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Metropolis Found: New York Is Book Country 25th Anniversary Collection

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This book is a real find. I was looking in the library for another book at Dewey number 810, and found this instead. Now that New York is book Country has in essence ceased happening, this book has become a tribute to this great series of festivals. This book was compiled for its 25th anniversary in 2003. I think it lasted on 5th Avenue for only another years and then moved to Washington Park in the Village for another two years, and kind of ceased. And then we had a New York Times festival of books in Bryant Park for two years, but it is now reduced to a children's book fair at Columbia. In its place, there is a new Brooklyn Book Festival.

Not every story or essay in this volume points to the New York is Book country festival, but all in some way indicate the importance of books. I statrted reading an essay in this book, title "On Reading", but failed to note the author. After 2-3 pages of reading, I said to myself, this if very fine writing -- I wonder if I know the author. So, I turned a few pages back and found that the author was indeed one of my favorites, Gita Mehta.

Finally, this book is a paean to the city of New York, and I appreciate finding it by chance. ( )
  vpfluke | Oct 27, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0974061409, Hardcover)

For 25 years the annual festival known as New York Is Book Country has created an oasis in the heart of the publishing world for readers and writers alike. Much more than a catch phrase, it has grown into a cherished occasion in the lives of countless book lovers.

A celebration of the 25th anniversary of New York Is Book Country, Metropolis Found offers the personal reflections of beloved authors who have been affiliated in some way with the festival—as speakers, presenters, and readers—over the last quarter century. They include prize-winning poets, bestselling suspense novelists, acclaimed children's authors, a pioneering publisher, and nationally syndicated newspaper columnists. United here to celebrate the festival and its place in New York's vibrant community of readers and writers, the selections also touch on subjects at once very local and yet undeniably universal:

• Cynthia Ozick recalls in verse the traveling library van that trucked books to her "end of the subway line" neighborhood in the Depression-era Bronx.

• We learn of the conversation in a Third Avenue bar that led Nelson DeMille to pen one of the first novels on the Vietnam War.

• Lawrence Block explores the challenge of writing about the most constant character in his fiction—New York City—in the wake of 9/11.

• Donald E. Westlake considers New York's fastest growing export—books—and the hilarious pitfalls of translation.

• Ken Davis recounts his unlikely journey from bookstore clerk to proud author of a series featured at a New York Is Book Country booth (and how underwhelming his teenage son found the sight).

• Robert Lipsyte relives his visits to the Queens Borough Public Library with his father.

• Susan Isaacs pays loving tribute to her mother's "circle of light" reading sanctuary.

• Edwidge Danticat muses on an inquisitive French girl's ability to help her feel as at home in New York as she did in her native Haiti.

• Ruth Reichl recalls traveling the world while eating homemade lunches prepared by her schoolmates' mothers.

With original never-before-published contributions from more than 25 prominent writers as well as a keynote poem by Billy Collins, Metropolis Found is an alternately joyful, poignant, funny, and thoughtful celebration of books, New York, and the annual fair that reminds us how vital each is to the other.

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