"You do not want everything you want, that’s terrifying. You don’t want a restaurant with a menu with 10 pages, you want three choices. The best experience as a consumer is someplace intimate and manageable, where someone with taste has given some consideration to what’s being sold—like a good bookstore."
“The book creates the experience. If I’m loving something, I suddenly discover large chunks of reading time that I wasn’t aware of having. But I will say there’s nothing like being stuck in a middle seat on a long flight that begins with a two-hour delay.” —Jonathan Franzen - By the Book - NYTimes.com
If you’re in NYC on May 13, come celebrate Sarah Schulman’s novel Empathy, our April book club pick, with the author and Barbara Browning, who’s also the author of two Emily Books picks. We’re also thrilled to be cohosting the event with literary event crowdfunding resource Togather, which is buying everyone’s first drink (Thanks, Togather!)
By posing a big, unanswerable question we hope to spark a conversation that will leave everyone with more questions. We’re also excited to host a conversation between two novelists who, in very different ways, dazzle and tantalize readers and provoke lingering thoughts about identity.
We hope to see you there, and if you can’t make it, we’ll catch you up afterwards right here!
Super-excited about this, mark it on your calendar in PEN.
In case you missed it over the weekend, check out Episode 3 of our podcast! Available for streaming right in your browser and also for you to subscribe in iTunes and Soundcloud. This week has highlights from Kelly Oxford in conversation with Olivia Wilde, Marc Spitz talking to Chuck Klosterman, and stories from Scott McClanahan, Arthur Phillips, and Rosie Schaap.
“I do reread, kind of obsessively, partly for the surprise of how the same book reads at a different point in life, and partly to have the sense of returning to an old friend. I go through phases. For a while I was rereading the Russians quite a bit, and then I thought: Well, there’s a time issue here, I better stop this.” (Elizabeth Strout - By the Book - NYTimes.com)
"I tend to think of the reading of any book as preparation for the next reading of it. There are always intervening books or facts or realizations that put a book in another light and make it different and richer the second or the third time."
She chose “Ishmael” as her “if you could meet any character;” as if I could adore her more!