Today was day one of Dana’s Personal Summer in New York Bookstore Tour Extravaganza. First stop: McNally Jackson on Prince St. in Soho (Soho? Nolita? I don’t know neighborhoods, New York is large). I’ve been here before but holy smokes is this place awesome. It took about 97% of my willpower to avoid asking for an application (the other 3% was devoted not buying everything, so obviously that part failed a little bit. I got some postcards, I got a book, I got some magazines, I got an events flyer) (the events flyer was free) (so was the bookmark).
By the way, why is it that my immediate impulse upon walking into a bookstore is to ask for an application? I already have a job - I have one here, I have one in Boston, I have all the jobs I need at the moment, and all of them are books. So why?
The most exciting part of this trip to McNally Jackson (which can apparently be shortened to McJ? I think it’s a little cumbersome, but then again P&P sounds like an unpleasant bodily fluid, so who am I to judge?) was checking out the kids section, which has expanded by leaps and bounds since I was here last. There isn’t a TON of space devoted to middle grade and YA, but it’s enough, and it’s more than made up for in the gorgeous, beautiful, wonderful, expansive picture book section.
See that big blue book in the middle of the picture book table? Yes, the one with the comic sans. We will forgive it the comic sans! We will forgive it the comic sans because it is hilarious, and because Enchanted Lion can do almost no wrong. The really, really wonderful thing about the kids section at McNally Jackson is the number of books from small presses on display, and this is just one of them. So much indie-ness, so many gorgeous picture books getting so much love.
Two other notable things: 1) the bathroom reading material printed on the wall, photographed while seated comfortably on the toilet (was that tmi?), and 2) their treatment of their espresso book machine materials. Examples of printed books simply displayed and distilled to their basic features (“Title in Tahoma.” “I AM THE BIGGEST.”) make the whole thing look so much more appealing, and you don’t end up with (forgive me) a giant copy machine sitting in the middle of the store. The book display visually tied that part of the store in with the rest of the space and provided a lot of important information. Awesome.
I just… really like this bookstore.