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!
Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way for the publishing department to get into the holiday spirit than with spooky, suspenseful stories? Here’s an excerpt from a literary classic, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
THE TELL-TALE HEART
I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.
But even yet I refrained and kept still. I scarcely breathed. I held the lantern motionless. I tried how steadily I could maintain the ray upon the eve. Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. The old man’s terror must have been extreme! It grew louder, I say, louder every moment!
Happy Halloween! You can read the full story under the cut.
Celebrate the holiday right here in the city, and stop by the Village Halloween Parade. The 46th installment of the annual event will run from 7pm to 11pm, with the parade marching up 6th Avenue, just a short train ride away from Pace’s main campus.
This year’s theme is ‘Wild Things,’ so come out and see costumes and mayhem inspired by the classic children’s book — or even dress up yourself, and let the Wild Rumpus begin! Read more on the Parade’s theme here, and see where your personal interpretation can lead you this Halloween.
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.