New York is many things, but chief among them, it's a book town. Take the subway any weekday morning and it's as quiet as a reading room; walk through Central Park on the weekends and there are folks lying around as though a library has exploded and deposited book lovers all over the grass. And for every type of reader there's an array of sites across the Big Apple that aren't to be missed.
Bookish New York: A Grand Literary Landscape
From the fictional to the real, Bookish highlights what makes New York City one of the greatest settings in the literary world.
Since illustrator Peter Kuper moved to New York City in 1977, he has witnessed countless incarnations of the Big Apple. His new book "Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City" collects comics, art and illustrations reminiscing on everything from taxi redesigns to pornographic movie theaters. Kuper also pokes fun at his own naïve persona upon arrival and ponders how his fellow New Yorkers have banded together after 9/11 and crippling hurricanes. In this gallery, Kuper shares with Bookish fond memories of his adoptive home alongside selected art from the book.
It's been a meteoric rise for publisher Amy Einhorn: From humble beginnings as an editorial assistant who cleaned apartments on weekends for more income, she worked her way up through various editorial departments at some of New York's biggest publishers. Now, she helms the Amy Einhorn Books imprint at G.P. Putnam's Sons. Her shop consistently churns out bestsellers, from Kathryn Stockett's "The Help" and Sarah Blake's "The Postmistress" to Eleanor Brown's "The Weird Sisters." With publishing industry trade show BookExpo America (BEA) 2013 in town recently, Einhorn took us through the typically busy day--this one filled with authors, actresses and agents--of a top publisher.
Since 1933, New York City has been responsible for some of the best writers, artists and books in sequential art history. The Big Apple is where Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Karen Berger and Harvey Kurtzman got their start. It's the town both Marvel and DC call home. And with its infinite range of neighborhoods, people and moods that can change from block to block, it's quite possibly the best place to set a book.
Lauren Weisberger turned heads in New York and across the fashion-conscious world with her 2003 bestselling debut novel, "The Devil Wears Prada." The book skewered a monster boss at a fashion magazine, Miranda Priestly (memorably embodied by Meryl Streep in the movie), who frighteningly echoed Anna Wintour at Vogue, for whom Weisberger once worked. Now, 10 years later, Weisberger has published a follow-up novel, "Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns," much of which, of course, also takes place in New York. We asked Weisberger what some of her favorite NYC spots are for people-watching, cocktail sipping, how to escape your overbearing boss and where to retreat into a good book.
Summer is the perfect time to experience the best of culture that New York has to offer--all on a budget. The calendar of free, outdoor events is overflowing with music, theater, dance, readings, movies, parades, festivals and fireworks celebrations, all of which are best enjoyed with a picnic. We've compiled some highlights of this summer's NYC events, along with the cookbook that will inspire your al fresco eats and treats and pro tips to help you enjoy them to the fullest.
Bestselling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver has set many of his 30 novels in New York City, including his most recent, "The Kill Room," which stars Lincoln Rhyme, Deaver's star quadriplegic detective. As Deaver says, "New York is a cornucopia of crime," with its corrupt bankers, vicious lawyers, crooked politicians, stalwart cops, mobsters, hustlers, hapless terrorists and "notable crazies." But this rich criminal milieu isn't the only thing that drives novelists to set their crime stories in the city that never sleeps: Read on for Deaver's top five reasons New York is the ideal setting for crime fiction.
Paris, shmaris. The masses may not call New York the most romantic city in the world, but it sure makes for one lively dating venue. Nowhere is this more evident than in New York-focused fiction, which is rife with memorable date scenes. From a heartwarming stolen kiss in Queens to a disastrous trip to the Bronx, we've rounded up some of the most memorable fictional dates set in New York.
It's been more than 30 years since Woody Allen (bumblingly) gave us the quintessential the neurotic New Yorker in his classic movies "Manhattan" and "Annie Hall." Given how dramatically the city has evolved in the decades since, we thought the image of the shabby, overwrought shlemiel was due for an update. So, we asked "Wiretap" host and "This American Life" contributor Jonathan Goldstein, who chronicles his anxieties in his new memoir, "I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow," to bring us up to date on what today's New Yorkers are really worrying about.
The days of hordes descending upon Ellis Island may be long over, but New York has never stopped being one of the most magnetic destinations for dreamers—be they writers, artists, foreigners in search of greater freedom and better opportunity or ruthless monsters driven by greed. The theme has wound its way into some of the greatest fiction, with characters from Russia, the UK, Nigeria or and America's own far reaches drawn to Gotham like moths to a candle. Sometimes they make it big; other times they go up in flames; always, they give us big entertainment. Here we've rounded up our favorites stories of heroes and heroines entering the fray of the Big Apple.
Bookish Subway Ads
To celebrate the grand literary landscape that is New York City, in mid-June Bookish launched a trio of ads appearing on the New York City subway system. From "Memorable Characters" and "Intriguing Stories" to "Adventure-Packed Reads," click the images below to find out which must-read books inspired our ads.