THE BOOKSELLERS Directed by D.W. Young Featuring: Parker Posey, Fran Lebowitz, Gay Talese People always ask him – “How did you get all three daughters to work for him and he would say, I guess I’m just lucky”. - Susan Benne.
A behind-the-scenes look at the New York Rare Book World. In 1950, there were over 350 booksellers, today there are 79. The story is a rich allegory for literature and the threats that the book world is facing in New York and this lovely film highlights it. However, it will also remind you of the times that you have spent in bookshops and the books you read, the authors you treasured and ones that you are yet to discover. Fran Lebowiitz describes the joy in “crawling around” bookstores in search of just the right one. She recalls the days when bookstores lined 4th Avenue, in what had been labelled “Book Row.” These days, only one remains – The Strand, which was founded in 1929. As aforementioned that in the 1950s, there were 358 bookstores in New York City and your search for a good read is limited to 79. The oldest remaining NYC bookstore is Argosy. Director Young takes us inside the beautiful and historic Park Avenue Armory for the NYC Antiquarian Book Fair. It is here where we see a Fidel Castro doll and more importantly get a feel for how the rare book trade works. These collectors are obsessive about their book and compulsive in their mission of the next rare discovery. We see warehouses, apartments, offices, and stores jam packed with books, and to cap it off, we hear from the folks who have made this their passion. Not just bibliophiles like Ms. Lebowitz, Gay Talese, and Susan Orlean, but the boots-on-the-ground booksellers and collectors. More about book dealers are discussed, which includes clips from “The Big Sleep” and “Unfaithful”; and a clip of Larry McMurty‘s speech championing book reading and bookstores. This is an absorbing documentary and a lively tour of New York’s book world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers, past and present from Park Avenue Armory’s annual Antiquarian Book Fair, where original editions can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars: to the Strand and Argosy bookstores, still 4