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Powell’s City of Books. It’s a nice idea, first of all, but when you’re there, it’s a nice reality. You can wander and sniff out and have coffee and hunker down and pet a cat or a dog – if only the food trucks delivered…. Anyway, I was recently in Portland, OR (City of Roses), so headed to Powell’s, picked up my map, and contemplated the neighborhoods.
Well hello again, friends.
This is the second entry in my quest to explore all that New York City has to offer by way of Independent Bookshops, and this time we’re going full-on child. Oh yeah, that’s right, it’s time for BOOKS OF WONDER! Working in the Sales Department at ABRAMS has meant that I’ve heard of Books of Wonder many times; whether for an event, an order, or just for its glee-filled reputation Books of Wonder has always been in the back of my mind. And yet, I’d never been. Thankfully this blog provided me with just the opportunity I needed.
Last week Little Pim celebrated the release of the brand new board books with a launch party at Books of Wonder in New York City. Little Pim‘s creator and author Julia Pimsleur Levine spoke about the making of the books, “With three languages and half a dozen language advisors, reaching a consensus on what to put IN the books was not always an easy task. Debating the relative merits of ‘scared’ vs. ‘frightened’ (‘peur’ vs. ‘effrayé’), and deliberating over whether we were staring at a banana or platano, reminded me how learning a second language expands your understanding of the world and how languages work.”
This is the first in an occasional series profiling NYC (and surrounding area) book stores. Here, Matthew Dinda, sales assistant, talks up the wonders of The Strand and its 18 miles of books.
One of the major difficulties I faced when moving from suburbia to NYC’s urban jungle was finding a new bookstore to frequent. I am a loyalist when it comes to my bookstores, and after finding the one I love I will refuse to shop anywhere else (unless I can’t find what I’m looking for!) New York has much to offer in the way of independent bookstores, and some of them are among the most well-known in the country. What better way to find a bookstore I love than to explore as many as I can? I decided that it’s probably best to start with the one that tugs at my tote-bag-loving heart strings every morning on the subway: Strand Books.