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The Future of Bookselling: Sunday Oct. 25th


presented by the Independent Booksellers of New York City and the Emerging Leaders Project of the American Booksellers Association

On Sunday, October 25 from 4-6pm, author and bookseller Vincent McCaffrey visits NYC to celebrate the release of his first novel, HOUND (Small Beer Press) and to join three NYC booksellers to talk about the past, present, and future of bookselling.

The event will begin with a reading from McCaffrey’s book, a mystery starring a bookseller who gets caught up in the drama after an ex is killed, and set against the backdrop of his history with Boston and its used bookstores (including his own).

McCaffrey, who was the owner of Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop for decades and who continues to run it online, will then speak on a panel with three other booksellers in different stages of their bookselling careers about their thoughts on what has passed and what’s to come for the bookselling and book-loving communities. He’ll be joined by Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, co-owner of brand-new Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn; Christine Onorati, owner of WORD, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; and Henry Zook, co-owner of BookCourt, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. The four panelists come from different generations and backgrounds of bookselling, but though their approaches and feelings about bookselling may differ in some ways, they’ve also all demonstrated a deep commitment to the craft/art/science that is bookselling.

The event will start at 4pm and will be held at The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street, NY, NY. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are recommended. Call 212.587.1011 or email with the subject line “HOUND” to RSVP. Or RSVP on Facebook.


Written by ibnyc

October 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Posted in Events

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