Today in books and publishing: Chelsea's Printed Matter drenched; New York library patrons get week-long extension; D.C. Barnes & Noble to close; happy National Novel Writing Month.
An update on Sandy's damage to bookstores. Earlier this week, it still wasn't safe for many bookstore owners to venture out and check on the condition of their shops. The anticipation must've been excruciating for the people behind Printed Matter, a store specializing in artists' books. Located in Chelsea, the store received some pretty serious flooding. The books stacked in their basement suffered the most damage, getting soaked through. Yesterday, they posted a photo of the damage, along with this notice to Facebook:
Call for Volunteers! The basement of Printed Matter was severely flooded during the Hurricane, we're going to be meeting up at the storefront tomorrow at 11 to start clearing out all of the soggy goods from the basement. We could definitely use some extra pairs of hands if anyone is in the neighborhood and could spare a few hours to help.
If you're in the area and want to help your fellow bibiliophiles through these depressing times, head down to 195 Tenth Avenue and lend a hand. Many Manhattan bookstores got through Sandy fine, and are just waiting for the power to return before reopening. [Shelf Awareness]
Take a little more time with those library books, if you checked them out of the New York Public Library system. The NYPL is reporting almost no structural damage to their buildings. They're still dealing with some power issues, but 55 of their branches have reopened today and will provide Internet to patrons. The servers that support the library system's website and catalog are still down though, so even if you wanted to return books, you couldn't. "All fines on books due from Oct. 29 until Nov. 3 are waived until Thursday, Nov. 8," they've informed their readers. [NYPL]