Manhattan's Fading Literary Landscape

March 26, 2014

bookstore1-articleLargeSky-high rents are forcing many of Manhattan’s bookstores to close or move out of Manhattan according to today’s disheartening article in the New York Times. Independent stores Coliseum Books, Shakespeare and Company, Endicott Booksellers and Murder Ink have all closed and now the big chain stores like Barnes & Noble are closing as well. Biographer and historian Robert Caro said the loss of bookstores from Manhattan is “a profoundly significant and depressing indication of where our culture is.” Chief executive of  Hachette Books said “compared to other cities, New York is no longer a bookstore city.” You can read the entire article here.


Get On The "Write" Train

May 25, 2012

Executive Director of the New York Writer’s Coalition and volunteers offered free writing workshops throughout New York  City last week, including a session on a round trip subway train to Flushing, Queens.  Participants were told they could write whatever they wanted during the 75-minute trip. Several dozen people joined the diverse group,  including a jewelry designer, a student, and a Colombian immigrant (who wrote an ode to her spine “thanking it for its support”).  Check out the full article from the New York Times.  Next workshop on the Evanston Express?


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