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…
This Thursday at 7pm sharp!
37 Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
It is going to be magical and I hope to see you there.
ERIN BARKER is senior producer of science storytelling project The Story Collider and a two-time Moth GrandSLAM storytelling champion. One of her stories was included in The Moth’s recently released book, The Moth: 50 True Stories. She is also a writer, a copy editor, and a Gryffindor.
TARA CLANCY is a writer and performer. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review and The Rumpus. She is also a winner of The Moth GrandSLAM storytelling competition and was recently featured on their podcast. Originally from Queens, Tara now lives in Manhattan with her wife and two sons. More at taraclancy.com.
JEN LEE is the director of Indie Kindred, a new documentary about creative collaboration among independent artists. She is also a performer, publisher and producer, creating resources for off-map thinkers and makers at jenleeproductions.com.
TIM MANLEY is a writer and illustrator. His first book, Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation, was just published by Penguin. This is a party for that book.
We’re all saving this date, right??
Meanwhile, in Jersey City: WE HAVE SIGNAGE!
WORD 2: Crossing State Lines For Literary Purposes
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Two really amazing women have two really amazing books out this week, and they are pretty different but I really admire and adore both of them, and I will be attending both of their big indie bookstore events and maybe you should too?
This is Landon.
He works here at McNally Jackson and he is the single best piece of proof we have that bookstores will always be important. Let me explain.
Landon does our web orders at work. If you’ve order something via the McNally Jackson website you probably got a confirmation email from him and it was definitely helpful and kind and funny and signed “Web Human,” which is his self-ascribed and entirely perfect job title here.
We recently did a web preorder campaign for Veronica Roth’s Allegiant offering signed copies to our online customers (you can still get signed copies, while our supplies last) wherein Landon wound up communicating with half of Brazil, a nation demonstrably filled with Divergent fans. One customer wrote back asking if Veronica Roth herself was really going to sign her book. After Veronica’s visit to the store on Sunday, Landon sent her the below two pictures.
He got this email back within 25 minutes:
OH MY GOD LANDON I CAN’T EVEN AKSKAKKDJDJAKQMMDL
THANK YOU SO MUCH
I’M HYPERVENTILATING AND CRYING AND OMG
I LOVE YOU GUYSSS!!! YOU’RE THE BEST OKAY? OKAY.
Btw, is that you behind Veronica??? Haha
Also, now seems like a great time to mention that every copy of Allegiant within the walls of McNally Jackson right now is signed by Veronica. Have at it.
Veronica Roth + Indie Booksellers + Brazilian Superfans + Tumblr = JOY!
Our second location in Jersey City is finally becoming a reality. We are currently interviewing for the positions below. If you have the appropriate qualifications, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify which position you’re applying for. Jersey City area residents area preferred!Thank you!1) Inventory Manager (Full Time)Responsibilities include overseeing all backlist ordering, receiving, returns, invoices, special orders. Work closely with Store Manager to ensure inventory is where it needs to be. Bookstore experience required. This position will be predominantly off the store floor.2) Events Coordinator (Full Time)Work closely with Events Director to host and coordinate events in store and offsite. Responsible for social media and in-store signage regarding events. Will have a portion of hours devoted to working on the store floor as well. Bookstore or event experience preferred. Computer proficiency, including knowledge of all social media platforms, required.3) Café Coordinator (Full Time)Work full time in cafe (featuring Stumptown coffee) overseeing food and coffee inventory on a daily basis. Work with our food vendors to ensure daily orders are sufficient, and work closely with Store Manager to get proper coffee order assembled each week. Oversee café duties including equipment maintenance and cleaning tasks. Barista training required, Stumptown training a plus. The ideal candidate will also be able to discuss books and handle bookselling customer service.
Quick! Somebody amazing apply to be Events Coordinator before I do it myself…
Lemuria Books is the ideal store for those of you looking for that blissful moment of discovery. It’s not the easiest place to find, but once you get there you’ll realize that the exploration was worth every minute. Tucked away in a three-story shopping center off I-55, Lemuria is a hidden little gem for all the weary travelers scooting through town. (via The Lucky Tour: Lemuria Books | Algonquin Books Blog)
Oooh, bookstore tours!
It *is* the best of times!
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
"Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself."
"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea."
"When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her."
"Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick.”
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