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‘Tis that time again! Regional trade show time. Love‘em, hate‘em, love‘em. I only “hate’em” as they are the source of 250 line excels of ARE’s and display copies for each show. But I do love them, as the reps hand choose (the precurser to handsell) only the books they want to show you; their picks and faves without too much NY interference. It’s their show. We also send over 100 authors to speak and/or sign; we love the author-bookseller connections made at these shows.
4x a year I try and just walk around the city, with no set destination, save a lunch place, or weather permitting, a bench to sit and read for a bit. OK OK, a bookstore visit. But my main goal is to find some street or building I've never seen in the city. I've done this about 6 or 7 times now and every time, I make a discovery, even after 35 years here. Yesterday's discoveries included a new paved island with table and umbrellas smack in the middle of B'way and 23rd by the Flatiron, and a bocce court in the northwest corner of Bryant Park. Would love to hear yours, here or any city!