In a previous blog post, we covered a number of amazing bookstores around Manhattan. But New York is never short of visiting authors, notable journalists, and even generally famous people more peripherally related to writing—and many bookstores here host events featuring such people weekly. Here are some local shops that regularly schedule events, most of them for free:
1. Books of Wonder, 18 W 18th St.
Also featured in the last bookstore blog post, Books of Wonder is an independent bookstore that hosts an insane amount of panels. Many of the authors featured are children’s or YA writers—previous panels I’ve attended included acclaimed YA authors Adam Silvera and Laini Taylor, and some upcoming events feature Julie Murphy and Zoraida Cordova, among others. But Books of Wonder doesn’t just feature genre writers—last month they hosted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Hamilton star Phillipa Soo! Check out their events page for their October/November schedule:
2. McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St.
Though their lineup is not as extensive as Books of Wonder, McNally Jackson in SoHo (with another location in Williamsburg) has a solid running schedule of book launches and panels. They’ve previously hosted authors such as Courtney Summers, and NYT bestseller Tahereh Mafi will drop by for the launch of her next highly anticipated novel in mid-October.
This one should be pretty obvious, but just in case you weren’t aware—B&N locations, especially the one on Union Square, host some great events. In September and early October visiting celebs included Neil Patrick Harris and John Cena, and Nicholas Sparks, Charlamagne tha God, and Ina Garten, among others, are scheduled for mid/late October. All such guests come to promote their books or book-related projects, even if they’re children’s books or cookbooks, so be on the lookout for events you’re interested in!
Technically the NYPL isn’t a bookstore, but they still offer thousands of events annually throughout NYC, many of which feature plenty of authors and academics and celebs. In the past I’ve attended panels with award-winning authors such as N.K. Jemisin and Madeline Miller; most of these events take place at the Mid-Manhattan library branch, so they’re a perfect excuse to go admire its architecture and get some work done in the massive reading rooms as well!
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