1000 Books To Read Before You Die

Monday November 5: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a copy of 1000 Books to Read Before You Die or a $15 gift card to attend. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room, accessible via the stairs or elevator at 826 Broadway.

Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend.

The expected pillars are here, including Jane Austen and Toni Morrison, Virgil, Dante, Dickens and Tolstoy, Franz Kafka and Simone de Beauvoir—their works made fresh through the author’s animated essays. Established classics are joined by new and unexpected choices like Citizen and Friday Night Lights. A Visit from the Goon Squad and The Pillow Bookof Sei Shonagon, The Day of the Jackal and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The result is a treasury of essential reading for expansive tastes with more than six thousand titles by thirty-five hundred authors.

An insightfully curated personal compendium that will inspire hours of browsing and a lifetime of reading, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die celebrates the gorgeous mosaic that is our literary heritage.

Join us as list compiler and author James Mustich sits down with Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden!

Explore Mustich’s book while surrounded by the historic and iconic texts of the Rare Book Room, then the test your knowledge with a book-centric quiz. Follow us on social media and you’ll get a head start as we share quiz questions and answers. Winners will receive special gifts from Strand, including the top prize, a $100 gift card. 

James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986 he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalog A Common Reader. He subsequently worked as an editorial and product development consultant for publishers and booksellers, and is currently Vice President for Digital Product at Barnes & Noble. He lives with his wife in Connecticut.

This event will be filmed by C-SPAN's BookTV.

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