An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.” – J.D. Salinger
From now until January 19, 2020, the New York Public Library is home to a new exhibition featuring manuscripts, letters, photographs, books, and other artifacts taken directly from J.D. Salinger’s archive.
Organized by Salinger’s son, Matt, and his widow, Colleen, these items are on loan from the J.D Salinger Literary Trust and this is the first time they have been shared with the public.
Some of the items in the exhibition include the original typescript of The Cather in the Rye, family photographs from Salinger’s childhood, a bookcase from his bedroom, and more.
The exhibition is free to the public and will be available until January 19, 2020 in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Check it out before it’s gone!
Festival Day at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival fell on September 22nd, 2019. The day’s events drew notable members of the book industry, such as Jenny Han (author of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series), Sarah Dessen (YA romance writer of works including Along for the Ride, Lock & Key, and This Lullaby), Robert Gottlieb (editor of many Toni Morrison novels published at Knopf), and Emma Straub (author, and owner of Brooklyn bookstore Books are Magic).
Actress Jessica Lange also came to the festival, and spoke on the panel titled “PowerHouse Arena Presents Landscapes & Street, Photographers in Their Time.” She has published four photography books, and came to discuss her most recent, Highway 61.
The festival also hosted a multitude of white tents lining the plaza surrounding Brooklyn Borough Hall. Here, festival goers could purchase books and merch from some of the event’s vendors, and other imprints and presses.
Hidden among the tents was a red truck, brought to the festival by House of Speakeasy, an organization dedicated to bringing books to communities in need, and bringing authors to audiences. The truck mimics a food truck, but instead of a counter to order food, it had a bookshelf, hosting a small library on of titles available for readers to peruse and purchase. Read more on House of Speakeasy’s truck, officially labeled, “SpeakUp,” as well as its other literature programs, here.
On May 21st, Strand Bookstore will be holding a panel called the Secrets of Publishing and will feature Deborah Landau and Susan Shapiro. Editors, agents, and authors will be in attendance to give the inside scoop on publishing poetry, fiction, YA, nonfiction, essays & articles.
Barnes and Noble in Union Square is having an event for the publication of The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington. Brad Meltzer, the author of the book, will be at the Barnes and Noble location on January 8th at 7 PM.