I Owe It All to Rita Moreno

No way is she 81. That’s the first thing I thought as Rita Moreno sprang  onto the little stage at the 86th street Barnes and Noble tonight, petite and wiry.  She’s more bright-eyed and alert than I think I ever was on any given day in my 20s. She can’t possibly be 81. But then, […]

Le Tamoul – for a change!

When recently directing a friend who was in Paris to the website for L’Harmattan bookstore there, and their amazing selection of Francophone African literature, and all variety of “international books,” I couldn’t help but notice a brief paragraph on the page promoting an upcoming salon about Indian writing (in November) this year. Wonderful, of course, […]

Boy, I hope they don’t mess this up

Very interested to see that AMC will be developing a TV series of Vikram Chandra’s wonderful, hulking big opus Sacred Games to TV. Chandra touched on the possibility of the novel making it to a film screen here, in an evening he spent at the Asia Society in NY a few years ago.

Book store wins Tony award

One of the bookshops I covered in a story for JetWings International magazine this past April has won a Tony award.  (You can read the whole story about independent book stores in NYC here.  Just type in ” 29 ” in the white Page box at the top of the screen, hit Enter and it will take you […]

Pete Hamill Reading Tabloid City

Pete Hamill ventured out from his beloved downtown Manhattan earlier this week, crossing the Hudson, on to the wilds of New Jersey to read from his latest novel, Tabloid City, at Bookends in Ridgewood.   (On the way there, somewhere around Secaucus I passed a wall that said “Osama/Obama – one down, one to go” which really took me […]