Thanks to everyone who came out to the Old Stone House yesterday for this year’s Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair, especially Paul Auster, whose reading of “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story” — and memories of freezing Minnesota Christmases with his in-laws — packed the house.
Saturday morning at the Old Stone House, site of the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776 and the Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair this weekend.
The first booksellers on the scene:
Peter Miller and Casey Baltes of Cobble Hill’s Freebird Books, unpacking:
Yuval Gans and Marta Zieba of DUMBO’s P.S. Bookshop:
Downstairs, Peter and Lee Austern of Brooklyn Books:
Stephanie Valdez, setting up the table for Terrace Books’ first book fair!
Tom Davidson, bringing the modern firsts:
Unpacking children’s books at the Enchanted Books table:
The doors open!
Matt Singer and Alyssa Gerber of Williamsburg’s Open Air Modern:
Cici James of DUMBO’s Singularity & Co., raising the bar for bookseller attire:
Adam Tobin of Unnameable Books in Prospect Heights:
Joe Maynard, talking books:
Introducing Paul Auster! Reading his 1990 “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story” (the inspiration for the 1995 indie classic Smoke, starring Harvey Keitel as Auggie), and passages from his 2012 memoir Winter Journal:
Thanks to all the bookish Brooklynites who made this day a success, with special thanks to Kim Maier at the Old Stone House, Erik DuRon and Elihu Dietz (both unsung and unpaid), and Paul Auster, who reminded us why we love books so much.