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Autumn and October at Albertine Books

The autumn is the season befitting deep thoughts and reflections, strolling through a neighborhood park fragrant with fallen leaves, and watching the nighttime sky on a quiet beach. Rainy and chilly days are perfect for patronizing museums, theaters, historic homes, and bookstores. The autumn awakens the mind and the imagination.

A few months ago, I recounted my first visit to Albertine Books, a splendid bookshop with an inspiring interior, and I encouraged all my readers to visit this cultural gem. If one needs further convincing to travel to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Albertine has assembled a wonderful literary program for the month of October.


Currier & Ives, American Homestead Autumn, 1868-1869 (Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum).

This month, Albertine will host a discussion on the legacy of Francois Mitterrand, the most prominent twentieth-century French statesman after Charles de Gaulle; a conversation between novelists Florence Noiville and Siri Hustvedt; and a Halloween celebration with children’s author and artist Klaas Verplancke. If you’re looking to sharpen your language skills, several of the events will be held in French.

Come for an event. Stay for the Albertine. Trust me: you won’t be disappointed.

For the full schedule and details, visit the events page on Albertine’s website.

Albertine Bookstore, 972 5th Avenue (at 79th St.), New York, NY 10075


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