Cleo Le-Tan: A Booklover’s Guide to New York

Thursday October 24: 7:30PM 8:30PM

Buy a copy of A Booklover's Guide to New York or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. This event will take place in the 2nd floor Art Department.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

An illustrated guide to New York City tailored for the book-obsessed explorer showcasing the city's best bookshops; libraries; homes and haunts of world-famous writers; and scenes from literary classics with charming drawings by the famed New Yorker cover artist Pierre Le-Tan.

A Booklover's Guide to New York is a love letter to everything literary in New York City. It is a book all about books. The book is an object in itself, designed as the ultimate little tome any book collector would love to acquire, layered with witty Pierre Le-Tan drawings, as well as photographs of some of the most precious bookish locations.

Rediscover New York in the most fashionably literate way: whether you are in need of an exceptionally rare edition of your favorite novel (perhaps to be found in the dark and musty backroom of The Center for Fiction), or the most tranquil place to devour a short story on a wintry day (an empty underground food court in a Midtown skyscraper), or if you are looking to follow in the footsteps of a beloved author or novella character (like Capote's Grady and Clyde in Central Park Zoo), this will be your ultimate companion.

Part guide, part sophisticated scrapbook and part desirable object, A Booklover's Guide to New York is an absolute must for any book-savvy person--the young bookworm or old scholar, the visiting tourist or homegrown New Yorker, the aspiring writer or doting parent.

Join us in the second floor Art Department as author Cleo Le-Tan talks about her book with Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden.

Cleo Le-Tan is a London-born, New York-based author who has always loved books. Born into a family of compulsive collectors, she grew up in Paris surrounded by literature, art and strange objects. Cleo published her first novel Une famille with Grasset in 2013. She wrote most of it in NYPL’s Mulberry Street Library.




Nancy Bass Wyden grew up at Strand; at first, she was sharpening pencils and answering phones, then when she turned 16, she spent summers working at the registers. Finally, after graduating with an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, she joined her father for thirty years in managing the store. Nancy is now the third-generation owner of Strand Book Store, often described as one of the ten best bookstores in the world. She is regularly featured in media outlets such as the NYT, WSJ, and NPR for her incisive analysis of the world of books. She is the wife of Senior Senator of Oregon (D), Ron Wyden.