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.
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.
Fascinating. . . . This assortment of literary interviews brings together the voices of some our best writers and leaves the reader wanting more.
— Publishers Weekly
A celebratory literary salute to the Strand’s vitality. Favorite authors—very few found on bestseller lists—are a common refrain, and the contributors cite a wide variety of work from a diverse selection of essayists, poets, dramatists, memoirists, novelists, and graphic novelists . . . [and] touch on psychotherapy, imagination, and inspiration, as well as techniques, work habits, gender, and race.