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ibnyclogo(2)We’re hard at work loading in listings to our events calendar for Independent Bookstore Week NYC. There are fantastic literary programs happening throughout the city, plus some special sales, promos, special displays and events for kids too. Beginning this Wednesday, November 11, we will post highlights on this blog each day detailing what is happening at indies around the city. If you want to plan ahead, click here to view a listing of all events already scheduled.

And don’t forget to join us at powerHouse Arena this Wednesday night from 7-10 pm for the kick-off party! Details for the party are here and RSVP suggested here (Facebook) or to

What’s this week all about anyway? Here’s some info:

For the first time, New York City booksellers unite to celebrate Independent Bookstore Week November 15-21, 2009, a citywide event highlighting the diverse cultural contributions made by indie bookshops across the five boroughs. Featuring special author appearances, events, promotions and in-store displays, the week will kick off with a party at powerHouse Arena and conclude on America Unchained Day. A special poster designed by New Yorker cartoonist Bruce McCall will be on display in participating shops and available for sale.

Independent.Bookstore.print.72dpi“Indie bookstores are a great cord in New York City’s cultural fabric. This week is an opportunity to thank consumers for keeping indie bookstores thriving,” says IBNYC board member Chris Doeblin, owner of Book Culture. “We want to celebrate and recognize the unique qualities of the stores, and thank everyone for choosing to shop independent.”

Despite the gloomy predictions about the fate of the printed word and its retailing, bookselling in New York has demonstrated considerable resilience in the past year, as well as signs of new life. While veterans like St. Marks and Three Lives remain landmarks in their neighborhoods and prove customer loyalty has not slipped, established bookshops such as Book Culture, Book Court, and Posmans are actually expanding in size.  But most inspiring is the arrival of young entrepreneurs not afraid to open new shops in underserved communities: Greenlight (in Ft. Greene), Idlewild (in Midtown Manhattan), WORD (in Greenpoint), and the forthcoming Boulevard Books (in Dyker Heights).

As Amazon and Wal-Mart battle over the price of just ten commercial titles, New York independents remind readers that they have hundreds of thousands more books at their disposal. Providing personal service and recommendations lost on the big box and chain level, locally-owned, community-supported booksellers are New York’s most reliable literary curators.

Indie Bookstore Week NYC ends on Nov. 21, America Unchained Day, a national campaign to encourage consumers to “unchain” for at least one day, boosting their local economy by shopping, dining out and conducting other business transactions at neighborhood establishments.


Written by ibnyc

November 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Posted in Events

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