It's been a few weeks. I apologize. I have no good excuse, though I was lucky to have a trip to New York last week.
I finally got to see the Ken Schles exhibit at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. To say it was fantastic is an understatement and I was happy to find signed books of both Invisible City and Nightwalk available. If you're even mildly interested, get these books. They'll be sold out soon.
Another book that's been on my radar is Unnamed Road by Jungjin Lee. From the instant I saw it online, I was in love. I've almost ordered it several times, but could never pull the trigger for some reason. Now I know why.
On my second day in the city I walked over to the Strand Bookstore near Union Square to see if they had a copy. They did. Fifty of them. The staff was excited to tell me that she was coming in to sign them all that very night. I couldn't believe it. While it wasn't a public signing, they promised to set one aside for me to purchase the next day. Magic.
I also picked up a copy of her book called Wind.
During part of the trip I got to stay with a new friend who lives very close to Dashwood Books. I love that store and I always find something great there.
This time I found Tables to Meet by Erik Kessels, Erik Steinbrecher and Erik van der Weijde.
A bright orange book with blue pages? Sold. This was a concept book, for sure. I didn't know the backstory, but thought that the decision to print photos on blue paper was so strange and bold. Here's what I found online after I got home:
Three men named Erik have planned to meet for a long time. The problem is that one Erik lives in The Netherlands, one in Germany, and one in Brazil. So the Eriks began exchanging pictures of tables; each one a possible table at which to meet. Many, many pictures of tables later, and the Eriks still haven't met. It’s unlikely they ever will.
Finally, if you get the chance to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, do it. So good.