2016 has been a doozy. Pick a topic and choose your poison—for most people I know, this year has been a wallop. David Bowie! The election! BookCourt.
When we found out in early October that BookCourt was going to close at the end of the year, we were truly heartbroken. In addition to being my former employer, and the site of all five of my book launch parties, BookCourt is a part of our daily family life. Our children know its every corner as well as we do. We’ve fallen in love countless times within its walls—with Jennifer Egan and Colson Whitehead, with Elaine Dundy and Paula Fox, with Iggy Peck, Architect and Ounce Dice Trice, with the right book for the right moment, over and over and over again.
A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart. And so we’re building a new heart.
We’ve spent the last few months looking at spaces, getting our math together, and thinking about light fixtures. We have secured initial funding and crossed our fingers. And so, dear Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Columbia Waterfront, and beyond…you won’t be lonely for long. Books are magic, and we want to make sure that this neighborhood is positively coated in bookish fairydust for decades to come.
We feel really lucky to know so many bookstore owners and booksellers and writers and publishers, and to already feel the support of our community. We are working hard to make sure that our children (and yours) have new corners to claim as their own. Let us know if you have ideas to share, hands to lend, or some magic of your own to add to the mix.
Emma and Michael Fusco-Straub
Books Are Magic