December 30, 2014 by westsidewriter

The Gift of Literacy

If you’re like westsidewriter, your inbox is stuffed with requests from worthy organizations asking  for end-of-year donations. If you’d like to support two local groups that promote literacy, please consider the following: Writopia Lab (from the group’s website): Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in New York City in April of 2007. We…

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December 25, 2014 by westsidewriter

Merry Christmas!

When it comes to holiday films, “It’s a Wonderful Life” tops the list for many people. But it  may come as a surprise that Upper West Side writer Dorothy Parker–remembered for her acerbic wit–was an uncredited writer on the script. Another Upper West Side writer connected with a famous Christmas story?  Lyricist Sheldon Harnick (best…

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December 23, 2014 by westsidewriter

Happy Hanukkah!

Celebrating the Festival of Lights with some favorite books.  Happy Holidays to all readers of West Side Books and wishing you a wonderful year ahead. (Coming soon:  posts on  where your dollars can  go to help support local projects that support literacy and volunteer opportunities that promote a love of books and reading! If you…

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December 17, 2014 by westsidewriter

Literature Flowering on the UWS

Seen at Book Culture on Columbus.

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December 16, 2014 by westsidewriter

St. Agnes Book Sale Offers Something for Every Reader

Looking for a gift for the book lover in your life? Some of the best bargains on the UWS can be found for one afternoon only at the St. Agnes Library on Wednesday, December 17. The wonderful volunteers at St. Agnes actually hold the sales twice a month, but this is the last opportunity to shop before the…

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December 11, 2014 by westsidewriter

Stealth Reading

There was no evidence in print or on-line at the time this post was written, but westsidewriter has discovered that Roz Chast will be making an appearance at 3 p.m. today at Book Culture on Columbus. We can’t tell what she’ll be reading or signing, though her memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?…

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December 11, 2014 by westsidewriter

‘Tis the Season

Its official–there’s gridlock around Lincoln Center, crowds in the stores, and festive decoration all over the UWS. The holiday season is in full swing. Even the New York Public LIbrary is getting in on the act–in a good way. Check out today’s featured event for a break from the hustle and bustle. Featured event for  Thursday, December…

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December 4, 2014 by westsidewriter

Book Culture Opening Draws Large Crowd

Book lovers of all ages got a look at the Upper West Side’s latest bookstore, Book Culture on Columbus, at the store’s Grand Opening Party last night. As revealed in Publisher’s Weekly, John “Rick” MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s magazine, is a minority partner in the new store, which is owned by Chris Doeblin. Launch events…

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