The Internet is a magical place.
So is South Plainfield, New Jersey.
Thank you, Rachel Fershleiser, Jeremy West and the amiable wife of Guy Gonzalez!
I have been wanting a photo of the intersection of Eleanor and Park since I wrote the book!
Welp, today has officially been worthwhile!
Books make perfect holiday gifts. They always fit, they’re easy to wrap, and they’re more fun to open than a gift card. (They also last much longer than a fruit basket.) Plus we make it really, really easy for you to find the right one.
If you don’t see the right gift above, browse through our gift guides by category. And if you’re still looking, please direct your attention over to Personal Penguin, where you can tell us a little about your intended recipient and get a personalized list of perfect presents.
piebooks. (Pie’s not actually anywhere near this easy.)
Fun flowchart holiday gift guide from Random House. Depending on how I choose my own adventure, I get A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, The Dinner, Night Film, or Lowland. All of which you should feel free to buy for me! The system works!
Another What the Dickens?, another tree of authors, performers, actors, and more! Lots of new faces/ornaments this year. Join these readers and SURPRISE special guests this Saturday, December 14 at 1PM for our annual marathon reading of A Christmas Carol.
All the info:
Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole spirited tale. All books, movies, and more are 10 percent off, and the cafe will be stocked with seasonal specials. Finish your Christmas shopping with unique literary finds, have some festive treats from our cafe with a hot cocoa or a glass of wine and enjoy!
Festivities will kick off at 10:30AM with a special show for kid’s from The Story Pirates. At noon we’ll enjoy Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading of A Christmas Carol will begin at 1 PM inside the bookstore and end at approximately 4:15PM.
Our thanks to Penguin Classics for donating beautiful editions of Charles Dickens’s work, which will be for sale the day of the event with proceeds benefiting Housing Works.
Readers, not including surprise special guests, in the order they will read:
- Adam Gopnik
- Emma Straub
- Justin Torres
- Rosie Schaap
- Téa Obreht
- Mike Albo
- Sandra Bauleo
- Lynne Tillman
- Rob Spillman
- Adelle Waldman
- Elissa Schappell
- Dave Hill
- Anna Holmes
- Lev Grossman
- Lorin Stein
- Fiona Maazel
- Alexander Chee
- Gabriel Roth
- Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
- Jill Hennessy
- Jim Shepard
- J. Courtney Sullivan
- Saeed Jones
- Aryn Kyle
- David Goodwillie
- Parul Sehgal
- Justin Taylor
- Bennett Madison
- Jami Attenberg
- Michael Kostroff
I am super-excited about this event, and I am super super excited about the Special Secret Surprise reader!
Calling all lit agents, editors, and publicists: there’s only one week left to submit your authors’ books for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards.
Each year, PEN confers more than $150,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, and poetry. The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2013 so be sure to submit your authors’ books today.
To see all awards being offered in 2014, click here.
For a look at last year’s award winners, click here.
Heads up, publishing folks!
Oh hey look, it’s Brandon Stanton signing our copies of Humans of New York. NO BIG DEAL.
i am so in awe of HONY photo-taking-skills that i didn’t even TRY to take a better photo. i am just a mortal with a camera phone.
You know who doesn’t have Humans of New York? Amazon.
You know who does? Word Brooklyn.
OMGEEEEEEEEE Little, Brown knows how to send a belated literary Christmas present!!!
Gone Girl is deserving of all the praise and trillions of copies sold and movie adaptations and whatever else is headed Gillian Flynn’s way. What won me over even more than the exhilarating, perfectly paced plot was Flynn’s deftness on a sentence level. (via 12 Books for People Who Loved Gone Girl)
In which the brilliant Julie Buntin tells us to read Tana French, Cartwheel, Ivy Pochoda, and other smart mysteries by smart women for smart women.
Oh hm! This is hard. There used to be Book Boroughing, but it looks like they’ve gone quiet. Surely though we’re forgetting something—and so we open it up to the world. World?
I like Bookstalker, but also your best bet is probably to pick a few stores you like and can easily get to and subscribe to their newsletters. I get Housing Works, McNally, Word, Greenlight, etc. Anything that seems like a maybe, just throw it on your G- or i- calendar…