Today marks 30 days away. The past couple of days have been quieter – and I feel like we’ve actually had a little down time – between editing and writing blog posts and other things. We’ve moved to a hotel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to a neighbourhood that I am fast falling in love with. It might not be the hippest or the busiest part of the city but perhaps that’s why it’s so appealing. There are still great shops and markets – in fact everything you could possibly need is within a few blocks. There’s also the subway and the park – oh the park. A little slice of paradise in the middle of Manhattan – not so little actually and one of my all-time favourite places. I can’t imagine NYC without the park. It would be impossible to live here, where the park makes it fantastic.
Anyway we took the photo and then I met a group of the staff who again asked if I would like to sign all the stock – they had paperback copies of Alice-Miranda At School as well and one of the guys told me that there were several girls who were regular customers that asked about Alice-Miranda and knew that there are more books in Australia. It was great to hear that he knew about the books.
They were keen to work with me on an event next time I come. We then caught a train downtown to Union Square as Ian needed some new shoes and we’d heard there were some good shops around that area. There are good shops in every area! We then visited another B&N and met a fellow called Stan who told us that Olivia Newton John had done a signing in their store last Friday. He was a very chatty fellow and works at The Met too. His knowledge was amazing – I wish we could have him take us on a tour as I’m sure he knew every secret in the place. I signed all the stock and Stan was especially keen that next time I should work with them on an event.
We were actually looking for a specialist store called Books of Wonder. It was just along a little further from B&N. It’s a beautiful shop with new and rare books too. There were first editions of Harry Potter for $5000 as well as gorgeous framed illustrations. They have a sweet café too. I looked for Alice-Miranda and didn’t find her. I asked a fellow called Sam – he told me that they don’t have a huge RH range at the moment – which is a pity – but I understand that that GFC has really hit bookshops here hard. Anyway, he suggested that next time I come to town I get in touch with the owner and see if I can be part of an event – perhaps a panel of authors.
On the weekend we visited a gorgeous bookshop called Rizzoli on West 57th Street. I was lucky enough to meet the buyer, Joe Pilla – a lovely man who didn’t know about Alice-Miranda but said that he would order some copies early this week and asked if I would stop by and sign them before I leave. This trip has really bought home to me that people are so kind – and saying hello isn’t hard!