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IBNYC Monthly News Roundup – April/May 2009

707ftbooksDid you see who Time Out New York picked as their favorite independent bookstores for this year’s shopping guide? Here’s the scoop on the eight stores that made their list: WORD, McNally Jackson, Housingworks, Three Lives & Co (pictured here), the Strand Bookstore, Partner’s & Crime, St. Mark’s Bookshop and Spoonbill & Sugartown.

Who else is talking about indie bookstores in NYC?

The Columbia Spectator features Park Slope’s Community Bookstore, and Bookslut chats with the owner, Catherine Bohne. Another bookseller, Susie Lupert of Housingworks, is interviewed at Gothamist. Housingworks also gets some love from Broadway actress Lauren Ambrose, who simply can’t live without the bookstore cafe, watch the video here.

3497787958_2bd0bac071Fun was had by all on Saturday’s NYC Indie Bookstore Tour with The Millions: Max has a short recap, including photos of the goods that were purchased, and the couple that got engaged on the last leg of the tour! Pretty cool, huh?

Finally, how about this – a NYC indie bookseller helps out Colm Toibin, author of the just released novel Brooklyn:

“Someone waited on me once in the Strand Bookstore, and he told me he lived in Brooklyn,” Toibin said. “So I took his card, and when I was writing the book, I e-mailed him and said: ‘Is there anything going on in the street? Right now, whatever it is, describe it to me.’ And he wrote back, ‘It’s so cold, people are walking with scarves covering their faces so you could only see their eyes.’ ” It’s in the book.

Starting tomorrow, and throughout the month of May, we’ll be doing special Indiebound features with indie bookstores from around the city. Stay tuned. Oh, and thanks to everyone who supported indie stores on Buy Indie Day and Free Comic Book Day!


Written by ibnyc

May 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Posted in News, Roundup

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