“Rainbow Rowell can never look in one direction for long. She meets the eyes of a fan clutching a copy of her novel Eleanor & Park in the audience at Housing Works Bookstore in New York City, then darts her focus down to her shoes. “I could not say I wrote this book because of The Mountain Goats,” she says holding up her own copy of Eleanor & Park, “but I would not have written it without them.”
One of them, John Darnielle from The Mountain Goats, looks on from the audience. He’s reading tonight as well, from his debut novel Wolf in White Van, and that’s why this isn’t just any reading for Rowell. She has come a long way to be here.”—
“It’s OK not to be a genius, whatever that is, if there even is such a thing…the creative life may or may not be the apex of human civilization, but either way it’s not what I thought it was. It doesn’t make you special and sparkly. You don’t have to walk alone. You can work in an office — I’ve worked in offices for the past 15 years and written five novels while doing it. The creative life is forgiving: You can betray it all you want, again and again, and no matter how many times you do, it will always take you back.”—Lev Grossman manages to smash “you don’t have to be a genius” and “keep your day job” into his great essay, "How Not to Write a Novel" (his book, The Magician’s Land, is out this week)
We are looking for a part-time events assistant at the bookstore. Applicants must be available most weeknights, occasional weekends. Perks include meeting some of your favorite writers, encouraging people to fight AIDS and homelessness by buying beers, and actual real benefits (YES) like health care and such. More information at the link!
“It usually starts with a scene, or a sentence. A half-formed idea. Maybe you have an idea for a sentence. You repeat the sentence in your head until you know it by heart, then you want to write it down. Or you have half an idea for a scene—it’s in the distance, it’s a little foggy, but you can see it’s there. You aim for it. You start making your way down the road towards it. You either eventually arrive there, or, you get sidetracked and end up somewhere else entirely.”—We Don’t Ride Reindeer Here: An Interview with Justin Taylor | The Common
A perfect quote to tell you about our upcoming Breakfast Club Sale and Happy Hour! We are closing at 1PM on July 1 for a private rental, BUT do not despair, as we will open EARLY, at 9PM, with cafe breakfast specials and a 20% off sale.