12/14/11 11:10am

Her/His heart won’t say whatever to a book from Emily Books! The recently launched e-venture — a collaboration between Brooklynite bffs Emily Gould and Ruth Curry — is an indie bookstore and book club in e-form. The super-curated stock focuses on under-appreciated, woman-centric titles; so far: Emily Carter’s Glory Goes and Gets Some, Eileen Myles’ Inferno (a poet’s novel), and Ellen Willis’ No More Nice Girls, with one new release each month. Also, it’s not Amazon, and they hold related book events each month too. If this were “Gifts Under $160,” we’d say you should buy the annual subscription, which would get you the latest installment automatically delivered every month (a CSA for books!), but for now, we’ll go with the $15 book-of-your-recipient’s-choosing gift certificate.

$15, Emily Books online.

11/06/09 4:29pm

512436390_b1d2383bf7From National Novel Writing Month to NYC’s First Independent Bookstore Week, November is building an identity as a month in celebration of the written word. And now, WORD bookstore in Greenpoint is inviting scribes young and old to express their love of our fair city in sentence form.  Simply write between 500 to 1,000 words on your favorite part of the city (the rules are open to all boroughs, but yours better be about Brooklyn). The contest is aptly named “Neighborhood by Neighborhood,” a spinoff of State by State: a 50-essay, 50-state collection from some of our country’s most esteemed writers. (more…)