Actress/writer/producer/superwoman Tina Fey will be discussing her new memoir, Bossypants, tonight at the Union Square Barnes & Noble.
The New Yorker editor David Remnick will also be in the building to interview the star, creator and resident genius of NBC’s award-winning comedy 30 Rock.
My advice, people—get there early. There will be a ton of Fey fans in the house tonight. The event jumps off at 7pm. For more info, click here.
Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
Union Square (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W)
14th St-6th Aves (F, V, L, 1, 2, 3)
It was announced last month that Borders, the second largest bookstore chain in the country, filed for bankruptcy. HuffPo says that the struggling retailer’s “inability to garner significant online business and its near absence from the growing digital books market have made it difficult for Borders to compete with larger rival Barnes & Noble Inc and online retailer Amazon.com Inc.” As a result, over 200 Borders stores are closing.
Luckily for me, I live in New York City, the greatest city on earth. We’ve an impressive wealth of independent bookstores across the five boroughs—including my favorites Greenlight Books, Book Court and The Strand—so something like this doesn’t necessarily affect us.
Some of you may be fans of Borders, however, and perhaps your favorite location is closing. No worries. Below is a list of independent bookstores in close proximity to the NYC Borders locations that are being shuttered.
Borders Bookstore #566
100 Broadway, New York, NY 10005
Borders Bookstore #228
576 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Borders Bookstore #200
461 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Don’t live in New York City? No problem, homie. There’s a comprehensive list for all closing Borders locations across the country over at Reluctant Habits.
Last Tuesday, I trekked up to the Upper East Side outpost of Barnes & Noble for the release, reading, and signing of Lauren Weisberger's new novel, Last Night at Chateau Marmont.
Best known for her bestselling roman à clef The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren is also the author of Everyone Worth Knowing and Chasing Harry Winston. While I absolutely loved Everyone Worth Knowing, I really couldn’t get into Chasing Harry Winston. Based on the synopsis of the Last Night, however, it seems as if Lauren has returned to form.
Last Night at Chateau Marmont tells the story of Brooke Alter, a nutritionist working two jobs to support herself and husband Julian, a talented musician with a low-level recording contract. When a performance on The Tonight Show (with Jay, not Conan) catapults Julian into the spotlight, Brooke must learn to deal with the trappings of celebrity life.
What I liked about Prada and Knowing was that they told stories of ordinary civilians, so to speak, thrust into worlds that are exclusive and seemingly glamorous on the outside but instead prove to be fraught with conflict and unhappiness. As I couldn’t finish Harry Winston, I’m not sure if that novel explores similar themes, but from the outset it appears Last Night does, and I can’t wait to get into it.
At the event, Lauren read a passage that foreshadowed the troubles Brooke and Julian will experience on his rise to fame. Afterward, she answered questions about the writing process, talked about her involvement in the movie version of Prada, admitted her initial dream of being an astronaut (and why that didn’t pan out), and spoke briefly about her pregnancy.
I was glad I got a chance to chat with her briefly, and I shared stories about my own preposterous one-time dreams of becoming an astronaut before truthfully telling her that Everyone Worth Knowing is my favorite of her novels. Besides, with everyone in the crowd still fixated on The Devil Wears Prada like that’s Lauren’s only novel, I figured she’d like to know that there are some of us who enjoy her other work as well.
On a side note, I chuckled at the fact that I was the only black male at the event. There were a few—and I do mean few—sisters in the house, but brothers? I was representing all on my own. Hey, who says black men can’t enjoy chick lit?
Last Night at Chateau Marmont is on sale now. Order your copy from Amazon today.