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Left Bank of the Hudson: A Short Reflection

My first book, Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, will be released by Fordham University Press on October 3, 2017. Next week.

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Vanishing New York: The Book & The Event

Last week, I attended the book release party for Vanishing New York by the pseudonymous blogger, Jeremiah Moss, at the Housing Works Bookstore in SoHo–itself a vanished arts community–in Manhattan. 

The Albertine Prize: Proving Literature Matters

Last week, I received an invitation to attend the cocktail reception and ceremony for the inaugural Albertine Prize. This marked my first attendance at a literary award event. You might say that I was excited. I’ve described the refined, serene, and daresay magical qualities of Albertine in a past post. I’ll not bore anyone with…

Ghost Stories for Christmas

While browsing for a Christmas present for my wife at a local independent bookstore (Little City Books in Hoboken, New Jersey, which deserves its own review), I happened upon a counter display of tiny books published by Biblioasis, a small, independent publishing house in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The books belong to the Christmas Ghost Stories…

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…

Albertine Books : a Sanctuary for the Mind and the Soul

Nestled inside the historic Payne Whitney mansion, a building designed by the legendary Stanford White, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, Albertine Books is a bookseller located within the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Clearly conceived as a physical medium through which to promote French language, literature, and culture, Albertine offers…

Independent Bookstore Day! Visit Your Favorite Store!

May 2—today—is Independent Bookstore Day. Visit your favorite bookstore and buy a book or two.  Local bookstores are key to a cultured, vibrant, and rewarding community. For some local history, check out this great blog post on the legendary and vanished Book Row in Manhattan published by the Museum of the City of New York.…