Here is a photo taken during the reading.
Last night I read at Bluestockings Bookstore on the Lower East Side, and it was very successful. A good crowd (maybe 40-50 people), my friends, relatives; it was great, and I enjoyed every minute of it. First, we had dinner at Sauce with Gabriela Landa, Stuart Goldman, and Alice Ladas (my relatives from both sides who have met and really like each other).
The reading itself lasted about an hour, with a half-hour question period, and then we went to Katz's Deli with Alex Feinstein for a pastrami sandwich, and didn't die!
Thanks to everyone who helped me last night: the above-named, Stu Leigh, who did my sound, Michael Usyk, who is always there helping with everything, and the staff at Bluestockings, who were very pleasant and ready to help at any moment. ALso, everyone who gave me words of encouragement before the event. Much appreciated.
Hi, everyone, to alert you again: this Friday, Nov. 22, I will be reading from my book at the wonderful bookstore Bluestockings, at 172 Allen Street near Stanton on the Lower East Side of New York. You will get a good idea of what's in the book. It starts at 7 pm and will end around 9. I look forward to seeing you there.
Today we went to Astoria, Queens; the book is now in three boroughs! Lexi Beach opened an independent bookstore in Astoria recently, because there wasn't one there. It has been warmly welcomed by the community and is doing well, with a special section for cookbooks, which Astorians love. The store is on the N line, in fact it is pretty much UNDER the N line. We got off at the Broadway stop. The exact address is 31-29 31st Street.
We still have another borough to conquer: the Bronx. It's important. I don't think we're going to do Staten Island, although you never know.
Last week we went to Logos Bookstore on York Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets. It's a very pleasant little store, and the guy who owns it, H. Harris Healy, is also very pleasant. He took some copies, so now we are in practically every "corner" of Manhattan. And we will be in Queens soon, too. The Astoria Bookshop said they would like to have some copies, but I am going to be slightly delayed because I am running out of my second box of books and only ordered more yesterday.
Last night Mike and I went uptown to 103rd Street on the East Side, and brought several copies of the book with us. One can now buy the book in the premier Latina location, La Casa Azul Bookstore, at 143 E. 103rd Street. It is a wonderful bookstore, and completed dedicated to books about the Latino experience, so I feel I am in good company. The only thing is, when I go there, I buy more books than I sell! The first time I went up, about a month ago, I bought a novel by Lyn di Iorio, who had been my advisor at City College in the 1990s, and a coming-of-age story, "newyoricangirl," by Julia Torres that was very interesting and that taught me more about the genre.
Last night I bought two more: "Chango's Fire" by Ernesto Quinones, which I hope is as funny and informative as his "Bodega Dreams," which was marvelous. And "Kissing the Mango Tree: Puerto Rican Women Rewriting American Literature," by Carmen S. Rivera, which may possibly be similar to my book. It came out in 2002, which was two years after I finished my manuscript. Anyway, it's going to be very interesting!
We had a snack beforehand in a really happening coffee shop at 104th and Lexington, and where the owner put out one of my posters for my reading at Bluestockings. It is very literary, with copies of Paris Reviews lying around, has readings, and in general feels like what Village coffee shops used to feel like, fifty years ago. Very exciting. And after the event, which was about crowdfunding and Indiegogo, the owner of the bookstore recommended El Paso to us. It is also at 104th and Lex, but on the south side. Very good food, very comfortable.
Yesterday we went to Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and now we have a presence at Spoonbill and Sugartown, an excellent bookstore on Bedford Avenue, the busiest street in Williamsburg. They have wonderful art books, too.