It was cold and wet, but the show went on anyway--fantastic authors, independent presses, booksellers, food trucks...also, I saw Elijah Wood on my way there! In case you didn't make it to the Harper Perennial booth, here are my personal favorites sold yesterday:
What He's Poised to Do by Ben Greenman. Ben is the real-deal as far as I'm concerned. His work is versatile, erudite, and heartfelt. In What He's Poised to Do, he pushes the envelope with a light-hand, with stories that are both playful and sensitive. Check back here for buzz about his next collection, Celebrity Chekhov.
Why We Need Love by Simon Van Booy. Simon's series also includes Why We Fight and Why Our Decisions Don't Matter --out of the three, I like this one best. There's a story by Willa Cather that left me breathless, a stunning excerpt from Silas Marner, one of my favorite Yeats poems, a Buddhist text everyone should read...in short, I liked everything Simon chose for this collection. And at $10, it's more than a steal.
Everything is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert. Rachel was one of the authors at the KGB Bar's Lit Crawl on Saturday night (if you've been reading along with me, you might remember my post about her book). She was just as hilarious in person and did some excellent Central European accents, which were an added bonus.
How to Booze by Jordan Kaye and Marshall Altier. It's been a little while since this book pubbed, but I'm pretty devoted (full review here). After all, it's not every day a book combines stellar writing with brilliant cocktail recipes.
Did you make it out to Brooklyn this weekend? Did I miss anything?