Upstairs at the Strand: Writers in Conversation at the Legendary Bookstore

Upstairs at the Strand: Writers in Conversation at the Legendary Bookstore


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Revelatory conversations between renowned writers at New York City’s legendary bookstore.

For nearly ninety years, the Strand Book Store has been a New York institution, a legendary mecca for readers throughout the five boroughs, across the country, and around the world. Featuring freewheeling and behind-the-scenes conversations between renowned novelists, playwrights, and poets on how they work, think, and live, Upstairs at the Strand captures the happy collision of books and ideas in the Strand's famed reading series in its Rare Book Room.

Upstairs at the Strand is indispensable for aspiring writers, readers of contemporary literature, and devoted fans of the 18 Miles of Books at the Strand Book Store.

Contributors include: Renata Adler • Edward Albee • Hilton Als • Paul Auster • Blake Bailey • Alison Bechdel • Tina Chang • Junot Díaz • Deborah Eisenberg • Rivka Galchen • A. M. Holmes • Hari Kunzru • Rachel Kushner • Wendy Lesser • D. T. Max • Leigh Newman • Téa Obreht • Robert Pinsky • Katie Roiphe • George Saunders • David Shields • Charles Simic • Tracy K. Smith • Mark Strand • and Charles Wright.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393352085
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/21/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jessica Strand, former events coordinator at the Strand Book Store, is the associate director of public programs at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York.

Andrea Aguilar is a freelance journalist based in New York. She has been a contributing writer to El País since 2003.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Deborah Eisenberg & George Saunders 1

2 Hilton Als & Junot Díaz 15

3 Rivka Galchen, Hari Kunzru, & Rachel Kushner 39

4 Edward Albee & Paul Auster 61

5 Tea Obreht & Charles Simic 78

6 Alison Bechdel & Katie Roiphe 92

7 Blake Bailey & D. T. Max 112

8 Tina Chang & Tracy K. Smith 132

9 A. M. Homes & Leigh Newman 142

10 Wendy Lesser & Robert Pinsky 153

11 Renata Adler & David Shields 167

12 Mark Strand & Charles Wright 190

About the Contributors 201

Acknowledgments 207

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