The Corner Bookstore – March 4th


8 January 2010

A new addition to the book events schedule: I’ll be reading at The Corner Bookstore on Madison at 93rd Street in New York City, March 4th @ 6pm.

I’m excited about this, because I stop in at The Corner Bookstore often, and I’ve always loved it.  I also found this lovely “Spotlight on Bookstore” piece about it on a blog, wherein memoirist Nancy Bachrach writes :

Located on Madison Avenue on the upper east side of Manhattan, the Corner Bookstore is a small treasure in a historic neighborhood famous for its elegant townhouses.  The bookstore’s tin ceiling and speckled terrazzo floor date from the 1920s, along with the handcrafted wood cabinets.  Every detail has been lovingly restored by Ray, an architectural model maker.

This is a bookstore with a mission: to support the debuts of local writers… The Corner Bookstore is where Donna Tartt unveiled The Secret HistoryJhumpa Lahiri launched Interpreter of Maladies.  Lenny threw the book parties for Augusten BurroughsRunning With Scissors and Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle. Lauren Weisberger gave her first reading from The Devil Wears Prada.  Every one of these authors was invited long before their book reviews (or movie deals) – so either Lenny is clairvoyant, or she’s a genuine taste-maker.

Lenny and Ray’s most memorable party was the dazzling debut for Frank McCourt, who had been teaching in the New York school system for thirty years before he turned his miserable Irish childhood into Angela’s Ashes, the bestseller that kick-started the memoir genre.  The Corner Bookstore was so crowded that night that friends who couldn’t squeeze in gathered on the sidewalk, where Lenny and her staff served Guinness.

In good company, indeed.


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