Specialty Bookstores Don’t Get Any More Specialized Than This One

We’ve heard of popup stores for Halloween costumes. We’ve heard of them for Christmas ornaments.  But we’ve never heard of one for books. And we’ve certainly never heard of one devoted to a single book.

But there’s a first time for everything, and credit for that distinction goes to Andrew Kessler, who “booked” a New York City storefront and, with a lot of help from his friends, opened a shop dedicated to sale of just one title – his own.  It’s called Martian Summer, and if you happen to be in the vicinity of 547 Hudson Street in lower Manhattan, drop in and support your local bookstore and its unique merchandise.

Jason Boog of Galley Cat reported Kessler’s “Monobooklist” store and you can read in detail here how he used up his ration of favors to enlist help.

In case the popup store has popped down by the time you read this, here’s a link to the print and Kindle editions on Amazon.  And you won’t want to miss the video (below) of Kessler infectiously describing what it’s like to do Martian science from a distance of millions of miles – “Like hitting the Nerd Lottery!”

Does Kessler advise other authors to follow in his footsteps? “I’d be very nervous to tell others to spend their hard-earned money on art projects (although I secretly want them to).” Thanks, sir, but, knowing the cost of Manhattan real estate, we’ll pass on that one.

Richard Curtis


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