Over winter break I went to New Orleans with my family for the first time. While leisurely strolling around the Garden District we stumbled upon the Garden District Book Shop, a small but beautiful indie bookstore with loads of signed books.
Browsing bookstores always reminds me why I wanted to go into the publishing business. So many books! So many great stories begging to be read!
Plus indie stores are very supportive.
Gotta love the holiday season. New Zealand publisher PQ Blackwell opened two LOVE AND CARE pop-up bookstores in Manhattan. Today, a friend and I explored the one in the Meatpacking District, on 344 W 14th Street. The store is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., until the end of December (or possibly only until Christmas).
The store sells art and coffee-table books, which means everything in the store is eye-catching and beautiful.
Take a good look. This is what 853 books looks like. My own personal library, full of YA and picture books, with a few adult books as well. Ah, the benefits of interning at Random House.
Actually, I was just working in the right place at the right time. Random House was in the process of moving to smaller offices, which meant everyone had to shrink their inventories, which meant for the four months I worked there, each day tens of take-away shelves were full of hundreds and hundreds of books on each floor of the building. And I was allowed to take whatever I wanted. To quote a friend, “I was living a book nerd’s wet dream.”
For a couple months, 853 books took up half my basement. And now, I have sorted through them all, and soon I will mail many of them to a few deserving friends and family. *Sigh* Maybe one day I’ll be rich and have my own library in my house. In the meantime, I have my memories, and a few delightful photos.
Best internship. Ever.
WIRED Magazine has a holiday pop-up store. Located on 692 Broadway, New York, NY, the store will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., from November 19 through December 26 only. If you get a chance, you should check it out. It’s pretty cool!
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Rumor has it that Barnes & Noble may no longer exist one year from now. In the meantime, I can enjoy their stores and Christmas decorations.
And I can also play around with their Nook. The new color Nook was recently released. It uses LED like Apple’s iPad, but it’s formatted similarly to Amazon’s Kindle–with a twist. There’s an interesting feature that shows book covers, if you like that sort of thing. Personally, I’m a Kindle fan.
Yesterday was the first day I was out in the snow. It was light and pretty, and by the time I got home, I couldn’t feel my hands, because I got very camera happy and couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the beautiful and elaborate window displays in Manhattan. Below are some of the best ones, and if you want to see a whole slideshow, check out my Passports and Placemats blog.
Saw this sign at Symposia, the independent bookstore in Hoboken, NJ.