crowd spilled onto the cobblestone street, smoking cigarettes and craning their necks for a view of the proceedings.
McNally Jackson Books, located in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, stocks about 40,000 books at any given time and sprawls over 7,000 square feet. The bookstore hosts regular talks, readings, workshops, and book groups.
This expansion store of McNally Jackson Books located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a two-story space with a large selection of literature and a robust children’s book section. The shop also hosts readings, talks, and panels across a range of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
What do Ann Patchett, Jeff Kinney, Louise Erdrich, and Judy Blume have in common? Aside from being best-selling authors, they are all also dedicated booksellers, each having opened independent bookstores of their own.
A pair of English singer-songwriters perform literature-inspired music in bookstores across the United States.
Unnameable Books is a bookstore located in the heart of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Founded as “Adam’s Books” before being renamed, the store specializes in poetry, has an eclectic collection of used books, and carries work from small independent presses such as Ugly Duckling Press.
Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo have a combined twenty-six years in the bookstore and publishing industry. In 2009, they opened Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with the support of the Fort Greene Association and a Community Lender Program. This independent bookstore carries a robust selection in a wide variety of genres, and has a full calendar of events for adults and children.
Blue Cypress Books buys, sells, and trades a wide range of classic and contemporary fiction, poetry, art and photography, science fiction and mystery, antiquarian and collectibles, and all genres of nonfiction. The shop is home to the largest collection of secondhand children's books, and also stocks new and secondhand New Orleans and Louisiana fiction and history.
Octavia Books is an independent, locally-owned bookstore located uptown in New Orleans. The store regularly hosts author events such as signings, readings, and talks.
Lee Montgomery, editorial director of Tin House Books, moved to Portland, Oregon, twenty years ago but never meant to stay. It was a charming Victorian house, the rain and clouds, and the energy of the places featured in this guide that compelled the writer in her to hunker down and take advantage of a city brimming with literary offerings.