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Authors share thoughts on independent bookstores

Some of our favorite authors recently shared thoughts with us on what independent bookstores mean to them:

“There is a little independent bookstore down the street from my house – Three Lives – where I buy almost all of my books. It’s the size of a small apartment. There’s something special about a place where you know that someone has thought about every book in the store.” — Malcolm Gladwell, What the Dog Saw

“”Independent” and “Bookstore” are two of my favorite words, and when you put them together it stirs my heart (and usually gets me reaching for my wallet). I’ve worked in independent bookstores, sometimes slept in them after hours when I had no where else to go, and now feel they’re my home away from home whenever I pry myself out of the cave of my studio to meet my readers. Such places are, for me, the heart of human civilization — long may they wave.” — Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City

“The value of indie bookstores is the value of the humane.”  — Joseph O’Neill, Netherland


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October 31, 2009 at 5:42 pm

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Celebrate Indie Bookselling in NYC!

Kick Off Party for

Independent Bookstore Week NYC

November 11, 2009

at powerHouse Arena

7-10 PM


7 PM

Reception (wine and/or beer and light snacks)

Live music by Mark Ettinger

7:30 PM

Brief remarks from local writers on independent bookselling in NYC

Kurt Andersen (Reset and Heyday)

Michael Greenberg (Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow Steal)

Jennifer Egan (The Keep, The Invisible Circus and Look at Me)

Josh Neufeld (A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge)

Sharon Zukin (Naked City, The Cultures of Cities, Point of Purchase)

John Sargent, CEO, Macmillan

9:00 PM

Performance by Brooklyn’s own Jones Street Station

9:45 PM

Raffle Drawing

Prizes include books and a special signed edition of the poster
created by Bruce McCall for this event.

Books by the featured authors will be on sale throughout the evening.

Posters (signed and unsigned) will be available as well as IBNYC totes.

There will be a selection of book and book-related giveaways donated by the publishers.

Suggested donation at the door of $10 to benefit The Independent Booksellers of NYC (IBNYC)

Facebook users – RSVP here!


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October 30, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Posted in Events

First Independent Bookstore Week NYC

Independent.Bookstore.print.72dpiGet ready to celebrate independent bookselling all over New York City! The IBNYC is hosting the first ever Indie Bookstore Week NYC!

Special author appearances, events and promotions will happen throughout the city from November 15-21, and a special pre-week party will take place on November 11 from 7-10 pm at powerHouse Arena. Featured authors speaking at the event will include: Kurt Andersen (Heyday), Jennifer Egan (The Keep), Michael Greenberg (Beg, Borrow, Steal), Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge) and Sharon Zukin (Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places) The party will include refreshments, giveaways and live music – Jones Street Station will be performing! It is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to IBNYC at the door.

You’ll hear lots more about all of this in coming weeks, but be sure to save the date for the Kick-off party and week-long celebration to follow. And take a look at the special poster designed by New Yorker cartoonist and illustrator Bruce McCall. Copies will be available for sale at indie bookstores throughout the city and at the kick-off event. Hope to see you there, RSVP via Facebook here.

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October 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Posted in Events

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.

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October 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Posted in Events

Upcoming 25: Events Around NYC (Sept. 25-Oct. 25, 2009)

unnameable-books-vanderbilt-0609We’re a day late — but still able to deliver a nice round-up of excellent events and programming happening at or in partnership with indie bookstores around NYC over the next month:

Start with TODAY, Sept. 26th, at HOUSINGWORKS Open Air Street Fair – going on RIGHT NOW, until 6 pm, with live music and tons of great deals on books all day long! And if you happen to be nearby there around 5 pm, try stopping by MCNALLY JACKSON where actor John Krasinski will discuss his recent adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

Tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 27 – head on over to UNNAMEABLE BOOKS (Facebook Link) for an afternoon poetry reading with three poets in town from Seattle, Chicago, Detroit: Jeanne Heuving, Jennifer Scappettone, Chris Tysh.

And here’s a list of more great events happening soon:

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September 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Posted in Events, Upcoming25

Upcoming 25: Events around NYC (Aug. 25 – Sept 25, 2009)

DSC_0097 (2)Been browsing at indie bookstores to snag a break from the heat this summer? Thanks for your browsing and book buying too! Summer’s not over just yet, but anticipation for fall literary happenings is mounting. Heck, there’s great events scheduled for this week and through Labor Day too – so let’s get to it. Check out the plethora of fantastic programming planned for the next month at indie bookstores around NYC – literary readings, book launch parties, concerts, workshops, children’s storytime hours + more — like these two art exhibits that kick off our latest Upcoming 25 listing:

at SKYLINE BOOKS: a new ArtWall at the shop offers local artists in NYC a unique venue to exhibit their art. The first in a series of exhibits is now on display – Sean Hanratty shows pieces from his series Photosynthesis (like the one shown above)

at MELVILLE HOUSE BOOKSTORE: September 1 through October 9 (opening Sept. 10th 6-8 PM) – The Philosophy of Travel: New Paintings by Ayad Sinawi

TODAY! Tuesday, August 25: at IDLEWILD BOOKS – 6 PM: Launch party and fundraiser for New Orleans – celebrate the launch of Josh Neufeld’s graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge with a fundraising party & live music.

Wednesday, August 26th: at BLUESTOCKINGS – 7PM: Eileen Myles reads from The Importance of Being Iceland

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August 25, 2009 at 4:19 am

Posted in Events, Upcoming25

IBNYC Summer Update

32_26_arts_wordbasketball01_zHello indie friends! We hope summer is going swell for y’all. We’ve been busy reading (of course!) so we’ve taken a break from regular updates on the blog until the worst of the summer heat has past. We’ve put our Upcoming 25 on hold, but watch this space on August 25th for the September edition, which promises to be a jam-packed listing of events happening at indie bookstores around NYC. We’ve also taken a break from our regular news roundups, but will get back into that post-Labor Day.

However, in the meantime, do keep an eye on our Twitter feed, where we continue to link to recent mentions of NYC indie bookstores in the news. We’ll also start mentioning more events and will RT (re-tweet) the best tweets of indie bookstores around NYC. (Check out our list of which stores are on Twitter and Facebook.)

32_21_unnameablebooks01_zHere are just a few news stories about NYC indies to appear in recent weeks: Unnameable Books moved to a new home, Nancy Bass recalls MJ’s Strand shopping spree, a look at the living quarters of the BookCourt family, a mid-season update on WORD’s literary basketball league, Spoonbill & Sugartown prepare to celebrate 10 years, Housingworks is a venue to love, Idlewild is an armchair traveler paradise and Greenlight Bookstore is on it’s way to a fall opening!

bookstore-owners350One special date to to tell you about now – Please mark your calenders for a special week we’re planning for later this fall: IBNYC’s Indie Bookstore Week NYC will take place November 15-21, 2009. Stay tuned for details about special events and programming happening that week at indies throughout the city.

Don’t forget to be our Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter, and join our email list. Thanks so much for your support. Enjoy the rest of summer — and happy reading!

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July 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Posted in News